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Tom Laughlin - Billy Jack actor, writer - dead at 82

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Tom Laughlin, the filmmaker and actor who became famous as “Billy Jack” died Thursday in Thousand Oaks, California at the age of 82, according to Yahoo! News on Sunday.

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Laughlin is best known for the “Billy Jack” films in which he starred. He has been married since 1954 to Delores Taylor. His wife acted in and co-produced the four “Billy Jack movies. Besides acting in the films, Laughlin was a director, producer, and screenwriter. It is said that he drew attention for his groundbreaking promotion and release campaign of 1974’s “The Trial of Billy Jack” which used television trailers during national news broadcasts and an “opening day” nationwide release – which assisted in how films have been distributed since then.

The first time the “Billy Jack” character appearance via Laughlin was in 1967 when he wrote, directed and starred in “The Born Losers.” Next, in 1971, the sequel - “Billy Jack” – was released.

Laughlin’s motion picture jobs date back to the 1957 when directed “The Proper Time” and had the leading role in “The Delinquents.” The first time he wrote, directed and starred in a movie was in 1960’s “The Young Sinner.”

More recently, the actor was involved in psychology and domestic abuse counseling. He wrote several books on Jungian psychology as well as theories on the causes of cancer. He also ran for President of the United States in 1992, 2004, and 2008.



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