The actor and former politician Fred Thompson has died at the age of 73. Thompson was a US Senator representing Tennessee, as well as a republican presidential candidate. He was also a Watergate attorney and longtime star of the popular television program ‘Law and Order.’ Fox News channel’s Sean Hannity takes a look back at Thompson’s life.
Fred Thompson has worn many hats: lawyer, actor, Senator, presidential candidate. In his new book, ‘Teaching the Pig to Dance’ Thompson recounts his colorful and admittedly lucky life.
Growing up in Lawrenceburg, Thompson was raised by hardworking middle-class parents. After becoming the first in his family to graduate college, Thompson went on to law school. Despite protests from his mother, he became a lawyer. Soon after, Thompson started his political career, becoming Tennessee republican senator Howard Baker’s campaign manager during his 1972 reelection campaign. He was then appointed minority counsel to assist republican senators on the senate Watergate committee.
In 1977, Thompson made headlines when he filed a wrongful termination suit against democratic governor Ray Blanton. Now Thompson helped expose the cash for clemency scheme that eventually lead to Blanton’s removal from office. The case became the plot of a novel, which eventually was made into a movie. When the director cast Thompson to play himself, thus began the start of his long acting career.
In 1994, Thompson was elected to finish the remaining two years of Al Gore’s US Senate term and was reelected two years later. In 2007, Thompson threw his hat into the ring for the presidency, but withdrew after a tough primary race in 2008. Although Thompson admits he is lucky, he says it’s the foundation that his parents and the small Tennessee town provided that truly set him up for success.