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Fred Dalton Thompson



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
9% 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
38% 23 Blast
  • Coach Powers
2014
0% Persecuted
  • Dr. Charles Luther
2014
No Score Yet Unlimited
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Last Best Chance
  • President Charles Ross
2013
63% Sinister
  • Sheriff
2012
44% The Last Ride
  • O'Keefe
2012
63% Secretariat
  • Bull Hancock
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
2006
35% Racing Stripes
  • Sir Trenton
2005
No Score Yet Last Best Chance
  • Actor
2005
11% Celsius 41.11
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Evel Knievel
  • Jay Sarno
2004
21% Baby's Day Out
  • Grissom
1994
95% In the Line of Fire
  • Harry Sargent
1993
26% Born Yesterday
  • Senator Hedges
1993
67% Barbarians at the Gate
  • Jim Robinson
1993
0% Aces: Iron Eagle III
  • Stockman
1992
No Score Yet Keep the Change
  • Otis
1992
No Score Yet Day-O
  • Frank
1992
47% White Sands
  • Actor
1992
87% Thunderheart
  • William Dawes
1992
76% Cape Fear
  • Tom Broadbent
1991
14% 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
1991
69% Die Hard 2
  • Trudeau
1990
39% Days of Thunder
  • Big John
1990
86% The Hunt for Red October
  • Adm. Painter
1990
50% 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
No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent
2001-2011
  • Arthur Branch
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • DA Arthur Branch
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
2015
  • Guest
47% Allegiance
2015
  • FBI Director
97% The Good Wife
2009-2016
  • Frank Thomas Frank Michael Thomas
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • DA Arthur Branch
No Score Yet Meet the Press
1947
  • Guest

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