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BirthplaceGrand Island, Nebraska, U.S.

Fonda, Henry,

1905–83, American actor, b. Grand Island, Nebr. He had considerable stage experience, appearing in such plays as Mr. Roberts (1948), The Caine Mutiny Court Martial (1958), and Two for the Seesaw (1959). Fonda played honest, homespun young men in such films as The Trail of the Lonesome Pine (1936) and The Grapes of Wrath (1940). His comedic talents were revealed in such films as The Lady Eve (1941) and Rings on Her Fingers (1942). Later in his career he often portrayed heroic figures. His other films include The Wrong Man (1956), Twelve Angry Men (1957), Once Upon a Time in the West (1968), and On Golden Pond (1982), for which he won the Academy Award. He was the father of Jane FondaFonda, Jane,
1937–, American actress, b. New York City; daughter of Henry Fonda and sister of Peter Fonda. First cast in pert and sexy roles, she later distinguished herself in dramatic parts, often as a tough and disillusioned woman.
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 and Peter FondaFonda, Peter,
1939–, American actor. The son of Henry Fonda and brother of Jane Fonda, he made his screen debut in a forgettable 1963 feature. Several movies later he co-wrote and starred in the now-classic 1960s motorcycle odyssey Easy Rider
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Fonda, Henry


Born May 16, 1905, in Grand Island, Neb. American motion-picture actor.

Fonda studied at the University of Minnesota. In 1925 he began acting in the theater, and in 1935 he made his film debut. Although appearing in commercial films, Fonda sought to go beyond Hollywood’s standards and portray living characters in a way that would reveal their complex inner life (for example, in the film Jezebel, 1938). The main themes of Fonda’s work are the affirmation of spiritual values and the worth of human beings, the need for a man to fulfill his responsibility as a citizen uncompromisingly, and the struggle for justice. These themes have been best developed in his roles as the peasant Marco in Blockade (1938), Abraham Lincoln in Young Mr. Lincoln (1939), and the young American Tom Joad in The Grapes of Wrath (1940). Other outstanding roles were in the films The Ox-Bow Incident (1943), War and Peace (playing Pierre Bezukhov in an adaptation of Tolstoy’s novel), Twelve Angry Men (1957), and The Best Man (1964). Fonda’s art combines publicist passion with precision of social characterization and profound psychological analysis.


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Fonda, Henry

(1905–1982) movie/stage actor; born in Grand Island, Nebr. (father of Jane and Peter Fonda). His involvement with the Omaha Community Playhouse led to Broadway and a film career in which his self-effacing manner and dry, flat tones projected honesty and decency. His movie debut in The Farmer Takes a Wife (1935) led to more than 100 screen appearances, culminating with his Oscar-winning role in On Golden Pond (1981). He also appeared occasionally on Broadway, as in Mister Roberts (1948). Married five times, he was said to be a moody, remote man and did not always enjoy the best of relationships with his children.
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Ford is perhaps best known for his starring roles in Gilda (1946), with Rita Hayworth; Blackboard Jungle (1955), with Sidney Poitier; The Courtship of Eddie's Father (1963), with Shirley Jones; A Stolen Life (1946), with Bette Davis; The Big Heat (1953), with Lee Marvin; The Rounders (1965), with Henry Fonda; and Midway (1976), with Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda and James Coburn.
A year later she hit Broadway and then made her film debut opposite Henry Fonda and Vincent Price in 1947's The Long Night.
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