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Overview (3)

Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Died in Thousand Oaks, California, USA  (complications from pneumonia)
Birth NameThomas Robert Laughlin

Mini Bio (1)

Tom Laughlin was born on August 10, 1931 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA as Thomas Robert Laughlin. He was an actor and director, known for Billy Jack (1971), The Trial of Billy Jack (1974) and The Born Losers (1967). He was married to Delores Taylor. He died on December 12, 2013 in Thousand Oaks, California, USA.

Spouse (1)

Delores Taylor (15 October 1954 - 12 December 2013) ( his death) ( 3 children)

Trivia (14)

Trained in hapkido karate by karate master Bong Soo Han.
Tom's movie Billy Jack (1971) cost $800,000 to make and grossed over $65 million.
Has done extensive research on Jungian psychology and alternative cancer therapy treatments.
Intended to run against Arnold Schwarzenegger for governor of California.
Garnered 147 votes in the January, 2004, New Hampshire primary.
Attended and graduated from Washington High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He returned to the school in 1978 and told an assembly that he was a 'greaser' during his High School years, and that he once beat up Gene Wilder. Wilder went to the same school and lived in the same neighborhood.
Frank Laughlin, the name that Tom Laughlin often used as a pseudonym, is actually his son's name.
Was a running back for the University of Minnesota football team, and later tried out for the old Chicago Cardinals in the NFL.
Played Billy Jack for the fifth time in "The Return Of Billy Jack" (1985), an unfinished film in which Billy Jack battled child pornographers.
Tom and wife Delores Taylor have three children -- Frank Laughlin, Teresa Kelly (was billed as either Teresa Laughlin or T.C. Laughlin), and Christina Laughlin.
Living in Camarillo, California. [January 2004]
Waged campaigns for President of the United States in 1992, 2004, and 2008.
At the time of his death, his family requested publicly "In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family asks that donations be made to Friends of Pine Ridge or the Alzheimer's Foundation of America.".
He was the son of Margaret Hellen Catherine (Smith) and Thomas McHugh Laughlin. His father was of Irish descent and his mother was of Scottish, English, and German ancestry.

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