(1905 - 1982)
2nd Only To Jimmy Stewart For US Sincerity
Born on the 19th May 1905 in Nebraska, US.
Henry Fonda began his acting career with the Omaha Community Playhouse, a local amateur theatre troupe directed by Dorothy Brando (mother of Marlon Brando).
He moved to the Cape Cod University Players and later Broadway, New York to expand his theatrical career from 1926 to 1934.
His first major roles in Broadway included New Faces of America and The Farmer Takes a Wife. The latter play was transferred to the screen in 1935 and marked the beginning of Fonda's Hollywood career.
The following year he married Frances Seymour Fonda with whom he had two children: Jane and Peter Fonda, also to become screen stars.
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He is most remembered for his roles as Abe Lincoln in Young Mr. Lincoln, Tom Joad in The Grapes of Wrath, (1940), for which he received an Academy Award Nomination.
He gave one of his best performances as a hired killer in Sergio Leone's Once Upon a Time in the West (1968).
During a Barbara Walters interview, Jane Fonda claimed that her father was deeply in love with Lucille Ball and that the two were "very close" during the filming of Yours, Mine and Ours in 1968.
More recently, Fonda received an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Norman Thayer in On Golden Pond (1981).
Fonda’s hobby was making model airplanes and kites, he was famously honest and self-effacing. He once said, "I hope you won't be disappointed. You see I am not a very interesting person. I haven't ever done anything except be other people. I ain't really Henry Fonda!
Henry Fonda is considered one of Hollywood's old-time legends and was a friend and contemporary of James Stewart, John Ford and Joshua Logan. His movie career spanned almost 50 years and is completed by a notable presence in American theatre and television.
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