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5 of Fred Thompson's Top On-Screen Performances

5 of Fred Thompson's Top On-Screen Performances
Star of "Persecuted," "The Good Wife," and "Law & Order" Fred Thompson speaks onstage during a "Fireside Chat on Persecuted" panel during Variety's Purpose: The Family Entertainment and Faith-Based Summit in association with Rogers And Cowan at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on June 12, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Rich Polk/Getty Images for Variety)

By    |   Monday, 02 November 2015 11:21 AM

Many Americans knew the late Fred Thompson as the U.S. Senator from Tennessee, but before winning Al Gore's vacated seat in 1994, he had a storied career as a movie and television actor.

After retiring from the Senate in 2002, he returned to the screen, taking up a full-time roll on "Law & Order."

Gathered below are five clips of Thompson's most notable and famous roles.

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1. "Marie: A True Story" — Thompson, a lawyer by trade, got his acting start when he landed a role in the 1985 film "Marie." In it, Sissy Spacek played the real-life Marie Ragghianti, while Thompson, who was Governor Ray Blanton's lawyer, played himself.



2. "The Hunt for Red October" — In 1990, Thompson portrayed Rear Admiral Joshua Painter in the high-impact spy thriller based on the Tom Clancy novel of the same name.



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3. "Die Hard 2"
— Thompson played Ed Trudeau, Chief of Washington Dulles' airport operations, in the spectacular sequel to Bruce Willis' famous movie.



4. "Alleged"
— Thompson portrayed U.S. Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan in the 2010 movie about the 1925 Scopes Trial.



5. "Law & Order"—As a former lawyer, Thompson was a shoo-in for the role of D.A. Arthur Branch on the megahit TV series from 2002-2007, before running for president in 2008.



Super reel — Thompson was featured in more than 20 movies and more than a dozen TV series over the years, and his campaign staff put together a greatest hits reel just a few years ago to showcase his talents.



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Many Americans knew the late Fred Thompson as the U.S. Senator from Tennessee, but before winning Al Gore's vacated seat in 1994, he had a storied career as a movie and television actor. Here are five of his top performances.
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