Fred Dalton Thompson was born on August 19, 1942 in Sheffield, Alabama, USA as Freddie Dalton Thompson. He worked as a shoe salesman, truck driver, and even a factory worker prior to becoming an attorney. He was one of the active lawyers on the Watergate committee during the Nixon presidential administration, and can be seen in archival footage of the Watergate hearings.
He then became an actor, best known for Sinister, Law & Order and Die Hard 2.
He won a special election to the United States Senate in 1994 and was reelected for a full term in 1996. He did not run for reelection in 2002. A Republican, he represented his home state of Tennessee from 2 December 1994 - 3 January 2003. He ran for President of the United States beginning in September 2007, dropping out of the race in January 2008.
He has been married to Jeri Kehn Thompson since June 29, 2002. They have two children. He was previously married to Sarah Elizabeth Lindsey.