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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 17 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

12 Angry Men Juror 8
(1957)
(1940)
On Golden Pond Norman Thayer Jr.
(1981)

Filmography

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 1981 Summer Solstice (TV Movie)
Joshua
 1981 On Golden Pond
Norman Thayer Jr.
 1980 The Jilting of Granny Weatherall (TV Movie)
Narrator
 1980 Rappaccini's Daughter (TV Movie)
Narrator (uncredited)
 1980 Gideon's Trumpet (TV Movie)
Clarence Earl Gideon
 1980 The Oldest Living Graduate (TV Movie)
Colonel J.C. Kincaid
 1980 Barn Burning (TV Short)
Narrator
 1979 Family (TV Series)
James Lawrence
- Thanksgiving (1979) ... James Lawrence
 1979 Meteor
The President
 1979 Wanda Nevada
Old Prospector
 1979 Stad in vlammen
Fire Chief Albert Risley
 1979 Roots: The Next Generations (TV Mini-Series)
Colonel Frederick Warner
- Part III (1914-1917) (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 Il grande attacco
Gen. Foster
 1977 Soldier's Home (TV Short)
Host
 1977 The Blue Hotel (TV Movie)
Narrator (uncredited)
 1977 Rollercoaster
Simon Davenport
 1977 The Last of the Cowboys
Elegant John Howard
 1977 The Displaced Person (TV Movie)
Narrator
 1977 I'm a Fool (TV Movie)
Narrator
 1977 Tentacoli
Mr. Whitehead, President of Trojan Construction
 1976 Captains and the Kings (TV Mini-Series)
Sen. Enfield Bassett
- Chapter V (1976) ... Sen. Enfield Bassett
- Chapter IV (1976) ... Sen. Enfield Bassett
 1976 Bernice Bobs Her Hair (TV Movie)
Narrator
 1976 Battle of Midway
Adm. Chester W. Nimitz
 1976 Collision Course: Truman vs. MacArthur (TV Movie)
Gen. Douglas MacArthur
 1975 The American Parade (TV Mini-Series)
Narrator
- FDR: The Man Who Changed America (1975) ... Narrator
 1974 Parker Adderson, Philosopher (TV Short)
Narrator
 1974 The Music School (TV Short)
Narrator
 1974 Clarence Darrow (TV Movie)
Clarence Darrow
 1974 Mussolini ultimo atto
Cardinale Schuster
 1973 Il mio nome è Nessuno
Jack Beauregard
 1973 Ash Wednesday
Mark Sawyer
 1973 The Alpha Caper (TV Movie)
Mark Forbes
 1973 Le serpent
Allan Davies
 1973 The Red Pony (TV Movie)
Carl Tiflin
 1971-1972 The Smith Family (TV Series)
Det. Sgt. Chad Smith
- Father-In-Law (1972) ... Det. Sgt. Chad Smith
- Homecoming (1972) ... Det. Sgt. Chad Smith
- Ten O'Clock and All Is Well (1972) ... Det. Sgt. Chad Smith
- Rogue Cop (1972) ... Det. Sgt. Chad Smith
- My Mother, the Star (1972) ... Det. Sgt. Chad Smith
 1971 Sometimes a Great Notion
Henry Stamper
 1971 The Doris Day Show (TV Series)
Henry Fonda
- Doris Goes to Hollywood (1971) ... Henry Fonda (uncredited)
 1970 Howdy (TV Movie)
 1970 Verraderlijker dan een slang
Woodward W. Lopeman
 1970 The Cheyenne Social Club
Harley Sullivan
 1970 In de greep van de angst
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 Wurger van Boston
John S. Bottomly
 1968 Yours, Mine and Ours
Frank Beardsley
 1968 Onderwereld van New York
Commissioner Anthony X. Russell
 1968 Firecreek
Bob Larkin
 1967 De man op de vlucht (TV Movie)
Ben Chamberlain
 1967 Welcome to Hard Times
Mayor Will Blue
 1965 Battle of the Bulge
Lt. Col. Dan Kiley
 1965 Topsecret Djiboeti
Dimitri Koulov
 1965 De ongelooflijke overwinning
CINCPAC II
 1965 The Rounders
Marion 'Howdy' Lewis
 1964 Fail-Safe
The President
 1964 The Best Man
William Russell
 1963 Spencer's Mountain
Clay Spencer
 1963 The Dick Powell Show (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
 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
Manny Balestrero
 1956 War and Peace
Pierre Bezukhov
 1955 Mister Roberts
Lt. j.g. Douglas A. 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)
 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 Gejaagd
A Fugitive
 1947 The Long Night
Joe Adams
 1946 Zonder genade
Wyatt Earp
 1943 The Ox-Bow Incident
Gil Carter
 1943 Onsterfelijke sergeant
Cpl. Colin Spence
 1942 It's Everybody's War (Short)
Narrator
 1942 The Big Street
Little Pinks
 1942 The Magnificent Dope
Thadeus Winship 'Tad' Page
 1942 Rings on Her Fingers
John Wheeler
 1942 The Male Animal
Tommy Turner
 1941 De bruidegom gebruikt geweld
Peter Kirk
 1941 Wild Geese Calling
John Murdock
 1941 The Lady Eve
Charles
 1940 Chad Hanna
Chad Hanna
 1940 De terugkeer van Frank James
Frank James
 1940 Lillian Russell
Alexander Moore
 1940 The Grapes of Wrath
Tom Joad
 1939 Onder één vlag
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, de wreker
Frank James
 1938 The Mad Miss Manton
Peter Ames
 1938 Spawn of the North
Jim Kimmerlee
 1938 Blockade
Marco
 1938 Een gevaarlijke vrouw
Preston Dillard
 1938 I Met My Love Again
Ives Towner
 1937 Een zekere vrouw
Jack Merrick
 1937 Slim
Slim
 1937 Zigeuneradel
Kerry Gilfallen
 1937 Uitstel van executie
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 (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 | 15 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 1 Interview | 12 Articles | 2 Pictorials | 7 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Height:

6' 1½" (1.87 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[on stage acting] Anyone who gives the same performance he gave on opening night is not doing a good job. Unless a performance is growing constantly, unless the actor is finding new insights into the character, he must grow stale. See more »

Trivia:

A friendship and collaboration of nearly 20 years was ended when director John Ford sucker-punched him while making Mister Roberts (1955). See more »

Trademark:

Bright blue eyes See more »

Nickname:

Hank See more »

Star Sign:

Taurus

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