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Also Known As: Sen. Fred Thompson, Fred Dalton Thompson Died:
Born: August 19, 1942 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Sheffield, Alabama, USA Profession: actor, politician, truck driver, lawyer, shoe salesman

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As an actor and former United States Senator, Fred Dalton Thompson had been both widely-recognized in prominent onscreen roles and active in important historical events. A former litigator, Thompson was plucked from private practice by former Tennessee senator Howard Baker in 1973 to serve as the Republican counsel for the Senate Watergate Committee. Thompson made an immediate splash, asking Richard Nixon's former deputy assist Alexander Butterfield the famous question, "[A]re you aware of the installation of any listening devices in the Oval Office of the president?" Since then, Thompson achieved moderate success in all three fields of expertise - acting, politics and litigation. But it was his film and television persona - one incidentally not far afield from his political self - that made him a recognized face, but by no means, a household name.

As an actor and former United States Senator, Fred Dalton Thompson had been both widely-recognized in prominent onscreen roles and active in important historical events. A former litigator, Thompson was plucked from private practice by former Tennessee senator Howard Baker in 1973 to serve as the Republican counsel for the Senate Watergate Committee. Thompson made an immediate splash, asking Richard Nixon's former deputy assist Alexander Butterfield the famous question, "[A]re you aware of the installation of any listening devices in the Oval Office of the president?" Since then, Thompson achieved moderate success in all three fields of expertise - acting, politics and litigation. But it was his film and television persona - one incidentally not far afield from his political self - that made him a recognized face, but by no means, a household name.

Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Persecuted (2014)
2.
 23 Blast (2013)
3.
 Alleged (2011)
4.
 Secretariat (2010)
7.
 Racing Stripes (2005) Voice Of Sir Trenton
8.
 Celsius 41.11 (2004)
9.
 Evel Knievel (2004) Jay Sarno
10.
 Baby's Day Out (1994) Fbi Agent Grissom
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Milestones close milestones

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Born in Alabama
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Raised in Lawrenceburg, TN
1969:
Served as an assistant U.S. attorney
1972:
Campaign manager for Senator Howard Baker's successful re-election
1973:
Served as co-chief counsel to the Senate Watergate Committee in its investigation of the Watergate scandal
1977:
Took on a Tennessee Parole Board case that ultimately toppled Tennessee Governor Ray Blanton from power on charges of selling pardons; the scandal became the subject of a book and a movie titled "Marie"
1979:
Appeared in the documentary "The Wobblies"
1985:
Made feature acting debut as himself in "Marie: A True Story"; film launched his acting career
1987:
First fictional role in a film, "No Way Out" as CIA Director Marshall
1988:
Appeared as Dr. Knox Pooley on CBS series "Wiseguy"
1990:
Cast in "The Hunt for Red October," starring Alec Baldwin and Sean Connery
1990:
Appeared in action blockbusters "Die Hard 2" and "Days of Thunder"
1991:
Cast in the remake of the 1962 film "Cape Fear" directed by Martin Scorsese
1992:
TV-movie debut, "Bed of Lies" (ABC)
1992:
First TV miniseries, "Stay the Night" (ABC)
1993:
Portrayed White House Chief of Staff opposite Clint Eastwood in "In the Line of Fire"
1994:
Elected to U.S. Senate (Tennessee), to fill the unexpired portion of the term left vacant by the resignation of Al Gore
1996:
Re-elected to U.S. Senate (Tennessee)
2002:
In March, announced he would not seek Senate re-election
2002:
Joined cast of long-running NBC series "Law & Order" as Arthur Branch; became first serving U.S. Senator to hold a full-time television acting job; asked to be released from the role in preparation for 2008 presidential bid
2003:
Made occasional appearances on spin-off series "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC)
2004:
Introduced President George W. Bush at the Republican National Convention in New York
2005:
Reprised role of Arthur Branch on short-lived sister series "Law & Order: Trial by Jury" (NBC)
2006:
Signed on with ABC News Radio to serve as a host, commentator, and fill-in for Paul Harvey
2006:
Cast in Albert Brooks' "Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World"
2007:
Portrayed President Ulysses S. Grant in HBO movie "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee"
2008:
Ran for 2008 Republican nomination for President of the United States; exited the race after finishing third in South Carolina Primary
2009:
Returned to series TV with guest appearance on "Life on Mars" (ABC)
2010:
Portrayed thoroughbred horse breeder Bull Hancock in Disney's "Secretariat"
2012:
Played the Sheriff opposite Ethan Hawke in found-footage thriller "Sinister"
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Education

Florence State College: Florence , Alabama -
Memphis State University: Memphis , Tennessee - 1964
Memphis State University: Memphis , Tennessee - 1964
Vanderbilt University Law School: Nashville , Tennessee - 1967

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Lorrie Morgan. Singer. Together c. 1994-1996.
wife:
Jeri Kehn. Political strategist. Married on June 29, 2002 in Naperville, Ill.

Family close complete family listing

son:
Tony Thompson.
daughter:
Elizabeth Thompson Panici. Died on January 20, 2002 of a heart attack at age 38.
son:
Daniel Thompson.

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