Actor and politician Fred Thompson passed away yesterday at the age of 73. He was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma more than a decade ago, and it had recently returned.

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Fred served as a Republican U.S. Senator from Tennessee for eight years, from 1994 to 2003. He also launched a brief presidential campaign back in 2007.

As an actor, he played D.A. Arthur Branch on "Law & Order" from 2002 to 2007. And his movies included: "No Way Out", "The Hunt for the Red October", "Die Hard 2", "Curly Sue", "Cape Fear", "Secretariat", and "Sinister".