Tom Laughlin

American actor and political activist Tom Laughlin

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.
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Hollywood, It's Time To Stand Up
Huffington Post - over 1 year
One morning, over breakfast, my father said to me "If a man can't go his own way, he's nothing. The moment you give up what you stand for for fame or money, that's the moment you lose your soul." Yeah, it's heavy talk for a kid over Rice Crispies, but, my Dad was a pretty deep guy. And, he was a man who stood up, and spoke the truth. Sometimes, it made me cringe with nervousness. But, in the end, it was what made me most proud. And that was how that morning's particular chat started. I asked why more people like him didn't stand up and speak up. He told me the truth. Hollywood is full of pussies. It always has been. There have always been those that bowed out from doing the right thing, and hid behind whatever cloak they think made their cowardice palatable. And then, there were those few. The mavericks. The do-what-is-righters, no matter what the cost is on the other end of maintaining their integrity. The ones that stood up to be counted on the right side of history. Th...
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One step away from O2
Sleaford Standard - almost 6 years
LONDON could be calling an up-and-coming band after they moved one step closer to performing at one of the biggest UK festivals. Sleaford band the Blonde Mistake have triumphed once again after making it through the regional finals of Live and Unsigned, the UK’s largest music competition for musicians and bands, in Derby. The band, made up of guitarists Peter Gannan and Tom Laughlin, Alex ‘Titch’ Richardson on bass and drummer Tom Wiles, will now perform at the area finals at the Corn Exchange in Bedford on May 13 for the chance to be crowned the UK’s best unsigned act and perform live at Live Fest, the UK’s largest indoor festival, at the 02 Arena in London. Feedback from the judges at the regional final in Derby was more than complimentary, with one comment simply stating: “10 out of 10. Excellent. Change nothing! Loved the image.” Peter said of the band’s success: “We are ecstatic. This competition has got the band working harder than ever. Even though the competition looks ver...
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Student Hunger Drive's Corporate Challenge kicks off - Quad-Cities Online
Google News - over 6 years
"Demand for our services is at an unprecedented high", said Tom Laughlin, Executive Director of River Bend Food Bank. "The Corporate Challenge is a great way for the business community to join us in our daily battle against hunger"
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Today's Birthdays - Sports Radio ESPN 1420
Google News - over 6 years
Actor Tom Laughlin is 80. (Born 1931) His credits include the "Billy Jack" movies and the film "The Master Gunfighter." Singer Ronnie Spector is 68. (Born 1943) She was a member of the group The Ronettes. Musician Ian Anderson is 64
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Fancy word, simple advice - Orlando Sentinel
Google News - over 6 years
(Boy, Tom Laughlin must be ancient by now.) •You know how to flail, don't you? You put your hands in the air and grasp at nothing. •Congratulations to new Hall of Famers Bert Blyleven and Roberto Alomar, who were inducted Sunday along with baseball
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Billy Jack's Moral Revolution ruling: $70K judgement despite 100% investment ... - Westword (blog)
Google News - over 6 years
But that hasn't stopped director/star Tom Laughlin from trying to milk his primary claim to fame after the cow's gone dry. And you can bet a judgment against him for not repaying a Fort Collins investor by a contractual deadline won't, either
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A nutty slippery 'sovereign' slope - Tampabay.com
Google News - almost 7 years
While the "sovereign three-card monte marks" are made up of disaffected, often financially struggling illiterates, the movement has managed to ensnare folks like former Sarasota police Detective Tom Laughlin, who was forced from his job after signing
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B-movie stars and more at this week's Cult Fiction Drive-in convention - Florida Times-Union
Google News - almost 7 years
High-kicking Tom Laughlin of "Billy Jack" fame, for example, couldn't be landed. Perhaps he'll come if there's a second Cult Fiction event. But they did get a number of stars from their favorite movies (Dyanne Thorne of "Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS," for
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Donate food at your mailbox May 14 - WQAD
Google News - almost 7 years
“Leaving out a single food item at your mailbox absolutely makes a difference –it's amazing how it all adds up”, says Tom Laughlin, executive director of River Bend Foodbank. “Right now we greatly need food donations to help the more than 10000 people
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On this Day... 40 years ago 'Billy Jack' comes out kickin' - The Huntsville Times - al.com (blog)
Google News - almost 7 years
On this day in 1971, teen counterculture classic Billy Jack was released to theaters by the film's director, co-writer and bad-*** star himself, Tom Laughlin. It did not do well initially but was re-released two years later and managed to become a
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Bong Soo Han, 73, Orchestrator Of Martial Arts Scenes
NYTimes - about 11 years
Bong Soo Han, a Korean martial arts master who helped revolutionize Hollywood's understanding of martial arts by creating fight sequences for modern American films, died on Monday at his home in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 73. The International Hapkido Federation, which Mr. Han founded, announced the death but did not disclose the cause. Mr. Han
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Billy Jack Is Ready to Fight the Good Fight Again
NYTimes - over 12 years
It has been more than 30 years, but Billy Jack is still plenty ticked off. Back then, it was bigotry against Native Americans, trouble with the nuclear power industry and big bad government that made this screen hero explode in karate-fueled rage. At the time, the unlikely combination of rugged-loner heroics -- all in defense of society's
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BOOKS OF THE TIMES; Hollywood's Attack Of the Monster Releases
NYTimes - over 13 years
WIDE OPEN How Hollywood Box Office Became a National Obsession By Dade Hayes and Jonathan Bing 432 pages. Miramax Books. $23.95. All across this land, 9-year-old children can identify the film that racked up the highest gross revenues last weekend. How do they know? More importantly, why do they care? In a level-headed new book about movie
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    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 2013
    Age 81
    Tom Laughlin died of complications from pneumonia on December 12, 2013 at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, California.
  • 2010
    Age 78
    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.
  • 2009
    Age 77
    In 2009, Laughlin released plot details of this film on a video on his website.
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  • 2008
    Age 76
    He released several videos and writings during the 2008 election.
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    He ran again for President in 2008 as a Democrat, getting 47 votes in the New Hampshire primary.
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    In 2008, the film's title was changed to Billy Jack for President.
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  • 2004
    Age 72
    He ran for president again in 2004, this time as a Republican.
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  • 1992
    Age 60
    He participated in the Independent presidential candidates Debate on March 25, 1992, along with former U.S. Senator Eugene J. McCarthy and others who had been excluded from the major debates.
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    In his later years, Laughlin turned his attention to politics. In 1992, as a protest he sought the Democratic Party nomination for U.S. President.
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    In his later years, he sought the office of President of the United States in 1992, 2004, and 2008.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1985
    Age 53
    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.
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  • 1984
    Age 52
    In 1984, he purchased a series of twelve advertisements in Variety condemning various aspects of the film industry and its treatment of independent filmmakers.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1978
    Age 46
    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.
  • 1976
    Age 44
    In 1976, Laughlin announced that he was more than $7 million in debt and blamed the financial troubles on unethical behavior by Warner Bros.
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  • 1974
    Age 42
    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.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1971
    Age 39
    He followed this up with the sequel to The Born Losers, Billy Jack, in 1971.
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  • 1967
    Age 35
    Two years later, in 1967, he wrote, directed (as T. C. Frank) and starred in the motorcycle-gang exploitation film The Born Losers.
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  • 1965
    Age 33
    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.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1961
    Age 29
    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.
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  • 1960
    Age 28
    Laughlin made his directorial debut later that year with The Proper Time, though the film wasn't released until 1960.
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  • 1959
    Age 27
    In 1959, Laughlin and his wife founded a Montessori preschool in Santa Monica, California.
  • 1957
    Age 25
    Laughlin's first starring role was in Robert Altman's 1957 film The Delinquents, in which he played Scotty White, a teenager who gets mixed up with a gang when he is told he can no longer see his girlfriend.
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  • 1955
    Age 23
    He began his on-screen acting career in the 1955 television series Climax!
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  • 1954
    Age 22
    Laughlin married Delores Taylor in 1954.
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    Laughlin wrote the original screenplay for the film Billy Jack in 1954, after witnessing the treatment of Native Americans in his wife's hometown, Winner, South Dakota. The two wed on October 15, 1954.
    Laughlin was best known for his series of Billy Jack films. He was married to actress Delores Taylor from 1954 until his death.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1931
    Born
    Born on August 10, 1931.
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