- Peter Fonda
birthdate = birth date and age|1940|2|23
New York, New York, United States
birthname = Peter Henry Fonda
spouse = Susan Brewer (1961-1972)
Portia Rebecca Crockett (1975-)
goldenglobeawards = Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama
The Passion of Ayn Rand"
Peter Henry Fonda (born
February 23 1940) is an American actor. He is the son of Henry Fonda, the brother of Jane Fonda, and the father of Bridget Fonda. Fonda is associated with Western countercultureof the 1960s, and the infomercial culture of the 2000s.cite web|url=http://www.avclub.com/content/node/22567|title=Interviews|work=AVclub.com|accessdate=2003-10-01]
Fonda found work on Broadway where he achieved notice in "Blood, Sweat and Stanley Poole", before going to Hollywood to make films. He started his film career in romantic leading roles. He debuted in "Tammy and the Doctor" (1963), which he called "Tammy and the Schmuckface". But Fonda's intensity impressed
Robert Rossen, the director of "Lilith" (1964). Rossen envisioned a Jewish actor in the role of Stephen Evshevsky, a mental patient. Fonda earned the role after removing his boss' glasses from his face and putting them on so as to look more "Jewish". He also played the male lead in "The Young Lovers" (1964), about out-of-wedlock pregnancy, and "The Victors" (1964), an "anti-war war movie".
By the mid-1960s, Peter Fonda was not a conventional "leading man" in Hollywood. As "Playboy" magazine reported, Fonda had established a "solid reputation as a dropout". He had become outwardly nonconformist and grew his hair long, alienating the "establishment" film industry. Desirable acting work became scarce.
Through his friendships with members of the
Byrds, Fonda visited The Beatlesin their rented house in Benedict Canyonin Los Angeles in August, 1965. While John Lennon, Ringo Starrand George Harrisonwere under the influence of LSD, Lennon heard Fonda say, "I know what it's like to be dead". This phrase became the tag line for their song " She Said She Said", which appeared in their groundbreaking "Revolver" (1966) album. In 1966, Fonda was arrested in the anti-war Sunset Strip riot which the police ended forcefully. The band Buffalo Springfieldprotested the department's handling of the incident in their song "For What It's Worth".
Fonda's first counterculture-oriented film role was the lead character Heavenly Blues, a
Hells Angelschapter president, in the Roger Cormandirected film " The Wild Angels" (1966). "The Wild Angels" is still remembered for Fonda's "eulogy" delivered at the fiasco of a fallen Angel's funeral service, which was sampled in the Primal Screamrecording "Loaded" (1991), and in other rock songs. Then Fonda played the male lead character in Corman's film " The Trip" (1967), a TV commercial director experiencing the ambivalence and turmoil of divorce.
In 1968, Fonda produced and starred in "
Easy Rider", the classic film for which he is best known. "Easy Rider" is about two long-haired bikers traveling through the southwest and southern United States in a world of intolerance and violence. The Fonda character was the charismatic, laconic "Captain America" whose motorcycle jacket bore a large American flag across the back. Dennis Hopperplayed the garrulous "Billy". Jack Nicholsonwas nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his turn as George Hanson, an alcoholic civil rights lawyer who rides along. Fonda co-wrote "Easy Rider" with Terry Southernand Hopper, who directed.
Hopper filmed the cross-country road trip depicted in "Easy Rider" almost entirely on location. Fonda had secured funding in the neighborhood of $375,000 - (largely based on the fact he knew that was the budget
Roger Cormanneeded to make" The Wild Angels"), and they released the film in 1969 to massive international success. Robbie Robertsonwas so moved by an advance screening that he approached Fonda and tried to convince him to let him write a complete score, even though the film was nearly due for wide release. Fonda refused, using the Byrds' song "Ballad of Easy Rider", Dylan's "It's Alright Ma, I'm Only Bleeding" sung by the Byrds' Roger McGuinn. Fonda, Hopper and Southern were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.
After the success of "Easy Rider", both Hopper and Fonda were in a position to make any film project they wanted. While Hopper chose to make the drug addled jungle epic "
The Last Movie", (in which Fonda co-starred along with Michelle Phillips), Fonda displayed considerable maturity as a film maker and directed the Western film, " The Hired Hand". Fonda took the lead role in a cast that also featured Warren Oates, Verna Bloomand Beat poet Michael McClure. Despite generating mixed reviews upon its initial release, In 2001, "The Hired Hand" was fully restored and exhibited at a number of festivals to a generally enthusiastic critical response. Subsequently, the Sundance Channel released a DVD of the film in two separate editions that same year, and the film has since found an audience as a cult Western classic. In 1979, Fonda directed and starred in the drama " Wanda Nevada" alongside Brooke Shields. His father Henry Fondamade a brief appearance as well, making it the only time the father and son appeared together on film. In a later nod to his roles in " The Wild Angels" and " Easy Rider", Fonda also had a cameo as the "Chief Biker" in the 1981 slapstickcomedy " The Cannonball Run".
Fonda received high-profile critical recognition and universal praise for his role in "
Ulee's Gold" (1997). Fonda portrayed a stoic north Florida beekeeper who, in spite of his tumultuous family life, imparts a sense of integrity to his wayward convict son, and takes risks in acting protectively toward his drug-abusing daughter-in-law. His performance resulted in an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. Fonda's movie career has made the more interesting for the extreme contrast between the wide-eyed and questing (though possibly amoral, certainly drug-dealing) rebel motorcyclist in "Easy Rider" and the upright war-veteran father he played nearly three decades later in "Ulee's Gold" — a character who tries to share the wisdom of age with his defiantly nihilistic son and who saves his addicted daughter-in-law's life. Two years later, Fonda appeared in the 1999 Steven Soderbergh neo noircrime film " The Limey", as the money laundering/celebrity rock music producer Terry Valentine.
Fonda lent his voice talent to the video game "" as the hippie, "The Truth". In 2002 Fonda was inducted into the AMA
Motorcycle Hall of Fame.
In 2007, Fonda made a notable return to the big screen in the critically acclaimed of the 1957 Western "", appearing alongside
Christian Baleand Russell Croweas the Bounty HunterByron McElroy. The film received two Academy Award nominations, and positive reviews from critics.He also made an appearance in the last scenes of the Biker-comedy 'Wild Hogs' as Damien Blade, founder of the Biker Gang Del Fuegos and father of Jack, a character played by Ray Liotta.
In addition to his film work, Fonda's lent his talents to TV as well, notably in the Time Life
infomercialfor nine music CDs of 1960's music, "Flower Power: Music of the Love Generation". He appeared in the critically-acclaimed 2004 TV movie "Back When We Were Grownups" with Faye Dunaway, Blythe Dannerand Jack Palance,and he also appeared in a 2008 remake of "Journey to the Center of The Earth" with Rick Schroeder. Fonda also made a special guest appearance on "ER" 's 300th episode as a man who gave up his Down Syndromechild for adoption and finally has a chance to meet him years later. This episode aired on December 6 2007.cite web|url=http://community.tvguide.com/blog-entry/TVGuide-News-Blog/Tv-Guide-News/Peter-Fonda-Enters/800025737|title=Peter Fonda Enters "ER"|work=TVGuide.com|accessdate=2007-10-26]
References in popular culture
Mentioned in the 1995 hit single "Car Song", taken from the album "
Elastica" by the Brit-Pop band of the same name; "In every little Honda, there may lurk a Peter Fonda..."
Inspired John Lennon to write The Beatles' song "She Said She Said" after both Fonda and Lennon took LSD and Fonda repeatedly told Lennon, "I know what it's like to be dead."
Tammy and the Doctor" (1963) .... Dr. Mark Cheswick
* "The Victors" (1963) .... Weaver
* "Lilith" (1964) .... Stephen Evshevsky
The Young Lovers" (1964) .... Eddie Slocum
The Wild Angels" (1966) .... Heavenly Blues
* "The Trip" (1967/II) .... Paul Groves
Histoires extraordinaires" (1968) .... Baron Wilhelm (segment "Metzengerstein")
Easy Rider" (1969) .... Wyatt
The Hired Hand" (1971) .... Harry Collings
The Last Movie" (1971) .... Young sheriff
Idaho Transfer" (1973) .... Director
* "Two People" (1973) .... Evan Bonner
Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry" (1974) .... Larry Rayder
Open Season (1974 film)" (1974) .... Ken
Race with the Devil" (1975) .... Roger March
92 in the Shade" (1975) .... Skelton
Killer Force" (1976) .... Bradley
Futureworld" (1976) .... Chuck Browning
Fighting Mad" (1976) .... Tom Hunter
Outlaw Blues" (1977) .... Bobby Ogden
* "High-Ballin'" (1978) .... Rane
Wanda Nevada" (1979) .... Beaudray Demerille
* "Cannonball Run" (1981) .... Chief Biker (
* "Split Image" (1982) .... Kirklander
Peppermint-Frieden" (1983) .... Mr. Freedom
* "Dance of the Dwarfs" (1983) .... Harry Bediker
Daijôbu, mai furendo" (1983) .... Gonzy Traumerai
* "Spasms" (1983) .... Dr. Tom Brasilian
Certain Fury" (1985) .... Rodney
Hawken's Breed" (1987)
Mercenary Fighters" (1988) .... Virelli
The Rose Garden" (1989) .... Herbert Schluter
Fatal Mission" (1990) .... Ken Andrews
* "South Beach" (1992) .... Jake
Family Express" (1992) .... Nick
* "Deadfall" (1993) .... Pete
Bodies, Rest & Motion" (1993) .... Motorcycle Rider
Molly & Gina" (1994) .... Larry Stanton...
Love and a .45" (1994) .... Vergil Cheatham
* "Nadja" (1994) .... Dracula/Dr. Van Helsing
Escape from L.A." (1996) .... Pipeline
Grace of My Heart" (1996) .... Guru Dave
Ulee's Gold" (1997) .... Ulysses 'Ulee' Jackson
Painted Hero" (1997) .... Ray the Cook
The Passion of Ayn Rand" (1999) .... Frank
The Limey" (1999) .... Terry Valentine
South of Heaven, West of Hell" (2000) .... Shoshonee Bill
Thomas and the Magic Railroad" (2000) .... Grandpa Burnett Stone
Second Skin" (2000/I) .... Merv Gutman
Wooly Boys" (2001) .... Stoney
* "The Laramie Project" (2002) .... Doctor Cantway
The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things" (2004) .... Grandfather
* "" (2004) .... The Truth (voice)
* "Ghost Rider" (2007) .... Mephistopheles
Wild Hogs" (2007) .... Damien Blade
* "" (2007) .... Byron McElroy
* "The Gathering" (2007) (mini tv series) .... Thomas Carrier
* "Japan" (2008) .... Alfred
* "Journey to the Center of the Earth " (2008) .... Edward Dennison
The Perfect Age of Rock 'n' Roll" (2009) .... August West
* Fonda, Peter, "Don't Tell Dad", Hyperion Books (April, 1998).
Playboy", "Playboy Interview: Peter Fonda", HMH Publishing Co., Inc., pp. 85-108, 278-79 (September, 1970).
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*Also in Thomas and the Magic Railroad
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