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Henry Fonda

Born in Grand Island, Nebraska, Henry Fonda started his acting debut with the Omaha Community Playhouse, a local amateur theater troupe directed by Dorothy 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 include "New Faces of America" and "The Farmer Takes a Wife". The latter play was transfered to the screen in 1935 and became the start-up of Fonda's lifelong 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. He is most remembered for his roles as Abe Lincoln in Young Mr. Lincoln (1939), Tom Joad in The Grapes of Wrath (1940), for which he received an Academy Award Nomination, and more recently, Norman Thayer in On Golden Pond (1981), for which he received an Academy Award for Best Actor in 1982. Henry Fonda is considered one of Hollywood's old-time legends and was friend and contemporary of James Stewart, John Ford and Joshua Logan. His movie career which spanned almost 50 years is completed by a notable presence in American theater and television.

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May 16, 1905 In Grand Island, Nebraska, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Farmer Takes a Wife 1935-08-02
Latest Project:
Movie Jay Sebring....Cutting to the Truth 2020-03-06
Known For
Poster of Fort Apache
Poster of The Fugitive
Poster of I Dream Too Much
Poster of The Farmer Takes a Wife
Movie Jay Sebring....Cutting to the Truth Archive Footage 2020-03-06
Movie Spanish Western Self (archive footage) 2015-05-04
Movie John Ford & Monument Valley Himself (archive footage) 2013-03-05
Movie Sacco and Vanzetti Prof. Tommy Turner (archive footage) 2006-04-06
Movie An Opera of Violence Self - Actor (archive footage) 2003-11-18
Movie La Classe américaine Hugues (archive footage) 1993-12-31
Movie Fonda on Fonda Himself (archive footage) 1992-01-13
Movie Barbara Stanwyck: Fire and Desire Himself (archive footage) 1991-07-15
Movie Myrna Loy: So Nice to Come Home To (archive footage) 1990-06-04
Movie The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind (archive footage) 1988-10-01
Movie Summer Solstice Joshua 1981-12-30
Movie On Golden Pond Norman Thayer Jr. 1981-12-01
Movie Wanda Nevada Old Prospector 1979-06-01
Movie Meteor The President 1979-10-19
Movie City on Fire Fire Chief Albert Risley 1979-07-11
Movie The Biggest Battle Generale Foster 1978-02-07
Movie Fedora Himself / President of the Academy 1978-06-29
Movie The Great Smokey Roadblock Elegant John 1978-06-21
Movie The Swarm Dr. Walter Krim 1978-07-14
Series The Kennedy Center Honors Unknown 1978-12-28
Movie A Special Sesame Street Christmas 1978-12-08
Movie Tentacles Mr. Whitehead, President of Trojan Construction 1977-02-25
Movie Rollercoaster Simon Davenport 1977-06-10
Series Captains and the Kings 1976-09-30
Movie Midway Adm. Chester W. Nimitz 1976-06-18
Movie Parkinson: Meet Henry Fonda Interviewee 1975-11-01
Movie The Last Four Days Kardinal Schuster 1974-03-27
Movie Clarence Darrow Clarence Darrow 1974-09-04
Movie The Red Pony Carl Tiflin 1973-03-17
Movie The Serpent Alan Davies 1973-04-07
Movie The Alpha Caper Mark Forbes 1973-10-06
Movie My Name Is Nobody Jack Beauregard 1973-12-13
Movie Ash Wednesday Mark Sawyer 1973-11-01
Movie Letter to Jane Himself (archive footage) (uncredited) 1972-10-10
Movie Directed by John Ford Himself (uncredited) 1971-10-06
Movie Sometimes a Great Notion Henry Stamper 1971-12-17
Movie The American West of John Ford Himself 1971-12-05
Movie The Cheyenne Social Club Harley Sullivan 1970-06-12
Movie There Was a Crooked Man... Woodward W. Lopeman 1970-09-18
Movie An Impression of John Steinbeck: Writer John Steinbeck (voice) 1969-01-01
Movie Madigan Commissioner Anthony X. Russell 1968-03-13
Movie Firecreek Bob Larkin 1968-01-24
Movie The Boston Strangler John S. Bottomly 1968-10-08
Movie Yours, Mine and Ours Frank Beardsley 1968-04-24
Movie Once Upon a Time in the West Frank 1968-12-21
Movie Welcome to Hard Times Mayor Will Blue 1967-04-30
Movie Stranger on the Run Ben Chamberlain 1967-10-31
Movie A Big Hand for the Little Lady Meredith 1966-05-31
Movie The Really Big Family Himself and Narrator 1966-01-01
Movie To Save a Soldier Narrator 1966-10-23
Movie The Rounders Marion 'Howdy' Lewis 1965-01-08
Movie In Harm's Way CINCPAC II 1965-04-05
Movie The Dirty Game Dimitri Koulov 1965-06-23
Movie Battle of the Bulge Lt Col Kiley 1965-12-16
Movie The Best Man William Russell 1964-04-05
Movie Sex and the Single Girl Frank Luther Broderick 1964-12-25
Movie Spencer's Mountain Clay Spencer 1963-05-16
Movie How the West Was Won Jethro Stuart 1962-10-01
Movie Advise & Consent Robert A. Leffingwell 1962-06-06
Movie The Longest Day Brig. Gen. Theodore Roosevelt jr. 1962-09-25
Movie Warlock Clay Blaisedell 1959-05-15
Movie The Man Who Understood Women Willie Bauche 1959-10-02
Movie Stage Struck Lewis Easton 1958-04-22
Movie 12 Angry Men Juror 8 1957-04-10
Movie The Tin Star Morgan Hickman 1957-10-23
Movie The Wrong Man Christopher Emanuel 'Manny' Balestrero 1956-12-22
Movie Mister Roberts Mr. Roberts 1955-07-10
Series General Electric Theater Unknown 1953-02-01
Movie Pictura Narrator: Grant Wood episode (voice) 1951-06-01
Series Hallmark Hall of Fame Unknown 1951-12-24
Movie Jigsaw Nightclub Waiter (uncredited) 1949-03-11
Movie On Our Merry Way Lank Solsky 1948-02-03
Series The Ed Sullivan Show Unknown 1948-06-20
Movie Fort Apache Lt. Col. Owen Thursday 1948-06-14
Movie The Long Night Joe Adams 1947-05-28
Movie The Fugitive A Fugitive 1947-11-03
Movie Daisy Kenyon Peter Lapham 1947-12-25
Movie My Darling Clementine Wyatt Earp 1946-10-17
Movie Immortal Sergeant Corporal Colin Spence 1943-04-29
Movie The Magnificent Dope Thadeus Winship 'Tad' Page 1942-07-01
Movie Rings on Her Fingers John Wheeler 1942-03-20
Movie Tales of Manhattan George 1942-08-05
Movie The Male Animal Tommy Turner 1942-03-12
Movie The Big Street Agustus 'Little Pinks' Pinkerton, II 1942-08-13
Movie The Battle of Midway Narrator (voice) 1942-09-14
Movie It's Everybody's War Narrator 1942-09-06
Movie The Lady Eve Charles Pike 1941-02-25
Movie You Belong to Me Peter Kirk 1941-10-22
Movie Wild Geese Calling John Murdock 1941-08-15
Movie The Grapes of Wrath Tom Joad 1940-03-15
Movie Lillian Russell Alexander Moore 1940-05-24
Movie Chad Hanna Chad Hanna 1940-12-25
Movie The Return of Frank James Frank James 1940-08-10
Movie Jesse James Frank James 1939-01-14
Movie Let Us Live Brick Tennant 1939-03-29
Movie The Story of Alexander Graham Bell Thomas Watson 1939-04-04
Movie Young Mr. Lincoln Abraham Lincoln 1939-06-09
Movie Drums Along the Mohawk Gilbert Martin 1939-11-10
Movie Breakdowns of 1938 Himself 1938-02-07
Movie I Met My Love Again Ives Towner 1938-01-14
Movie Jezebel Preston Dillard 1938-03-26
Movie The Mad Miss Manton Peter Ames 1938-10-21
Movie Blockade Marco 1938-06-17
Movie Spawn of the North Jim Kimmerlee 1938-08-26
Movie Wings of the Morning Kerry Gilfallen 1937-03-11
Movie You Only Live Once Eddie Taylor 1937-01-23
Movie Slim Slim 1937-06-24
Movie That Certain Woman Jack V. Merrick, Jr. 1937-08-30
Movie The Trail of the Lonesome Pine Dave Tolliver 1936-03-13
Movie The Moon's Our Home Anthony Amberton / John Smith 1936-04-10
Movie Spendthrift Townsend Middleton 1936-07-22
Movie The Farmer Takes a Wife Dan Harrow 1935-08-02
Movie I Dream Too Much Johnny Street 1935-11-29
Movie Way Down East David Bartlett 1935-10-25
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