Thompson, Fred Dalton 1942– (Fred Thompson)

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Thompson, Fred Dalton 1942- (Fred Thompson)


Born August 19, 1942, in Sheffield, Alabama; son of Fletcher Session (an automobile salesman) and Ruth Inez (maiden name, Bradley) Thompson; married Sarah Elizabeth Lindsey (a teacher), September 12, 1959 (divorced, c. 1984); married Jeri Kehn (a political media consultant), June 29, 2002; children: (first marriage) Tony, Daniel, Elizabeth, (second marriage) Hayden. Education: Attended Florence State College, 1960-62; Memphis State University, B.S., 1964; Vanderbilt University, LL.D., 1967. Politics: Republican. Religion: Christian.


Agent—Abrams Artists Agency, 9200 Sunset Blvd., Suite 1130, Los Angeles, 90069. Office—Thompson, Liebengood and Crawford, First American Center, Nashville, TN 37238.


Actor and lawyer. Admitted to Tennessee bar, 1967; Lindsey and Thompson, Lawrenceburg, TN, member of law firm, 1967-69; Assistant U.S. Attorney, Nashville, TN, 1969-72; Butler, McHugh, Butler, Tune and Thompson, Nashville, TN, member of law firm, 1973-74; Thompson, Liebengood and Crawford, Nashville, TN, partner in law firm, 1974—; Minority counsel for U.S. Senate Watergate Committee, 1973-74; manager of Middle Tennessee campaign for U.S. Senator Howard Baker, 1972; Republican Senator from Tennessee, 1994-2003; Washington Speakers Bureau, public speaker; ABC News Radio, special program host and senior analyst, 2006—.


American Bar Association, Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association, Tennessee Bar Association, Nashville Bar Association, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Awards, Honors:

Screen Actors Guild Award nomination (with others), outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series, 2004, for Law & Order.


Film Appearances:

Industrial worker, The Wobblies, First Run, 1979.

Himself, Marie: A True Story, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1985.

CIA Director Marshall, No Way Out, Orion, 1987.

Bill Belecki, Feds, Warner Bros., 1988.

Melrose Hayden Barry, Fat Man and Little Boy, Paramount, 1989.

Admiral Painter, The Hunt for Red October, Paramount, 1990.

Big John, Days of Thunder, Paramount, 1990.

Trudeau, Die Hard 2 (also known as Die Harder), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1990.

Tom Broadbent, Cape Fear, Universal, 1991.

Purcell, Necessary Roughness, Paramount, 1991.

Captain Copeland, Flight of the Intruder, Paramount, 1991.

Bernard Oxbar, Curly Sue, Warner Bros., 1991.

Dr. George Getchell, Class Action, 1991.

Arms dealer, White Sands, 1992.

Stockman, Aces: Iron Eagle III, New Line Cinema, 1992.

William Dawes, Thunderheart, TriStar, 1992.

Senator Hedges, Born Yesterday, Buena Vista, 1993.

Harry Sargent, In the Line of Fire, Columbia, 1993.

FBI Agent Grissom, Baby's Day Out, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1994.

Download This, Venice, 2002.

Celsius 41:11: The Temperature at which the Brain Begins to Die (also known as C 41:11), Citizens United, 2004.

President Charles Ross, The Last Best Chance (video), Bread & Butter, 2005.

Voice of Sir Trenton, Racing Stripes, Warner Bros., 2005.

Senator Fred Dalton Thompson, Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World, Seventh Picture, 2005.

Television Appearances; Movies:

(As Fred Thompson) Frank Sweeny, Unholy Matrimony (also known as Deadly Vows), 1988.

Richard "Racehorse" Haynes, Bed of Lies (also known as Deadly Blessing), ABC, 1992.

Otis Rosewell, Keep the Change, TNT, 1992.

Frank DeGeorgio, Dayo, NBC, 1992.

James D. Robinson III, Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco (also known as Barbarians at the Gate), HBO, 1993.

Voice of Andrew Jackson, Rachel and Andrew Jackson: A Love Story, 2001.

Jay Sarno, Evel Knievel, TNT, 2004.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Detective George Malone, Stay the Night, ABC, 1992.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Knox Pooley, "School of Hard Knox," Wiseguy, 1988.

Knox Pooley, "Revenge of the Mud People," Wiseguy, 1988.

Knox Pooley, "Last of the True Believers," Wiseguy, 1988.

Lieutenant Colonel Reinhardt, "Twilight," China Beach, 1989.

Keith Faber, "Let's Call It Quits," Roseanne, 1989.

Gordon Lewis, "The Hunting Party," Matlock, ABC, 1989.

Prosecutor Mr. McGonigal, "The Juror," Matlock, ABC, 1993.

Politician on television, "Politically Erect," Sex and the City, HBO, 2000.

"Reducing Government," Dennis Miller Live, HBO, 2000.

District Attorney Arthur Branch, a recurring role, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (also known as Law & Order: SVU and Special Victims Unit), NBC, 2003-2006.

(As Fred Thompson), Hannity & Colmes, Fox News, 2004, 2005.

(As Fred Thompson), Meet the Press, NBC, 2005.

District Attorney Arthur Branch, "In the Wee Small Hours: Parts 1 & 2," Law & Order: Criminal Intent (also known as Law & Order: CI), NBC, 2005.

(As Fred Thompson), This Week, BBC, 2006.

Television Appearances; Series:

District Attorney Arthur Branch, Law & Order, NBC, 2002-2007.

District Attorney Arthur Branch, Law & Order: Trial by Jury, NBC, 2005-2006.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Watergate Plus 30: Shadow of History, PBS, 2003.

Charles Ross, Last Best Chance, HBO, 2005.

Television Series; Pilots:

District Attorney Arthur Branch, Conviction, NBC, 2005.



At That Point in Time, Quadrangle, 1975.

Contributor to law journals.

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