Henry Fonda biography 2022

Actor Henry Fonda

Biography of Henry Fonda


Henry Fonda was born on May 16, 1905. Grand Island, Nebraska, USA.

Henry Fonda made his film debut in 1935 and, with his intense but low-key acting, quickly became a symbol of higher justice, especially as the hero in John Ford films such as Young Mr. Lincoln (1939), The Grapes of Wrath (1940) and My Darling Clementine (1946).

From 1948 to 1955, Henry Fonda appeared exclusively in the theater, with particular success in the play Mr. Roberts. When he returned to the film, it was, among other things, to produce the jury drama Twelve Angry Men (1957). Here he characteristically plays the juror who fights for the principle of "reasonable grounds for doubt."

Since then, Henry Fonda often played the regular, liberal American but tried his hand a couple of times as a villain, for example, in Sergio Leone's Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) and Joseph L. Mankiewicz's There Was a Crooked Man ( 1970).

Henry Fonda received an Oscar in 1981 for his overall effort and the following year for best performance in On Golden Pond (1981), which was his last film.

Henry Fonda is the father of actresses Jane Fonda and Peter Fonda and grandfather of Bridget Fonda (born in 1964).

Died on August 12, 1982.




last updated October 2022

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