Fred Dalton Thompson (Actor) - Law & Order
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Updated: 3/6/14

Name: Fred Dalton Thompson

Born: August 19, 1942, Sheffield, Alabama

Claim To Fame: He is known for his role on the NBC television series Law & Order, playing Manhattan District Attorney Arthur Branch.

Family Life: He was married to Sarah Elizabeth Lindsey from 1959-1985. They have three children together. He has been married to Jeri Thompson since 2002 and they have two children.

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Info: Thompson served as a U.S. Attorney and was on the Watergate Committee that investigated Nixon. In 1985, he played himself in the movie Marie, which led to several film roles. He served in the U.S. Senate from 1994 to 2003, after which he played the role of Arthur Branch on Law & Order.

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Trivia: Went to Memphis State University in 1964 and Vanderbilt University in 1967.

Can be seen on the archival footage of the Watergate Hearings in Oliver Stone's Nixon (1995). He was one of the active lawyers on the Watergate committee during the trial.

Helped introduce President George W. Bush at the Republican National Convention (2004) in New York.

Is one of four cast members from Law & Order (1990) whose character became a regular on a "Law & Order" spin-off.

Has played the same character, District Attorney Arthur Branch, in five different series: Law & Order (1990), Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999), Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001), Law & Order: Trial by Jury (2005) and Conviction (2006).

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Where Are They Now: Fred Thompson represented Tennessee as a US Senator from 1994 to 2003. Ending months of speculation, declared that he was a candidate for President on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992) on 5 September 2007. After failing to win a single primary, Thompson ended his presidential campaign in January 2008 and later endorsed Senator John McCain.

In April 2007, Fred Thompson disclosed that in 2004, he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a cancer of the immune system. He said the cancer was in remission and he was suffering no symptoms.

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