Former U.S. Senator Fred Thompson, a folksy Tennessee lawyer whose career led him from politics to Hollywood and back again, expired Sunday. He was 73.
From the early ’90s, Thompson said he had become bored with his 10-year stint in Hollywood and wanted to enter public service. He launched his Senate campaign and then headed back to Nashville.
A man of diverse roles on and off the screen, he once served as a committee counsel throughout the Senate Watergate hearings and was a lawyer.
Your family statement said Thompson died in Nashville following a recurrence of lymphoma.
“It’s with a heavy heart and a profound awareness of despair that people share the passing of our brother, father and grandfather who died peacefully in Nashville,” it said. “Fred was the same guy on the floor of the Senate, the movie studio, or the town square of … his dwelling.”
Thompson alternated between politics and acting much of his adult life. Senator retired from that seat when his term expired in January 2003, once regarded as a rising star in the Senate. “I simply don’t possess the heart for another six-year period,” Thompson said in a statement then. “Serving in the Senate really has been a tremendous honor, but I believe that I have other priorities that I need to attend to.”