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Former Tenn. Sen. Fred Thompson, had TV and film roles, dies at 73

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Bouncing from politics to the big screen and back, Fred Thompson played many roles well and those who knew him say the folksy former U.S. senator from Tennessee leaves a big mark on American life and the arts.

Thompson died Sunday in Nashville at 73.

A lawyer, prosecutor, hard-driving Senate counsel at the Watergate hearings, film and TV actor and even a fleeting presidential hopeful, Thompson commanded audiences with a booming voice and outsized charisma.

Brent Leatherwood speaks for the state Republican Party.

“He talked about things with a no-nonsense, matter-of-fact way of discussing issues, but he was always warm, always approachable, and that just made him one of our great statesman.”

Thompson appeared in feature films and television, including a role on the NBC drama series "Law & Order."  His family says he died after a recurrence of lymphoma.