Fred Thompson Who Was Former U.S.A. Senator And A Star Of Cult Show Law & Order Has Passed Away

New Horizons Speakers Series Presents Fred Thompson and Howard Dean (20)Photo by saintvincentcollege

He passed away on Sunday at age of 73. His family issued a statement for The Tennessean saying:

“It is with a heavy heart and a deep sense of grief that we share the passing of our brother, husband, father, and grandfather who died peacefully in Nashville surrounded by his family. 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.”

He had interesting life, first he was an assistant attorney after finishing law in Vanderbilt University. Then he became committee counsel for Senate Watergate Committee who was investigating Richard Nixon. He played important part in Nixon’s resining. Later, he worked as a lobbyist for long 20 years before he had his first meeting with film industry. His first role was himself in a movie Marie (1985). It was a movie about one of his cases.


Fred became senator in 1994 but he chose not to run in 2002. This is the time when he started to play Arthur Branch in Law & Order (2002-2007). Before he got this part he had roles in The Hunt for Red October and very famous Die Hard 2. Since the politics were his passion he left Hollywood to run for Republican presidential election but lost to Sen. John McCain in 2008. After this loss he returned to acting. He starred in two TV shows – Allegiance and 90 Minutes in Heaven. He left behind him wife and three children.