The Show “Spin City”, Cast, Pictures, and Trivia!
This series is about a fictitious local government that is in charge of running (in this particular case) the city of New York.
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The show’s main focus is on the Deputy Mayor of New York, Mike Flaherty, and (Michael J. Fox). Mike is outstanding at his job and despite being the Deputy Mayor and not the Mayor himself, still seems to be the person who is predominantly in charge. And although his job skills are top notch, his skills in the area of personal relationships could use some serious work. The actual Mayor is Randall Winston, (Barry Bostwick) who is a somewhat stupid man, which is part of the reason that so much falls onto the shoulders of his subordinate, Mike. And Mike is always trying to keep the Mayor from embarrassing himself (and by extension the staff) in front of the voters and the always nosey and constantly vigilant, media.
The rest of the staff includes:
Paul Lassiter, (Richard Kind) who is the press secretary, and generally known to be the office cheapskate and suck-up. He also has the annoying habit of being a bit of a blabbermouth at times, (and because of this, is therefore kept in the dark about certain things) as well as a coward. A naive man, he is often misled when it comes to mistakes or pranks around City Hall.
Stuart Bondek (Alan Ruck) is the chief of staff and a man with an incredibly sexist and homophobic personality. This of course makes the fact that he moves in with Carter Heywood, (Michael Boatman) who is homosexual, all the stranger. He loves women, lots of women, but can never seem to get to that all-important level of having a relationship. He is not only sex-crazed, but shallow as well.
Carter Heywood (Michael Boatman) is in charge of minority affairs. He is gay, black and has a suicidal dog named, “Rags”. He is however, a well-rounded normal, caring man who is completely and totally aware of who he is and what he wants to become.
James Hobert (Alexander Chaplin) is the speech writer of the group. A nervous and slightly paranoid man who is also naive and can sometimes be too easily led.
Janelle Cooper (Victoria Dillard is Mike Flaherty’s secretary. She is later promoted to the position of being the Mayor’s secretary.
Nikki Faber (Connie Britton) is the accountant at City Hall. An outgoing if somewhat promiscuous woman who often dates men that seems to be both irresponsible and untrustworthy.
Stacey Paterno (Jennifer Esposito) arrives on the scene to be Mike Flaherty’s secretary after Janelle Cooper is promoted. Much like Nikki Faber she is very outgoing and comes from the city of Brooklyn.
Ashley Schaeffer (Carla Gugino) is a reporter and the romantic interest for Deputy Mayor, Mike Flaherty, at least in the beginning. She leaves a short time later.
Later additions to the staff:
Caitlin Moore (Heather Locklear) is the campaign manager for the dim-witted Mayor Winston who decides to run for the Senate. Unfortunately, Mike and Caitlin seem to have a difference of opinion over who actually has control over the Mayor. This leads to a very intricate and complicated relationship between the two.
Charlie Crawford (Charlie Sheen) is brought in to City Hall as the new Deputy Mayor, to take over for Mike Flaherty, who has left after taking the blame for an alleged mafia link that Mayor Winston, apparently unknowingly, had. (In reality of course, Michael J. Fox (Mike Flaherty) had left the show due to worsening symptoms of his Parkinson’s disease.) Charlie is also a womanizer, and seems to have difficulty at first, keeping his personal life and his past from getting in the way of his job.
Angie Ordonez (Lana Parrilla) holds the position of secretary to the new Deputy Mayor, Charlie Crawford.
This show is funny and great to watch. It seems, to some degree, to represent what an actual government office might actually be like. Idiots who are supposed to be the ones in charge and a team that have their own issues along the way! It did take a different turn after Fox left, but still managed to stay somewhat entertaining. I give this series 7 out of 10.
Mike Flaherty-Michael J. Fox
Paul Lassiter-Richard Kind
Carter Heywood-Michael Boatman
Stuart Bondek-Alan Ruck
Randall Winston-Barry Bostwick
Nikki Faber-Connie Britton
James Hobert-Alexander Chaplin
Janelle Cooper-Victoria Dillard
Caitlin Moore-Heather Locklear
Charlie Crawford-Charlie Sheen
Stacey Paterno-Jennifer Esposito
Angie Ordonez-Lana Parrilla
Ashley Schaeffer-Carla Gugino
Deidre West-Beth Littleford
First Reporter-John Harrington Bland
Heidi Klum as herself
Laurie Parres-Paula Marshall
Rags the Dog-Wes
Tom Crandall-Perry King
Bingo Announcer-Dan Kinsella
Due to his Parkinson’s disease and its advancing symptoms, Michael J. Fox (Michael Flaherty) would frequently hide his left hand in his pocket.
Michael Boatman also starred in the popular medical drama, “China Beach”.
Barry Bostwick (Mayor Winston) was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1997. Ten days after the diagnosis he had his prostate removed. The operation was a success.
In the 1988 film, “Young Guns”, which starred Emilio Estevez, his character shoots a man by the name of Charlie Crawford. This is the name of Charlie Sheen‘s character on Spin City, and Emilio Estevez is Sheen’s brother in real life.
Heather Locklear turned down the lead role in the film, “The Accused”. The part was later played by Jodie Foster.
Alan Ruck was actually 29 years old, when he played the part of a high school student named, “Cameron Frye” in the movie, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”.
Jennifer Esposito (Stacey Paterno) was on the TV series “Blue Bloods”, but later had to leave the show when her Celiac’s Disease began interfering with her work and CBS dropped her.
Connie Britton (Nikki Faber) was in both the series and the film of “Friday Night Lights”.
Richard Kind (Paul Lassiter) had his closest friend, George Clooney, as the best man at his wedding to Dana Stanley.
Mayor Winston is often seen wearing a pin saying, “I Survived Rocky Horror”. This of course is more than a coincidence, as Barry Bostwick who plays the Mayor, starred in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”.
Lana Parrilla’s (Angie Ordonez) late father was Sam Parrilla, a MLB player who played for the “Philadelphia Phillies” in 1970.
Of the main cast members on the show, seven of them appeared on the popular TV show, “Scrubs”. Michael J. Fox, Heather Locklear, Barry Bostwick, Richard Kind, Michael Boatman, Alan Ruck and Alexander Chaplin.
Charlie Sheen was once engaged to actress Kelly Preston. Preston, however, broke off the engagement soon after Sheen accidentally shot her in the arm.
Victoria Dillard (Janelle Cooper) used to be the long-time girlfriend of well-known actor, Laurence Fishburn.
Alexander Chaplin (James Hobert) went to the world-famous school, Juilliard.
In the final episode with Michael J. Fox, there were several references to his former TV show, “Family Ties”. After Fox’s character on Spin City, Michael Flaherty left; he supposedly went to work in Washington D.C. as an environmental lobbyist and met a senator there by the name of Alex P. Keaton, Fox’s former “Family Ties” character. This also included a cameo appearance on Spin City by Michael Gross and Meredith Baxter-Birney, who played his parents on “Family Ties”.
In addition to her time on Spin City, Heather Locklear has also been on the television series, “Dynasty”, “T.J. Hooker” and “Melrose Place”.
Carla Gugino (Ashley Schaeffer) was the valedictorian of her high school.
Michael Boatman, in addition to acting, is also a widely published science-fiction and horror author. He has a few novels and several screenplays to his credit, as well as other written work.
The movie, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”, was a platform for two of the actors’ on the show. Both Charlie Sheen (Charlie Crawford) and Alan Ruck (Stuart Bondek) had their breakout performances from starring in this movie.
After Charlie Sheen took over, his real life father, Martin Sheen, made a guest appearance on the show playing Charlie Crawford’s father.
Richard Kind is a cousin of famed singer, Barbara Streisand.
The idea for the show was actually set in motion after the writers saw Michael J. Fox, in the very popular movie, “The American President” in 1995. Coincidentally, Martin Sheen was also in the movie.
Most of the episode titles for the show were plays on famous movies.
When Michael J. Fox was 15 years old, he auditioned for and won the part of a 10 year old on the series, “Leo and Me”. Strangely enough, four cast members from this series have since developed Parkinson’s disease in mid-life. This was such an unusually high number, that it led to some investigation about whether environmental factors could possibly have contributed.
Jennifer Esposito has developed a line of gluten-free products, due to her own diagnosis of Celiac Disease in 2008.
Charlie Sheen, who had a strong career throughout the 80’s and part of the 90’s, started on somewhat of a downward spiral as the mid 90’s approached. He was developing a reputation of being both a womanizer and a hard-party type of guy, and had already been to drug rehab once by then. In 1995, he would then enter into the first of his three marriages, as well as testify at the trial of famous “Hollywood Madam”, Heidi Fleiss. While under oath, he admitted to spending a large amount of money on Fleiss’ prostitutes. Almost $50,000 all told, on 27 of the $2,500 a-night prostitutes.
Connie Britton has a fraternal twin sister named, Cynthia.
Michael J. Fox quit high school in order to pursue acting when he was in his senior year. He has since forbidden any of his four children to do that, demanding that they all finish high school and preferably attend college for at least a year or two. Fox, however, did receive his G.E.D. in 1995.
In 2002, Alan Ruck almost died of septicemia.
Lana Parrilla went to Granada, Spain, in order to learn how to speak Spanish.
Although Michael J. Fox’s real middle name is Andrew, he decided to adopt the middle initial of J. for two reasons. The first was in honor of actor Michael J. Pollard. The second was because he did not want teen magazines to use a headline like, “Michael, A. Fox!”
For several years, Barry Bostwick’s companion was actress Lisa Hartman.
The younger sister of Michael J. Fox is stage and television actress, Kelli Fox.
The first choice to play the smart and career-minded Alex P. Keaton on “Family Ties” was not Michael J. Fox, but actor Matthew Broderick. However, Broderick did not want to be tied to a long-term television commitment.
Michael Boatman was on both Spin City and the HBO series, “Arliss” at the same time. Coincidentally, both shows were cancelled in 2002.
Richard Kind and Alan Boatman (Carter Heywood) are the only two cast members to have been in every episode of “Spin City”.
Charlie Sheen has been divorced three times, has five children and one grandchild. He has been arrested numerous times on an assortment of charges, as well as been to drug rehab repeatedly, both voluntarily and court-ordered.
Michael J. Fox noticed his first symptom of Parkinson’s while he was filming the movie, “Doc Hollywood”, in 1991. He became aware that his finger was twitching and was unable to control it. Following this, he went to a physician who then diagnosed him with Parkinson’s disease.
Heather Locklear has had two calls made on her behalf to 911 on two separate occasions, regarding her mental status.
Alan Ruck made his Broadway debut in 1985, in Neil Simon’s, “Biloxi Blues” with Matthew Broderick. Oddly enough, he co-starred with Matthew Broderick the following year, in what is known as one of his most prominent roles in the film, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”.
Charlie Sheen was the highest paid actor on television in 2010. This was while he was still starring on the popular series, “Two and a Half Men”, and earned $1.8 million dollars per episode.
Connie Britton adopted a son from Ethiopia in November of 2011. His name is Eyob Britton.
When Fox was in negotiations for the role of Alex Keaton on “Family Ties”, he did it all from a pay phone in front of a Pioneer Chicken restaurant (now nonexistent) in Hollywood. He was told that the network would need to be able to call him, and since he had no phone of his own, he simply told them that he would only be home between the hours of four and five. He waited by the phone, and luckily he was there to answer it. Thus securing the role and subsequently changing his life forever.
Barry Bostwick was a member of the pop group called, “The Klowns”. The group was put together and promoted by “Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus”.
Carla Gugino turned down a role in “The Pacifier”, as Vin Diesel’s love interest. Instead she took the smaller but sexy role in “Sin City”.
The role of Marty McFly in “Back to the Future” was originally not played by Michael J. Fox. Though Fox was Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale’s first choice, he was unable to take the part due to scheduling conflicts. Eric Stoltz was then given the part, but after six weeks of filming, was then let go. Zemeckis and Gale felt that he was simply “too intense” for the part. Fortunately, Fox was then available and accepted the role.
Alexander Chaplin is married to actress Daisy Chaplin.
Jennifer Esposito owns “Jennifer’s Way Bakery” in Manhattan.
In one of Michael J. Fox’s books, “Always Looking Up”, he discloses that he and his family were in Paris in July of 2000, and flew back to New York on Monday, July 24. They had considered flying back, the next day, Tuesday, but had not. The next day, Tuesday, July 25, Michael heard about the horrific tragedy on the news, that the Air France Flight had crashed, killing everyone on board. He was both so shocked and at the same time relieved, that he immediately started to cry.
Victoria Dillard began performing with the “Dance Theatre of Harlem” at the age of five.
Charlie Sheen has credited fellow actor, Keith David, with saving his life during the making of the movie, “Platoon”. Sheen has stated that while filming a battle scene in the movie in an open-doored Huey helicopter, the pilot of the chopper banked too hard, and Sheen was almost thrown out the open door. He claims that the only thing that saved him from plummeting to his death was that David grabbed him and pulled him back inside.
When Connie Britton got the role in the TV series, “Nashville”, she actually moved to Nashville, Tennessee.
Michael Boatman reunited with former Spin City co-star, Charlie Sheen, on Sheen’s newest series’, “Anger Management”. Boatman plays the part of Sheen’s next door neighbor, Michael, as a recurring character.
Due to his tremendous work in advocating a cure for Parkinson’s disease, Michael J. Fox was awarded an honorary doctorate by Sweden’s Karolinska Institute on March 5, 2010. This is the same organization that awards the Nobel Prize in medicine.
Alan Ruck has been married two times and has three children.
Richard Kind was still on the series, “Mad About You”, when he accepted the role on Spin City. He then
appeared less frequently on “Mad About You”, until the series’ ended.
Carla Gugino underwent a kidney operation at the age of 4.
Heather Locklear has been married to bandmembersTommy Lee of Motley Crue and Richie Sambora of Bon Jovi. Both marriages ended in divorce.
In preparation for the films, “Platoon” and “Navy Seals”, Charlie Sheen has done both Army and Navy Seals boot camp.