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Henry Fonda (1905–1982)


Henry Jaynes Fonda was born in Grand Island, Nebraska, to Elma Herberta (Jaynes) and William Brace Fonda, who worked in advertising and printing. His recent ancestry included Dutch, English, and Scottish. Fonda started his acting debut with the Omaha Community Playhouse, a local amateur theater troupe directed by Dorothy Brando. He moved to the ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 18 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Filmography

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 1981 Summer Solstice (TV Movie)
Joshua
 1980 The Jilting of Granny Weatherall (TV Movie)
Narrator
 1980 Gideon's Trumpet (TV Movie)
Clarence Earl Gideon
 1980 The Oldest Living Graduate (TV Movie)
Colonel J.C. Kincaid
 1979 Family (TV Series)
James Lawrence
- Thanksgiving (1979) ... James Lawrence
 1979 Meteor
The President
 1979 Wanda Nevada
Old Prospector
 1979 City on Fire
Fire Chief Albert Risley
 1978 The Swarm
Dr. Krim
 1978 Home to Stay (TV Movie)
Grandpa George
 1978 The Biggest Battle
General Foster
 1977 Soldier's Home (TV Short)
Host
 1977 The Great Smokey Roadblock
Elegant John Howard
 1977 Rollercoaster
Simon Davenport
 1977 Tentacles
Mr. Whitehead, President of Trojan Construction
 1975 The American Parade (TV Mini-Series)
Narrator
- FDR: The Man Who Changed America (1975) ... Narrator
 1974 Clarence Darrow (TV Movie)
Clarence Darrow
 1973 Ash Wednesday
Mark Sawyer
 1973 The Alpha Caper (TV Movie)
Mark Forbes
 1973 The Serpent
Allan Davies
 1973 The Red Pony (TV Movie)
Carl Tiflin
 1971 The Doris Day Show (TV Series)
Henry Fonda
- Doris Goes to Hollywood (1971) ... Henry Fonda (uncredited)
 1970 Howdy (TV Movie)
 1970 Sometimes a Great Notion
Henry Stamper
 1970 There Was a Crooked Man...
Woodward W. Lopeman
 1970 The Cheyenne Social Club
Harley Sullivan
 1970 The Bill Cosby Show (TV Series)
Joshua Richards
- The Elevator Doesn't Stop Here Anymore (1970) ... Joshua Richards
 1968 Pat Paulsen for President (TV Movie)
Narrator (voice)
 1968 Madigan
Commissioner Anthony X. Russell
 1968 Firecreek
Larkin
 1967 Stranger on the Run (TV Movie)
Ben Chamberlain
 1967 Welcome to Hard Times
Mayor Will Blue
 1967 All About People (Short)
Narrator
 1965 The Secret Agents
Dimitri Koulov
 1965 In Harm's Way
CINCPAC II
 1965 The Rounders
Marion 'Howdy' Lewis
 1964 The Best Man
William Russell
 1963 The Dick Powell Theatre (TV Series)
Dr. Victor Fallon
- Tissue of Hate (1963) ... Dr. Victor Fallon
 1962 The Longest Day
Brig. Gen. Theodore Roosevelt Jr.
 1962 Advise & Consent
Robert Leffingwell
 1962 San Francisco Fire (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1959 The Man Who Understood Women
Willie Bauche
 1959 Warlock
Clay Blaisedell
 1958 Rangers of Yellowstone (Short)
Narrator
 1957 The Tin Star
Morgan 'Morg' Hickman
 1957 12 Angry Men
Juror #8
 1955 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Emmett Kelly
- The Clown (1955) ... Emmett Kelly
 1953 Medallion Theatre (TV Series)
 1951 Benjy (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1949 Jigsaw
Nightclub Waiter (cameo appearance) (uncredited)
 1948 On Our Merry Way
Lank Solsky
 1947 Daisy Kenyon
Peter Lapham
 1947 The Long Night
Joe Adams
 1942 The Big Street
Agustus 'Little Pinks' Pinkerton, II
 1942 Tales of Manhattan
George
 1942 The Magnificent Dope
Thadeus Winship 'Tad' Page
 1941 You Belong to Me
Peter Kirk
 1941 Wild Geese Calling
John Murdock
 1940 Chad Hanna
Chad Hanna
 1940 Lillian Russell
Alexander Moore
 1939 Drums Along the Mohawk
Gilbert Martin
 1939 Let Us Live
'Brick' Tennant
 1938 The Mad Miss Manton
Peter Ames
 1938 Spawn of the North
Jim Kimmerlee
 1938 Blockade
Marco
 1938 I Met My Love Again
Ives Towner
 1937 That Certain Woman
Jack Merrick
 1937 Slim
Slim
 1937 You Only Live Once
Eddie Taylor
 1937 Wings of the Morning
Kerry Gilfallen
 1936 Spendthrift
Townsend Middleton
 1936 The Moon's Our Home
Anthony Amberton / John Smith
 1935 I Dream Too Much
'Johnny' Street
 1935 The Farmer Takes a Wife
Dan Harrow
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Stage: Appeared (as "Other in the Play"; Broadway debut) in ""The Game of Love and Death" on Broadway. Drama. Written by Romain Rolland as translated by Eleanor Stimson Brooks. Directed by Rouben Mamoulian. Guild Theatre: 15 Nov 1929-Jan 1930 (closing date unknown/48 performances). Cast: Alice Brady (as "Sophie de Courvoisier"), Frank... See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 13 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 1 Interview | 7 Articles | 2 Pictorials | 7 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Height:

6' 1½" (1.87 m)
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Personal Quote:

[on stage acting] Anyone who gives the same performance he gave on opening night is not doing a good job. Unless a performance is growing constantly, unless the actor is finding new insights into the character, he must grow stale. See more »

Trivia:

Contrary to popular belief, Fonda did approve of his daughter Jane's anti-war activism during Vietnam and at AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Henry Fonda (1978) told her critics to "shut up", because "she's perfect". See more »

Trademark:

Often worked with his best friend 'James Stewart' See more »

Nickname:

One-Take Fonda See more »

Star Sign:

Taurus

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