Former Rep. ‘Good Time Charlie’ Wilson Dead at 76
February 10, 2010
(ChatthBox)—Former U.S. Democratic Congressman, Charlie Wilson, known for his love of a good time and his important role in foreign policy with Afghanistan in the 1970s and 1980s, when he helped arm the Afghan mujahedeen to expel the Soviets, has died today at the age of 76. Memorial Health System of East Texas, reported that Wilson died of a heart attack. Wilson had undergone a heart transplant in 2007. Wilson’s hard-partying ways and his covert operations to help the Afghan freedom fighters, were portrayed in the 2007 film “Charlie Wilson’s War,” with actor Tom Hanks playing the role of Wilson.
Charlie Wilson represented Texas in the House of Representatives from 1973 to 1996 and was nicknamed “Good Time Charlie” for his love of a good party. He was also known in his home district of Texas, as the “Liberal from Lufkin.”
Television station KTRE noted that Wilson was noted for bringing the Veterans Administration clinic to Lufkin and establishing the Big Thicket National Preserve.
Wilson is survived by his wife Barbara.