Fred Thompson Announces Candidacy For The Republican Presidential Nomination!

Former senator joins the ranks of political thesps

by | September 7, 2007 | Comments

If you were channel surfing last night, chances are you saw Fred Thompson. It might have been on a Law and Order rerun, or maybe it was when he announced on The Tonight Show that he’s running for president!

After much speculation that Thompson would declare his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination via his website or in New Hampshire, the former Tennessee senator and noted character actor dropped the candidacy bomb on Jay Leno’s show — and the audience burst into applause. Although some political pundits questioned his choice of venue — a few feel that The Tonight Show is not a serious political setting — it worked pretty well for Arnold Schwarzenegger, seeing how he ended up being the governor of California and all.

Thompson joins the ranks of the Governator, Clint Eastwood, and, oh yeah … former President Ronald Reagan (looking Fresh at a career-spanning 70 percent on the Tomatometer, baby!) as familiar Hollywood faces trying their hand at the world of politics. And although Thompson’s profile in the acting game may not be as high as the others in the bunch, he’s a recognizable character actor who often plays gruff authority figures; Thompson’s fans can easily imagine him in a presidential role.

Thompson’s Hollywood résumé is full of well-known films, such as In The Line of Fire (currently at 97 percent on the Tomatometer), Cape Fear (77 percent), and Die Hard 2: Die Harder (64 percent), and some not-terribly-beloved movies like Baby’s Day Out (23 percent) and Iron Eagle 3: Aces (at a robust zero percent). Senator Thompson has most recently been in the spotlight as the district attorney on Law and Order, and is one of only four actors to play the same character in all of the Law and Order series.

Only time will tell if Thompson’s campaign will catch fire like the plane in Die Hard 2, but RT will keep you posted along the way.

Tag Cloud

Showtime SDCC TBS Holidays supernatural Lionsgate Summer Video Games singing competition FOX Universal CNN vampires Kids & Family crime thriller Character Guide Premiere Dates Adult Swim Exclusive Video Logo Nickelodeon Marathons travel Ghostbusters Comedy Horror Photos APB boxoffice ESPN E! Martial Arts El Rey SundanceTV PaleyFest Teen Netflix Winners MSNBC Mystery Infographic Action Esquire cops Reality Mary Tyler Moore 2017 comiccon Grammys Tumblr zombie Star Trek BBC politics TNT The Arrangement Sneak Peek Masterpiece USA cinemax aliens Interview Superheroes RT History Best and Worst TruTV OWN X-Men crime drama History Dark Horse Comics Certified Fresh cooking Sundance Musicals LGBTQ FX BBC America TCA Nat Geo police drama Set visit Toys Drama war Syfy Thanksgiving GLAAD Country Oscars CBS All Access Comedy Central Election Box Office adventure WGN Spring TV Cartoon Network HBO serial killer GIFs Extras Comic Book discovery Reality Competition Trailer Fox News harry potter Pop Bravo 007 Trivia Starz FXX thriller Valentine's Day Sci-Fi American Society of Cinematographers Tomatazos IFC Awards Food Network Opinion science fiction Biopics diversity Schedule Crackle President Emmys Disney Channel BET Nominations Animation DirecTV First Look Super Bowl TV Land Pirates MTV TIFF Rock Cosplay VH1 Fantasy Lifetime 2015 TCA 2017 PBS Rom-Com based on movie Polls and Games GoT Calendar VICE Podcast The CW docudrama AMC ITV Winter TV CBS Marvel period drama Red Carpet crime DC Comics NYCC Amazon ABC Family sitcom Fall TV TLC Music Star Wars Disney Watching Series Writers Guild of America 24 frames dramedy Countdown psycho social media ABC Freeform CMT Hulu technology Rocky TV 2016 biography Year in Review NBC sports A&E TCM