John Tunney, a one-term United States senator from California who was the inspiration for the 1972 Robert Redford film “The Candidate,” has died at 83. He had been suffering from prostate cancer.
“Tunney was among the youngest people elected to the U.S. Senate in the past century when he won his seat in 1970 at age 36. He then became one of the youngest in recent history to lose a Senate seat when he was defeated after just one term.”
“The charismatic young Democrat, who was often compared to the Kennedy brothers, had to quiet some of his idealism and swing to the center to beat the 68-year-old Republican incumbent George Murphy in 1970.” (source)