Fred Dalton Thompson

Fred Dalton Thompson

  • Highest Rated: 96% In the Line of Fire (1993)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% Persecuted (2014)
  • Birthday: Aug 19, 1942
  • Birthplace: Sheffield, Alabama, USA
  • Fred Dalton Thompson spent 25 years as an active Nashville and Washington, D.C., attorney before making his film debut playing himself in a 1985 retelling of the true tale of a Tennessee woman who took on the state's crooked governor in Marie. When Thompson won more acclaim than the film's stars Sissy Spacek and Jeff Daniels, he decided to add "character actor" to his resumé, and went on to appear in numerous major features. Standing 6'5," he was a commanding presence and was usually cast as an authoritarian. Thompson put his film career on hold when he made a successful bid to become a Tennessee senator in 1994, then picked up where he left off when his term ended, playing DA Arthur Branch on Law & Order, along with other supporting film roles. Thompson returned to politics with an attempt at the 2008 presidential election, but was unsuccessful, and soon resumed his acting career. He played horse breeder Arthur Hancock in Secretariat (2010) and appeared in the Hank Williams biopic The Last Ride (2011). One of his final acting roles was as an FBI Director in the short-lived NBC series Allegiance in 2015. Thompson died later that year, at age 73.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

8% God's Not Dead 2 Senior Pastor 2016
24% 90 Minutes In Heaven Jay B. Perkins 2015
No Score Yet A Larger Life Robert Parker 2015
36% 23 Blast Coach Powers $0.5M 2014
0% Persecuted Dr. Charles Luther $1.6M 2014
No Score Yet Unlimited Actor 2013
No Score Yet Last Best Chance President Charles Ross 2013
64% Sinister Sheriff $48.2M 2012
44% The Last Ride O'Keefe $16.8K 2012
63% Secretariat Bull Hancock $59.7M 2010
No Score Yet The Genesis Code Judge Hardin 2010
No Score Yet Alleged William Jennings Bryan 2010
No Score Yet Perfect Valor Actor 2009
No Score Yet Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee President Ulysses S. Grant 2007
42% Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World Himself $0.8M 2006
35% Racing Stripes Sir Trenton $49.2M 2005
11% Celsius 41.11 Actor 2004
No Score Yet Evel Knievel Jay Sarno 2004
20% Baby's Day Out Grissom 1994
96% In the Line of Fire Harry Sargent 1993
25% Born Yesterday Senator Hedges 1993
71% Barbarians at the Gate Jim Robinson 1993
14% Aces: Iron Eagle III Stockman 1992
No Score Yet Keep the Change Otis 1992
No Score Yet Day-O Frank 1992
44% White Sands Actor 1992
88% Thunderheart William Dawes 1992
75% Cape Fear Tom Broadbent 1991
13% Curly Sue Bernard Oxbar 1991
31% Necessary Roughness Carver Purcell 1991
75% Class Action Dr. George Getchell 1991
25% The Flight of the Intruder Captain Copeland $14.6M 1991
68% Die Hard 2 Trudeau 1990
39% Days of Thunder Big John 1990
89% The Hunt for Red October Adm. Painter 1990
47% Fat Man and Little Boy Melrose Hayden Barry 1989
20% Feds Bill Belecki 1988
No Score Yet Unholy Matrimony Actor 1988
91% No Way Out Marshall 1987
No Score Yet Marie Himself 1985
No Score Yet The Wobblies Actor 1979

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

47% Allegiance
2015
FBI Director
  • 2015
96% The Good Wife
2009-2016
Frank Thomas Frank Michael Thomas
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Meet the Press
1947
Guest
  • 2012
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2005
  • 2004
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
Guest
  • 2010
72% Life on Mars
2008-2009
Chief Harry Woolf
  • 2009
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
DA Arthur Branch
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent
2001-2011
Arthur Branch
  • 2005
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
DA Arthur Branch
  • 2005
  • 2003
76% Roseanne
1988-2018
Faber
  • 1995
  • 1989
No Score Yet Wiseguy
1987-1990
Pooley
  • 1988
  • 1987

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