Henry Fonda

Henry Fonda

Born in Grand Island, Nebraska, Henry Fonda started his acting debut with the Omaha Community Playhouse, a local amateur theater troupe directed by Dorothy Brando. He moved to the Cape Cod University Players and later Broadway, New York to expand his theatrical career from 1926 to 1934. His first major roles in Broadway include "New Faces of America" and "The Farmer Takes a Wife". The latter play was transfered to the screen in 1935 and became the start-up of Fonda's lifelong Hollywood career. The following year he married Frances Seymour Fonda with whom he had two children: Jane and Peter Fonda also to become screen stars. He is most remembered for his roles as Abe Lincoln in Young Mr. Lincoln (1939), Tom Joad in The Grapes of Wrath (1940), for which he received an Academy Award Nomination, and more recently, Norman Thayer in On Golden Pond (1981), for which he received an Academy Award for Best Actor in 1982. Henry Fonda is considered one of Hollywood's old-time legends and was friend and contemporary of James Stewart, John Ford and Joshua Logan. His movie career which spanned almost 50 years is completed by a notable presence in American theater and television.

YearTitleCharacterRelease Date
2013

John Ford & Monument Valley

Himself (archive footage)2013-03-05
2006

Sacco and Vanzetti

Prof. Tommy Turner (archive footage)2006-04-06
2003

Once Upon a Time in the West: An Opera of Violence

Himself2003-11-18
1993
La Classe Américaine
Hugues1993-12-30
1981
Summer Solstice
Joshua1981-12-30
1981

On Golden Pond

Norman Thayer Jr.1981-12-04
1980

Gideon's Trumpet

Clarence Earl Gideon1980-04-30
1980

The Oldest Living Graduate

Colonel J.C. Kincaid1980-04-06
1979
Meteor
The President1979-10-19
1979
City on Fire
Fire Chief Albert Risley1979-07-11
1979
Wanda Nevada
Old Prospector1979-06-01
1979
Roots: The Next Generations
Colonel Frederick Warner1979-02-18
1978
The Swarm
Dr. Walter Krim1978-07-14
1978
The Great Smokey Roadblock
Elegant John1978-06-21
1978
Fedora
Himself / President of the Academy1978-05-30
1978
The Biggest Battle; Battle Force
Generale Foster1978-02-07
1977
Rollercoaster
Simon Davenport1977-06-10
1977
Tentacles
Mr. Whitehead, President of Trojan Construction1977-02-25
1976
Midway
Adm. Chester W. Nimitz1976-06-18
1974
Clarence Darrow
Clarence Darrow1974-09-04
1974
The Last Four Days
Kardinal Schuster1974-03-27
1973
My Name Is Nobody
Jack Beauregard1973-12-13
1973
Ash Wednesday
Mark Sawyer1973-11-01
1973
The Alpha Caper
Mark Forbes1973-10-06
1973
The Serpent
Alan Davies1973-04-07
1973
The Red Pony
Carl Tiflin1973-03-17
1971
Directed by John Ford
Himself (uncredited)1971-10-06
1971
The American West of John Ford
Himself1971-01-01
1970
Sometimes a Great Notion
Henry Stamper1970-12-31
1970
There Was a Crooked Man...
Woodward W. Lopeman1970-09-18
1970
The Cheyenne Social Club
Harley Sullivan1970-06-12
1969
An Impression of John Steinbeck: Writer
John Steinbeck (voice)1969-01-01
1968
Once Upon a Time in the West
Frank1968-12-21
1968
The Boston Strangler
John S. Bottomly1968-10-08
1968
Yours, Mine and Ours
Frank Beardley1968-04-24
1968
Madigan
Commissioner Anthony X. Russell1968-03-29
1968
Firecreek
Bob Larkin1968-01-24
1967
Stranger on the Run
Ben Chamberlain1967-10-31
1967
Welcome to Hard Times
Mayor Will Blue1967-04-30
1966
To Save a Soldier
Narrator1966-10-23
1966
A Big Hand for the Little Lady
Meredith1966-05-31
1966
The Really Big Family
Himself and Narrator1966-01-01
1965
The Dirty Game
Dimitri Koulov1965-06-23
1965
In Harm's Way
Admiral Nimitz1965-04-06
1965
Battle of the Bulge
Lt Col Kiley1965-04-02
1965
The Rounders
Marion 'Howdy' Lewis1965-01-08
1964
Sex and the Single Girl
Frank Luther Broderick1964-12-25
1964
Fail-Safe
The President1964-10-07
1964
The Best Man
William Russell1964-04-05
1963
Spencer's Mountain
Clay Spencer1963-05-16
1962
How the West Was Won
Jethro Stuart1962-11-01
1962
The Longest Day
Brig. Gen. Theodore Roosevelt jr.1962-09-25
1962
Advise & Consent
Robert A. Leffingwell1962-06-06
1960
The Fabulous Fifties
1960-01-22
1959
The Man Who Understood Women
Willie Bauche1959-10-02
1959
Warlock
Clay Blaisedell1959-06-10
1958
Stage Struck
Lewis Easton1958-04-22
1957
The Tin Star
Morgan 'Morg' Hickman1957-10-23
1957
12 Angry Men
Juror 81957-03-25
1956
The Wrong Man
Christopher Emanuel 'Manny' Balestrero1956-12-22
1956
War and Peace
Pierre Bezukhov1956-08-21
1955
Mister Roberts
Mister Roberts1955-07-13
1951
Pictura
Narrator: Grant Wood episode (voice)1951-06-01
1949
Jigsaw
Nightclub Waiter (uncredited)1949-05-28
1948
Fort Apache
Lt. Col. Owen Thursday1948-03-26
1948
On Our Merry Way
Lank Solsky1948-02-03
1947
Daisy Kenyon
Peter Lapham1947-12-25
1947
The Fugitive
A Fugitive1947-11-03
1947
The Long Night
Joe Adams1947-05-28
1946
My Darling Clementine
Wyatt Earp1946-12-03
1943
Immortal Sergeant
Corporal Colin Spence1943-04-29
1943
The Ox-Bow Incident
Gil Carter1943-03-11
1942
The Battle of Midway
Narrator1942-09-14
1942
It's Everybody's War
Narrator1942-09-06
1942
The Big Street
Agustus 'Little Pinks' Pinkerton, II1942-08-13
1942
Tales of Manhattan
George1942-08-05
1942
The Magnificent Dope
Thadeus Winship 'Tad' Page1942-07-01
1942
The Male Animal
Tommy Turner1942-04-04
1942
Rings on Her Fingers
John Wheeler1942-03-20
1941
You Belong to Me
Peter Kirk1941-10-22
1941
Wild Geese Calling
John Murdock1941-08-15
1941
The Lady Eve
Charles Pike1941-02-25
1940
Chad Hanna
Chad Hanna1940-12-25
1940
The Return of Frank James
Frank James1940-08-16
1940
Lillian Russell
Alexander Moore1940-05-24
1940
The Grapes of Wrath
Tom Joad1940-03-15
1939
Drums Along the Mohawk
Gilbert Martin1939-11-03
1939
Young Mr. Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln1939-06-09
1939
The Story of Alexander Graham Bell
Thomas Watson1939-04-04
1939
Let Us Live
'Brick' Tennant1939-03-29
1939
Jesse James
Frank James1939-01-14
1938
The Mad Miss Manton
Peter Ames1938-10-21
1938
Spawn of the North
Jim Kimmerlee1938-08-26
1938
Blockade
Marco1938-06-17
1938
Jezebel
Preston Dillard1938-03-19
1938
I Met My Love Again
Ives Towner1938-01-14
1937
That Certain Woman
Jack V. Merrick, Jr.1937-09-18
1937
Slim
Slim1937-06-24
1937
Wings of the Morning
Kerry Gilfallen1937-03-11
1937
You Only Live Once
Eddie Taylor1937-01-29
1936
Spendthrift
Townsend Middleton1936-07-22
1936
The Moon's Our Home
Anthony Amberton / John Smith1936-04-10
1936
The Trail of the Lonesome Pine
Dave Tolliver1936-03-13
1935
I Dream Too Much
Johnny Street1935-11-29
1935
Way Down East
David Bartlett1935-10-25
1935
The Farmer Takes a Wife
Dan Harrow1935-08-02
1969
The Long Night
1969
Sebring
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