You probably heard the news last night that actor and politician Fred Thompson has died. I went searching for photos, and while he wasn’t the tradliest of guys, I found this great one with buttondown and pipe.
While most men cut their teeth on acting before turning to the role of politican, Thompson did the reverse. I would have first seen him as a teenager in “No Way Out,” opposite a young Kevin Costner, which was probably my first spy thriller. He also had roles in “Die Hard 2” and “The Hunt For Red October,” and the New York Times said he was who Hollywood would turn to when it needed someone to personify governmental power.
Thompson served as a senator from Tennessee, but prior to that he had played a role in the Watergate hearings and helped bring down President Nixon. The priceless photo a shows Thompson and colleagues smoking their pipes through the hearings. — CC