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Fred Dalton Thompson

Fred Dalton Thompson

Former United States Senator, prosecutor and accomplished film and television actor, Fred Dalton Thompson first appeared on screen in the feature film Marie in 1985, portraying himself in the fact-based story of a high-profile case he handled in Tennessee. Since then, he has appeared in numerous other movies and television programs, including the features Racing Stripes, In the Line of Fire, Die Hard II, The Hunt for Red October and the television series' China Beach, Wiseguy and Matlock.

After growing up in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, Thompson attended Memphis State University, where he earned an undergraduate degree in philosophy and political science. He went on to receive a law degree from Vanderbilt University. Two years later, Thompson was named an assistant United States attorney and later served as minority counsel to the Senate Watergate Committee. His experience with the Watergate scandal is detailed in his memoir, At That Point in Time. In 1994, Thompson was elected to the United States Senate and was re-elected for a second term in 1996.

Thompson is also a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, a Washington think-tank, and continues his starring role of District Attorney Arthur Branch, in NBC's Law & Order, the venerable dramatic series from executive producer Dick Wolf.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2006.

Fred Dalton Thompson Facts

OccupationActor, Politician
BirthdayAugust 19, 1942 (80)
BirthplaceSheffield, Alabama, USA
Height6' 6" (1m98)  How tall is Fred Dalton Thompson compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
The Hunt for Red October
Racing Stripes
Baby's Day Out
90 Minutes in Heaven
No Way Out
Cape Fear
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