What happened to Tom Hayden after The Trial of the Chicago 7? Let’s explore his life in the wake of the film’s release. How did he die?

Who is your favourite screenwriter?

There are so many greats who had or have arguably mastered their craft, with popular favourites including Akira Kurosawa, Quentin Tarantino, Michelangelo Antonioni, Billy Wilder and Ingmar Bergman.

However, if the conversation ever arises as you’re sat sound a table with friends, you’d better believe that Aaron Sorkin will land a nod.

The 59-year-old has penned screenplays for such lauded films as A Few Good Men, Steve Jobs, The Social Network and more.

The David Fincher-directed Facebook drama scored him an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and since then he has gone on to direct his first feature, 2017’s Molly’s Game.

Now, he’s back with his sophomore effort, The Trial of the Chicago 7.

It explores the titular anti-Vietnam War protesters, amongst them, Tom Hayden.

What happened to Tom Hayden after The Trial of the Chicago 7?

still from The Trial of the Chicago 7, Dreamworks Pictures et al., IMDb

Tom Hayden after The Trial of the Chicago 7: What happened to him?

In The Trial of the Chicago 7, Tom Hayden is played by Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything).

Let’s consider what happened to Tom after the events depicted in the film.

As highlighted by Vanity Fair, he served in the California State Legislature for almost two decades. This proved Judge Julius Hoffman’s prediction somewhat correct.

In wake of the events explored in the film’s ending, Tom went on trips to North Vietnam and Cambodia with the media always keen to document his activity.

During this time, he met actress Jane Fonda (Klute), whom the source addresses was also very much part of the anti-Vietnam War movement.

The couple married in 1973 and their son – Troy Garity – was born the very same year.

Throughout the seventies, the pair focused their attention on environmental issues and beyond while working closely with Governor Jerry Brown.

In 1982, Tom secured a seat on the California State Assembly and he and Jane divorced in 1990.

Three years later, he married actress Barbara Williams.

Moving forward, he spent the rest of his years teaching and wrote a range of books; he wrote or edited 19 in total, including his memoir, Reunion.

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How did Tom Hayden die?

Tom Hayden died at the age of 76 in 2016 after a long illness. He suffered a stroke in 2015.

This was highlighted by The Hollywood Reporter, which notes that his wife – Barbara Williams – shared the news.

The same source acknowledges that Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti posted to his Twitter in response to Tom’s passing: “A political giant and dear friend has passed. Tom Hayden fought harder for what he believed than just about anyone I have known. RIP, Tom.”

Now, The Trial of the Chicago 7 will enlighten more to the achievements of Tom Hayden.

In other news, what happened to Abbie Hoffman?