Law and Order
Fred Dalton Thompson
Arthur Branch.jpg
District Attorney Arthur Branch
Date of birth
19 August 1942
Place of birth
Sheffield, Alabama
Date of death
1 November 2015
Place of death
Nashville, Tennessee
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Fred Dalton Thompson was an actor who played District Attorney Arthur Branch in all four series from the Law & Order franchise. He was a regular cast member on Law & Order for five seasons. He first appeared in the thirteenth season episode "American Jihad", and made his last appearance in the seventeenth season episode "The Family Hour". Thompson was also a regular cast member on Law & Order: Trial by Jury.

He appeared in eleven different episodes of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. He first appeared in the fourth season episode "Fallacy", and made his last appearance in the seventh season episode "Gone". He also appeared in the episode "In the Wee Small Hours (2)" from Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

Thompson appeared as DA Arthur Branch in the pilot episode of Conviction.

He died on November 1, 2015, after a battle with lymphoma at the age of 73.[1]


  • Is the only actor to be a regular on two different Law & Order series at the same time. From March to May 2005, he played DA Arthur Branch on both Law & Order (1990) and Law & Order: Trial by Jury.
  • Fred Thompson represented Tennessee as a US Senator from 1994 to 2003. He was also a candidate for the Republican nomination for President of the United States in 2008.
  • Thompson was an attorney in real life, having received his law degree from the Vanderbilt Law School in 1967.


Icon TBJ.jpg Law & Order: Trial by Jury

Main Cast: Kirk AcevedoAmy CarlsonScott CohenBebe NeuwirthJerry OrbachFred Dalton Thompson