Fred Thompson, R. I. P.

Fred Thompson had died of a recurrence of lymphoma. He was 73.

He was quite a character. I remember him from when he was a law school student at Vanderbilt while I was an undergraduate.

He delivered many memorable lines in his varied careers, but the most important was probably, “Mr. Butterfield, are you aware of the installation of any listening devices in the Oval Office of the President?”

14 thoughts on “Fred Thompson, R. I. P.

  1. It seems we’ve lost another statesman.

    Father of all, we pray to you for those we love, but see no longer: Grant them your peace; let light perpetual shine upon them; and, in your loving wisdom and almighty power, work
    in them the good purpose of your perfect will; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

  2. Memory Eternal, Mr. Thompson. I’ll never forget your kindness and gentlemanly comport when introduced to my wife Barbara at the premiere of Tom Clancy’s “Sum of All fears”. It was drizzling and you held your umbrella over her the whole two block walk from the theatre to the after-party site. A true gentleman of the old school!

  3. As an actor, he could always be called upon to play the gruff but likable senator, lawyer, judge, etc. In Baby’s Day Out he delivered a line over a bullhorn telling the crooks to put their hands up and throw down the baby’s book. Something like: “Put your hands up, and throw down the boo boo.” Beautifully delivered.

  4. I remember when during his presidential run in ’08 folks were complaining that he didn’t want it badly enough. For me, that was a major reason I supported him. I want someone who looks on it as a service job, not their entire self-image.

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  6. Fred will be missed. Common sense and charisma. A great pity he wasn’t in better shape back in 2008.

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