For those of us who are die-hard movie fans and avid watchers the Law and Order TV Series are feeling heart heavy with the loss of Senator turned Actor Fred Thompson. Beginning his career as a successful Assistant U.S. Attorney and counsel for the Senate Watergate Committee during the infamous Watergate Scandal, Thompson has already left his mark on the world long before he began to dabble in acting and the rest as they say is history. Thompson has appeared in several films like “In The Line of Fire”, “Die Hard II”, “Baby’s Day Out”, “Curly Sue” and of course as the District Attorney on Law and Order, he’s also used his skills as a voiceover artist in several commercials and causes. Fred Thompson will be sorely missed. EarHustle411 and the writing staff sends our sincerest condolences to the family of the incomparable Fred Thompson.
Read more about the life of Fred Thompson as reported by the Chicago Tribune:
Fred Thompson, a folksy former Republican U.S. senator from Tennessee who appeared in feature films and television including a role on “Law & Order,” died Sunday, his family said.
He was 73.
Thompson, at 6-foot-6 with a booming voice, appeared in at least 20 motion pictures. His credits include “In the Line of Fire,” ”The Hunt for Red October,” ”Die Hard II” and “Cape Fear.” By the early 1990s, Thompson said he had become bored with his 10-year stint in Hollywood and wanted to go into public service. That’s when he headed back to Nashville and launched his Senate campaign.
The family statement said Thompson died Sunday in Nashville following a recurrence of lymphoma. It added he was surrounded by his family.
“It is with a heavy heart and a deep sense of grief that we share the passing of our brother, father and grandfather who died peacefully in Nashville,” the statement added. “Fred was the same man on the floor of the Senate, the movie studio, or the town square of … his home.”
Thompson, a lawyer, alternated between politics and acting much of his adult life. Once regarded as a rising star in the Senate, he retired from that seat when his term expired in January 2003, saying he didn’t have the drive for another term.