Henry Jaynes Fonda (1905-1982) was an American actor, known for a variety of roles in movies such as:
His career lasted from 1935 to 1981, where he was in over a hundred films, television programs, theatre productions and various shorts. He received one Academy Award
nomination (The Grapes of Wrath
) and eventually won one in 1981 for On Golden Pond
. Between 1943 and 1946 his career was blank as he had been enlisted in the Navy during World War II
. He was also friends with Jimmy Stewart
(despite their opposing political viewsnote
), his former roommate.
His children Jane
and Peter, as well as granddaughter Bridget, are also accomplished actors in their own right. Though he often played nice guys in his films in real life he was reportedly very distant and withdrawn from people, even his own children, and by his own admission he was not an ideal parent. He died of heart failure on August 12, 1982 at age 77.