RIP Fred Thompson

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Former Senator, actor dead at 73.

Well known for his roles on TV and in the movies, as well as a political career which included 8 years in the US Senate and a Presidential bid for the 2008 election, Fred Thompson passed away today from a rare form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Thompson had a long career as a character actor, appearing in such movies as No Way Out, The Hunt For Red October, Days Of Thunder, Cape Fear, and In The Line Of Fire. He also appeared in 116 episodes of Law & Order as Manhattan D.A. Arthur Branch, as role he started in the waning months of his Senate term.

We’ll always remember Thompson for his role as Rear Admiral Joshua Painter in Hunt For Red October. A naval officer we know just quoted his line “Russians don’t take a dump without a plan” in a discussion about Putin and Russian foreign policy.

-Tristan Pinnock, Blast Film Correpondent

Tristan's just this guy, ya know?