Memorial service for former Senator, actor Fred Thompson to be held Friday

FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2008, file photo, former Sen. Fred Thompson, R-Tenn., gives thumbs up after speaking at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A public memorial service will be held Friday for former Tennessee senator and actor Fred Thompson.

The service is scheduled for 10 a.m. at War Memorial Auditorium.

After the ceremony, family and friends will travel to Lawrenceburg for a hometown tribute at Crockett Theater.

The 73-year-old died from complications from non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Thompson was diagnosed with the disease in 2004 and had been in remission before it returned last year.

He is survived by his wife, four children and his grandchildren.

Thompson, at 6-foot-6 with a booming voice, appeared in at least 20 motion pictures. His credits include “In the Line of Fire,” ”The Hunt for Red October,” ”Die Hard II” and “Cape Fear.” By the early 1990s, Thompson said he had become bored with his 10-year stint in Hollywood and wanted to go into public service.

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