Henry Fonda

Henry Fonda


5/16/1905, Grand Island, Nebraska, USA



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Henry Jaynes Fonda (May 16, 1905 August 12, 1982) was an Academy , Golden Globe and Tony Award winning, Emmy nominated film, stage and television actor most known for his roles in films such as Grapes of Wrath, 12 Angry Men, ,Once Upon a Time in the Westmore


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Henry was voted No.10 on Premiere magazine's "Greatest Movie Star of All Time" list.

    • Henry's performance as in 1940, in The Grapes of Wrath is ranked No.51 on Premiere Magazine's "100 Greatest Performances of All Time".

    • Hnery and his daughter Jane Fonda were the first father-daughter couple to be Oscar-nominated in the same year, which was in 1982.

    • Henry is the oldest person to win the Academy Award for Best Actor, which was in 1982 at the age of 76.

    • Henry is the grandfather of actress Bridget Fonda and actors Justin Fonda and Troy Garity.

    • Henry was ranked No.95 in Empire magazine's "Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list, in October 1997.

    • Hnery's fifth and final wife was Shirlee Mae Adams, whom he married in 1961, and remained with until his death in 1982.

    • Henry married his fourth wife Afdera Franchetti in 1957, but they divorced in 1961.

    • Henry married Susan Blanchard, a socialite, in 1950 but they divorced in 1956.

    • Henry's second marriage was to Frances Ford Seymour, in 1936, with whom he had two children, Peter and Jane both actors. Their marriage ended in 1950 when Frances committed suicide by slitting her throat with a razor due to a history of mental illness.

    • Henry married Margaret Brooke Sullavan in 1931 and divorced her in 1933.

    • Jane Fonda, Henry's daughter had said she had a strained relationship with her father and rejected his affiliation with Republican actors such as John Wayne.

    • Henry attended the University of Minnesota, majoring in journalism.

    • Henry was an member of the Boy Scouts of America.

    • In 1999, Henry was placed sixth on the "Greatest Male Star of All Time" list by the American Film Institute.

    • Jane Fonda said that her father developed a big crush on Lucille Ball while the two were filming the movie Yours, Mine, and Ours.

  • Quotes

    • Henry: (on the acting success of his children Jane and Peter) I didn't help or discourage them or lead them by the hand. I'm not trying to set myself up as a good father, because I wasn't a good father. But I think I knew instinctively that if they did make it, they would like to know they'd done it on their own. I recognize all the problems my children have had, and I don't claim any credit for what they've become. They've become what they are in spite of me.

    • Henry: I'm not that pristine pure, I guess I've broken as many rules as the next feller. But I reckon my face looks honest enough and if people buy it, Hallelujah.

  • A sad-looking, skinny, actor with brilliant talent.

    One of the all-time greatest heroes of the silver screen! Whether he was upstanding and strong (Grapes of Wrath), determined but soft-spoken (12 Angry Men, The Wrong Man), misguided but well-intentioned (Fort Apache), or just a plain good guy (On Golden Pond), Henry Fonda was a fine man. He could play a large selection of characters, and this made him fun to watch. Despite his aloofness offscreen, his onscreen characters were great men, and I can't think of a better man to play them. Truly a one of a kind man due to his quiet, but firm delivery and acting ability. A legend.moreless