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Henry Fonda

Actor
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Born May 17, 1905

Henry Jaynes Fonda was an American film and stage actor. Fonda made his mark early as a Broadway actor. He also appeared in 1938 in plays performed in White Plains, New York, with Joan Tompkins. He made his Hollywood debut in 1935, and his career gained momentum after his Academy Award-nominated performance as Tom Joad in The Grapes of Wrath, a 1940 adaptation of John Steinbeck's novel about an Oklahoma family who moved west during the Dust Bowl.… Read More

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CHILDHOOD

1905 Birth Born on May 16, 1905.

TWENTIES

1928 23 Years Old Fonda decided to quit his job and go East in 1928 to seek his fortune. … Read More
1931 26 Years Old 1 More Event
Fonda left the Players at the end of their 1931-1932 season after appearing in his first professional role in The Jest, by Sem Benelli. … Read More

THIRTIES

…  He made his Hollywood debut in 1935, and his career gained momentum after his Academy Award-nominated performance as Tom Joad in The Grapes of Wrath, a 1940 adaptation of John Steinbeck's novel about an Oklahoma family who moved west during the Dust Bowl. … Read More
1936 31 Years Old In 1936, he married Frances Ford Seymour Brokaw, widow of a wealthy industrialist, George Tuttle Brokaw. The Brokaws had a daughter, Frances de Villers, nicknamed "Pan", who had been born soon after the Brokaws marriage in 1931. … Read More
1940 35 Years Old …  Fonda agreed, and was ultimately nominated for an Academy Award for his work in the 1940 film, which many consider to be his finest role. … Read More

FORTIES

1948 43 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In 1948, he appeared in a subsequent Argosy/Ford production, Fort Apache, as a rigid Army colonel, along with John Wayne and Shirley Temple in her first adult role. … Read More
1949 44 Years Old In August 1949, Fonda announced to Frances that he wanted a divorce so he could remarry; their 13 years of marriage had not been happy ones for him. … Read More
1950 45 Years Old Later in 1950, Fonda married Susan Blanchard, with whom he had been having an affair since sometime in 1948. … Read More

FIFTIES

1955 - 1956 2 More Events
1957 52 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1957, Fonda made his first foray into production with 12 Angry Men, based on a teleplay and a script by Reginald Rose and directed by Sidney Lumet. … Read More
1958 53 Years Old Fonda shared the Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations with co-producer Reginald Rose and won the 1958 BAFTA Award for Best Actor for his performance as "Juror #8", who with logic and persistence eventually sways all the jurors to an acquittal. … Read More
1960 55 Years Old Fonda was an ardent supporter of the Democratic Party and "an admirer" of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt. In 1960, Fonda appeared in a campaign commercial for presidential candidate John F. Kennedy. … Read More
1962 57 Years Old During the 1960s, Fonda performed in a number of war and western epics, including 1962's The Longest Day and the Cinerama production How the West Was Won, 1965's In Harm's Way, and Battle of the Bulge. … Read More

LATE ADULTHOOD

1965 60 Years Old Soon after, in 1965, Fonda married Shirlee Mae Adams, and remained with her until his death in 1982. … Read More
1968 63 Years Old 1 More Event
Fonda appeared against type as the villain 'Frank' in 1968's Once Upon a Time in the West. … Read More
1970 65 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1970, Fonda and Stewart co-starred in the western The Cheyenne Social Club, a minor film in which they humorously argued politics. … Read More
1971 66 Years Old Fonda returned to both foreign and television productions, which provided career sustenance through a decade in which many aging screen actors suffered waning careers. He starred in the ABC television series The Smith Family between 1971 and 1972.
1973 68 Years Old 1 More Event
A TV-movie adaptation of John Steinbeck's novel, 1973's The Red Pony, earned Fonda an Emmy nomination.
1974 69 Years Old 1 More Event
Fonda continued stage acting throughout his last years, including several demanding roles in Broadway plays. He returned to Broadway in 1974 for the biographical drama, Clarence Darrow, for which he was nominated for a Tony Award.
1975 70 Years Old Fonda returned to the play in 1975. … Read More
1976 71 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1976, Fonda appeared in several notable television productions, the first being Collision Course, the story of the volatile relationship between President Harry Truman (E. G. Marshall) and General MacArthur (Fonda), produced by ABC. … Read More
1977 - 1979 2 More Events
1981 76 Years Old 1 More Event
On Golden Pond in 1981, the film adaptation of Ernest Thompson's play, marked one final professional and personal triumph for Fonda. … Read More
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