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Henry Fonda

Henry Fonda


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Also Known As: Died: August 12, 1982
Born: May 16, 1905 Cause of Death: heart failure
Birth Place: Grand Island, Nebraska, USA Profession: Cast ...


Cast (feature film)

On Golden Pond (1981)
During a summer holiday, an elderly couple comes to grips with aging and their troubled relationship with their adult daughter.
Gideon's Trumpet (1980) as Clarence Earl Gideon
In one of his final television roles, Henry Fonda stars as the semi-literate Florida drifter whose court case--being denied counsel at a breaking-and-entering trial because of his inability to afford a lawyer--drastically changed the course of American legal history. His performance won him an Emmy
City on Fire (1979)
William Dudley is a corrupt mayor who has allowed a chemical works to be built right in the centre of town. When an employee at the works has been denied an expected promotion and, in addition, finds himself fired shortly thereafter, he decides to take his revenge by opening the valves to the storage vats and their interconnecting pipes. It doesn't take long for this act of petty vandalism to start a fire that soon engulfs an entire metropolis! The drama focuses on a newly built hospital which, like all civic buildings that went up during the mayor's crooked administration, is shoddily built and poorly equipped.
Wanda Nevada (1979) as Old Prospector
A drifter wins an orphaned girl in a poker game.
Meteor (1979)
A collision with a comet sends an asteroid speeding toward the Earth.
Fedora (1978)
Fedora, an aging and reclusive film star, dies in Paris, struck by a train. At her funeral, a film producer thinks back over the past two weeks and the part he might have played in her death. He'd gone to Corfu to track her down, pushing himself into her island villa, where she lived with a nurse, an old countess, and the plastic surgeon who's success at keeping her looking young is amazing. We see her mental stability fail as the producer offers her a script for "Anna Karenina;" soon she's locked away in a Parisian asylum and the producer is in the hospital with a concussion. His reverie ended, the countess takes up the narration and completes Fedora's story.
The Swarm (1978)
Killer bees extend their territory into the U.S., with devastating effect.
Great Smokey Roadblock, The (1978) as Elegant John
Elegant John is a trucker who has seen better days. John want to make one more big haul before he retires, but his 18-wheeler is repossessed. So he steals his rig back and defies the law even further by making his cargo a load of prostitutes who is hauls across the border for an ex-girlfriend who is
Home to Stay (1978) as Grandpa George
A teenage girl sets off on an odyssey with her spirited but frail grandfather to thwart her uncle's plan to place the old man in a home for the aged. Filmed in Canada, this story is set in Illinois farm country.
Rollercoaster (1977) as Simon Davenport
A terrorist spreads a climate of fear by attacking amusement parks across the U.S.
Tentacles (1977)
A giant octopus attacks a seaside resort.
Midway (1976)
The summer of 1942 brought Naval stalemate to the Pacific as the American and Japanese fleets stood at even numbers each waiting for the other to begin a renewed offensive. "Midway" tells the story of this historic June battle where a Japanese carrier force, in an attempt to occupy Midway island and lure the American fleet to destruction, was meet valiently by US forces operating off of three aircraft carriers and numerous escort ships. It was the first battle in which naval air power was extensivly used, and at its conclusion the Japanese Carrier force had been completly destroyed which lead the way for the US 1943 and 44 offensives which would eventually bring the Pacific War to a close.
Collision Course (1976) as General Douglas Macarthur
Dramatization of the historical events surrounding the clash between President Harry Truman and General Douglas MacArthur during the Korean War.
Last Days of Mussolini (1974) as Cardinal Schuster
Alcohol Abuse: The Early Signs (1973) as Narration
Alpha Caper, The (1973)
A heist movie in which a parole officer forced into retirement teams up with three ex-cons to pull off a hijacking of a 30 million dollar gold shipment. The main interest is in seeing Fonda as a criminal mastermind in this film that was shown theatrically overseas as "Inside Job."
My Name Is Nobody (1973)
An aging gunfighter''''s dreams of retirement are thwarted by a hero-worshipping young man.
Red Pony, The (1973) as Carl Tiflin
Peabody Award-winning color remake of the 1949 movie from the Steinbeck novella -- here without the Billy Buck character -- telling of a turn-of-the-century California farm family and the attachment of their sensitive young son to his horse after being unable to establish an understanding with his g
Ash Wednesday (1973)
Barbara gets secret plastic surgery in Switzerland in an attempt to save her marriage to Mark, but he doesn't seem interested in meeting her. She checks in to a ski resort to wait for Mark, and begins getting attention from young men. Her daughter tries to warn her that even though she has had the surgery it might be too late for her marriage, but she clings to the hope that Mark will come back once he sees her new look. Meanwhile, she must decide whether or not have an affair with a young man she's met.
Le Serpent (1973)
Sometimes a Great Notion (1971) as Henry
A family of lumberjacks make trouble in the Northwest.
There Was a Crooked Man ... (1970) as Woodward Lopeman
A Western crook tries to break out of prison.
Too Late the Hero (1970) as Capt. John G. Nolan
During World War II, a British platoon goes behind enemy lines in the Pacific.
The Cheyenne Social Club (1970) as Harley O'Sullivan
An aging cowboy finds that the successful business he has inherited is actually a house of prostitution.
Once Upon a Time in the West (1969) as Frank
A mail-order bride enlists an outlaw and a mystery man to help protect her land from a ruthless cattleman.
Born To Buck (1968) as
Madigan (1968) as Commissioner Anthony X. Russell
NYC police detective Madigan has 72 hours to find the mobster who got away with his gun.
Firecreek (1968) as Larkin
A pacifist sheriff must use tougher means when his town is threatened by a band of outlaws.
Yours, Mine, and Ours (1968) as Frank Beardsley
A widow with eight children marries a widower with ten, then gets pregnant.
The Boston Strangler (1968) as John S. Bottomly
Federal and local law officers try to catch a deadly serial killer.
The Really Big Family (1967) as Narrator
Welcome to Hard Times (1967) as Will Blue
A broken-down sheriff tries to help his town stand against a mysterious outlaw.
A Big Hand for the Little Lady (1966) as Meredith
A pioneer woman replaces her ailing husband in a poker game after he loses most of their money.
The Dirty Game (1966) as Kourlov
Battle of the Bulge (1965) as Lieutenant Colonel Kiley
A crack Nazi unit holds off the Allies during World War II.
In Harm's Way (1965) as CINCPAC II Admiral
An aging Naval officer leads his men against the Japanese after Pearl Harbor.
The Rounders (1965) as Howdy Lewis
Two ne''''er-do-well cowpokes look for sex and easy money in the modern West.
The Best Man (1964) as William Russell
Two presidential hopefuls get caught up in the dirty side of politics.
Sex and the Single Girl (1964) as Frank Broderick
A journalist sets out to expose a female sex expert but falls for her instead.
Fail Safe (1964) as The President
A failure in the U.S. defense system threatens to start World War III.
How the West Was Won (1963) as Jethro Stuart
Three generations of pioneers take part in the forging of the American West.
Spencer's Mountain (1963) as Clay Spencer
A Wyoming farmer fights to build a better life for his oldest son.
The Longest Day (1962) as General Roosevelt
The Allied forces launch the D-Day invasion of German-occupied France.
Advise & Consent (1962) as Robert Leffingwell
A controversial presidential nomination threatens the careers of several prominent politicians.
The Man Who Understood Women (1959) as Willi Bauche
A producer''''s wife runs from life in Hollywood in search of her roots.
Warlock (1959) as Clay Blaisdell
A Western town hires a famous gunman to rid it of outlaws.
Stage Struck (1958) as Lewis Easton
A young actress makes all the wrong moves trying to break in on Broadway.
The Tin Star (1957) as Morgan Hickman
An experienced bounty hunter helps a young sheriff learn the meaning of his badge.
The Wrong Man (1957) as Christopher Emanuel "Manny" Balestrero
A musician is mistaken for a vicious thief, with devastating results.
12 Angry Men (1957) as Juror 8, Davis
A jury holdout tries to convince his colleagues to vote not guilty.
War and Peace (1956) as Pierre Bezukhov
A young Russian girl fights to save her family during Napoleon's invasion of her homeland.
Mister Roberts (1955) as Lt. j.g. Douglas A. Roberts
A naval officer longing for active duty clashes with his vainglorious captain.
Pictura--Adventure in Art (1952) as Grant Wood [Narrator]
Based on the true story of the 1987 Oxford University boat race mutiny and coach Dan Topolski's miraculous training of a haggard, rag-tag team into a winning outfit.
The Impressionable Years: American Children and the Public Library (1952) as Narrated by
The story of a beautiful and emotionally/psychologically distraught young woman whose unique perspective (literally, through the lens of a camera) results in suffering and despair. The heroes are Jiney and sexy lesbian roommate-best-friend Jas. Jiney and Jas are casual photographers, but Jiney is t
Benjy (1951) as Narration
Jigsaw (1949) as Waiter
On Our Merry Way (1948) as Lank
Oliver Pease gets a dose of courage from his wife Martha and tricks the editor of the paper (where he writes lost pet notices) into assigning him the day's roving question. Martha suggests, "Has a little child ever changed your life?" Oliver gets answers from two slow-talking musicians, an actress whose roles usually feature a sarong, and an itinerant cardsharp. In each case the "little child" is hardly innocent: in the first, a local auto mechanic's "baby" turns out to be fully developed as a woman and a musician; in the second, a spoiled child star learns kindness; in the third, the family of a lost brat doesn't want him returned. And Oliver, what becomes of him?
Fort Apache (1948) as Lt. Col. Owen Thursday
An experienced cavalry officer tries to keep his new, by-the-books commander from triggering an Indian war.
The Long Night (1947) as Joe [Adams]
A veteran tries to free his former love from a sadistic lover.
Daisy Kenyon (1947) as Peter Lapham
On the rebound from a married man, a woman marries a veteran, just as her lover becomes available.
The Fugitive (1947) as A fugitive [The priest]
A revolutionary priest flees a Central American dictatorship.
My Darling Clementine (1946) as Wyatt Earp
When the Clantons steal his family's cattle and kill his brother, Wyatt Earp signs on as sheriff of Tombstone and vows to bring them in.
Immortal Sergeant (1943) as Corporal Colin Spence
During WWII, a corporal in the desert reminisces about the love he left behind and faces uncertainty about his strength as a leader.
The Ox-Bow Incident (1943) as Gil Carter
A loner gets caught up in a posse's drive to find and hang three suspected rustlers.
Rings on Her Fingers (1942) as John Wheeler
A sales woman at a department store works with two con artists and falls in love with a victim of one of their schemes.
The Big Street (1942) as Augustus "Little Pinks" Pinkerton II
A nightclub waiter, who's in love with a selfish showgirl, gets to prove his love when she's injured.
Tales of Manhattan (1942) as George
New Yorkers from all walks of life come into contact with a supposedly cursed tailcoat.
The Magnificent Dope (1942) as [Thadeus] Tad [Winship] Page
Dwight Dawson, who runs an unsuccessful success school, stages a contest to find the biggest failure in the USA, for publicity value when the "dope" takes his course. But winner Tad Page is contented with his idle, lazy life and threatens to convert Dawson's other students to his philosophy. Dawson captalizes on Tad's attraction to Claire Harris to win him over; but will Tad find out Claire is really engaged to Dawson?
The Male Animal (1942) as Tommy Turner
A college professor fights censorship and an amorous football player who's after his wife.
Wild Geese Calling (1941) as John Murdock
In the 1890s lumberjack John leaves Seattle for Alaska to look for gold. After he marries dancehall girl Sally, he finds she used to be in love with his best friend Blackie.
You Belong to Me (1941) as Peter Kirk
A playboy marries a woman doctor then grows jealous of her male patients.
The Lady Eve (1941) as Charles [Poncefort Pike]
A lady cardsharp tries to con an eccentric scientist only to fall for him.
The Grapes of Wrath (1940) as Tom Joad
Oklahoma farmers dispossessed during the Depression fight for better lives in California.
Lillian Russell (1940) as Alexander Moore
Life story of the musical star from her discovery in 1890 by bandleader Tony Pastor till her retirement in 1912 when she married newspaperman Alexander Moore.
Chad Hanna (1940) as Chad Hanna
Country boy (Fonda) joins a circus in the 1840s and falls in love with the bare-back rider (Lamour). Later he falls in love with another circus runaway (Darnell).
The Return of Frank James (1940) as Frank James
The legendary outlaw''''s brother eludes the law to avenge Jesse James''''s murder.
Jesse James (1939) as Frank James
When a railroad agent kills their mother, Frank and Jesse James take up robbing banks and trains.
Let Us Live (1939) as "Brick" Tennant
Two wrongly convicted men are sentenced to death.
The Story of Alexander Graham Bell (1939) as Thomas Watson
Alexander Graham Bell pursues his greatest inventions so he can marry the woman he loves.
Drums Along the Mohawk (1939) as Gilbert Martin
A young couple fights off Indian attacks to start a farm in the Mohawk Valley.
Young Mr. Lincoln (1939) as Abraham Lincoln
The future president considers a political career while practicing law.
Jezebel (1938) as Preston Dillard
A tempestuous Southern belle's willfulness threatens to destroy all who care for her.
I Met My Love Again (1938) as Ives [Towner]
The marriage plans of two college sweethearts go amiss when the girlfriend meets a writer and runs off to marry him.
The Mad Miss Manton (1938) as Peter Ames
A daffy socialite gets her friends mixed up in a murder investigation.
Spawn of the North (1938) as Jim Kimmerlee
Two Alaskan salmon fishermen, Tyler Dawson (skipper of the "Who Cares") and Jim Kimmerlee of the "Old Reliable," are lifelong pals. Their romantic rivalry over young Dian ends amicably. But a more serious rift, with violent consequences, arises when Tyler befriends Russian fish pirates while Jim finds himself aligned with local vigilantes. Notable glacier scenery.
Blockade (1938) as Marco
A Spanish peasant caught up in the Civil War falls for a Russian spy''''s daughter.
That Certain Woman (1937) as Jack Merrick
A gangster's widow fights for love despite society's disapproval.
Wings of the Morning (1937) as Kerry [Gilfallen]
When a young horse trainer falls for a Gypsy girl, it reignites an old family feud.
Slim (1937) as Slim
Electric linemen compete on the job and in love.
You Only Live Once (1937) as Eddie Taylor
When he''''s framed for murder, an escaped convict returns to crime to protect his wife and child.
The Trail of the Lonesome Pine (1936) as Dave Tolliver
The Moon's Our Home (1936) as Anthony Amberton
A writer and an actress meet and marry without really knowing each other--they are even unaware that both bride and groom are equally famous. During the honeymoon, all hell breaks loose as a comedic war of the sexes leads inevitably to love.
Spendthrift (1936) as Townsend ["Towny"] Middleton
The Farmer Takes a Wife (1935) as Dan Harrow
A farmer tries to convince the cook on a canal boat to leave her exciting life for him.
I Dream Too Much (1935) as Jonathan Street
A composer sets the stage for discord when he pushes his wife into a singing career.
Way Down East (1935) as David Bartlett

Producer (feature film)

12 Angry Men (1957) as Producer
A jury holdout tries to convince his colleagues to vote not guilty.

Cast (special)

Summer Solstice (1981) as Joshua Turner
The story, set in Wyoming, explores the fifty-year marriage of Joshua and Margaret Turner--from their first meeting on a Cape Cod beach to the present.
Oldest Living Graduate, The (1980)
The story, set in a small Texas prairie town in 1962, follows old Colonel J.C. Kincaid's efforts to keep a lakefront tract of land he loves so much from his son Floyd, a businessman who wants to develop it. The title is derived from the fact that Kincaid is the only surviving member of a local milit
Sensational, Shocking, Wonderful, Wacky '70s, The (1980)
A look back at the people, events, music, and popular culture trends of the 1970s.
General Electric's All-Star Anniversary (1978)
The program recalls the music, song, and comedy of the past 100 years and celebrates the one-hundredth anniversary of the founding of the General Electric Company.
F.D.R.: The Man Who Changed America (1975) as Narration
The program examines the first two terms of President Franklin D. Roosevelt by way of historic film footage and recordings of his radio broadcasts.
IBM Presents Clarence Darrow Starring Henry Fonda (1974) as Clarence Darrow
Henry Fonda portrays lawyer Clarence Darrow in this adaptation of the one-man play.
Best of All in the Family, The (1974) as Host
A one-hour special, hosted by Henry Fonda, featuring major highlights from earlier episodes of the hit comedy series.
American West of John Ford, The (1971) as Narration
The program salutes John Ford, the great director of Hollywood westerns, through interviews and clips from his films.
Directed By John Ford (1971)
Newly updated and re-edited version of the 1971 documentary chronicling the career of maverick director John Ford. Narrated by Orson Welles.
Stand Up and Cheer (1971)
The pilot for a prospective series titled "Johnny Mann's Stand Up and Cheer." An hour-long songfest saluting America.
American West of John Ford, The (1971) as Host
The program salutes John Ford, the great director of Hollywood westerns, through interviews and clips from his films.
Howdy (1970)
Music and comedy acts set against the social background of the fictional town of Mildew, Arkansas.
Travels With Charley (1968) as Narration
A partial television adaptation of the novel by John Steinbeck, which depicts one man's odyssey across the United States. (The TV adaptation of the book covers only the scenic wonders from New England to California.)
Henry Fonda and the Family (1962) as Host
A series of comedy sketches based on the statistically oriented American family.
Hollywood: The Selznick Years (1961)
Film clips, interviews and behind-the-scenes footage reveal the genius of producer David O. Selznick.
Hollywood: The Selznick Years (1961)
Film clips, interviews and behind-the-scenes footage reveal the genius of producer David O. Selznick.
Petrified Forest, The (1955) as Alan Squire
The story of Alan Squire, a drifter who becomes involved with Gabby Maple, the daughter of an Arizona diner owner, and a gang of escaped convicts led by Duke Mantee as they seize the diner for a hideout. Based on the play by Robert E. Sherwood. "The Petrified Forest" was also seen as a segment of "

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Roots: The Next Generations (1979)
The unparalleled success of "Roots" in 1977 prompted this continuation of Alex Haley's saga, beginning with the events where its predecessor ended in 1882 and bringing the story to the present with James Earl Jones playing Haley and Marlon Brando as American Nazi leader George Lincoln Rockwell, who
Captains and the Kings (1976)
The nine-hour serialization of Taylor Caldwell's novel about an Irish immigrant and the establishment of his family name through the accumulation of wealth and power during the years from 1857 to 1912, along with his goal of having his son elected the first Catholic President of the United States, g
Captains and the Kings Part 5 & 6 (1976)
The nine-hour serialization of Taylor Caldwell's novel about an Irish immigrant and the establishment of his family name through the accumulation of wealth and power during the years from 1857 to 1912, along with his goal of having his son elected the first Catholic President of the United States, g

Cast (short)

Breakdowns of 1938 (1938)
Inside the maximum security prison of Rebibbia in Rome, the inmates perform their final show of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" and are rewarded by rapturous applause. When lights go out, the actors leave the stage and return to their cells. Here, we observe the contrast between an actor's absolute fr

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