“Forgotten Hollywood”- Actor and Former Senator is Dead…

Posted on November 2, 2015 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…

Fred_Thompson_-_Sioux_City1   Fred Thompson was a politician, attorney, lobbyist, columnist, actor, and radio host. He was the campaign manager for Republican US Senator Howard Baker’s re-election campaign in 1972, and was minority counsel to the Senate Watergate Committee in its investigation of the scandal. Thompson served in the United States Senate representing Tennessee from 1994 to 2003. As an actor, Fred appeared in a number of movies and television shows, as well as in commercials. In the final months of his Senate term in 2002, he joined the cast of the long-running NBC series Law & Order.

   Thompson’s rise to the Senate was atypical. He had never before held public office, but he overwhelmingly won a 1994 special election for Al Gore’s old Senate seat after connecting with voters. In 1996 he easily won a six-year term. Thompson eventually served as chairman of the International Security Advisory Board at the United States Department of State, was a member of the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a Visiting Fellow with the American Enterprise Institute, specializing in national security and intelligence.

   In the 2000 Republican presidential primaries, Fred Thompson backed former Tennessee Governor Lamar Alexander, who eventually succeeded him in the Senate, two years later. When Alexander dropped out, Thompson endorsed Senator John McCain’s bid and became his national co-chairman. After George W. Bush won the primaries, both McCain and Thompson were considered as potential running mates. In 2007, he made a run for the White House. He garnered 11 delegates before dropping out of the race.

   He advocated political positions that were considered traditionally small government. He opposed Roe v. Wade (though he was not in favor of prosecution of women who had early-term abortions); he didn’t support a Federal ban against gay marriage; he was a proponent of the Second Amendment and unfettered gun-ownership; he believed in heightened border security, while supporting immigration reform that would lead illegal immigrants on a path to citizenship; and he was quite skeptical of human-induced global warming.

fred_thompson__12_07_07__sml   Fred Thompson eased into a prolific acting career in 1985. He specialized in roles in political and legal thrillers, including No Way Out, The Hunt for Red October, Days of Thunder, In the Line of Fire, Die Hard 2, Class Action, and the remakes of Born Yesterday and Cape Fear. On television, he guest-starred in WiseguyChina Beach, Roseanne, Matlock, Sex in the City, and most recently, The Good Wife.

   In 2009, he took over on Westwood One’s east coast noon time slot, hosting the talk radio program The Fred Thompson Show, after Bill O’Reilly ended The Radio Factor. One of his final roles, Thompson became an advertising spokesperson for American Advisors Group, a reverse mortgage lender.

   Traversing American history and Hollywood in a metaphoric Hollywood-and-Vine instance, Fred Thompson was 73.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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