But He's Played One on TV!

By Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts
Sunday, April 1, 2007

Fred Thompson says he' s "considering" running for president and just like that, the law yer-turned actor-turned-senator-turned-actor passes Mitt Romney in the polls. But do all those gruff executive roles -- the "Law and Order" D.A., White House staffer in "In the Line of Fire," CIA chief in "No Way Out" -- really make him ready for the Oval Office? We unearth the acting jobs he wishes we forgot.

MOVIE: Evel Knievel (2004)

PLOT: TV biopic of the canyon-jumping daredevil.

ROLE: Jay Sarno, womanizing Las Vegas casino magnate

CO-STARS: George Eads, Jaime Pressly

CRITICS: Orlando Sentinel: "Hackneyed . . . the fun goes out of the movie." Thompson "has a sly touch."

MOVIE: Baby's Day Out (1994)

PLOT: Three bumbling kidnappers snatch a wealthy couple's child

ROLE: Inept FBI agent Dale Grissom, who loses Baby Bink, utters line, "We're going back to the tick-tock to get the boo-boo."

CO-STARS: Lara Flynn Boyle, Joe Pantoliano

CRITICS: Boston Globe: " 'Baby's Day Out' chokes on its own formula." Thompson not mentioned.

MOVIE: Born Yesterday (1993)


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