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

Thompson returning to Hollywood

[cnn-photo-caption image= 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)


    March 25, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  2. Matt, Manchester, CT

    OK CNN, first it was Obama on vacation, now it's Thompson back to Hollywood. Is there nothing going on in the world RIGHT now, in the realm of politics, that would be more germane????

    March 25, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  3. brad

    where he belongs. once an actor always an actor.

    March 25, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  4. Mose

    What about that HILLARY dispute under fire????

    March 25, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  5. Ron

    He never reaally seemed like he WANTED to be President. It was more like if it happened gret, if it didn't so what. And he never had a chance with that attitude.

    March 25, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  6. Bess Cannon

    CNN-Why don't you get your poll results up to date? Clinton is ahead of Obama now in the national listing. You have had the very same listing for weeks. Or, is this your biased wishful thinking?

    March 25, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  7. BL-New York

    Who is Fred Thompson?

    just kidding Fred...

    March 25, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  8. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    Good ridence!

    March 25, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  9. Richard, St. Paul, MN

    I wonder if anyone in Hollywood will take him seriously now that he's "outed" himself as a member of the evil Republican party?

    March 25, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  10. phillyace

    Good riddance.

    March 25, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  11. Eli

    Finally, Hollywood, a place that can fit his ego, and somewhere he can be a star!

    March 25, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  12. Bubba

    Not on MY tv, he's not. I wouldn't walk across the street to see him for free. I don't find conservatives entertaining anymore.

    March 25, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  13. James

    Who cares?

    March 25, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  14. P Graber

    We, as huge Law & Order fans, want him to go back to Law & Order, so Jack McCoy can go back to his old job.

    March 25, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  15. Ali

    When Thompson left the race, so did my vote. I couldn't in good conscience vote for any of the other Republican candidates, nor the current Democrats. I'm deeply disappointed that his candidacy fizzled as quickly as it did.

    March 25, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  16. Evan

    We liked you more when you were on Law and Order and said crazy stuff, but now that we know you're serious, we don't want to heard about it.

    Go back to your nap, Fred.

    March 25, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  17. Will

    Maybe he could be on Dancing With the Stars with the other has-beens.

    March 25, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  18. Bill from Oklahoma

    He is a better actor than he is a politician. Or are they the same thing?

    March 25, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  19. DG

    This guy was such a joke... Glad to see him back in Hollywood where he belongs.

    March 25, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  20. Milo Janus

    That's right, Fred. Go back to Hollywood where your acting skills are better received. America didn't buy it when you were trying to play president on the campaign trail.

    March 25, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  21. Independent Voter from Texas

    That's good. I missed seeing him on Law & Order.

    March 25, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  22. Michael in Lorton, Virginia

    Good luck Senator Thompson........May you get what you wish for someday.......

    March 25, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  23. The Austrian

    Good for him! The presidential bid didn't work out so well, so he's moving on to doing what he's done best. Would that all politicians would move on with their lives and not make careers out of politicking.

    March 25, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  24. Doug Hogue, Merrimack NH

    I wish Senator Thompson luck. I still feel he would have made a good President. This country needs more politicians like him. Politicans that put basic values and beliefs in fromt of the public instead of just focusing on having a great campaign sytle the media likes.

    March 25, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  25. kathe oakland, california

    I sure hope he is not going back to Law and Order – he is done there. The new lineup is PERFECT with Jack McCoy taking lead spot.
    Go Law and Order and


    March 25, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
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