Henry Fonda

Henry FondaBorn: 16 May 1905
Died: 12 August 1982

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Academy Award winning actor Henry Fonda was born on this day in 1905.

He was the patriarch of the well known Fonda family of actors, including daughter Jane Fonda, son Peter Fonda, and granddaughter Bridget Fonda.

Fonda began his career on stage and made his screen debut in The Farmer Takes a Wife (1935) as Janet Gaynor‘s leading man. The role brought him critical recognition and was the start of a successful career. Just a few years alter he starred opposite Bette Davis in Jezebel (1938) and was in fact Davis’ choice for the role. He followed this with Young Mr. Lincoln (1939) a film that began a long collaboration with director John Ford. Later the same year he starred in another Ford film Drums Along the Mohawk.

His next major success was The Grapes of Wrath (1940) quickly followed by The Lady Eve (1941) and an acclaimed role in The Ox-Bow Incident (1943).

He teamed up with Ford again for My Darling Clementine (1946) and Fort Apache (1948) before returning to Broadway, not wanting to sign up to another long-term studio contract.

Mister Roberts (1955) saw his return to film and he soon made his first foray into film production with 12 Angry Men (1957), which was nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award.

During the 1960s Fonda starred in a number of war and western epics including The Longest Day (1962) and How the West Was Won (1963).

In 1981 he received the Academy Honorary award for “the consummate actor, in recognition of his brilliant accomplishments and enduring contribution to the art of motion pictures.”

His last major role was starring alongside Katharine Hepburn and his daughter Jane in On Golden Pond (1981), a film that was said to mimic the strained father daughter relationship the Fonda’s had in real life. Henry received the Best Actor Academy Award for his role.

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