Fred Thompson was an American politician, actor, attorney, lobbyist, columnist, 2008 presidential candidate and radio host. As an attorney, he helped lead the resignation of President Richard Nixon. Thompson, a Republican, served in the United States Senate representing Tennessee from 1994 to 2003.
As an actor, Thompson appeared in a number of movies and television shows as well as in commercials. In 2002 Thompson joined the cast of the long-running NBC television series Law & Order for a five-year run.
Thompson died after a recurrence of lymphoma. He was married to Jeri Kehn, with whom he has two children. Thompson and his first wife had three children: Fred "Tony" Thompson Jr., Daniel and Elizabeth. Elizabeth died in 2002.
Fred Thompson is the author of books: Teaching the Pig to Dance: A Memoir of Growing Up and Second Chances, At That Point in Time: The Inside Story of the Senate Watergate Committee, Regulatory Policy and Practices: Regulating Better and Regulating Less, Rising Oil Prices, Executive Branch Policy and U. S. Security Implications: Congressional Hearing, Youth Violence: Developing Local and State Solutions Hearings before the Committee on the Judiciary, U. S. Senate, Handbook of Public Finance, Report of the Commission on Protecting and Reducing Government Secrecy: Hearing Before the Committee on Governmental Affairs, U.S. Senate, Report Of Senator Fred Thompson, Chairman Of The Committee On Governmental Affairs, United States Senate, On Major Management Challenges Facing Federal Departments And Agencies, Regulatory Regimes in Conflict: Problems of Regulation in a Continental Perspective, Report of Senator Fred Thompson, Chairman of the Committee on Governmental Affairs, United States Senate, on Management Challenges Facing the New Administration: Part 1, Financial Management Issues; Part 2, Federal Workforce Challenges; Part 3, Results...