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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 19 August 1942Sheffield, Alabama, USA
Date of Death 1 November 2015Nashville, Tennessee, USA  (cancer)
Birth NameFreddie Dalton Thompson
Height 6' 6" (1.98 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Fred Dalton Thompson was born on August 19, 1942 in Sheffield, Alabama, USA as Freddie Dalton Thompson. He was an actor, known for Sinister (2012), Law & Order (1990) and Die Hard 2 (1990). He was married to Jeri Kehn Thompson and Sarah Elizabeth Lindsey. He died on November 1, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

Spouse (2)

Jeri Kehn Thompson (29 June 2002 - 1 November 2015) (his death) (2 children)
Sarah Elizabeth Lindsey (12 September 1959 - 1985) (divorced) (3 children)

Trade Mark (2)

Towering height
Often plays figures of authority.

Trivia (27)

Thompson can be seen in the archival footage of the Watergate hearings in Oliver Stone's Nixon (1995). He was one of the active lawyers on the Watergate committee during the hearings.
Won a special election to the United States Senate in 1994 to fill the unexpired term of senator Al Gore, who had been elected vice president of the U.S. (Gore resigned from the Senate 2 January 1993); reelected for a full term in 1996. He did not run for reelection in 2002. A Republican, he represented his home state of Tennessee from 2 December 1994 - 3 January 2003.
Was a lawyer/attorney before becoming an actor.
Senator Thompson went to Memphis State University in 1964 and Vanderbilt University in 1967.
Worked as a shoe salesman, truck driver, and even a factory worker prior to becoming a lawyer.
2nd wife Jeri, 41, is a political media consultant at Verner Liipfert law firm in Washington, who once worked for Senate Republican Conference and Republican National Committee.
Although he maintained his membership in the Screen Actors Guild when he was a senator, Thompson generally took the opposite side of the unions in legislation.
He and wife Jeri welcomed a daughter, Hayden Victoria, in October 2003.
When he joined the cast of Law & Order (1990) in the fall of 2002, Thompson (District Attorney Arthur Branch) became the first serving U.S. Senator to take a regular TV acting job. His term did not end until January 2003.
Helped introduce President George W. Bush at the Republican National Convention (2004) in New York.
Also has two sons and five grandchildren.
Is the only actor to be a regular on two different "Law & Order" series at the same time. From March to May 2005, he played District Attorney Arthur Branch on both Law & Order (1990) and Law & Order: Trial by Jury (2005). He also plays the same character as a recurring guest star in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999). Richard Anderson, Marla Gibbs and David Hasselhoff are among the few other actors to have played the same regular character on two different series simultaneously.
Is one of four cast members from Law & Order (1990) whose character became a regular on a "Law & Order" spin-off. He played District Attorney Arthur Branch in both Law & Order (1990) and Law & Order: Trial by Jury (2005).
Along with Jerry Orbach, Jesse L. Martin, Carolyn McCormick and Leslie Hendrix, he is one of only five actors to play the same character (DA Arthur Branch) on all four New York City-based "Law & Order" series: Law & Order (1990), Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999), Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001), and Law & Order: Trial by Jury (2005).
Along with Jerry Orbach, Chris Noth and Dann Florek, he is one of four Law & Order (1990)_ cast members who later joined the regular cast of one of the spin-off series. He played District Attorney Arthur Branch on Law & Order: Trial by Jury (2005) from March to May 2005.
He has played the same character, District Attorney Arthur Branch, in five different series: Law & Order (1990), Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999), Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001), Law & Order: Trial by Jury (2005) and Conviction (2006).
Diagnosed with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma two 1/2 years ago but the cancer is now in remission [April 11, 2007].
For 17 years (1975 to 1992) Thompson worked as a lobbyist in Washington, D.C. representing such clients as Westinghouse, General Electric (which owns NBC Universal-NBC television network), and the Tennessee Savings and Loan League.
Ending months of speculation, declared that he was a candidate for President on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992) on 5 September 2007.
After failing to win a single primary, Thompson ended his presidential campaign in January 2008 and later endorsed Senator John McCain.
Brother of Ken Dale Thompson.
Over the course of two days in May 2005, he played the same character (D.A. Arthur Branch) on three different series: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Night (2005) and Law & Order: Trial by Jury: Day (2005) on 3 May and Law & Order: Sport of Kings (2005) on 4 May.
Announced that he is running for President of the United States on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992), which aired on Wednesday, September 5. [September 2007]
Withdraws from Presidential race. "Today I have withdrawn my candidacy for President of the United States. I hope that my country and my party have benefited from our having made this effort. Jeri and I will always be grateful for the encouragement and friendship of so many wonderful people." January 22, 2008 [January 2008]
Has announced that he will not be seeking re-election for his seat in the U.S. Senate.
Has filed papers to form an exploratory committee, and will announce whether or not he will run on July 4, 2007. [June 2007]
Said to be considering a presidential bid for 2008. [March 2007]

Personal Quotes (1)

[from a speech given before the Commonwealth Club of California] After two years in Washington, I often long for the realism and sincerity of Hollywood.

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