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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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 1979 Meteor
The President
 1979 Wanda Nevada
Old Prospector
 1979 City on Fire
Fire Chief Albert Risley
 1978 The Swarm
Dr. Krim
 1978 The Biggest Battle
General Foster
 1977 The Great Smokey Roadblock
Elegant John Howard
 1977 Rollercoaster
Simon Davenport
 1977 Tentacles
Mr. Whitehead, President of Trojan Construction
 1973 Ash Wednesday
Mark Sawyer
 1973 The Serpent
Allan Davies
 1970 Sometimes a Great Notion
Henry Stamper
 1970 There Was a Crooked Man...
Woodward W. Lopeman
 1970 The Cheyenne Social Club
Harley Sullivan
 1968 Madigan
Commissioner Anthony X. Russell
 1968 Firecreek
Larkin
 1967 Welcome to Hard Times
Mayor Will Blue
 1967 All About People (Short)
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 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
 1962 The Longest Day
Brig. Gen. Theodore Roosevelt Jr.
 1962 Advise & Consent
Robert Leffingwell
 1962 San Francisco Fire (Short)
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 1959 The Man Who Understood Women
Willie Bauche
 1959 Warlock
Clay Blaisedell
 1958 Rangers of Yellowstone (Short)
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 1957 The Tin Star
Morgan 'Morg' Hickman
 1957 12 Angry Men
Juror #8
 1953 Main Street to Broadway
Henry Fonda (scenes deleted)
 1951 Benjy (Short)
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 1949 Jigsaw
Nightclub Waiter (cameo appearance) (uncredited)
 1948 On Our Merry Way
Lank Solsky
 1947 Daisy Kenyon
Peter Lapham
 1942 Tales of Manhattan
George
 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 Spawn of the North
Jim Kimmerlee
 1938 Blockade
Marco
 1938 I Met My Love Again
Ives Towner
 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 "Jerry Ryan") in "Two for the Seesaw" on Broadway. Drama. Written by William Gibson. Scenic Design by George Jenkins. Costume Design by Virginia Volland. General Press Representative: Arthur Cantor. Directed by Arthur Penn. Booth Theatre: 16 Jan 1958-31 Oct 1959 (750 performances). Cast: Anne Bancroft (as "Gittel ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 13 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 1 Interview | 8 Articles | 2 Pictorials | 7 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Height:

6' 1½" (1.87 m)
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Personal Quote:

I'm not that pristine pure, I guess I've broken as many rules as the next feller. But I reckon my face looks honest enough and if people buy it, Hallelujah. See more »

Trivia:

Although he received great acclaim for both his acting and producing "Twelve Angry Men," Fonda, who was working on a percentage of the profits for his compensation as both actor and producer, ultimately received nothing for acting or producing, because the film just broke even. See more »

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

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One-Take Fonda See more »

Star Sign:

Taurus

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