Fred Thompson

Politician, Shoe salesman, Truck driver
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 ... Read more »
Born: 08/19/1942 in Sheffield, Alabama, USA

Filmography

Actor (46)

God's Not Dead 2 2016 (Movie)

Senior Pastor (Actor)

90 Minutes in Heaven 2015 (Movie)

Jay B. Perkins (Actor)

Allegiance 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

23 Blast 2014 (Movie)

Coach Powers (Actor)

Alleged 2014 (Movie)

William Jennings Bryan (Actor)

Persecuted 2014 (Movie)

Dr. Charles Luther (Actor)

All The President's Men Revisited 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Unlimited 2013 (Movie)

Harold Finch (Actor)

Sinister 2012 (Movie)

Sheriff (Actor)

The Good Wife 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Last Ride 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

Secretariat 2010 (Movie)

Bull Hancock (Actor)

Law & Order 2002 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Conviction (NBC) 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2003, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World 2006 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Trial by Jury 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Racing Stripes 2005 (Movie)

Voice of Sir Trenton (Actor)

Celsius 41.11 2004 (Movie)

(Actor)

Baby's Day Out 1994 (Movie)

FBI Agent Grissom (Actor)

Born Yesterday 1993 (Movie)

Senator Hedges (Actor)

In the Line of Fire 1993 (Movie)

Harry Sargent (Actor)

Aces: Iron Eagle III 1992 (Movie)

Stockman (Actor)

Thunderheart 1992 (Movie)

William Dawes (Actor)

Cape Fear 1991 (Movie)

Tom Broadbent (Actor)

Class Action 1991 (Movie)

Doctor Getchell (Actor)

Curly Sue 1991 (Movie)

Bernard Oxbar (Actor)

Flight of the Intruder 1991 (Movie)

Captain Copeland (Actor)

Necessary Roughness 1991 (Movie)

Purcell (Actor)

Days of Thunder 1990 (Movie)

Big John (Actor)

Die Hard 2: Die Harder 1990 (Movie)

Trudeau (Actor)

The Hunt for Red October 1990 (Movie)

Admiral Painter (Actor)

Feds 1988 (Movie)

Bill Belecki (Actor)

No Way Out 1987 (Movie)

Marshall (Actor)

MARIE: A True Story 1985 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Wobblies 1978 (Movie)

"Industrial Worker" Editor (Actor)

Barbarians At the Gate (TV Show)

Actor

Bed of Lies (TV Show)

Actor

Dayo (TV Show)

Actor

Evel Knievel (TV Show)

Actor

Keep the Change (TV Show)

Actor

Last Best Chance (TV Show)

Actor

Stay the Night (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (1)

Sons O' Guns (Movie)

(Play Author)

Biography

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. Fred Thompson died on November 1, 2015 of a recurrence of lymphoma. He was 73.

Relationships

Ruth Bradley

Mother

Jeri Kehn Thompson

Wife
Employed with Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, and McPherson law firm Married June 29, 2002

Sarah Lindsey

Wife
Married Sept. 12, 1959 Divorced 1985

Lorrie Morgan Actor

Companion
Together c. 1994-1996

Elizabeth Panici

Daughter
Born c. 1964; mother, Sarah Elizabeth Lindsey Died Jan. 20, 2002 of accidental overdose of prescription drugs at age 38

Fletcher Thompson

Father

Hayden Thompson

Daughter
Born October 2003; mother, Jeri Kehn

Daniel Thompson

Son
Mother, Sarah Elizabeth Lindsey

Tony Thompson

Son
Mother, Sarah Elizabeth Lindsey

EDUCATION

Florence State College

Florence , Alabama

Memphis State University

Memphis , Tennessee 1964

Vanderbilt University Law School

Nashville , Tennessee 1967

Memphis State University

Memphis , Tennessee 1964

Milestones

2015

Played FBI director in a story arc on NBC series "Allegiance"

2012

Played the Sheriff opposite Ethan Hawke in found-footage thriller "Sinister"

2010

Portrayed thoroughbred horse breeder Bull Hancock in Disney's "Secretariat"

2009

Returned to series TV with guest appearance on "Life on Mars" (ABC)

2008

Ran for 2008 Republican nomination for President of the United States; exited the race after finishing third in South Carolina Primary

2007

Portrayed President Ulysses S. Grant in HBO movie "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee"

2006

Cast in Albert Brooks' "Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World"

2006

Signed on with ABC News Radio to serve as a host, commentator, and fill-in for Paul Harvey

2005

Reprised role of Arthur Branch on short-lived sister series "Law & Order: Trial by Jury" (NBC)

2004

Introduced President George W. Bush at the Republican National Convention in New York

2003

Made occasional appearances on spin-off series "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC)

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

2002

In March, announced he would not seek Senate re-election

1996

Re-elected to U.S. Senate (Tennessee)

1994

Elected to U.S. Senate (Tennessee), to fill the unexpired portion of the term left vacant by the resignation of Al Gore

1993

Portrayed White House Chief of Staff opposite Clint Eastwood in "In the Line of Fire"

1992

Landed first TV miniseries, "Stay the Night" (ABC)

1992

Made TV-movie debut in "Bed of Lies" (ABC)

1991

Cast in the remake of the 1962 film "Cape Fear" directed by Martin Scorsese

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"

1988

Appeared as Dr. Knox Pooley on CBS series "Wiseguy"

1987

Landed first fictional role in a film, "No Way Out" as CIA Director Marshall

1985

Made feature acting debut as himself in "Marie: A True Story"; film launched his acting career

1979

Appeared in the documentary "The Wobblies"

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"

1973

Served as co-chief counsel to the Senate Watergate Committee in its investigation of the Watergate scandal

1972

Served as campaign manager for Senator Howard Baker's successful re-election

1968

Served as an assistant U.S. attorney

Bonus Trivia

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Thompson was responsible for Baker's asking one of the questions that is said to have led directly to the downfall of President Richard Nixon – "What did the President know, and when did he know it?" Also, Thompson's voice has become immortalized in recordings of the Watergate proceedings, asking the key question, "Mr. Butterfield, are you aware of the installation of any listening devices in the Oval Office of the President?"

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In April 2007, Thompson announced he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma more than two prior, but said the disease was in remission with no illness or symptoms, and the cancer should not affect his life expectancy.

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Following his 2008 presidential campaign, Thompson became a paid commercial spokesman for a financial company that specialized in the controversial practice of reverse mortgages.

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