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02-10-2010, 03:06 PM

February 10, 2010
Former Rep. Charlie Wilson dies (http://marquee.blogs.cnn.com/2010/02/10/former-rep-charlie-wilson-dies/)

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Charlie Wilson, the flamboyant Texas congressman portrayed by Tom Hanks in the movie "Charlie Wilson's War," died today at the age of 76. A statement from a Texas hospital said Wilson passed away after suffering from cardiopulmonary arrest; he'd had heart transplant surgery a few months before the film's premiere in late 2007.
Wilson earned the nickname "Good Time Charlie" for his love of alcohol, women and, well, other diversions. But he was serious about driving the Soviet Union out of Afghanistan, and used his congressional power to ensure the U.S. properly armed the Afghan rebels fighting the Soviets. George Crile wrote a book about the unlikely chain of events, which was made into the movie starring Hanks as Wilson, along with fellow Oscar winners Julia Roberts and Philip Seymour Hoffman. In 2008, Wilson told CNN.com's Todd Leopold he was pleased with the film's portrayal of the period. (http://www.cnn.com/2008/SHOWBIZ/Movies/04/23/charlie.wilson/index.html?iref=allsearch)
Wilson served 12 consecutive terms in the U.S. Congress, representing Texas' second district. He is survived by his wife, Barbara.

02-10-2010, 03:11 PM
Really enjoyed that movie. If Good Time Charlie really had all those young perky secretaries in his office, he was a major domo!

02-10-2010, 03:23 PM
Not the Charlie Wilson I was thinking of. RIP though.
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Simply Red
02-10-2010, 03:25 PM
RIP (cut-n-paste) :(

02-10-2010, 04:20 PM
The movie was great. The real guy must have been quite a character.

02-10-2010, 04:42 PM
For a moment there i thought the thread title said Charlie Weis; I was about to shit a chicken

02-10-2010, 04:59 PM
It sounds like his lifestyle fucked up his end game. RIP to a colorful man who inspired a good movie~

02-10-2010, 05:12 PM
Great movie, and apparently they left a ton out, actually toning down his partying ways.