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US Senator, Actor Fred Thompson Dies at Age 73

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Fred Thompson, a former US Senator from Tennessee, one-time candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, and recognizable face as an accomplished character actor, died at age 73 on Sunday. According to a statement from his family, the cause was a recurrence of lymphoma.

Born in Alabama, Thompson established himself as an accomplished trial lawyer and Republican political activist; he even played a role in the Watergate hearings. When one of his cases was adapted as a film, the director asked if Thompson would play himself; that role lead to more and more, as Thompson became one of the most reliable actors for playing powerful men in the government, military, and business. Perhaps his most recognizable role was as Manhattan DA Arthur Branch, which he played for five seasons on the long-running series Law & Order.

In 1994, Thompson was elected to replace Al Gore as the senator from Tennessee, as the latter had been elected vice president. Thompson was re-elected in 1996, and did not seek re-election in 2002.

In 2007, he began a campaign to win the Republican nomination for president. After a disappointing and lackluster performance in early primaries, he withdrew and ultimately endorsed John McCain.

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