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Fred Thompson

Fred Thompson

FRED DALTON THOMPSON, former United States Senator, prosecutor and accomplished film and television actor, reprises his recognized Law & Order character of District Attorney Arthur Branch, in NBC's Law & Order: Trial by Jury, the drama series from executive producer Dick Wolf.

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.

In addition, Thompson is also a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, a Washington think-tank.

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 In the Line of Fire, Die Hard II, The Hunt for Red October and the television series China Beach, Wiseguy and Matlock.

Thompson will retain his dual starring role as Branch on the original series Law & Order.

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Fred Thompson Facts

Birth NameFred Dalton Thompson
BirthdayAugust 19, 1942 (77)
Height6' 6" (1m98)  How tall is Fred Thompson compared to you?

Selected Filmography

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