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Henry Fonda

  • Birth 16 May 1905 Grand Island, Hall County, Nebraska, USA
  • Death 12 Aug 1982 Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Burial Cremated, Ashes scattered
  • Memorial ID 1730

Actor. The tall, gangling Oscar-winning actor's screen career lasted from 1935 to 1981, with films such as "Young Mr. Lincoln," "Mister Roberts," "The Grapes of Wrath" and "On Golden Pond." With his distinctive Midwest twang, Fonda embodied a quiet, decent honesty in his roles. He also started a Hollywood dynasty with daughter Jane, son Peter and granddaughter Bridget.Born in Grand Island, Nebraska, Fonda majored in journalism in college, but found acting more to his liking: His early stage stints included the amateur Omaha Community Playhouse, where he met Jocelyn Brando, the mother of Hollywood icon Marlon Brando. In the late 1920s, Fonda journeyed East to join the Provinceton Players and then the University Players Guild. There, he met fellow actor Jimmy Stewart, with whom he became lifelong friends. (A staunch liberal to Stewart's conservative, Fonda and his friend kept peace by never talking politics.) Fonda appeared on Broadway and then debuted on screen in "The Farmer Takes a Wife." He began a screen partnership with director John Ford in 1939's "Young Mr. Lincoln," then "Drums Along the Mohawk" and "The Grapes of Wrath." Fonda won his first Oscar nomination for his portrayal of John Steinbeck's Tom Joad, the reluctant hero of "Grapes." The actor's next important films were Preston Sturges' comic romance "The Lady Eve" (1941) and William Wellman's "The Ox-Bow Incident" (1943). Fonda went to World War II in the Navy, and upon his return struck gold again with Ford in "My Darling Clementine" (1946), which was prominently featured in an episode of the TV comedy "M*A*S*H." Dissatisfied with Fox Pictures, Fonda abandoned Hollywood for seven years, appearing on Broadway in "Mister Roberts" and "The Caine Mutiny Court Martial." His 1955 movie return in "Mister Roberts" (1955), with James Cagney, Jack Lemmon and William Powell, was a smash hit. Fonda followed with "War and Peace" (1956), Alfred Hitchcock's "The Wrong Man" (1956), and Sidney Lumet's "Twelve Angry Men" (1957, which Fonda also produced). His work in the 1960s and 1970s included the frightening "Fail Safe," "Yours, Mine and Ours," and the 1969 Sergio Leone spaghetti Western "Once Upon a Time in the West," in which Fonda played the villain. Married five times, Fonda in 1979 starred with son Peter in "Wanda Nevada" and daughter Jane in "On Golden Pond" in 1981. The latter film also starred Katherine Hepburn. After winning an honorary Oscar the year before, Fonda won best actor for "Pond" but was too sick to attend the ceremony.

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 31 Dec 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 1730
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Henry Fonda (16 May 1905–12 Aug 1982), Find A Grave Memorial no. 1730, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated, Ashes scattered.