Fred Dalton Thompson: Former US Senator Dies at Age 73
Fred Dalton Thompson: Former US Senator Dies at Age 73

Fred Dalton Thompson: Former US Senator Dies at Age 73

Former U.S. Senator of Tennessee Fred Dalton Thompson has died on Sunday at age 73, according to a statement released by his family.

Born in Alabama, Fred Dalton Thompson established himself as an accomplished trial lawyer and Republican political activist; he even played a role in the Watergate hearings. When one of his cases was adapted as a film, the director asked if Thompson would play himself; that role lead to more and more, as Dalton became one of the most reliable actors for playing powerful men in the government, military, and business. Perhaps his most recognizable role was as Manhattan DA Arthur Branch, which he played for five seasons on the long-running series Law & Order.

In 1994, Thompson was elected to replace Al Gore as the senator from Tennessee, as the latter had been elected vice president. Thompson was re-elected in 1996, and did not seek re-election in 2002.

In 2007, he began a campaign to win the Republican nomination for president. After a disappointing and lackluster performance in early primaries, he withdrew and ultimately endorsed John McCain.


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