LOS ANGELES (AP) — John V. Tunney, whose profitable marketing campaign for a California seat within the U.S. Senate turned the idea for the 1972 Robert Redford movie “The Candidate,” has died. He was eighty three.
Tunney died of prostate most cancers Friday at a house within the Brentwood part of Los Angeles, his brother, Jay Tunney, informed The Related Press.
Tunney was among the many youngest individuals elected to the U.S. Senate up to now century when he gained his seat in 1970 at age 36. He then turned one of many youngest in current historical past to lose a Senate seat when he was defeated after only one time period.
The charismatic younger Democrat, who was typically in comparison with the Kennedy brothers, needed to quiet a few of his idealism and swing to the middle to beat the sixty eight-yr-previous Republican incumbent George Murphy in 1970.
Director Michael Ritchie labored on Tunney’s marketing campaign, and the story of competing generations and the machinations of elections was good fodder for the political-minded Hollywood of the day.
Redford took on the position of Invoice McKay, based mostly on Tunney. The movie was a business and significant success, profitable an Academy Award for screenwriter Jeremy Larner.
Tunney was born in New York the son of Connecticut socialite Polly Lauder Tunney and boxer Gene Tunney, the Nineteen Twenties heavyweight champion whose two victories over Jack Dempsey have been among the many most famous fights of the twentieth century.
Gene Tunney was insistent that his sons pursue professions aside from boxing.
“He was very strict about that,” Jay Tunney stated.
John Tunney grew up on the household farm in Connecticut. He graduated from Yale and earned a regulation diploma from the College of Virginia earlier than shifting to California, the place he turned a regulation professor.
Tunney was elected to the U.S. Home, the place he served from 1964 till his Senate election in 1970.
In 1976, he was challenged on the left by political activist Tom Hayden, however gained re-nomination.
He misplaced within the common election to Republican S.I. Hayakawa, the 70-yr-previous president of California State College, San Francisco who had by no means run for workplace earlier than.
Jay Tunney stated his brother wasn’t overly devastated by the loss.
“He didn’t just like the mood of Washington,” Jay Tunney stated. He didn’t look after it.”
John Tunney returned to a Los Angeles agency and resumed working towards regulation.
Along with his brother, he’s survived by his second spouse, Kathinka Osborne Tunney, sons Mark and Ted, daughters Arianne and Tara, stepchildren Cedric Osborne and Dariane Osborne Hunt, and grandsons John, Liam and Andreas.
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