I lost a good friend this week. We all did.

Tom Laughlin died Thursday December 12, 2013 in Thousand Oaks, Calif., surrounded by his family. It doesn’t seem possible, but he was 82 years old.

Click here to listen to my interview with Tom from May 11, 2005. He was gracious and generous enough to spend almost 2 1/2 hours with us and I will be forever grateful.

Tom was an actor, director, screenwriter, author, educator and political activist. He was best known for his starring role in the Billy Jack films. He was married to his wife, Delores Taylor, who also starred in the Billy Jack films, for 60 years.

His unique promotion of The Trial of Billy Jack (TV trailers during national news and an “opening day” nationwide release) was a major influence on the way films are marketed.

For all Tom accomplished – but more importantly – for who Tom was, I will miss him dearly.

R.I.P. Billy Jack.

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