Former Senator Fred Thompson dies at 73-year-old

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — On November 1, 2015, Fred Thompson passed away at the age of 73-years-old after a recurrence of lymphoma.

He was an American politician, actor, attorney, lobbyist, columnist, and radio host. Thompson, a Republican, served in the United States Senate representing Tennessee from 1994 to 2003.

In 1973, Thompson was appointed minority counsel to assist the Republican senators on the Senate Watergate Committee, a special committee convened by the U.S. Senate to investigate the Watergate scandal.

He announced a bid for president in 2007 but dropped out in 2008 after faring poorly.

As an actor, Thompson has appeared in a number of movies and television shows as well as in commercials. He has frequently portrayed governmental figures.

In the final months of his U.S. Senate term in 2002, Thompson joined the cast of the long-running NBC television series Law and Order playing Manhattan District Attorney Arthur Branch.  

Thompson, 6-foot-6 with a booming voice and folksy demeanor, appeared in at least 20 motion pictures. His credits include “In the Line of Fire,” ”The Hunt for Red October,” and “Cape Fear.”

 

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