Fred Thompson, former U.S. senator and actor, dead at 73

Fred Thompson, the former U.S. senator from Tennessee and actor of “Law & Order” has died. He was 73.

A family statement said:

“Fred believed that the greatness of our nation was defined by the hard work, faith and honesty of its people. He had an enduring belief in the exceptionalism of our country, and that America could provide the opportunity for any boy or girl, in any corner of our country, to succeed in life.”

From CNN:

Thompson won a special election in 1994 to fill Al Gore’s vacate U.S. Senate seat. He was re-elected for a full term two years later and announced in 2002 that he would not run again.

He campaigned briefly for president in the 2008 election.

As an actor, Thompson appeared in the films “The Hunt for Red October,” “Die Hard 2” and “In the Line of Fire,” among others. He performed on the small screen on the TV show “Law & Order.”

Fred Thompson, former U.S. senator and actor dead at 73


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