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Henry Fonda

Henry Jaynes Fonda (May 16, 1905 – August 12, 1982) was an American actor who had a career that spanned five decades in Hollywood. Fonda cultivated a strong, appealing screen image in several films now considered to be classics, earning one Academy Award for Best Actor on two nominations. Fonda made his mark early as a Broadway actor and made his Hollywood film debut in 1935. His film career began to gain momentum with roles such as Bette Davis's fiancee in her Academy Award-winning performance in Jezebel (1938), brother Frank in Jesse James (1939), and the future President in Young Mr. Lincoln (1939), directed by John Ford. His early career peaked with his Academy Award-nominated performance as Tom Joad in The Grapes of Wrath, about an Oklahoma family who moved to California during the Dust Bowl 1930s. This film is widely considered to be among the greatest American films. In 1941 he starred opposite Barbara Stanwyck in the screwball comedy classic The Lady Eve. Book-ending his service in WWII were his starring roles in two highly regarded westerns: The Ox-Bow Incident (1943) and My Darling Clementine (1946), the latter directed by John Ford, and he also starred in Ford's western Fort Apache (1948). After a seven-year break from films, during which Fonda focused on stage productions, he returned with the WWII war-boat ensemble Mister Roberts (1955). In 1957 he starred as Juror No.8, the hold-out juror, in 12 Angry Men. Fonda, who was also co-producer, won the BAFTA for Best Foreign Actor. Later in his career, Fonda moved into darker roles, such as the villain in the epic Once Upon a Time in the West (1968), underrated and a box office disappointment at its time of release, but now regarded as one of the best westerns of all time. He also played in lighter-hearted fare such as Yours, Mine and Ours with Lucille Ball, but also often played important military figures, such as a Colonel in Battle of the Bulge (1965), and Admiral Nimitz in Midway (1976). He finally won the Academy Award for Best Actor at the 54th Academy Awards for his final film role in On Golden Pond (1981), which also starred Katharine Hepburn and his daughter Jane Fonda, but was too ill to attend the ceremony. He died from heart disease a few months later. Description above from the Wikipedia article Henry Fonda, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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May 16, 1905 In Grand Island, Nebraska, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Farmer Takes a Wife 1935-08-02
Latest Project:
Movie Charles Bronson: The Spirit of Masculinity 2020-11-29
Known For
Poster of My Name Is Nobody
Poster of Once Upon a Time in the West
Poster of World About Us
Poster of How the West Was Won
Movie Charles Bronson: The Spirit of Masculinity Self (archive footage) 2020-11-29
Movie Jay Sebring....Cutting to the Truth Archive Footage 2020-03-06
Movie John Ford: The Man Who Invented America Himself - Actor (archive footage) 2019-02-03
Movie Spanish Western Self (archive footage) 2015-05-04
Movie John Ford & Monument Valley Himself (archive footage) 2013-03-05
Movie Sacco and Vanzetti Prof. Tommy Turner (archive footage) 2006-04-06
Movie The Wages of Sin Frank 2003-11-18
Movie An Opera of Violence Self 2003-11-18
Movie La Classe américaine Hugues (archive footage) 1993-12-31
Movie Preminger: Anatomy of a Filmmaker Unknown 1991-10-28
Movie Barbara Stanwyck: Fire and Desire Himself (archive footage) 1991-07-15
Movie Myrna Loy: So Nice to Come Home To (archive footage) 1990-06-04
Movie The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind (archive footage) 1988-10-01
Movie Summer Solstice Joshua 1981-12-30
Movie On Golden Pond Norman Thayer Jr. 1981-12-01
Movie The Jilting of Granny Weatherall Host 1980-01-01
Movie AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to James Stewart Host 1980-03-16
Movie The Golden Honeymoon Himself (introduction) 1980-02-04
Movie Gideon's Trumpet Clarence Earl Gideon 1980-04-30
Movie The Oldest Living Graduate Colonel J.C. Kincaid 1980-04-07
Series Roots: The Next Generations Colonel Frederick Warner 1979-02-18
Movie Wanda Nevada Old Prospector 1979-06-01
Movie City on Fire Fire Chief Albert Risley 1979-07-11
Movie Meteor The President 1979-10-19
Movie Home to Stay Grandpa George 1978-05-02
Movie AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Henry Fonda Himself 1978-03-15
Movie The Biggest Battle Generale Foster 1978-02-07
Movie The Great Smokey Roadblock Elegant John 1978-06-21
Movie Fedora Himself / President of the Academy 1978-06-29
Series The Kennedy Center Honors Unknown 1978-12-28
Movie A Special Sesame Street Christmas Unknown 1978-12-08
Movie The Swarm Dr. Walter Krim 1978-07-14
Movie Tentacles Mr. Whitehead, President of Trojan Construction 1977-02-25
Movie AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Bette Davis Himself 1977-03-01
Movie Rollercoaster Simon Davenport 1977-06-10
Movie I'm a Fool Narrator (voice) 1977-04-05
Movie AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to William Wyler Himself 1976-03-14
Movie Midway Adm. Chester W. Nimitz 1976-06-18
Series Captains and the Kings Unknown 1976-09-30
Movie Parkinson: Meet Henry Fonda Interviewee 1975-11-01
Movie The Last Four Days Kardinal Schuster 1974-03-27
Movie Clarence Darrow Clarence Darrow 1974-09-04
Movie AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to John Ford Himself 1973-04-02
Movie The Red Pony Carl Tiflin 1973-03-17
Movie The Serpent Alan Davies 1973-04-07
Series The American Film Institute Salute to ... Unknown 1973-04-02
Movie My Name Is Nobody Jack Beauregard 1973-12-13
Movie Ash Wednesday Mark Sawyer 1973-11-01
Movie The Alpha Caper Mark Forbes 1973-10-06
Series The Smith Family Unknown 1971-01-20
Series All in the Family Unknown 1971-01-12
Series V.I.P. Schaukel Unknown 1971-05-09
Movie The American West of John Ford Himself 1971-12-05
Movie Directed by John Ford Himself (uncredited) 1971-10-06
Movie Sometimes a Great Notion Henry Stamper 1971-12-17
Movie Too Late the Hero Capt. John G Nolan 1970-05-20
Movie The Cheyenne Social Club Harley Sullivan 1970-06-12
Movie There Was a Crooked Man... Woodward W. Lopeman 1970-09-18
Movie An Impression of John Steinbeck: Writer John Steinbeck (voice) 1969-01-01
Series The Bill Cosby Show Unknown 1969-09-14
Movie Madigan Commissioner Anthony X. Russell 1968-03-13
Movie A Space to Grow Narrator 1968-01-01
Movie Yours, Mine and Ours Frank Beardsley 1968-04-24
Movie Firecreek Bob Larkin 1968-01-24
Series The Dick Cavett Show Self - Guest 1968-06-06
Movie The Boston Strangler John S. Bottomly 1968-10-08
Movie Once Upon a Time in the West Frank 1968-12-21
Movie Stranger on the Run Ben Chamberlain 1967-10-31
Movie Welcome to Hard Times Mayor Will Blue 1967-04-30
Series World About Us Narrator 1967-12-03
Movie The Really Big Family Himself and Narrator 1966-01-01
Movie A Big Hand for the Little Lady Meredith 1966-05-31
Movie To Save a Soldier Narrator 1966-10-23
Movie In Harm's Way CINCPAC II 1965-04-05
Movie The Rounders Marion 'Howdy' Lewis 1965-01-08
Movie The Dirty Game Dimitri Koulov 1965-06-23
Movie Battle of the Bulge Lt Col Kiley 1965-12-16
Movie Fail Safe The President 1964-10-07
Movie The Best Man William Russell 1964-04-05
Movie Sex and the Single Girl Frank Luther Broderick 1964-12-25
Movie Spencer's Mountain Clay Spencer 1963-05-16
Movie Advise & Consent Robert A. Leffingwell 1962-06-06
Movie The Longest Day Brig. Gen. Theodore Roosevelt jr. 1962-09-25
Movie President Kennedy’s Birthday Salute Self 1962-05-19
Series The Merv Griffin Show Self 1962-10-01
Movie How the West Was Won Jethro Stuart 1962-10-01
Movie The Fabulous Fifties Unknown 1960-01-22
Series The Bell Telephone Hour 1959-01-12
Movie Warlock Clay Blaisedell 1959-06-10
Series The Deputy Marshal Simon Fry 1959-09-12
Movie The Man Who Understood Women Willie Bauche 1959-10-02
Movie Stage Struck Lewis Easton 1958-04-22
Movie 12 Angry Men Juror 8 1957-04-10
Movie The Tin Star Morgan Hickman 1957-10-23
Series Tony Awards Himself - Host / Presenter 1956-04-01
Series The Steve Allen Show Unknown 1956-06-24
Movie The Wrong Man Christopher Emanuel 'Manny' Balestrero 1956-12-22
Movie War and Peace Pierre Bezukhov 1956-08-21
Movie The Petrified Forest Alan Squier 1955-05-30
Series The Star and the Story Himself - Host 1955-01-08
Movie Mister Roberts Mr. Roberts 1955-07-10
Series General Electric Theater Unknown 1953-02-01
Movie Pictura Narrator: Grant Wood episode (voice) 1951-06-01
Series Hallmark Hall of Fame Unknown 1951-12-24
Movie Jigsaw Nightclub Waiter (uncredited) 1949-03-11
Series The Ed Sullivan Show Unknown 1948-06-20
Movie On Our Merry Way Lank Solsky 1948-02-03
Movie Fort Apache Lt. Col. Owen Thursday 1948-06-14
Movie The Long Night Joe Adams 1947-05-28
Movie Daisy Kenyon Peter Lapham 1947-12-25
Movie The Fugitive A Fugitive 1947-11-03
Movie My Darling Clementine Wyatt Earp 1946-10-17
Movie The Ox-Bow Incident Gil Carter 1943-03-11
Movie Immortal Sergeant Corporal Colin Spence 1943-04-29
Movie Rings on Her Fingers John Wheeler 1942-03-20
Movie The Male Animal Tommy Turner 1942-03-12
Movie The Battle of Midway Narrator (voice) 1942-09-14
Movie The Magnificent Dope Thadeus Winship 'Tad' Page 1942-07-01
Movie Tales of Manhattan George 1942-08-05
Movie It's Everybody's War Narrator 1942-09-06
Movie The Big Street Agustus 'Little Pinks' Pinkerton, II 1942-08-13
Movie The Lady Eve Charles Pike 1941-02-25
Movie You Belong to Me Peter Kirk 1941-10-22
Movie Wild Geese Calling John Murdock 1941-08-15
Movie The Grapes of Wrath Tom Joad 1940-03-15
Movie Lillian Russell Alexander Moore 1940-05-24
Movie The Return of Frank James Frank James 1940-08-10
Movie Chad Hanna Chad Hanna 1940-12-25
Movie The Story of Alexander Graham Bell Thomas Watson 1939-04-04
Movie Jesse James Frank James 1939-01-14
Movie Let Us Live Brick Tennant 1939-03-29
Movie Drums Along the Mohawk Gilbert Martin 1939-11-10
Movie Young Mr. Lincoln Abraham Lincoln 1939-06-09
Movie Breakdowns of 1938 Himself 1938-02-07
Movie I Met My Love Again Ives Towner 1938-01-14
Movie Jezebel Preston Dillard 1938-03-19
Movie Blockade Marco 1938-06-17
Movie The Mad Miss Manton Peter Ames 1938-10-21
Movie Spawn of the North Jim Kimmerlee 1938-08-26
Movie You Only Live Once Eddie Taylor 1937-01-23
Movie Wings of the Morning Kerry Gilfallen 1937-03-11
Movie That Certain Woman Jack V. Merrick, Jr. 1937-08-30
Movie Slim Slim 1937-06-24
Movie The Moon's Our Home Anthony Amberton / John Smith 1936-04-10
Movie The Trail of the Lonesome Pine Dave Tolliver 1936-03-13
Movie Spendthrift Townsend Middleton 1936-07-22
Movie The Farmer Takes a Wife Dan Harrow 1935-08-02
Movie I Dream Too Much Johnny Street 1935-11-29
Movie Way Down East David Bartlett 1935-10-25