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Henry Fonda

Lowest Rated:   0% Tentacles (1977)
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Birthplace:   Grand Island, Nebraska, USA
One of the cinema's most enduring actors, Henry Fonda enjoyed a highly successful career spanning close to a half century. Most often in association with director John Ford, he starred in many of the finest films of Hollywood's golden era. Born May 16, 1905, in Grand Island, NE, Fonda majored in journalism in college, and worked as an office boy before pursuing an interest in acting. He began his amateur career with the Omaha Community Playhouse, often performing with the mother of Marlon Brando. Upon becoming a professional performer in 1928, Fonda traveled east, tenuring with the Provincetown Players before signing on with the University Players Guild, a New England-based ensemble including up-and-comers like James Stewart, Margaret Sullavan, and Joshua Logan. Fonda's first Broadway appearance followed with 1929's The Game of Life and Death. He also worked in stock, and even served as a set designer. In 1931, Fonda and Sullavan were married, and the following year he appeared in I Loved You Wednesday. The couple divorced in 1933, and Fonda's big break soon followed in New Faces of '34. A leading role in The Farmer Takes a Wife was next, and when 20th Century Fox bought the film rights, they recruited him to reprise his performance opposite Janet Gaynor, resulting in his 1935 screen debut. Fonda and Gaynor were slated to reunite in the follow-up, Way Down East, but when she fell ill Rochelle Hudson stepped in. In 1936 he starred in The Trail of the Lonesome Pine (the first outdoor Technicolor production), the performance which forever defined his onscreen persona: Intense, insistent, and unflappable, he was also extraordinarily adaptable, and so virtually impossible to miscast. He next co-starred with Sullavan in The Moon's Our Home, followed by Wings of the Morning (another Technicolor milestone, this one the first British feature of its kind). For the great Fritz Lang, Fonda starred in 1937's You Only Live Once, and the following year co-starred with Bette Davis in William Wyler's much-celebrated Jezebel. His next critical success came as the titular Young Mr. Lincoln, a 1939 biopic directed by John Ford. The film was not a commercial sensation, but soon after Fonda and Ford reunited for Drums Along the Mohawk, a tremendous success. Ford then tapped him to star as Tom Joad in the 1940 adaptation of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath, a casting decision which even Steinbeck himself wholeheartedly supported. However, 20th Century Fox's Darryl Zanuck wanted Tyrone Power for the role, and only agreed to assign Fonda if the actor signed a long-term contract. Fonda signed, and Zanuck vowed to make him the studio's top star -- it didn't happen, however, and despite the success of The Grapes of Wrath (for which he scored his first Best Actor Academy Award nomination), his tenure at Fox was largely unhappy and unproductive.The best of Fonda's follow-up vehicles was the 1941 Preston Sturges comedy The Lady Eve, made at Paramount on loan from Fox; his co-star, Barbara Stanwyck, also appeared with him in You Belong to Me. After a number of disappointing projects, Fox finally assigned him to a classic, William Wellman's 1943 Western The Ox-Bow Incident. Studio executives reportedly hated the film, however, until it won a number of awards. After starring in The Immortal Sergeant, Fonda joined the navy to battle in World War II. Upon his return, he still owed Fox three films, beginning with Ford's great 1946 Western My Darling Clementine. At RKO he starred in 1947's The Long Night, followed by Fox's Daisy Kenyon. Again at RKO, he headlined Ford's The Fugitive, finally fulfilling his studio obligations with Ford's Fort Apache, his first unsympathetic character. Fonda refused to sign a new contract and effectively left film work for the next seven years, returning to Broadway for lengthy runs in Mister Roberts, Point of No Return, and The Caine Mutiny Court Martial. Outside of cameo roles in a handful of pic

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RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Amérique, notre histoire
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
  • Host
2005
No Score Yet Summer Solstice
  • Joshua Turner
2003
No Score Yet The Story of Alexander Graham Bell (The Modern Miracle)
  • Thomas Watson
2000
No Score Yet Fonda on Fonda
  • Actor
1992
No Score Yet Lucy: Queen of Comedy
  • Actor
1990
92% On Golden Pond
  • Norman Thayer Jr.
1981
No Score Yet Gideon's Trumpet
  • Clarence Earl Gideon
1980
No Score Yet Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg
  • Narrator
1980
No Score Yet American Short Story
  • Hosted By
1980
No Score Yet The AFI Lifetime Achievement Awards: Jimmy Stewart
  • Actor
1980
No Score Yet Rappaccini's Daughter
  • Narrator
1980
No Score Yet The Oldest Living Graduate
  • Actor
1980
No Score Yet American Short Story
  • Narrator
1980
5% Meteor
  • The President
1979
No Score Yet Wanda Nevada
  • Old Prospector
1979
13% The Swarm
  • Dr. Krim
1978
73% Fedora
  • Himself
1978
No Score Yet The Great Smokey Roadblock
  • Elegant John Howard
1978
No Score Yet City on Fire
  • Fire Chief Albert Risley
1978
No Score Yet Home to Stay
  • Grandfather
1978
57% Rollercoaster
  • Simon Davenport
1977
No Score Yet American Short Story
  • Narrator
1977
0% Tentacles
  • Mr. Whitehead, President of Trojan Construction
1977
No Score Yet Underground Doctors
  • Host
1977
No Score Yet Soldier's Home
  • Host
1977
No Score Yet The Blue Hotel
  • Narrator
1977
No Score Yet Bernice Bobs Her Hair
  • Narrator
1976
No Score Yet Captains and the Kings
  • Sen. Enfield Bassett
1976
54% Midway
  • Adm. Chester W. Nimitz
1976
No Score Yet Almos' a Man
  • Narrator
1976
No Score Yet Clarence Darrow
  • Actor
1974
No Score Yet The Last Days of Mussolini
  • Cardinal Schuster
1974
No Score Yet My Name Is Nobody (Il mio nome è Nessuno)
  • Jack Beauregard
1973
13% Ash Wednesday
  • Mark Sawyer
1973
No Score Yet The Serpent
  • Davies
1973
No Score Yet The Great American West of John Ford
  • Host
1973
No Score Yet Directed by John Ford
  • Actor
1971
100% Sometimes a Great Notion (Never Give an Inch)
  • Henry Stamper
1971
100% There Was a Crooked Man
  • Woodward W. Lopeman
1970
73% Too Late the Hero
  • Capt. Nolan
1970
No Score Yet The Cheyenne Social Club
  • Harley Sullivan
1970
98% Once Upon a Time in the West
  • Frank
1968
92% The Boston Strangler
  • John S. Bottomly
1968
50% Yours, Mine and Ours
  • Frank Beardsley
1968
100% Madigan
  • Commissioner Anthony X. Russell
1968
No Score Yet Firecreek
  • Larkin
1968
No Score Yet Welcome to Hard Times (Killer on a Horse)
  • Mayor Will Blue
1967
No Score Yet A Big Hand for the Little Lady
  • Meredith
1966
No Score Yet Born to Buck
  • Narrator
1966
67% Battle of the Bulge
  • Lt. Col. Kiley
1965
40% In Harm's Way
  • CINCPAC Admiral
1965
No Score Yet The Rounders
  • Howdy Lewis
1965
60% Sex and the Single Girl
  • Frank
1964
95% Fail-Safe
  • President
1964
No Score Yet The Best Man
  • William Russell
1964
No Score Yet Spencer's Mountain
  • Clay Spencer
1963
100% How the West Was Won
  • Jethro Stuart
1963
82% Advise and Consent
  • Robert Leffingwell
1962
92% The Longest Day
  • Brig. Gen. Roosevelt
1962
No Score Yet The Man Who Understood Women
  • Willie Bauche
1959
No Score Yet Warlock
  • Clay Blaisedell
1959
No Score Yet Stage Struck
  • Lewis Easton
1958
100% 12 Angry Men (Twelve Angry Men)
  • Juror No. 8
  • Producer
1957
80% The Tin Star
  • Morgan Hickman
1957
91% The Wrong Man
  • Christopher Emmanuel Balestrero (Manny)
1956
33% War and Peace
  • Pierre
1956
92% Mister Roberts
  • Lt. Doug Roberts
1955
No Score Yet Main Street to Broadway
  • Guest
1953
No Score Yet Jigsaw
  • Nightclub Waiter
1949
100% Fort Apache
  • Lt. Col. Owen Thursday
1948
No Score Yet On Our Merry Way
  • Lank Solsky
1948
100% Daisy Kenyon
  • Peter Lapham
1947
86% The Fugitive
  • Fugitive
1947
No Score Yet The Long Night
  • Joe Adams
1947
100% My Darling Clementine
  • Wyatt Earp
1946
94% The Ox-Bow Incident
  • Gil Carter
1943
No Score Yet Immortal Sergeant
  • Cpl. Colin Spence
1943
No Score Yet Tales of Manhattan
  • George
1942
No Score Yet The Big Street
  • Agustus 'Little Pinks' Pinkerton, II
1942
No Score Yet The Magnificent Dope
  • Thadeus Winship 'Tad' Page
1942
No Score Yet Rings on Her Fingers
  • John Wheeler
1942
No Score Yet The Battle of Midway
  • Actor
1942
No Score Yet The Male Animal
  • Tommy Turner
1942
No Score Yet You Belong to Me
  • Peter Kirk
1941
100% The Lady Eve
  • Charles Pike
1941
No Score Yet Chad Hanna
  • Chad Hanna
1940
No Score Yet Lillian Russell
  • Alexander Moore
1940
100% The Grapes of Wrath
  • Tom Joad
1940
83% The Return of Frank James
  • Ben Woodson/Frank James
1940
80% Drums Along the Mohawk
  • Gilbert Martin
1939
No Score Yet Frontier Marshal
  • Actor
1939
No Score Yet Let Us Live
  • John J. 'Brick' Tennant
1939
100% Young Mr. Lincoln
  • Abraham Lincoln
1939
No Score Yet Jesse James
  • Frank James
1939
No Score Yet Land of Liberty
  • Actor
1939
No Score Yet The Mad Miss Manton
  • Peter Ames
1938
No Score Yet Spawn of the North
  • Jim Kimmerlee
1938
No Score Yet Blockade
  • Marco
1938
94% Jezebel
  • Preston Dillard
1938
No Score Yet I Met My Love Again
  • Ives Towner
1938
No Score Yet That Certain Woman
  • Jack V. Merrick, Jr.
1937
No Score Yet Slim
  • Slim Kincaid
1937
No Score Yet Wings of the Morning
  • Kerry
1937
100% You Only Live Once
  • Eddie Taylor
1937
No Score Yet Trail of the Lonesome Pine
  • Dave Tolliver
1936
No Score Yet The Moon's Our Home
  • John Smith/"Anthony Amberton"
1936
No Score Yet I Dream Too Much
  • Johnny
1935
No Score Yet Way Down East
  • David Bartlett
1935

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