Here's a look at the life of actor and former U.S. Senator Fred Thompson.
Personal: Birth date: August 19, 1942
Birth place: Sheffield, Alabama
Birth name: Freddie Dalton Thompson
Father: Fletcher Thompson, a car salesman
Mother: Ruth (Bradley) Thompson
Marriages: Jeri Kehn Thompson (2002-present); Sarah Lindsey (1959-1985, divorced)
Children: with Jeri Kehn Thompson: Samuel, 2006; Hayden, 2003; with Sarah Lindsey: Daniel, 1965; Elizabeth, 1963-2002; Fred Jr., 1960
Education: Memphis State University, B.S., 1964; Vanderbilt University, J.D., 1967
Other Facts: Dated country music singer Lorrie Morgan.
While campaigning for his Senate seat, he drove around the state in a red pickup truck.
Timeline: 1969-1972 - Assistant United States Attorney.
1973-1974 - Serves as minority counsel to the Senate Watergate Committee in its investigation of the Watergate scandal.
1975 - Thompson's book "At That Point in Time: The Inside Story of the Senate Watergate Committee" is released.
1978 - Is hired by Marie Ragghianti to represent her after she is fired as chairman of the Tennessee Parole Board by Governor Ray Blanton. Ragghianti wins her case and is reinstated. Two of Blanton's aides are later convicted of taking money in exchange for granting paroles.
1980 - Special counsel to Tennessee Governor Lamar Alexander.
1980-1981 - Special counsel to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
1982 - Special counsel to the Senate Intelligence Committee.
1985 - Makes his acting debut playing himself in "Marie: A True Story," a film about his former client Marie Ragghianti.
1985-1987 - Member of the Tennessee Appellate Court Nominating Commission.
1990 - Appears in the films "The Hunt for Red October" and "Die Hard 2."
1993 - Appears in the film "In the Line of Fire."
1994 - Wins a special election to fill Al Gore's vacant U.S. Senate seat.
1996 - Is re-elected to the U.S. Senate for a full term.
March 2002 - Announces he will not run for re-election.