Peter Fonda

Peter Fonda


2/23/1940, New York, New York

Birth Name

Peter Henry Fonda


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Peter Henry Fonda was born on February 23, 1940 in New York, New York. His parents were actor Henry Fonda and financier Frances Ford Seymour. His sister is actress Jane Fonda. Peter studied acting in Omaha, Nebraska, which is his dad's hometown. While living in Omaha, he attended…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Peter has been nominated for three SAG Awards. In 1998 he was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for Ulee's Gold. In 2000, he was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries for The Passion of Ayn Rand. In 2008, he was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for 3:10 To Yuma.

    • Peter has been nominated for four Golden Globes. In 1963 he was nominated for Most Promising Newcomer-Male for The Victors. In 1998 he was nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV for The Tempest. In 1999 he won Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV for The Passion of Ayn Rand.

    • Peter has been nominated for two Emmy Awards. In 1999 he was nominated for a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for The Passion of Ayn Rand. In 2004, he was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Performer in a Children/Youth/Family Special for The Maldondo Miracle.

    • Peter has been nominated for two Academy Awards. In 1970 he was nominated for Best Writing, Story and Screenplay Based on Material Not Previously Published or Produced for Easy Rider. In 1998, he was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Ulee's Gold.

    • Peter's favorite director to work with is Victor Nunez. Steven Soderbergh comes in second.

    • According to Peter, the movie role that he found most satisfying is Ulee's Gold.

    • In the movie Ulee's Gold Peter played a Florida beekeeper. Due to his role in the movie the Florida State Beekeeper Association named him Beekeeper of the Year for 1997.

    • On October 22, 2003, Peter earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His star is located on Hollywood Boulevard.

    • Peter attended the 2nd annual HatcH audiovisual festival in Bozeman, MT. HatcH is a film and arts festival that focuses on inspiring and mentoring student, independent, and up-and-coming filmmakers and artists. Peter received the Spirit of Montana HatcH award in 2004. The award celebrates filmmakers and actors, who have inspired and mentored young and aspiring actors and artists.

    • In 2000, Peter was inducted into the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) Motorcycle Hall Of Fame.

    • Peter was arrested for defacing a sign at a Denver airport that read, "Feed Jane Fonda to the Whales." Jane Fonda is his sister.

    • Peter broke his back twice in motorcycle accidents.

    • At the age of seventeen, Peter enter the University of Omaha as a sophomore, without finishing high school. Peter dropped out of the University of Omaha to pursue acting.

    • Peter Fonda provided a voice for the 2004 video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

    • Peter won the Golden Globe for 'Best Actor in a Motion Picture- Drama' in 1998 for the film Ulee's Gold. For the same movie he won the Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards(SEFCA) Award in 1998 for 'Best Actor.' He also won the New York Film Critics Circle Award (NYFCC) for 'Best Actor' in 1997.

    • Son of late actor Henry Fonda, father of Bridget Fonda, and brother of Jane Fonda.

  • Quotes

    • Peter: (How hard is was directing his dad for Wanda Nevada) Not at all. He was an extraordinary actor. I acted in the film with him. The neat part was acting with him. He said "I dont know why you do that, son, I dont know why you give yourself that kind of trouble." But for me there was no trouble. After we finished his scene, he wrote me a letter saying that in his 41 years of making motion pictures, he had never seen a crew so devoted to their director, nor a director so devoted to his crew. "You are a very good director, son, and I love you very much. Your dad." He had never used those words with me before. I passed that letter around the company. For without the company, the letter would never have been written.

    • Peter: (The key to standing the test of time) Your abilities to change with time and remain true to your inner self. To continue to produce quality ideas, quality life, quality work.

    • Peter: (How his acting styles has changed over the years) I've always internalized things -- from the beginning. Everyone was so surprised with my performance in Ulee's Gold, but I was doing the same thing in Easy Rider... But everyone always has a different perception of you -- which is great. But around 1990 I did make a change. I started paying attention to my daughter [Bridget Fonda], watching her choices, and listening to my sister, following her advice. And that led me in a different direction as an actor.

    • Peter: (Passion for acting and directing) Well, they're so different. It's the 8-year-old in me that will relish in the acting. But I get to play all the characters when I direct -- and I don't mind the challenge or responsibility -- I can appreciate the production and editorial process because I've been in those positions.

    • Peter: I was caught by a powerful public surge to hold onto their chosen heroes. I was the son of a chosen hero. I was still trying to find me.

    • Peter: Henry Fonda's son: That's how everybody identified me until Easy Rider came along. Good old Captain America.

    • Peter: (On why he prefers to be addressed as Peter) Whenever I hear 'Mr. Fonda,' I look over at the door, figuring he's come back.

    • Peter: I have always maintained that society has no business dictating morality.

    • Peter: Every director is so different from every other one.