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At book signing event for Another Man's War by Sam Childers, Beverly Hills, California, May 5, 2009
Peter Henry Fonda

(1940-02-23)February 23, 1940
Died August 16, 2019(2019-08-16) (aged 79)
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Nebraska at Omaha
Occupation Actor
Years active 1962–2019
Children Bridget, Justin
Parent(s) Henry Fonda (deceased)
Frances Ford Seymour (deceased)
Relatives Jane Fonda (sister), Amy Fonda Fishman (sister), Oliver Elfman (grandson)

Peter Henry Fonda (February 23, 1940 – August 16, 2019) was an American actor. He was the son of actor Henry Fonda. He was the father of actress Bridget Fonda and brother of actress Jane Fonda. Fonda is most famous for 1969 movie Easy Rider. He co-wrote and co-starred in the movie with his friend Dennis Hopper. He rode a motorcycle in Easy Rider, and also in the earlier The Wild Angels, where he played an outlaw biker.

He appeared in many other movies, including Ulee's Gold in 1997, which earned him an Academy Award nomination, Burnett Stone in Thomas and the Magic Railroad and Frank O'Connor, husband of writer Ayn Rand, in The Passion of Ayn Rand.

Personal life

Fonda appeared many times on talk shows, discussing his life and times, including his family life. Fonda died of respiratory failure on August 16, 2019 at his home in Los Angeles. He was 79 years old.

Fonda wrote an autobiography, Don't Tell Dad: A Memoir, which was published in 1998.

Fonda had had a permanent home in Paradise Valley, Montana since 1975.


1962 Peter Fonda Patty McCormack New Breed
with Patty McCormack guest starring in The New Breed, 1962.
Year Film Role Notes
1963 Tammy and the Doctor Dr. Mark Cheswick
The Victors Weaver Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer - Male
1964 Lilith Stephen Evshevsky
The Young Lovers Eddie Slocum
12 O'Clock High Lt Andy Lathrop
1966 The Wild Angels Heavenly Blues
1967 The Trip Paul Groves
1968 Histories extradinaires Baron Wilhelm (segment "Metzengerstein")
1969 Easy Rider Wyatt Nominated—Academy Award For Best Original Screenplay with Dennis Hopper and Terry Southern
Nominated—Writers Guild of America Award for Best Drama Written Directly for the Screen with Dennis Hopper and Terry Southern
1971 The Hired Hand Harry Collings
The Last Movie Young Sheriff
1973 Idaho Transfer Director
Two People Evan Bonner
1974 Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry Larry Rider
Open Season Ken
1975 Race with the Devil Roger March
92 in the Shade Skelton
1976 Killer Force Bradley
Futureworld Chuck Browning
Fighting Mad Tom Hunter
1977 Outlaw Blues Bobby Ogden
1978 High-Ballin' Rane
1979 Wanda Nevada Beaudray Demerille
1981 Cannonball Run Chief Biker (cameo appearance)
1982 Split Image Kirklander
1983 Peppermint-Frieden Mr. Freedom
Dance of the Dwarfs Harry Bediker
Daijôbu, mai furendo Gonzy Traumerai
Spasms Dr. Tom Brazilian
1985 A Reason to Live Gus Stewart TV movie
Certain Fury Rodney
1987 Hawken's Breed Hawken
1988 Mercenary Fighters Virelli
1989 The Rosegarden Herbert Schluter
1990 Fatal Mission Ken Andrews
1992 South Beach Jake
Family Express Nick
1993 Deadfall Pete
Bodies, Rest & Motion Motorcycle Rider
1994 Give Me Your Life Marcantony Appfel Story by Carroll O'Connor, screenplay by Cynthia Deming & William James Royce
Love and a .45 Vergil Cheatham
Nadja Dracula/Dr. Van Helsing
1996 Escape from L.A. Pipeline
Grace of My Heart Guru Dave
1997 Ulee's Gold Ulysses "Ulee" Jackson Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Lead Male
Nominated—Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Painted Hero Ray the Cook
1999 The Passion of Ayn Rand Frank Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor – Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
The Limey Terry Valentine
2000 South of Heaven, West of Hell Shoshonee Bill
Thomas & the Magic Railroad Grandpa Burnett Stone
Second Skin Merv Gutman
2001 Wooly Boys Stoney
2002 The Laramie Project Doctor Cantway
2004 The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things Grandfather
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas The Truth (voice)
2005 Supernova Dr. Austin Shepard
2006 In God We Trust aka Cobrador Millionaire
2007 Ghost Rider Mephistopheles
Wild Hogs Damien Blade
3:10 to Yuma Byron McElroy Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
The Gathering Thomas Carrier
2008 Japan Alfred
Journey to the Center of the Earth Edward Dennison
2009 The Perfect Age of Rock 'n' Roll August West
The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day The Roman, The old man, Louie

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