Peter Fonda

Peter Fonda Photo

When Peter Fonda said, "I was famous from birth," he wasn't describing a blessing, but a curse. "From the time I was born, I was Henry Fonda's son. I could be digging a ditch now and the guys at the other end of the ditch would be going, 'Do you know who that is?'" As the child of one of America's greatest thespians, Fonda enjoyed early success on Broadway at 22. Yet every time he made his entrance he'd hear the audience buzzing—"Oh, he walks just like his dad"—to all the directors and fellow actors who resented him because they thought his name brought him unfair advantage, digging ditches might have been easier than following in the footsteps of one of the world's greatest actors.

In 1969's Easy Rider, Fonda gunned his Harley Davidson into the hazy American consciousness as Captain America. In three short years (1966-'69)—from The Wild Angels to The Trip to Easy Rider—he became a symbol of the turmoil and alienation of an era, and galvanized the rebellious spirit of 60's youth.

Branded a bad boy, and slandered by rumors of drug addiction, he was shut out of the movie industry. After 28 years of frustration with his inability to land a decent role, Peter decided to rededicate himself to acting. He worked with a private coach to refine his skills and resurfaced with a well-received performance as a vampire hunter in Nadja, a black-and-white independent vampire film in 1994. However, it was in 1997 that he proved he was more than the delinquent spawn of Henry Fonda. As a tight-lipped Florida beekeeper who struggles to hold his family together in Ulee's Gold (1997), he caused a stir in showbiz circles and earned an Oscar nomination for Best Actor. Over the years, he has appeared in several different genres of movies and he recently appeared (as himself) in the 2012 documentary Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel about the iconic director/producer Roger Corman.

Divorced twice, Fonda was the father of two children, Bridget and Justin from his first marriage to Susan Brewer. He divided his time between Los Angeles and his ranch in Montana just north of Yellowstone National Park. Fonda died of lung cancer at 79 in Los Angeles on August 16, 2019.


The Lazarus Protocol (2012)
As Cool As I am (2012)
Smitty (2012)
Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (2012)
The Trouble with Bliss (2011)
The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day (2009)
The Perfect Age of Rock 'n' Roll (2009)
Japan (2008)
3:10 to Yuma (2007)
Japan (2007)
Ghost Rider (2007)
El Cobrador: In God We Trust (2006)
The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things (2004)
The Laramie Project (2002)
Wooly Boys (2001)
Second Skin (2000)
Thomas and the Magic Railroad (2000)
South of Heaven, West of Hell (2000)
Keeping Time (1999)
The Limey (1999)
The Passion of Ayn Rand (1999)
Me and Will (1998) (archival footage)
Ulee's Gold (1997)
Escape from L.A. (1996)
Grace of My Heart (1996)
Painted Hero (1996)
Love and a .45 (1994)
Nadja (1994)
Blue Water Hunting (1993)
Bodies, Rest & Motion (1993)
Deadfall (1993)
Molly & Gina (1993)
Warren Oates: Across the Border (1993)
South Beach (1992)
Fatal Mission (1990)
Flashing on the Sixties: A Tribal Document (1990)
The Rose Garden (1989)
Hawken's Breed (1987)
Mercenary Fighters (1987)
Certain Fury (1985)
Spasms (1983)
Daijoobu, Mai Furendo (1983)
Dance of the Dwarfs (1983)
Peppermint-Frieden (1983)
Split Image (1982)
The Cannonball Run (1981)
The Game (1979)
Wanda Nevada (1979)
High-Ballin' (1978)
Outlaw Blues (1977)
Futureworld (1976)
Fighting Mad (1976)
Race with the Devil (1975)
92 in the Shade (1975)
Killer Force (1975)
Dirty Mary Crazy Larry (1974)
Los Cazadores (1974)
Two People (1973)
The Hired Hand (1971)
The Last Movie (1971)
Easy Rider (1969)
Tre passi nel delirio (1968)
The Trip (1967/II)
The Wild Angels (1966)
Lilith (1964)
The Young Lovers (1964)
The Victors (1963)
Tammy and the Doctor (1963)