Fred Thompson, a Republican U.S. senator for eight years who also acted in feature films and on television, has died, his family says in a statement.
The statement says he died in Nashville after a recurrence of lymphoma at 73.
Thompson, a lawyer, alternated between politics and acting much of his adult life. Once regarded as a rising star in the Senate, he retired from the seat when his term expired in January 2003, saying he didn’t “have the heart” for another term.
He announced a bid for president in 2007 but dropped out in 2008 after faring poorly.
Thompson, 6-foot-6 with a booming voice and folksy demeanor, appeared in at least 20 motion pictures. His credits include “In the Line of Fire,” ”The Hunt for Red October,” and “Cape Fear.”
Republished with permission of the Associated Press.