Former GOP presidential candidate plans return to acting
"Old Fred Thompson Just added about ten years to his life by not being elected POTUS !"
NASHVILLE (AP) — Politician turned actor turned politician Fred Thompson is planning to reprise his old role: politician turned actor.
Thompson dropped out of the crowded Republican nomination fight in January after his much-anticipated presidential campaign failed to gain strong support among conservatives.
He campaigned heavily for eventual nominee John McCain, and has since tried to gain support to head the Republican National Committee.
But his former finance chairman B.C. "Scooter" Clippard said Thursday that Thompson informed him a day earlier that he was returning to acting and dropping his RNC bid.
"He seriously considered it, but he called and said that it was not in the cards," Clippard said.
Clippard said he did not know which television programs might be interested in Thompson.
"He has some wonderful opportunities back in the television market that probably financially far outweigh being chair of the RNC," Clippard said.
Thompson, 66, was lawyer and character actor before being elected to the U.S. Senate in 1993, only to turn his back on politics after his first full term in favor of a full-time acting career in 2002.
He was best known for his role as the gruff district attorney on NBC's "Law & Order" before leaving the show in 2007 to run for president.
Clippard, who was also a co-chair of McCain's presidential fundraising efforts, said Thompson had the necessary support to make a serious bid to head the national GOP.
"He had people willing to fly him, willing to contribute," Clippard said. "People love him so much, he was offered extraordinary resources."
Thompson began his acting career with the film "Marie" in 1985, about a high-profile legal case he handled in Tennessee and in which he played himself.
His later casting credits included politicians and government officials in movies like "In the Line of Fire" and "The Hunt for Red October" before he ran to fill the last two years of Al Gore's unexpired U.S. Senate term after Gore was elected vice president.