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Henry Fonda

Henry Fonda
Fonda in the 1937 film Slim
Personal information
Birth nameHenry Jaynes Fonda
Birth dateMay 16, 1905
Place of birthGrand Island, Nebraska, U.S.
Date of deathAugust 12, 1982(age 77)
Death placeLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of deathHeart disease
Years active1935 - 82
Political partyDemocratic
SpouseMargaret Sullavan
(m. 1931-32, divorced)
Frances Ford Seymour
(m. 1936-50, her death)
Susan Blanchard
(m. 1950-56, divorced)
Afdera Franchetti
(m. 1957-61, divorced)
Shirlee Mae Adams
(m. 1965-82, his death)
ChildrenJane Fonda
Peter Fonda
Amy Fishman
RelativesBridget Fonda (granddaughter)

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Henry Jaynes Fonda (May 16, 1905 - August 12, 1982) was an American film and stage actor.

Fonda made his mark early as a Broadway actor. He also appeared in 1938 in plays performed in White Plains, New York, with Joan Tompkins. He made his Hollywood debut in 1935, and his career gained momentum after his Academy Award-nominated performance as Tom Joad in The Grapes of Wrath, a 1940 adaptation of John Steinbeck's novel about an Oklahoma family who moved west during the Dust Bowl. Throughout six decades in Hollywood, Fonda cultivated a strong, appealing screen image in such classics as The Ox-Bow Incident, Mister Roberts and 12 Angry Men. Later, Fonda moved both toward darker epics as Sergio Leone's Once Upon a Time in the West (portraying a villain who kills, among others, a child) and lighter roles in family comedies like Yours, Mine and Ours with Lucille Ball.

Fonda was the patriarch of a family of famous actors, including daughter Jane Fonda, son Peter Fonda, granddaughter Bridget Fonda, and grandson Troy Garity; his family and close friends called him "Hank". In 1999, he was named the sixth Greatest Male Star of All Time by the American Film Institute.

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