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Former U.S. Sen. John Tunney, Inspiration For Redford’s ‘The Candidate,’ Dies At 83

Former Democratic Sen. John Tunney greets supporters during a 1976 Jimmy Carter debate stop in Pomona, Calif. Tunney died Friday, during age 83.

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Former Democratic Sen. John Tunney greets supporters during a 1976 Jimmy Carter debate stop in Pomona, Calif. Tunney died Friday, during age 83.

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John Tunney, a former U.S. senator who looked quickly like a destiny of a Democratic Party and whose arise desirous a Robert Redford film, The Candidate, has died, his hermit reliable to NPR on Saturday.

Tunney was 83 when he died of prostate cancer Friday in Santa Monica, Calif.

The son of a former fighting heavyweight champion, Tunney became one of a youngest senators inaugurated in a past century when he degraded Republican obligatory George Murphy in 1970 during age 36.

The immature Democrat had to “quiet some of his idealism” and pierce toward a core to kick Murphy, according to a AP.

A print for Michael Ritchie's 1972 satirical comedy-drama, 'The Candidate', starring Robert Redford.

Just dual years after that victory, The Candidate was expelled to vicious and blurb success. Director Michael Ritchie had worked on Tunney’s campaign, and Robert Redford’s “Bill McCay” was formed on a fast-rising senator.

Tunney drew comparison to a Kennedy brothers, and found himself some-more renouned than even then-California Gov. Ronald Reagan in 1974, according to The New York Times.

But a Republican call was bubbling. And within dual years, he was faced with that issue, along with a fact that many magnanimous Democrats were undone with him for being too delayed to spin opposite a Vietnam War.

“Conservativism came unconditional in like a mudslide,” a senator’s brother, Jay Tunney, told NPR.

Tunney mislaid his re-election bid in 1976 to Republican S.I. Hayakawa, a 70-year-old boss of California State University.

Tunney had graduated from Yale Law School before to entering politics, and he returned to practicing law after a defeat.