Served from 1973 to '74 as cochief counsel to the Senate Watergate Committee, an experience he wrote about in his memoir, At That Point in Time.
Played a CIA director for his first on-screen role in the 1987 movie No Way Out.
Represented Tennessee as a Republican U.S. Senator from 1994 to 2003.
Named the 2001 Distinguished Alumnus of the Vanderbilt University Law School.
Joined the cast of Law & Order in 2002 as conservative DA Arthur Branch, a role he also played in the show's several spin-offs.
Announced his candidacy for the 2008 presidential election on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno September 5, 2007; as a result, he had to leave Law & Order to avoid a conflict with the equal-time television rule for presidential candidates.
2003, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
Margaret Carlson — Ex-significant Other
Ken Thompson — Brother
Samuel Thompson — Son
Georgette Mosbacher — Ex-significant Other
Ruth Thompson — Mother
Fred Dalton 'Tony' Thompson Jr. — Son
Daniel Thompson — Son
Jeri Kehn — Wife
Sarah Lindsey — Ex-wife
Elizabeth Thompson Panici — Daughter
Lorrie Morgan — Ex-significant Other
Fletcher Thompson — Father
Hayden Victoria Thompson — Daughter
Memphis State University. Memphis, Tennessee, United States (BA in Philosophy and Political Science, 1964); Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, United States (JD, 1967)