Peter Fonda Bio - Biography

Name Peter Fonda
Height 6' 2½"
Naionality American
Date of Birth 23 February 1940
Place of Birth New York, New York, USA
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Peter Fonda’s early step in acting began on stage with a lead role in the 1960 production of “The Golden Fleece” at the Omaha Community Playhouse. He then made a grand entrance by debuting on Broadway, where he played a part in “Blood, Sweat and Stanley Poole” (1961). The next year, he shifted to the small screen, taking the role of Joey in an episode of the series “Naked City.” Following several guest appearances, Fonda quickly landed a male lead role in his big screen debut, Tammy and the Doctor (1963), in which he played Dr. Mark Cheswick.

The same year, Fonda was nominated for a Golden Globe for Most Promising Male Newcomer, thanks to his portrayal of Weaver in the war drama The Victors (1963). He was also praised for the supporting turn of Stephen Evshevsky in the adaptation of J.R. Salamanca’s Lilith (1964). After taking an unaccredited part in his father’s movie The Rounders (1965), the new actor began cultivating a “rebel” image through his role of gang leader Heavenly Blues in The Wild Angels (1966). He also starred as director Paul Groves, who took an LSD trip after his divorce, in the Jack Nicholson-written The Trip (1967).

After his scenes in the TV film Carol for Another Christmas (1964) were deleted, Fonda once again appeared on TV playing Robbie Conroy in the drama Certain Honorable Men (1968). In 1969, he co-wrote and produced Easy Rider (1969), where he also costarred as Wyatt, opposite Dennis Hopper (also the director and co-writer of the movie). For his brilliant work in the movie, Fonda received an Oscar nomination for Best Writing, Story and Screenplay. The rewarding effort encouraged the actor to sit in the director’s chair, a wish he fulfilled in 1971 with the western movie The Hired Hand. In the western, he also starred as Harry Collings. Two years later, he directed his second film, Idaho Transfer (1973), before having the part of Evan Bonner in the drama Two People (1973).

Next up for Fonda, he portrayed Larry Rayder in the action romantic comedy Dirty Mary Crazy Larry (1974) and starred as Tom Skelton in the Thomas McGuane-directed/written comedy 92 in the Shade (1975). Following his turn as reporter Chuck Browning in the sci-fi thriller Futureworld (1976), the actor took the leading part of Bobby Ogden in Outlaw Blues (1977) and had a role of truck driver Rane in High-Ballin’ (1978). Fonda also starred as a drifter Beaudray Demerille, along with his father, in his self-directed Western drama Wanda Nevada (1979).

1980-1983 saw the actor play roles in The Hostage Tower (1980, TV), The Cannonball Run (1981), Split Image (1982) and the Japanese-English comedy Daijôbu, mai furendo (1983). He was then seen in the TV drama A Reason to Live (1985), Hawken’s Breed (1987), Mercenary Fighters (1988) and The Rose Garden (1989). Subsequent to his self-written war movie Fatal Mission (1990), Fonda starred as Nick in Family Express (1992) and had a cameo as a motorcycle rider in Bodies, Rest and Motion (1993), starring his daughter. He also took the supporting turn of Marcantony Appfel in the made-for-TV crime drama In the Heat of the Night: Give Me Your Life (1994) and in the same year reprised his role for the series.

Soon after landing a small part in the musical drama comedy Grace of My Heart (1996), Fonda’s celebrity status was raised even higher when director Victor Nunez cast him to play beekeeper Ulysses ‘Ulee’ Jackson in the drama Ulee’s Gold (1997). Thanks to his superb acting, the actor collected a New York Film Critics Circle, a Southeastern Film Critics Association and a Dallas-Forth Worth Film Critics Association for Best Actor, as well as received an Oscar and Screen Actors Guild nomination for Best Actor. Ensuing the victory with the Golden-Globe nominated role of Gideon Prosper in an adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic The Tempest (1998, TV), Fonda provided an outstanding portrayal of Frank in the adaptation of Barbara Branden’s book titled The Passion of Ayn Rand (1999), which handed him a Golden Globe for Best Actor and a Maverick Tribute award from the Cinequest San Jose Film Festival. For the same role, he was nominated for an Emmy, a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild.

Fonda maintained his appearance on screen with roles in various films, such as the family movie Thomas and the Magic Railroad (2000, as Grandpa Burnett Stone), the comedy Wooly Boys (2001), The Laramie Project (2002) and Salma Hayek’s directorial work The Maldonado Miracle (2003, TV). Subsequent to his performance as Dr. Will Allenby, opposite Blythe Danner and Faye Dunaway, in the TV drama Back When We Were Grownups (2004), he played Dr. Austin Shepard in the uninspiring miniseries “Supernova” (2005).

The recipient of Gary Cooper’s Spirit of Montana Award from the 2004 Hatch Audiovisual Arts Festival, the veteran actor will appear as X in the drama Cobrador (2005), for director Paul Leduc. He is also assigned to take the male lead role of Alfred in the action movie Japan (2006), before playing the supporting turn of Mephisto in Mark Steven Johnson’s Ghost Rider (2007). Based on the Marvel character of stunt motorcyclist Johnny Blaze, the 2007 movie will also feature Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes and Wes Bentley.

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