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AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Henry Fonda (1978)

The American Film Institute Salute to Henry Fonda (original title)
Henry Fonda is honored for his career in theater, television and film by friends, family, and co-workers.


Marty Pasetta


Hal Kanter
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Henry Fonda ... Self - Honoree
Jane Alexander ... Self
Lucille Ball ... Self
Richard Burton ... Self
Bette Davis ... Self
Kirk Douglas ... Self
Jane Fonda ... Self
Peter Fonda ... Self
James Garner ... Self
Lillian Gish ... Self
Charlton Heston ... Self
Ron Howard ... Self
Jack Lemmon ... Self
Fred MacMurray ... Self
Marsha Mason ... Self


Henry Fonda is honored for his career in theater, television and film by friends, family, and co-workers.

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53 years of acting for Henry Fonda
20 July 2020 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

This two hour CBS broadcast from Mar. 15, 1978 celebrates 53 years of acting for Henry Fonda, joined by daughter Jane, son Peter, and several colleagues seated in the audience. You can believe him when he proclaims his love for Bette Davis, Lucille Ball, and Barbara Stanwyck, and his 46 year relationship with 'friendly rival' and political opposite James Stewart, a lifelong Republican. Of all the critical notices he received over the decades, the one that meant the most came from his once skeptical father, who offered a four word response to seeing his son for the first time on stage: "shut up, he's perfect!" (John Carradine, his fabled costar in John Ford's "The Grapes of Wrath," can be spotted in the audience during this remembrance). Finally, a few words about 'F. Gwynplaine MacIntyre,' who apparently took his own life in 2010 after composing hundreds of fake reviews on lost features (often silent) that haven't been seen in many decades, he even displayed the temerity to steal Conrad Veidt's name from "The Man Who Laughs." Nuff said!

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15 March 1978 (USA) See more »

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