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Lawrence O'Donnell Jr. is a producer, writer and actor. O'Donnell portrays Dr. Bartlet on The West Wing.


In his "former life," O'Donnell was a legislative aide and later senior advisor to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Democrat of New York, and thus brought a wealth of first-hand experience to his political storytelling.

O'Donnell was one of the most prolific writers on the program. At the end of Season 2 he guest starred as President Josiah Bartlet's father in Two Cathedrals. O'Donnell started as a executive story editor in season 1, a co-producer and producer in season 2. He returned to the program in Season 5, serving as a consulting producer through the end of season 6 before being promoted to executive producer for the final season.

After the program ended, O'Donnell worked as a political consultant and eventually was given his own program by MSNBC, The Last Word.