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Peter Fonda

Since his role as Captain America in Easy Rider, Peter Fonda has been nothing less than a cinematic icon. The film is in the National Archives in Washington, DC, the permanent collection of MOMA and LACMA, and was named one of the top 100 films of the last century by the AFI. A two-time Academy Award nominee, Fonda made his professional stage debut on Broadway in 1961 in Blood, Sweat and Stanley Poole, for which he received rave reviews from the New York Critics, and won the Daniel Blum Theater World Award and the New York Critics Circle Award for Best New Actor. He began his feature film career in 1963, playing the romantic lead in Tammy and the Doctor, and soon joined the ensemble cast of the World War II saga The Victors. Shortly thereafter, Fonda began working with producer-director Roger Corman, starring in Wild Angels as the ultra-cool, iron-fisted leader of a violent biker gang. The film marked the beginning of what would become a famous association with Corman, in whose 1967 psychedelic film The Trip Fonda also starred with Bruce Dern and Susan Strasberg.

Fonda's next project was the seminal 1969 anti-establishment film Easy Rider, which he produced and co-scripted, receiving an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay.

Fonda directed his first film, The Hired Hand, in 1971 (also in the permanent collections of MOMA and LACMA). A critically acclaimed western in which he also starred, The Hired Hand debuted with a restored version at the 2001 Venice Film Festival; following this, it screened at the Toronto Film Festival and reopened in theaters in 2003. Other directing credits include the science fiction feature Idaho Transfer and Wanda Nevada in which he starred, alongside father Henry Fonda as a gambler who wins Brooke Shields in a poker game.

Fonda's acting credits also include the feature films Outlaw Blues, an expose of the country music business, Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry, and Race With the Devil, and the cult films Love and a .45, Nadja, and John Carpenter's Escape From L.A. He also made a cameo appearance in Bodies, Heat & Motion, which starred his daughter Bridget.

Fonda impressed audiences and won critical acclaim for his portrayal of Ulee Jackson, the taciturn beekeeper, in the 1997 film Ulee's Gold, earning him both a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor and the New York Film Critics Award, as well as an Oscar nomination. Following this, he published his autobiography, Don't Tell Dad, and was then seen in the NBC movie The Tempest, for which he was nominated for another Golden Globe Award, for Best Actor in a Miniseries. Fonda then appeared with Helen Mirren in The Passion of Ayn Rand, for which he won the Golden Globe for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie Made for Television and was nominated for an Emmy and SAG Award.

In 1999 Fonda co-starred in the Steven Soderbergh film The Limey. Following this he appeared in Thomas and the Magic Railroad, starring Alec Baldwin, for director Britt Allcroft.

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Peter Fonda Facts

Birth NamePeter Seymour Fonda
OccupationActor, Director
BirthdayFebruary 23, 1939 (82)
BirthplaceNew York, New York, USA
Height6' 3" (1m91)  How tall is Peter Fonda compared to you?
Awards2000 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Film (for The Passion of Ayn Rand)
1998 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama (for Ulee's Gold)

Selected Filmography

3:10 To Yuma
The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day
The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things
Ghost Rider
The Ultimate Life
Easy Rider
Thomas And The Magic Railroad
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