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Jim Cooper

Former Sen. Fred Thompson, had TV and film roles, dead at 73

Former U.S. Senator Fred Thompson, a folksy Tennessee lawyer whose career led him from politics to Hollywood and back again, died Sunday. He was 73.

At 6-foot-6 with a booming voice, Thompson appeared in at least 20 motion pictures and in the TV series "Law & Order." His film credits include "In the Line of Fire," ''The Hunt for Red October," ''Die Hard II" and "Cape Fear." By the early '90s, Thompson said he had become bored with his 10-year stint in Hollywood and wanted to enter public service. He then headed back to Nashville and launched his Senate campaign.

A man of varied roles on and off the screen, he was a lawyer by...