October 19, 1997 |
Fred Dalton Thompson, the prosecutor-turned-actor-turned-politician, seemed perfectly cast for the biggest role of his brief career as a U.S. senator: spearheading the investigation of campaign fund-raising abuses. The imposing, 6-foot-5-inch Tennessee Republican, a divorced grandfather of five, burnished his credentials as the real-life minority counsel to Sen. Howard H. Baker Jr.
January 1, 1995 |
He crisscrossed Tennessee in a red pickup, wearing cowboy boots, blue jeans and plaid shirts. At a rally of beleaguered tobacco farmers, he showed up with a wad of chewing tobacco in one cheek and a cigar protruding from a shirt pocket. When it comes to role-playing, Fred Dalton Thompson will have few equals in the 104th Congress. But don't be misled by his well-honed thespian skills. The Nashville lawyer/movie actor is as comfortable in the corridors of power as he is in front of a camera.
May 5, 2007 |
Actor and former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson -- whose potential candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination has drawn more attention than some of the declared candidates -- Friday urged a continued military presence in Iraq as a barrier to even further destabilization in the Middle East. "I don't think it's any question that if we leave Iraq before there is some semblance of stability brought about in that nation ...
April 6, 2007 |
Let's be clear: There's no "Bedtime for Bonzo" in Fred Thompson's past. That's not to say there haven't been a few cinematic duds for the lawyer-actor-U.S. senator. But for someone contemplating a presidential run -- as a Republican, of course -- his bio on the Internet Movie Database is hefty enough to make Warren Beatty jealous.
November 12, 2007 |
. -- Campaigning in New Hampshire and South Carolina, Republican presidential hopeful Fred Thompson raised his voice and shook his fists as he described his vision of an America true to conservative values. The display of vigor last week was timely: Two months into his bid for the nomination, the former Tennessee senator is fighting to shake the image of a laid-back -- even lazy -- candidate who lacks the fervor of his rivals.
September 11, 2007 |
Last week, Fred Thompson announced he was throwing his hat into the 2008 presidential race. Perhaps the former Republican senator was inspired to become a candidate after playing a famous Republican U.S. president, Ulysses S. Grant, in HBO's "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee," which arrives today in a two-disc DVD set ($27). Based on Dee Brown's acclaimed bestseller, "Bury My Heart" has received the most Emmy nominations (17) of any program this year.