March 25th, 2008
10:00 AM ET
11 years ago

Thompson returning to Hollywood

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/03/25/art.thompson.gi.jpg caption=" Thompson is looking to head back to Hollywood."](CNN) - Two months after early primary voters put an end to his short-lived presidential bid, Fred Thompson is hoping for a friendlier reception back in Hollywood.

The former Republican presidential candidate is seeking a return to his acting career, having recently signed a deal with the William Morris Agency, Reuters reports.

Thompson, a former senator from Tennessee, starred as New York District Attorney Arthur Branch in the NBC show "Law & Order" until last year when Republican Party insiders convinced him to mount a presidential bid.

The 65-year-old conservative was hailed by some as the next coming of Ronald Reagan, but his campaigning style was criticized as lackluster, and he was never able to capitalize on the anticipation supporters had built before he announced that he was getting into the race.

He played to the voters as a staunch conservative and a son of the South, and while he did draw some evangelical voters from one-time Baptist preacher and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, it wasn't enough to pull him into contention for the nomination.

Thompson formally ended his bid late last January after third place showings in Iowa and South Carolina - the two states in which he devoted most of his resources.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney


Filed under: Fred Thompson
soundoff (55 Responses)
  1. Michelle D. Atlanta, GA

    And this is newsworthy WHY???

    March 25, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  2. demwit

    Does this mean CNN will be following up on all the presidential losers and their future plans this week or is this just a cheap parting shot at Thompson??

    March 25, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  3. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I hope that he puts more into his acting than his campaigning. With the exeception of some of the debates, he didn't seem to do all that much. There wasn't anything that active or appealing other than his possible presidential feel that an actor can have like Reagan had.

    March 25, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  4. Mike

    Good... always like the parts he played... McCain might be smart to bring this guy on board!!!

    March 25, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  5. Tex

    Who cares? Does CNN think this is blockbuster political news?

    My week is now complete knowing Fred is back in Hollywood.

    March 25, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  6. NIC

    so what

    March 25, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  7. Frank

    Good for you Fred...Smart to get out of this zoo of an election.

    March 25, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  8. Go Hillary!!! Cosmic Comedy Queen!

    Maybe he can play Prez in Hollywood.

    March 25, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  9. David

    and he will be playing the Crypt Keeper in his next film!!!

    March 25, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  10. Jeffrey Harrison

    Perhaps Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney should consider a return to journalism school. Thompson "stared" as a district attorney on Law and Order??? I want that job and salary...

    March 25, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  11. John Zeger

    Hollywood is where Fred Thompson belongs. He should stay there. And so should have Ronald Reagan and Arnold Schwarzenegger. What is it with actors that they want to become politicians? Is it just a bigger spotlight that they are after?

    March 25, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  12. Mary

    Never should have left.

    March 25, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  13. TheLeftNut

    Na, na, na, na...

    March 25, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  14. jillrees

    Barack as a candidate for the world?????????????

    March 25, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  15. Stephanie, PA

    Good for him. Nothing in Hollywood is as strange or far-fetched as the direction in which this election has gone. Proof that life is stanger than fiction!

    March 25, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  16. Jose'

    Now if we could just get Obama to go back to Illinois!!

    March 25, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  17. chris

    "Thompson, a former senator from Tennessee, stared as New York District Attorney. . . ."

    typo 🙂

    March 25, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  18. karp

    "starred" not "stared"

    March 25, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  19. Wayne, Greenville TX

    Fred got tired of acting like a politician,and will now go back to acting like an actor....

    March 25, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  20. vicki

    Hillary Clinton should give up her acting career as well.

    She keeps trying to portray a trustworthy, Honest , sincere person .

    Instead , the real Hillary is showing through, desperate, dishonest,untruthful arrogant. corrupt unscrupulous .. politician .

    March 25, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  21. Ronald

    He and Hillary are making a new movie . . . "The Bore and the Liar."

    March 25, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  22. Joan Wheeler

    This man needs to decide what he wants to be when he grows up. Talk about career-jumping. Fred, get a grip.

    March 25, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  23. charlotte

    I watched him on Law and Order, he's not even a good actor.

    March 25, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  24. Mike

    Maybe you can play president.

    March 25, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  25. Bayou Joe

    Good for him. Great actor. Not a very good candidate.

    March 25, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
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