U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson ended months of speculation Monday when he announced he would run for re-election to the U.S. Senate.
At a quickly called news conference in Nashville, Thompson said he would run for second term. He was elected in 1996 for a full term after serving two years of the last term of former Sen. Al Gore.
Thompson will seek the Republican nomination, dashing the slim hopes of U.S. Rep. Ed Bryant (R-7th District), who had been the GOP standby in case Thompson decided to return to Hollywood instead of making the campaign.
Thompson had been mentioned for a job with the movie industry that would have taken him away from Washington.
Before being elected he was an attorney in Nashville and later an actor in feature films. He played himself in the movie Marie, then played gritty authority figures in Hunt for Red October, Die Hard II and In the Line of Fire.
In making his announcement, Thompson said,