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'Billy Jack' Tom Laughlin has died (VIDEO)

By April Neale Dec 16, 2013, 21:16 GMT

'Billy Jack' Tom Laughlin has died (VIDEO)

\'Billy Jack\' Tom Laughlin has died (VIDEO)

'Billy Jack' Tom Laughlin died last week.

Laughlin, who created and played the movie character "Billy Jack" — a half-white, half Native American Vietnam vet who used martial arts skills to defeat bigots and racists — died last week.

Late Sunday, The Associated Press reported that Laughlin's daughter said "he died Thursday at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Laughlin was 82 and Teresa Laughlin, who acted in the Billy Jack movies, said the cause of death was complications from pneumonia."

The Los Angeles Times writes, Laughlin "drew a huge following for his movies about the ill-tempered, karate-chopping pacifist Billy Jack. ... Laughlin starred in and co-produced the four films of the 1960s and '70s showcasing Billy Jack, a troubled Vietnam veteran who quietly promotes a message of peace when he's not throwing bad guys through plate-glass windows."

The first Billy Jack movie included a song — One Tin Soldier — that was a one-hit-wonder for the rock band Coven.




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