“Billy Jack” Dies

By | Dec 17, 2013

Just discovered that actor Tom Laughlin died on December 12, 2013 from complications from pneumonia at the age of 82. Tom Laughlin, born on August 10, 1931, is best know for the series of Billy Jack movies of the 1970s.

The character Billy Jack, a half-Indian Vietnam War veteran who shuns society, was first introduced in the 1967 film Born Losers.

This was followed in 1971 with the most popular of series Billy Jack. From this movie came the song One Tin Soldier by Coven

The Trial of Billy Jack came out in 1974.

The last of the series Billy Jack Goes to Washington in 1976.

After the Billy Jack movies Laughlin went into politics, including running for the Democratic nomination for President in 1992 and as a republican in 2004. In both cases the parties considered him a fringe candidate and gave him little support.


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