Tom Laughlin

Actor and Political Activist
Born Aug 10, 1931

Thomas Robert "Tom" Laughlin is an American actor, director, screenwriter, author, educator and political activist. Laughlin is best known for his series of Billy Jack films. He has been married to Delores Taylor since 1954. Taylor has also co-produced and acted in all four of the Billy Jack films. His unique promotion of The Trial of Billy Jack was a major influence on the way films are marketed.… Read More

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1931 Birth Born on August 10, 1931.


Laughlin was best known for his series of Billy Jack films. He was married to actress Delores Taylor from 1954 until his death. … Read More
1955 - 1959 3 More Events
1960 28 Years Old Laughlin made his directorial debut later that year with The Proper Time, though the film wasn't released until 1960. … Read More
1961 29 Years Old By 1961, Laughlin had left the film business to devote all of his time to the school, which by 1964 had become the largest school of its kind in the United States. … Read More


1965 33 Years Old In 1965, Laughlin told the Milwaukee Sentinel that he planned to make a film on the life of a noted Catholic priest, Father William DuBay. … Read More
1967 35 Years Old Two years later, in 1967, he wrote, directed (as T. C. Frank) and starred in the motorcycle-gang exploitation film The Born Losers. … Read More
1971 39 Years Old He followed this up with the sequel to The Born Losers, Billy Jack, in 1971. … Read More


1974 42 Years Old The second sequel, The Trial of Billy Jack, released in late 1974, was a huge box office hit, while not registering as quite as big a critical success. … Read More
1976 44 Years Old …  In 1976, Laughlin announced that he was more than $7 million in debt and blamed the financial troubles on unethical behavior by Warner Bros. … Read More
1978 46 Years Old In the years after the failure of Billy Jack Goes to Washington, Laughlin played small roles in a couple of films, such as The Big Sleep in 1978 and his last acting role was The Legend of the Lone Ranger in 1981.


1984 52 Years Old In 1984, he purchased a series of twelve advertisements in Variety condemning various aspects of the film industry and its treatment of independent filmmakers. … Read More
1985 53 Years Old In 1985, he made a fifth Billy Jack film, The Return of Billy Jack, which featured the title character fighting child pornographers in New York City. … Read More


In his later years, he sought the office of President of the United States in 1992, 2004, and 2008. … Read More
2004 72 Years Old He ran for president again in 2004, this time as a Republican. … Read More
In 2008, the film's title was changed to Billy Jack for President. … Read More
2009 77 Years Old In 2009, Laughlin released plot details of this film on a video on his website. … Read More
2010 78 Years Old In 2010, Frank, Chris, and Theresa Laughlin, founded Billy Jack Rights, LLC, which manages the rights to all of Tom Laughlin's films, including the Billy Jack franchise.
2013 82 Years Old Tom Laughlin died of complications from pneumonia on December 12, 2013 at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, California.
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