GOP's Thompson Has Made Millions From Acting

Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson makes a campaign stop in Greenville, S.C., last month. (AP)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Fred Thompson has had a varied career as lawyer, politician and lobbyist, but it's his acting that has proven to be most lucrative.

The former Tennessee senator who became a regular on NBC's "Law & Order" playing a no-nonsense district attorney has made millions from television and movie roles.

A personal financial disclosure report that the Republican presidential candidate filed with the Federal Election Commission this week shows that he earned at least $2.5 million and as much as $16 million in residual payments and performance contracts between January 2006 and last month.

Presidential candidates must file the reports with the FEC and the Office of Government Ethics.

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