May 16, 1905
August 12, 1982
Raised in Omaha, Fonda initially wanted to be a newspaperman but instead started dabbling in amateur theatrics. By 1934 he had reached Broadway and after scoring his first big hit as Romeo in The farmer takes a wife (1935) he was invited to repeat in Hollywood the role in a movie version.
Soon Fonda was admired over the world for the sincerity and integrity of his work in films like Jezebel (1938), Young mr. Lincoln and The grapes of wrath (1940). Fonda's film career went up the hill.
In 1957 alone, he played the voice of reason in the jury drama 12 Angry Men, an unjustly accused robbery suspect in Alfred Hitchcock's The Wrong Man and a frontier bounty hunter in The Tin Star. In 1969 Henry wanted to play a real dark villain, so he accepted a role in Once upon in the west.
His last picture On Golden Pond (1981), (produced by his daughter Jane) won him his only Oscar.
1982 Won Oscar Leading Role for: On Golden Pond (1981)
1981 Honorary Award
1958 Nominated Best Picture for: 12 Angry Men (1957)
1941 Nominated Leading Role for: The Grapes of Wrath, (1940)
- 12 Angry Men (1957)
- Once upon a time in the West (1968)
- The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
- The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)
- The Lady Eve (1941)
- My Darling Clementine (1946)
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