Henry Fonda (1905–1982)


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This remarkable, soft-spoken American began in films as a diffident juvenile. With passing years, he matured into a star character actor who exemplified not only integrity and strength, but an ideal of the common man fighting against social injustice and oppression. He was born in Grand Island, Hall, Nebraska, the son of Herberta Elma (Jaynes) and... See full bio »

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

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Known For

12 Angry Men Juror 8
(1957)
On Golden Pond Norman Thayer Jr.
(1981)
(1940)
The Wrong Man Christopher Emanuel 'Manny' Balestrero
(1956)

Filmography

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 1981 Summer Solstice (TV Movie)
Joshua
 1981 On Golden Pond
Norman Thayer Jr.
 1980 Gideon's Trumpet (TV Movie)
Clarence Earl Gideon
 1980 The Oldest Living Graduate (TV Movie)
Colonel J.C. Kincaid
 1980 Barn Burning (TV Movie)
Narrator
 1979 Family (TV Series)
James Lawrence
- Thanksgiving (1979) ... James Lawrence
 1979 Meteor
The President
 1979 Wanda Nevada
Old Prospector
 1979 City on Fire
Risley - Fire Chief
 1979 Roots: The Next Generations (TV Mini Series)
Colonel Frederick Warner
- Part III (1914-1918) (1979) ... Colonel Frederick Warner
- Part II (1896-1897) (1979) ... Colonel Frederick Warner
- Part I (1882-1883) (1979) ... Colonel Frederick Warner
 1978 The Swarm
Dr. Walter Krim
 1978 Fedora
President of the Academy
 1978 Home to Stay (TV Movie)
Grandpa George
 1977-1978 Laugh-In (TV Series)
Guest Performer
- Episode #1.6 (1978) ... Guest Performer
- Episode #1.2 (1977) ... Guest Performer
 1978 The Biggest Battle
Generale Foster
 1977 The Blue Hotel (TV Movie)
Narrator (uncredited)
 1977 Rollercoaster
Simon Davenport
 1977 The Great Smokey Roadblock
Elegant John Howard
 1977 The Displaced Person (TV Movie)
Narrator (voice)
 1977 I'm a Fool (TV Movie)
Narrator
 1977 Tentacles
Mr. Whitehead
 1976 Captains and the Kings (TV Mini Series)
Sen. Enfield Bassett
- Chapter V (1976) ... Sen. Enfield Bassett
- Chapter IV (1976) ... Sen. Enfield Bassett
 1976 Midway
Admiral Chester W. Nimitz
 1976 Collision Course: Truman vs. MacArthur (TV Movie)
Gen. Douglas MacArthur
 1974 Parker Adderson, Philosopher (TV Movie)
Narrator
 1974 The Music School (TV Movie)
Narrator
 1974 Clarence Darrow (TV Movie)
Clarence Darrow
 1974 The Last 4 Days
Cardinale Schuster
 1973 My Name Is Nobody
Jack Beauregard
 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
 1971-1972 The Smith Family (TV Series)
Chad Smith
- Father-In-Law (1972) ... Chad Smith
- Homecoming (1972) ... Chad Smith
- Ten O'Clock and All Is Well (1972) ... Chad Smith
- Rogue Cop (1972) ... Chad Smith
- My Mother, the Star (1972) ... Chad Smith
 1971 The Doris Day Show (TV Series)
Henry Fonda
- Doris Goes to Hollywood (1971) ... Henry Fonda (uncredited)
 1970 Howdy (TV Movie)
 1970 There Was a Crooked Man...
Woodward W. Lopeman
 1970 The Cheyenne Social Club
Harley Sullivan
 1970 Too Late the Hero
Capt. John G. Nolan
 1970 Pat Paulsen's Half a Comedy Hour (TV Series)
Surgeon
- Episode #1.6 (1970) ... Surgeon
 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 The Boston Strangler
John S. Bottomly
 1968 Yours, Mine and Ours
Frank Beardsley
 1968 Madigan
Commissioner Anthony X. Russell
 1968 Firecreek
Bob Larkin
 1967 Stranger on the Run (TV Movie)
Ben Chamberlain
 1967 Welcome to Hard Times
Mayor Will Blue
 1965 Battle of the Bulge
Lt. Col. Kiley
 1965 The Secret Agents
Dimitri Koulov
 1965 In Harm's Way
CINCPAC II
 1965 The Rounders
Marion 'Howdy' Lewis
 1964 Sex and the Single Girl
Frank Broderick
 1964 Fail Safe
The President
 1964 The Best Man
William Russell
 1963 Spencer's Mountain
Clay Spencer
 1963 The Dick Powell Theatre (TV Series)
Dr. Victor Fallon
- Tissue of Hate (1963) ... Dr. Victor Fallon
 1962 How the West Was Won
Jethro Stuart
 1962 The Longest Day
Brig. Gen. Theodore Roosevelt Jr.
 1962 Advise & Consent
Robert Leffingwell
 1961-1962 The Ed Sullivan Show (TV Series)
Charles Christian Wertenbaker / Actor - Dramatic Reading
- Episode #15.26 (1962) ... Charles Christian Wertenbaker
- Episode #14.18 (1961) ... Actor - Dramatic Reading
 1962 San Francisco Fire (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1959-1961 The Deputy (TV Series)
Chief Marshal Simon Fry
- Lawman's Conscience (1961) ... Chief Marshal Simon Fry
- Lorinda Belle (1961) ... Chief Marshal Simon Fry
- Brand of Honesty (1961) ... Chief Marshal Simon Fry
- The Deathly Quiet (1961) ... Chief Marshal Simon Fry
- The Legend of Dixie (1961) ... Chief Marshal Simon Fry
 1959 The Man Who Understood Women
Willie Bauche
 1959 Warlock
Clay Blaisedell
 1958 Rangers of Yellowstone (Short)
Narrator
 1958 Stage Struck
Lewis Easton
 1957 The Tin Star
Morgan 'Morg' Hickman
 1957 12 Angry Men
Juror 8
 1956 The Wrong Man
Christopher Emanuel 'Manny' Balestrero
 1956 War and Peace
Pierre Bezukhov
 1955 Mister Roberts
Lieutenant Roberts
 1955 Producers' Showcase (TV Series)
Alan Squier
- The Petrified Forest (1955) ... Alan Squier
 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)
Dr. Martin Arrowsmith
- The Decision at Arrowsmith (1953) ... Dr. Martin Arrowsmith
 1951 Benjy (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1950 Showtime, U.S.A. (TV Series)
 1949 Jigsaw
Nightclub Waiter (uncredited)
 1948 Fort Apache
Lt. Col. Owen Thursday
 1948 On Our Merry Way
Lank
 1947 Daisy Kenyon
Peter Lapham
 1947 The Fugitive
A Fugitive
 1947 The Long Night
Joe Adams
 1946 My Darling Clementine
Wyatt Earp
 1943 Immortal Sergeant
Cpl. Colin Spence
 1942 The Ox-Bow Incident
Gil Carter
 1942 It's Everybody's War (Short)
Narrator
 1942 The Big Street
Little Pinks
 1942 Tales of Manhattan
George
 1942 The Magnificent Dope
Tad Page
 1942 Rings on Her Fingers
John Wheeler
 1942 The Male Animal
Tommy Turner
 1941 You Belong to Me
Peter Kirk
 1941 Wild Geese Calling
John Murdock
 1941 The Lady Eve
Charles Pike
 1940 Chad Hanna
Chad Hanna
 1940 The Return of Frank James
Frank James
 1940 Lillian Russell
Alexander Moore
 1940 The Grapes of Wrath
Tom Joad
 1939 Drums Along the Mohawk
Gilbert Martin
 1939 Young Mr. Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln
 1939 The Story of Alexander Graham Bell
Thomas Watson
 1939 Let Us Live
'Brick' Tennant
 1939 Jesse James
Frank James
 1938 The Mad Miss Manton
Peter Ames
 1938 Spawn of the North
Jim Kimmerlee
 1938 Blockade
Marco
 1938 Jezebel
Preston Dillard
 1938 I Met My Love Again
Ives Towner
 1937 That Certain Woman
Jack Merrick
 1937 Slim
Slim
 1937 Wings of the Morning
Kerry Gilfallen
 1937 You Only Live Once
Eddie Taylor
 1936 Spendthrift
Townsend Middleton
 1936 The Moon's Our Home
Anthony Amberton / John Smith
 1936 The Trail of the Lonesome Pine
Dave Tolliver
 1935 I Dream Too Much
'Johnny' Street
 1935 Way Down East
David Bartlett
 1935 The Farmer Takes a Wife
Dan Harrow
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Other Works:

Stage: Appeared in "Silent Night, Lonely Night" on Broadway. Written by Robert Anderson. Lighting Design / Scenic Design by Jo Mielziner. Directed by Peter Glenville. Morosco Theatre: 3 Dec 1959-19 Mar 1960 (124 performances). Cast: Barbara Bel Geddes, Bill Berger, Peter De Vise, Eda Heinemann, Lois Nettleton. Produced by The ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 15 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 1 Interview | 13 Articles | 2 Pictorials | 51 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Height:

6' 1½" (1.87 m)

Spouse:

Shirlee Fonda  (his death) | See more »

Children:

Peter Fonda | See more »

Parents:

William Brace Fonda | Herberta Jaynes

Relatives:

Troy Garity (grandchild) | See more »
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[on Jane Fonda and Peter Fonda, 1976] "I didn't help or discourage them or lead them by the hand. I'm not trying to set myself up as a good father, because I wasn't a good father. But I think I knew instinctively that if they did make it, they would like to know they'd done it on their own. I recognise all the problems my children have had, and I don't claim any credit for what they've become. ... See more »

Trivia:

Hobby was making model airplanes and kites. See more »

Trademark:

Often played strong, defensive, heroic characters that were always seeking peace and justice. See more »

Nickname:

Hank See more »

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