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Peter Fonda

Highest Rated:   100% Easy Riders---Raging Bulls (2003)
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Birthplace:   New York, New York, USA
Known in turn as Henry Fonda's son, Jane Fonda's brother, counter-culture icon Captain America, and Bridget Fonda's father, Peter Fonda finally got his due as an actor for his superb performance as a Florida beekeeper in Ulee's Gold (1997). Snaring an Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe for his work, Fonda was finally able to step out of his celebrated family's shadow, earning recognition for something besides his title as the black sheep of the Fonda clan.Born in New York City on February 23, 1940, Fonda, by his own accounts, grew up trying to live up to his famous father's expectations. An exceptionally bright young man, he entered the University of Omaha as a sophomore at the age of seventeen, without even finishing high school. In Omaha, he broke into acting, appearing in the Omaha Playhouse's production of Harvey. He then went to New York to pursue his acting career, first working with the Cecilwood Theatre and then debuting on Broadway at the age of twenty-one in a production of Blood, Sweat and Stanley Poole. His early career took shape under the specter of his famous father, with the young actor incurring comparisons to the elder Fonda with everything he did. His onstage success led to a Hollywood screen test for the part of John F. Kennedy in PT 109. The role in the 1963 film ultimately went to Cliff Robertson, but Fonda made his film debut that same year in the Sandra Dee vehicle Tammy and the Doctor.Fonda continued to be consigned to romantic leads until he appeared in Roger Corman's The Wild Angels in 1966. A motorcycle enthusiast whom Corman cast after the film's original star, George Maharis, demanded a stunt double, Fonda seemed a natural for the role of a motorcycle gang leader. The film, which cast actual Hell's Angels and co-starred Bruce Dern, was a violent, drug-addled affair that catalyzed Fonda's reputation as his father's delinquent spawn and direct antithesis. This reputation was furthered by his starring role in Corman's The Trip, a 1967 film about the healing powers of LSD. Co-starring Dern and featuring a screenplay written by Jack Nicholson, The Trip, with its emphasis on sex, drugs, and societal estrangement, provided a preview of the film that would give Fonda both fame and notoriety.In 1969, Fonda starred in Easy Rider, a film that he also produced. Directed by Dennis Hopper, it starred Fonda, Hopper, and Nicholson as freewheeling, pot-smoking adventurers who find their counter-culture lifestyle threatened by the encroaching confines of the Establishment. One of the cultural landmarks of the late 1960s, tt was also an unexpected commercial success, grossing over $19 million at the box office, earning Fonda an Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay, and contributing to Hollywood's new interest in young audiences and socially relevant movies.Following the film's success, Fonda, now both a cult hero and a millionaire, went on to collaborate with Hopper again on 1971's The Last Movie. The film didn't enjoy the acclaim of their previous collaboration, and Fonda's subsequent efforts of that decade also failed to live up to the stature of Easy Rider. One possible exception was the 1974 sleeper Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry, a film in which Fonda appeared to finance his directorial projects, one of which was Wanda Nevada, a 1979 film that featured his father. Increasingly, Fonda became better-known for his activities off-screen than on: his status as an anti-Establishment figurehead was enhanced when John Lennon wrote the song "She Said She Said" about him. Reportedly, it was inspired by a bad acid trip the musician had taken, during which Fonda repeatedly told him, "I know what it's like to be dead, man."Fonda's screen career continued its downward spiral during the 1980s, and towards the end of that decade it was once again overshadowed by that of a family member, in this case his daughter, Bridget. Fonda, who had exiled himself from L.A. in 1969 to live in Montana, seemed more aware of this than anyone: in an

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Ballad of Lefty Brown
  • Actor
2017
43% The Most Hated Woman In America
  • Reverend Harrington
2017
26% The Runner
  • Rayne Price
2015
63% The Harvest
  • Grandfather
2015
No Score Yet Jesse James: Lawman
  • The Mayor
2015
18% The Ultimate Life
  • Jacob Early
$1.4M 2013
21% Copperhead
  • Avery
$0.2M 2013
14% As Cool As I Am
  • Gerald
2013
No Score Yet House Of Bodies
  • Henry Lee Bishop
2013
No Score Yet Peppermint-Frieden
  • Actor
2013
63% Filthy Gorgeous: The Bob Guccione Story
  • Actor
2013
29% The Trouble with Bliss
  • Seymour Bliss
$11.4k 2012
No Score Yet Harodim
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Smitty
  • Jack
2012
No Score Yet Sunset Strip
  • Actor
2012
92% Corman's World: Exploits Of A Hollywood Rebel
  • Peter Fonda
$7.5k 2011
86% The Big Fix
  • Himself
2011
0% The Perfect Age of Rock 'n' Roll
  • August West
2011
No Score Yet Freedom
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
2011
No Score Yet Unauthorized: The Harvey Weinstein Project
  • Narrator
2011
No Score Yet American Bandits: Frank and Jesse James
  • Marshal Kane
2010
23% The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day
  • The Roman
$10.2M 2009
No Score Yet Revolution
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • Edward Dennison
2008
No Score Yet Becoming John Ford
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet El Cobrador: In God We Trust
  • Actor
2007
89% 3:10 to Yuma
  • Byron McElroy
$53.6M 2007
14% Wild Hogs
  • Damien Blade
$168.3M 2007
26% Ghost Rider
  • Mephistopheles
$115.9M 2007
No Score Yet Japan
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Supernova
  • Dr. Austin Shepard
2005
No Score Yet Enemy
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet John Carpenter: Fear Is Just the Beginning... The Man and His Movies
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Back When We Were Grownups
  • Will Allenby
2004
41% The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things
  • Grandfather
2004
No Score Yet Thief of Time
  • Harrison Houk
2004
No Score Yet Wooly Boys
  • Stoney
2004
100% Easy Riders---Raging Bulls
  • Actor
2003
92% The Laramie Project
  • Dr. Cantway
2002
No Score Yet The Maldonado Miracle
  • Father Russell
2002
No Score Yet Made in the USA: Born to Ride
  • Actor
2002
14% South of Heaven, West of Hell
  • Shoshonee Bill
2000
19% Thomas and the Magic Railroad
  • Grandpa Burnett Stone
$2.1M 2000
17% Second Skin
  • Merv Gutman
2000
80% The Passion of Ayn Rand
  • Frank O'Connor
1999
93% The Limey
  • Valentine
1999
No Score Yet Hog Heaven: The Story of the Harley Davidson Empire
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Tempest
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Independent's Day
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet The Tempest
  • Gideon Prosper
1998
No Score Yet Painted Hero
  • Ray the Cook
1997
94% Ulee's Gold
  • Ulee Jackson
1997
77% Grace of My Heart
  • Guru Dave
1996
53% John Carpenter's Escape from L.A.
  • Pipeline
1996
57% Nadja
  • Dr. Van Helsing/Dracula
1995
83% Love and a .45
  • Vergil Cheatham
1994
No Score Yet Molly & Gina
  • Larry Stanton
1994
No Score Yet South Beach
  • Jake
1993
0% Deadfall
  • Pete
1993
52% Bodies, Rest & Motion
  • Motorcycle Rider
1993
No Score Yet Harley-Davidson: The American Motorcycle
  • Actor
1993
No Score Yet Fonda on Fonda
  • Actor
1992
No Score Yet Blue Water Hunters
  • Actor
1992
No Score Yet Flashing on the Sixties
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet Enemy
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet The Rosegarden
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet The Rose Garden
  • Herbert Schlueter
1989
No Score Yet Fatal Mission
  • Ken Andrews
1989
No Score Yet Mercenary Fighters
  • Col. Virelli
1988
No Score Yet Hollywood Uncensored
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet Hawken's Breed
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet Certain Fury
  • Rodney
1985
No Score Yet Signatures of the Soul
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet Spasms
  • Dr. Tom Brasilian
1983
No Score Yet Dance of the Dwarfs
  • Harry Bediker
1983
No Score Yet Split Image
  • Kirklander
1982
30% The Cannonball Run
  • Chief Biker
1981
No Score Yet Wanda Nevada
  • Beaudray Demerille
  • Director
1979
No Score Yet High-Ballin' (Death Toll)
  • Rane
1978
No Score Yet Roger Corman: Hollywood's Wild Angel
  • Actor
1978
No Score Yet The AFI Lifetime Achievement Awards: Henry Fonda
  • Actor
1978
No Score Yet Outlaw Blues
  • Bobby Ogden
1977
No Score Yet Fighting Mad
  • Tom Hunter
1976
33% Futureworld
  • Chuck Browning
1976
No Score Yet Killer Force (The Diamond Mercenaries)
  • Bradley
1976
No Score Yet 92 in the Shade
  • Tom Skelton
1975
57% Race with the Devil
  • Roger Marsh
1975
50% Dirty Mary Crazy Larry
  • Larry
1974
No Score Yet Idaho Transfer
  • Director
1973
43% The Last Movie
  • Sheriff
1971
92% The Hired Hand
  • Harry Collings
  • Director
1971
90% Spirits of the Dead
  • Baron Wilhelm Berlifitzing
1969
89% Easy Rider
  • Producer
  • Captain America/Wyatt
  • Screenwriter
1969
31% The Trip
  • Paul Groves
1967
58% The Wild Angels
  • Heavenly Blues
1966
No Score Yet Carol for Another Christmas
  • Marley Grudge
1964
100% Lilith
  • Stephen Evshevsky
1964
No Score Yet The Victors
  • Weaver
1963
No Score Yet Tammy and the Doctor
  • Dr. Mark Cheswick
1963

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet CSI: NY
2004-2013
  • William Hunt
  • 2011
51% Californication
2007-2014
  • Actor
  • 2009
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Pierce Tanner
  • 2007

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