Henry Fonda

Henry Fonda

Highest Rated: 100% My Name Is Nobody (1973)

Lowest Rated: 0% Tentacles (1977)

Birthday: May 16, 1905

Birthplace: Grand Island, Nebraska, USA

A beloved, enduring screen star who embodied an idealized yet recognizable vision of the average but nonetheless intelligent and honorable American man, Henry Fonda began his acting career in his native Nebraska with the Omaha Community Playhouse. He worked his way to Broadway in 1929 and arrived in Hollywood in 1934. Fonda's benign, paternal presence landed him roles ranging from conscientious US presidents, in "Young Mr. Lincoln" (1939) and "Fail-Safe" (1964), to the patient juror who saves an innocent man's life in "Twelve Angry Men" (1957). He continued both his stage and screen careers through the 1970s, performing in such fine films as the romantic comedy "The Lady Eve" (1941), the John Ford Westerns "Drums Along the Mohawk" (1939), "My Darling Clementine" (1946) and "Fort Apache" (1948), the Sergio Leone "spaghetti" Western "Once Upon a Time in the West" (1969, one of his rare villainous roles) and the political drama "Advise and Consent" (1962). Amazingly, for years Fonda's only Oscar nomination was for his moving work as itinerant farm worker Tom Joad in Ford's "The Grapes of Wrath" (1940); a year after the Academy granted him an honorary award, though, he won another statuette as best actor Oscar for his swan-song performance in "On Golden Pond" (1981).

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
93% 87% On Golden Pond Norman Thayer Jr. (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rappaccini's Daughter Unknown (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet 56% Gideon's Trumpet Clarence Earl Gideon (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Oldest Living Graduate Colonel J.C. Kincaid (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet 36% Wanda Nevada Old Prospector (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet 24% City on Fire Fire Chief Albert Risley (Character) - 1979
5% 12% Meteor The President (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet 17% The Great Smokey Roadblock Elegant John Howard (Character) - 1978
10% 19% The Swarm Dr. Krim (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Home to Stay Grandpa George (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Battle Force Gen. Foster (Character) - 1978
71% 62% Fedora Unknown (Character) - 1978
57% 49% Rollercoaster Simon Davenport (Character) - 1977
0% 9% Tentacles Mr. Whitehead (Character) - 1977
47% 72% Midway Admiral Chester W. Nimitz (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Collision Course Gen. Douglas MacArthur (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet 25% The Last Four Days Cardinale Schuster (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Red Pony Carl Tiflin (Character) - 1973
100% 84% My Name Is Nobody Jack Beauregard (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet 62% Night Flight From Moscow Allan Davies (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Alpha Caper Mark Forbes (Character) - 1973
9% 17% Ash Wednesday Mark Sawyer (Character) - 1973
57% 71% Too Late the Hero Capt. John G. Nolan (Character) - 1970
80% 74% There Was a Crooked Man Woodward W. Lopeman (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet 68% The Cheyenne Social Club Harley Sullivan (Character) - 1970
100% 76% Sometimes a Great Notion Henry Stamper (Character) - 1970
95% 95% Once Upon a Time in the West Frank (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet Born to Buck Narrator - 1968
86% 74% The Boston Strangler John S. Bottomly (Character) - 1968
50% 80% Yours, Mine and Ours Frank Beardsley (Character) - 1968
90% 48% Madigan Commissioner Anthony X. Russell (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet 56% Firecreek Bob Larkin (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet 39% Welcome to Hard Times Mayor Will Blue (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Stranger on the Run Ben Chamberlain (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Really Big Family Narrator - 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Dirty Game Dimitri Koulov (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet 85% A Big Hand for the Little Lady Meredith (Character) - 1966
38% 81% In Harm's Way Adm. Chester Nimitz (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet 54% The Rounders Marion `Howdy' Lewis (Character) - 1965
57% 68% Battle of the Bulge Lt. Col. Dan Kiley (Character) - 1965
93% 91% Fail-Safe The President (Character) - 1964
50% 56% Sex and the Single Girl Frank Luther Broderick (Character) - 1964
100% 90% The Best Man William Russell (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet 64% Spencer's Mountain Clay Spencer (Character) - 1963
86% 74% How the West Was Won Jethro Stuart (Character) - 1962
75% 89% Advise and Consent Robert Leffingwell (Character) - 1962
87% 90% The Longest Day Brig. Gen. Theodore Roosevelt Jr. (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet 77% Warlock Clay Blaisedell (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Man Who Understood Women Willie Bauche (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet 54% Stage Struck Lewis Easton (Character) - 1957
83% 72% The Tin Star Morgan "Morg" Hickman (Character) - 1957
100% 97% 12 Angry Men Juror No. 8 (Character),
Producer
- 1957
92% 75% The Wrong Man Manny Balestrero (Character) - 1956
43% 63% War and Peace Pierre Bezukhov (Character) - 1956
92% 84% Mister Roberts Lt. JG Douglas A. "Doug" Roberts (Character) - 1955
20% 33% On Our Merry Way Lank (Character) - 1948
100% 83% Fort Apache Lt. Col. Owen Thursday (Character) - 1948
100% 58% Daisy Kenyon Peter Lapham (Character) - 1947
86% 61% The Fugitive A Fugitive (Character) - 1947
No Score Yet 47% The Long Night Joe (Character) - 1947
100% 86% My Darling Clementine Wyatt Earp (Character) - 1946
No Score Yet 56% The Immortal Sergeant Cpl. Colin Spence (Character) - 1943
91% 91% The Ox-Bow Incident Gil Carter (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet 58% The Male Animal Tommy Turner (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet 75% Tales of Manhattan George (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet 67% Rings on Her Fingers John Wheeler (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet 59% The Big Street Agustus "Little Pinks" Pinkerton, II (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet 60% The Magnificent Dope Thadeus Winship "Tad" Page (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wild Geese Calling John Murdock (Character) - 1941
100% 87% The Lady Eve Charles Pike (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet 38% You Belong to Me Peter Kirk (Character) - 1941
83% 48% The Return of Frank James Frank James (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet 40% Chad Hanna Chad Hanna (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet 40% Lillian Russell Alexander Moore (Character) - 1940
100% 88% The Grapes of Wrath Tom Joad (Character) - 1940
82% 60% Drums Along the Mohawk Gilbert Martin (Character) - 1939
100% 81% Young Mr. Lincoln Abraham Lincoln (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet 40% Let Us Live John J. "Brick" Tennant (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet 58% The Story of Alexander Graham Bell Thomas Watson (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet 67% Jesse James Frank James (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet 57% Blockade Marco (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet No Score Yet I Met My Love Again Unknown (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet 63% The Mad Miss Manton Peter Ames (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet No Score Yet Spawn of the North Jim Kimmerlee (Character) - 1938
95% 82% Jezebel Preston Dillard (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet 50% Slim Slim (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet 44% That Certain Woman Jack V. Merrick, Jr. (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wings of the Morning Kerry Gilfallen (Character) - 1937
100% 78% You Only Live Once Eddie Taylor (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet No Score Yet Spendthrift Townsend Middleton (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet 33% The Moon's Our Home Anthony Amberton/John Smith (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet 51% The Trail of the Lonesome Pine Dave Tolliver (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet No Score Yet Way Down East David Bartlett (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Farmer Takes a Wife Dan Harrow (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet 29% I Dream Too Much "Johnny" Street (Character) - 1935

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Maude Unknown (Guest Star) 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Doris Day Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1964-1966 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dick Powell Theatre Unknown (Character) 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Deputy Marshall Simon Fry (Character) 1959-1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Star and the Story Host 1955-1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lux Radio Theater Unknown (Character) 1947

QUOTES FROM Henry Fonda CHARACTERS

Frank says: ...Make your ever lovin' brother happy

Frank says: Make your ever lovin' brother happy.

Juror No. 3 says: You're talking about a matter of seconds! Nobody can be that accurate

Juror No. 3 says: You're talking about a matter of seconds! Nobody can be that accurate.

Juror No. 8 says: I think testimony that could put a boy into the electric chair should be that accurate

Juror No. 8 says: I think testimony that could put a boy into the electric chair should be that accurate.

Adm. Chester W. Nimitz says: That might be the smart play commander. Trouble is, I want that 4th carrier.

Juror #8 says: I just want to talk.

Juror #7 says: What's there to talk about? Eleven of us think he's guilty. No one had to think about it twice except you.

Eddie Taylor says: And I wanted to go straight.

Tad Page says: Wives seldom believe in insurance, Mr. Hunter; but widows always do!

Tad Page says: They say that necessity is the mother of invention. If that's the case, laziness must be the father.

Tad Page says: I've no respect for anybody who was born lazy - that's like being a king. They didn't do anything to get there. No, I had to develop it; took me a long time to get to where I am.

Tad Page says: All I know is I wake up in the morning happy, I go to bed at night happy. I'm just happy!

Frank Broderick says: I've got a marvelous job and a great wife.

Frank Broderick says: Sure; I'd see anybody, I'd do anything to save my marriage - but I just can't take the time.

Frank Broderick says: Sure, I'd see anybody, I'd do anything to save my marriage - but I just can't take the time.

Frank Broderick says: Bob, you know me - in ten years, from the day I was married, have I so much as looked at another girl? Oh sure, I've looked at their legs, but that's because it's my business but Sylvia won't believe me.

Frank Broderick says: I'm miserable; I might as well admit it. What do you call it when you hate the woman you love?

Bob Weston says: A wife.

Juror #8 says: Look, there was one alleged eye witness to this killing. Someone else claims he heard the killing, saw the boy run out afterwards and there was a lot of circumstantial evidence. But, actually, those two witnesses were the entire case for the prosecution. Supposing they're wrong?

Wobbles says: You can trust me, Frank.

Frank says: Trust ya? How can you trust a man who wears both a belt and suspenders, a man who can't even trust his own pants?

Tom Joad says: 'll be all around in the dark - I'll be everywhere. Wherever you can look - wherever there's a fight, so hungry people can eat, I'll be there.

Tom Joad says: I'll be all around in the dark... I'll be everywhere. Wherever you can look... wherever there's a fight, so hungry people can eat, I'll be there.

Frank says: People scare better when they're dyin'

Frank says: People scare better when they're dyin'.

Lt. Col. Owen Thursday says: [steps on scale] What is this scale used for?

Capt. Kirby York says: Weigh government beef, sir.

Lt. Col. Owen Thursday says: [adjusts scale] Seems I've gained seventy pounds since I've been in Arizona.

Lt. Col. Owen Thursday says: This Lt. O'Rourke - are you by chance related?

Sgt. Major O'Rourke says: Not by chance, sir, by blood. He's my son.

Lt. Col. Owen Thursday says: I see. How did he happen to get into West Point?

Sgt. Major O'Rourke says: It happened by presidential appointment, sir

Lt. Col. Owen Thursday says: Are you a former officer, O'Rourke?

Sgt. Major O'Rourke says: During the war, I was a major in the 69th New York regiment... The Irish Brigade, sir.

Lt. Col. Owen Thursday says: Still, it's been my impression that presidential appointments were restricted to sons of holders of the Medal of Honor.

Sgt. Major O'Rourke says: That is my impression, too, sir. Will that be all, sir?

Eddie Taylor says: you only live once

Eddie Taylor says: You only live once.

Brig. Gen. Theodore Roosevelt says: The reinforcements will have to follow us wherever we are. We're starting the war from right here. Head inland. We're going inland.

Juror #8 says: Prejudice always obscures the truth.

Frank says: You paid five thousand dollars for something that belongs to me! [puts down a bunch of dollar bills]

Frank says: Five thousand... [pulls out a silver dollar]

Frank says: Plus one! [puts the dollar on the table]

Frank says: You got a right to make a profit too.

Juror #8 says: Your a sadist.

Juror #8 says: Ever since you walked into this room, you've been acting like a self-appointed public avenger! You want to see this boy die because you personally want it, not because of the facts! You're a sadist! [Three lunges wildly at Eight, who holds his ground. Several jurors hold Three back]

Juror #2 says: I'll kill you.

Juror #3 says: I'll kill him! I'LL KILL HIM!

Juror #8 says: Would you really do that?

Juror #8 says: You don't *really* mean you'll kill me, do you?

President says: Colonel Grady, this is the President. What you are flying has been caused by a mechanical failure. I order you and your men to fly back at once.

Col. Grady says: I am beyond the point of voice commands.

President says: Damn it Grady, this is the President.

Juror #2 says: It's hard to put into words. I just think he's guilty. I thought it was obvious from the word, 'Go'. Nobody proved otherwise.

Juror #8 says: Nobody has to prove otherwise. The burden of proof is on the prosecution. The defendant doesn't even have to open his mouth. That's in the Constitution.

President says: What we'll hear is a sharp high pitched noise. The will be the sound of the Ambassadors phone melting from the fireball.

Juror #8 says: It's always difficult to keep personal prejudice out of a thing like this. And wherever you run into it, prejudice always obscures the truth. I don't really know what the truth is. I don't suppose anybody will ever really know. Nine of us now seem to feel that the defendant is innocent, but we're just gambling on probabilities - we may be wrong. We may be trying to let a guilty man go free, I don't know. Nobody really can. But we have a reasonable doubt, and that's something that's very valuable in our system. No jury can declare a man guilty unless it's SURE. We nine can't understand how you three are still so sure. Maybe you can tell us.

Wyatt Earp says: Mac, you ever been in love?

Mac the Bartender says: No, I've been a bartender all my life.

Tom Joad says: Wherever there's a fight so hungry people can eat, I'll be there.