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« on: December 15, 2013, 09:35:18 PM »

Tom Laughlin aka Billy Jack has gone to that big Freedom School in the sky. Hard to believe Laughlin was 82 years old. He and wife/costar Delores Taylor were married almost 60 years.


Our local theater owner loved Billy Jack movies and they'd play for weeks and weeks. I probably saw BILLY JACK at the theater more times than any other movie in my life.




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« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2013, 10:32:09 PM »

Just saw this myself and was going to post it.  Sad news.  Good or BAD as his movies may have been, we loved them.  Good night TOM LAUGHLIN



Tom Laughlin, Star of ‘Billy Jack,’ Dead at 82 
Filmmaker Tom Laughlin, who shot to fame as the rugged half-breed action hero “Billy Jack,” died Thursday in Thousand Oaks, Calif., surrounded by his family.  He was 82 years old.

While involved at one point with just about every facet of the film business, Laughlin may be best known for his series of “Billy Jack” films. He has been married to Delores Taylor since 1954, and she co-produced and acted in all four of the “Billy Jack” movies.

In addition to acting, he was a producer, director and screenwriter, and drew attention for a groundbreaking promotion and release campaign on 1974′s “The Trial of Billy Jack” that included TV trailers during national news and an “opening day” nationwide release that helped shape the future of film distribution... 

http://movies.yahoo.com/news/tom-laughlin-star-billy-jack-dead-82-212410321.html
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« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2013, 11:32:10 PM »

RIP Mr Laughlin: thank you for bringing me to this site in the first place.
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« Reply #3 on: December 15, 2013, 11:49:54 PM »

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« Reply #4 on: December 16, 2013, 12:20:33 AM »

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« Reply #5 on: December 16, 2013, 07:16:24 AM »

I know his films haven't held up that well, but they were huge when they were released. Him, Clint Eastwood and Bruce Lee were the big action stars of the day. RIP
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« Reply #6 on: December 16, 2013, 08:07:29 AM »

I know his films haven't held up that well, but they were huge when they were released.


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« Reply #7 on: December 16, 2013, 08:12:50 AM »

RIP, Mr. Laughlin.  Your later movies might have driven me nuts, but you had a real passion for your message.

As a parting thought, does this mean that Steven Seagal is going to die soon?  Or will he wait twenty years?
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« Reply #8 on: December 17, 2013, 04:32:24 PM »

Golly...so many good actors going recently. I was just watching "Billy Jack" the other night.  Bluesad

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« Reply #9 on: December 17, 2013, 05:08:20 PM »

I remember seeing Billy Jack in the theatres back in the very early 70's,  as we went with the youth group my parents had. They were a bunch of mid-late teen hippies coming down from the 60's and transitioning to the 70's. They were all a bunch of good kids though. more importantly, like the rest of you, I too thrilled to the exploits of our favorite half-Indian, half Irish Green Beret who fought for justice with his hands and feet as well as his trusty old M-1 Garand.  Rest in peace, Mr. Laughlin, and thanks for the great movies.  Cheers
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« Reply #10 on: December 18, 2013, 11:20:31 AM »

R.I.P. Mr. Laughlin.  Cheers

I have never seen any of his work aside from the first Billy Jack (1971) movie. And while I thought that film was horribly bad, like all good bad movies, I couldn't help but sit through it laughing at how silly that it was. I just have a thing for hippies, especially when they get stuck it to by The Man!  TeddyR
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« Reply #11 on: January 02, 2014, 02:18:12 PM »

I remember seeing Billy Jack in the theatres back in the very early 70's They were a bunch of mid-late teen hippies coming down from the 60's and transitioning to the 70's.
We were. It was definetly a different time than today.
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« Reply #12 on: January 04, 2014, 06:46:44 AM »

I remember watching all Billy Jack's movies on Saturday afternoon movies on channel 5,Superhost and on Big Chuck and Hoolihan( later Lil John). R.I.P. Mr. Laughlin. Bluesad
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