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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 14 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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 1981 Summer Solstice (TV Movie)
 1980 The Jilting of Granny Weatherall (TV Movie)
 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. Walter Krim
 1978 Fedora
President of the Academy
 1978 Home to Stay (TV Movie)
Grandpa George
 1978 The Biggest Battle
General Foster
 1977 Soldier's Home (TV Short)
 1977 Rollercoaster
Simon Davenport
 1977 The Great Smokey Roadblock
Elegant John Howard
 1977 Tentacles
Mr. Whitehead, President of Trojan Construction
 1975 The American Parade (TV Mini-Series)
- 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
 1967 Stranger on the Run (TV Movie)
Ben Chamberlain
 1967 Welcome to Hard Times
Mayor Will Blue
 1967 All About People (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1965 The Secret Agents
Dimitri Koulov
 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)
 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 Main Street to Broadway
Henry Fonda (scenes deleted)
 1953 Medallion Theatre (TV Series)
 1951 Benjy (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1949 Jigsaw
Nightclub Waiter (cameo appearance) (uncredited)
 1948 On Our Merry Way
Lank Solsky
 1942 It's Everybody's War (Short)
 1942 Tales of Manhattan
 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
 1938 I Met My Love Again
Ives Towner
 1938 Breakdowns of 1938 (Short)
Jack Merrick / Preston Dillard (That Certain Woman / Jezebel outtakes) (uncredited)
 1937 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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Show Show Soundtrack (10 credits)
Show Show Miscellaneous Crew (1 credit)
Show Show Thanks (3 credits)
Show Show Self (105 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (58 credits)

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Stage: Appeared in "Mister Roberts" on Broadway. Comedy. Written by Thomas Heggen (based on his novel) and Joshua Logan (also director). Scenic Design / Lighting Design by Jo Mielziner. Alvin Theatre: 18 Feb 1948-6 Jan 1951 (1157 performances). Cast: William Harrigan, Robert Keith, David Wayne (as "Ens. Pulver"), Tige Andrews, Robert ... See more »

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


6' 1½" (1.87 m)

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Baby it out. That's an old marble shooter's expression for approaching your target cautiosly instead of trying to take it out with one shot. See more »


Though a Democrat for most of his life, Fonda was once a registered Republican, according to his son Peter Fonda in his autobiography Don't Tell Dad: A Memoir (1999). Peter believes that Henry's liberalism caused him to be gray-listed during the early 1950s, when he experienced a six-year layoff from films. See more »


Noticeable for his "cat-like" walk, especially in westerns: moving at a slow but clock- like tempo, throwing forward one foot at time, while letting the arms dangle loosely at his sides. See more »


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