Ed And Larry West Wing

Peter James Smith and William Duffy played Washington power couple, comedy duo, and the Rosencrantz and Guildenstern of the White House, Ed and Larry, for seven seasons on Aaron Sorkin’s The West Wing, plus the special reunion event A West Wing Special now streaming on HBO Max. On this 2020 Election Eve, Duffy and Peter discuss how they got their roles, how the roles evolved, and the adventure of playing them. Featuring good rapport; having a history with Aaron Sorkin (Duffy) and not knowing who he was at first (Peter); the power of fan message boards; how it stayed fun but never got completely comfortable; falling back into rhythms; and the privilege of being involved with a show that’s lasted much longer than just its original seven seasons. (Length 24:37)




Congressional Liaison


Portrayed by

William Duffy


1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

First seen Last seen
Pilot Tomorrow


Who are Ed and Larry on the West Wing?

Ed (Peter James Smith): White House staffer usually seen with Larry. Larry (William Duffy): White House staffer usually seen with Ed.

Who played Larry on West Wing?

William Duffy: Larry, Congressional Liaison #2, Staffer, Staffer Larry.

Who does Ellie marry in the West Wing?

Vic Faison – Ellie’s Fiancé : Eleven months, two weeks, and three days. President Josiah ‘Jed’ Bartlet : Excuse me? Vic Faison – Ellie’s Fiancé : That’s when I decided to marry her. A year ago, on our third date.

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