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

YA cancelled TV series Logo know your critic crossover target Disney+ Disney Plus Marvel Studios Music godzilla kids Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt summer TV comic book movie sag awards Schedule Netflix 24 frames The Academy spider-verse book adaptation Calendar halloween tv rotten Showtime NBA obituary CMT Classic Film docuseries boxing directors video on demand canceled TV shows Spectrum Originals Ghostbusters Fall TV football Cosplay VICE international sopranos free movies biography action-comedy talk show nfl versus comedies Arrowverse 71st Emmy Awards pirates of the caribbean women Exclusive Video 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards Britbox posters broadcast 2017 2019 television Trivia genre Marathons The Walt Disney Company rt labs Apple TV Plus Lifetime Christmas movies Grammys Mystery TIFF Oscars dexter Animation Columbia Pictures Acorn TV Nat Geo sequels award winner ID The Walking Dead Vudu Rom-Com casting travel high school scene in color series Best Actress emmy awards asian-american BBC One movies batman PaleyFest crime thriller rotten movies we love comic psycho scorecard Awards Tour all-time documentary lord of the rings leaderboard Summer satire harry potter The Purge Thanksgiving adventure game show franchise robots Bravo Drama australia adenture hidden camera Fox News telelvision Elton John historical drama TNT Legendary blockbusters cancelled TV shows Hallmark Paramount Network based on movie zero dark thirty GIFs FX on Hulu Universal dreamworks Hulu cops fast and furious 4/20 Oscar Mary Poppins Returns animated TV renewals Lionsgate zombie mcc hist YouTube Premium docudrama Cannes Endgame DC Universe saw discovery Image Comics elevated horror Tubi E3 target scene in color Geeked Week screenings CBS All Access X-Men boxoffice golden globe awards CBS singing competition toy story superhero Character Guide Box Office Fargo Song of Ice and Fire Polls and Games PlayStation a nightmare on elm street E! Star Wars breaking bad Binge Guide Podcast finale Infographic medical drama Comedy Central jamie lee curtis art house rt archives japan chucky ViacomCBS game of thrones Interview MCU RT History LGBT Shondaland anime Avengers Mary poppins aapi dc feel good TCM Best Picture critic resources 2018 VOD Food Network Disney olympics true crime streamig Tomatazos science fiction Quiz venice TruTV supernatural Hollywood Foreign Press Association Pop See It Skip It The Arrangement RT21 WarnerMedia adaptation king kong Masterpiece stoner Captain marvel comiccon History reviews king arthur laika AMC Plus golden globes Pixar Marvel Neflix First Reviews cancelled television summer preview psychological thriller dark GLAAD canceled fresh thriller 2016 Mary Tyler Moore American Society of Cinematographers Stephen King 72 Emmy Awards wonder woman FXX Year in Review crime Spike rt labs critics edition stand-up comedy Super Bowl 007 hispanic DirecTV Tags: Comedy Certified Fresh 2015 kaiju children's TV Women's History Month Starz Creative Arts Emmys 20th Century Fox ITV live event movie documentaries IFC Turner Disney Plus streaming Brie Larson Holiday latino Warner Bros. GoT indie marvel comics obi wan Hear Us Out Best Director new star wars movies Rocketman razzies slasher ratings scary movies classics Musicals joker jurassic park PBS mission: impossible politics Watching Series National Geographic best dramedy concert series Teen Emmy Nominations A24 Musical monster movies HBO worst Marvel Television Chernobyl remakes TCA Winter 2020 Dark Horse Comics miniseries Wes Anderson Sony Extras Superheroes superman stop motion Hallmark Christmas movies cults video Photos Star Trek HFPA criterion facebook scary spanish language Amazon Prime Video New York Comic Con BBC Pride Month Fantasy composers NYCC Alien Esquire worst movies interviews Instagram Live SDCC OneApp political drama comic books Toys revenge blaxploitation ESPN transformers Horror halloween debate Apple Black History Month 2021 Best and Worst popular nature VH1 Set visit Discovery Channel festival space YouTube Red Comic Book TV movies rom-coms young adult cinemax Tarantino Trophy Talk teaser Reality foreign Crackle Countdown Shudder zombies streaming movies james bond dogs Adult Swim MSNBC toronto deadpool Sci-Fi royal family Lucasfilm anthology Nominations reboot ABC Signature summer TV preview japanese green book period drama Star Wars Celebration TCA Awards Paramount Plus WGN festivals DGA Freeform Election Broadway trailers Heroines Focus Features name the review scene in color AMC Country witnail LGBTQ diversity die hard Biopics Netflix Christmas movies A&E Fox Searchlight Anna Paquin Cartoon Network IMDb TV 45 legend Best Actor kong Lifetime Paramount doctor who Western slashers disaster NBC films Rock 79th Golden Globes Awards MGM Film Festival SXSW 2022 dceu Family OWN Epix police drama Syfy Mindy Kaling Sony Pictures romantic comedy mob 90s richard e. Grant sitcom Emmys french cars FOX vs. Film hispanic heritage month DC streaming service IFC Films basketball Tumblr TCA 2017 ABC Family biopic Valentine's Day Comedy justice league Amazon Studios HBO Max Action Trailer child's play crime drama USA The CW new zealand SXSW Disney streaming service Pop TV christmas movies HBO Go book spanish First Look spider-man south america theme song archives black Ellie Kemper binge blockbuster spy thriller spain SundanceTV indiana jones Television Academy 99% scene in color film series black comedy Reality Competition screen actors guild independent TV One live action South by Southwest Film Festival technology mockumentary twilight Ovation 2020 Sundance TV Apple TV+ Comics on TV FX Peacock TCA The Witch Travel Channel trophy 1990s romance Spring TV Sneak Peek BET Awards CW Seed Amazon Prime war heist movie DC Comics marvel cinematic universe San Diego Comic-Con Pirates BBC America Disney Channel cartoon Tokyo Olympics President TLC Red Carpet spinoff parents natural history Sundance Now YouTube critics what to watch tv talk italian comics Crunchyroll Superheroe 94th Oscars Funimation cancelled vampires Mudbound renewed TV shows MTV Winners Holidays Amazon Pacific Islander Paramount Pictures hollywood USA Network BAFTA Prime Video Indigenous 21st Century Fox news quibi universal monsters Martial Arts werewolf Premiere Dates ghosts Academy Awards Universal Pictures comic book movies Nickelodeon Winter TV TBS Rocky unscripted prank 73rd Emmy Awards Sundance Turner Classic Movies Opinion Video Games Pet Sematary ABC Comic-Con@Home 2021 mutant cats strong female leads Awards social media Television Critics Association BET suspense Chilling Adventures of Sabrina 93rd Oscars nbcuniversal serial killer Black Mirror cooking Native aliens Kids & Family CNN Writers Guild of America APB Baby Yoda sports sequel Walt Disney Pictures gangster El Rey dragons TV Land TV Christmas new york