Henry Fonda

Henry Jaynes Fonda (May 16, 1905 – August 12, 1982) was an American actor who had a career that spanned five decades in Hollywood. Fonda cultivated a strong, appealing screen image in several films now considered to be classics, earning one Academy Award for Best Actor on two nominations. Fonda made his mark early as a Broadway actor and made his Hollywood film debut in 1935. His film career began to gain momentum with roles such as Bette Davis's fiancee in her Academy Award-winning performance in Jezebel (1938), brother Frank in Jesse James (1939), and the future President in Young Mr. Lincoln (1939), directed by John Ford. His early career peaked with his Academy Award-nominated performance as Tom Joad in The Grapes of Wrath, about an Oklahoma family who moved to California during the Dust Bowl 1930s. This film is widely considered to be among the greatest American films. In 1941 he starred opposite Barbara Stanwyck in the screwball comedy classic The Lady Eve. Book-ending his service in WWII were his starring roles in two highly regarded westerns: The Ox-Bow Incident (1943) and My Darling Clementine (1946), the latter directed by John Ford, and he also starred in Ford's western Fort Apache (1948). After a seven-year break from films, during which Fonda focused on stage productions, he returned with the WWII war-boat ensemble Mister Roberts (1955). In 1957 he starred as Juror No.8, the hold-out juror, in 12 Angry Men. Fonda, who was also co-producer, won the BAFTA ...

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12 Angry Men (1957)

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The defense and the prosecution have rested and the jury is filing into the jury room to decide if a young Spanish-American is guilty or innocent of murdering his father. What begins as an open and shut case soon becomes a mini-drama of each of the jurors' ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sidney Lumet
CAST:  Henry Fonda  •  Lee J. Cobb  •  Ed Begley  •  E.G. Marshall

The defense and the prosecution have rested and the jury is filing into the jury room to decide if a young Spanish-American is guilty or innocent of murdering his father. What begins as an open and shut case soon becomes a mini-drama of each of the jurors' ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sidney Lumet
CAST:  Henry Fonda  •  Lee J. Cobb  •  Ed Begley  •  E.G. Marshall

Battle of the Bulge (1965)

In the winter of 1944, the Allied Armies stand ready to invade Germany at the coming of a New Year. To prevent it, Hitler orders an all-out offensive to re-take French territory and capture the major port city of Antwerp.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ken Annakin
CAST:  Henry Fonda  •  Robert Shaw  •  Robert Ryan  •  Dana Andrews

In the winter of 1944, the Allied Armies stand ready to invade Germany at the coming of a New Year. To prevent it, Hitler orders an all-out offensive to re-take French territory and capture the major port city of Antwerp.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ken Annakin
CAST:  Henry Fonda  •  Robert Shaw  •  Robert Ryan  •  Dana Andrews

Fail Safe (1964)

Because of a technical defect an American bomber team mistakenly orders the destruction of Moscow. The President of the United States has but little time to prevent an atomic catastrophe from occurring.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sidney Lumet
CAST:  Henry Fonda  •  Walter Matthau  •  Fritz Weaver  •  Larry Hagman

Because of a technical defect an American bomber team mistakenly orders the destruction of Moscow. The President of the United States has but little time to prevent an atomic catastrophe from occurring.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sidney Lumet
CAST:  Henry Fonda  •  Walter Matthau  •  Fritz Weaver  •  Larry Hagman

Firecreek (1968)

A peace-loving, part-time sheriff in the small town of Firecreek must take a stand when a gang of vicious outlaws takes over his town.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Vincent McEveety
CAST:  James Stewart  •  Henry Fonda  •  Inger Stevens  •  Gary Lockwood

A peace-loving, part-time sheriff in the small town of Firecreek must take a stand when a gang of vicious outlaws takes over his town.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Vincent McEveety
CAST:  James Stewart  •  Henry Fonda  •  Inger Stevens  •  Gary Lockwood

Fort Apache (1948)

In John Ford's sombre exploration the mythology of American heroes, he slowly reveals the character of Owen Thursday, who sees his new posting to the desolate Fort Apache as a chance to claim the military honour which he believes is rightfully his. Arrogant, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Ford
CAST:  John Wayne  •  Henry Fonda  •  Shirley Temple  •  Pedro Armendáriz

In John Ford's sombre exploration the mythology of American heroes, he slowly reveals the character of Owen Thursday, who sees his new posting to the desolate Fort Apache as a chance to claim the military honour which he believes is rightfully his. Arrogant, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Ford
CAST:  John Wayne  •  Henry Fonda  •  Shirley Temple  •  Pedro Armendáriz

How the West Was Won (1962)

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The epic tale of the development of the American West from the 1830s through the Civil War to the end of the century, as seen through the eyes of one pioneer family.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Marshall  •  Henry Hathaway  •  John Ford
CAST:  Carroll Baker  •  Lee J. Cobb  •  Henry Fonda  •  Carolyn Jones

The epic tale of the development of the American West from the 1830s through the Civil War to the end of the century, as seen through the eyes of one pioneer family.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Marshall  •  Henry Hathaway  •  John Ford
CAST:  Carroll Baker  •  Lee J. Cobb  •  Henry Fonda  •  Carolyn Jones

In Harm's Way (1965)

A naval officer reprimanded after Pearl Harbor is later promoted to rear admiral and gets a second chance to prove himself against the Japanese.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Otto Preminger
CAST:  John Wayne  •  Kirk Douglas  •  Patricia Neal  •  Tom Tryon

A naval officer reprimanded after Pearl Harbor is later promoted to rear admiral and gets a second chance to prove himself against the Japanese.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Otto Preminger
CAST:  John Wayne  •  Kirk Douglas  •  Patricia Neal  •  Tom Tryon

Jesse James (1939)

After railroad agents forcibly evict the James family from their family farm, Jesse and Frank turn to banditry for revenge.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Henry King
CAST:  Tyrone Power  •  Henry Fonda  •  Nancy Kelly  •  Randolph Scott

After railroad agents forcibly evict the James family from their family farm, Jesse and Frank turn to banditry for revenge.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Henry King
CAST:  Tyrone Power  •  Henry Fonda  •  Nancy Kelly  •  Randolph Scott

Jezebel (1938)

In 1850s Louisiana, the willfulness of a tempestuous Southern belle threatens to destroy all who care for her.  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Wyler
CAST:  Bette Davis  •  Henry Fonda  •  George Brent  •  Margaret Lindsay

In 1850s Louisiana, the willfulness of a tempestuous Southern belle threatens to destroy all who care for her.  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Wyler
CAST:  Bette Davis  •  Henry Fonda  •  George Brent  •  Margaret Lindsay

Madigan (1968)

Policemen Bonaro and Madigan lose their guns to fugitive Barney Benesch. As compensation, the two NYC detectives are given a weekend to bring Benesch to justice. While Bonaro and Madigan follow up on various leads, Police Commissioner Russell goes about his duties, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Don Siegel
CAST:  Richard Widmark  •  Inger Stevens  •  Henry Fonda  •  Harry Guardino

Policemen Bonaro and Madigan lose their guns to fugitive Barney Benesch. As compensation, the two NYC detectives are given a weekend to bring Benesch to justice. While Bonaro and Madigan follow up on various leads, Police Commissioner Russell goes about his duties, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Don Siegel
CAST:  Richard Widmark  •  Inger Stevens  •  Henry Fonda  •  Harry Guardino

Meteor (1979)

After a collision with a comet, a nearly 8km wide piece of the asteroid "Orpheus" is heading towards Earth. If it will hit it will cause a incredible catastrophe which will probably extinguish mankind. To stop the meteor NASA wants to use the illegal nuclear weapon ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ronald Neame
CAST:  Sean Connery  •  Natalie Wood  •  Karl Malden  •  Brian Keith

After a collision with a comet, a nearly 8km wide piece of the asteroid "Orpheus" is heading towards Earth. If it will hit it will cause a incredible catastrophe which will probably extinguish mankind. To stop the meteor NASA wants to use the illegal nuclear weapon ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ronald Neame
CAST:  Sean Connery  •  Natalie Wood  •  Karl Malden  •  Brian Keith

Midway (1976)

This war drama depicts the U.S. and Japanese forces in the naval Battle of Midway, which became a turning point for Americans during World War II.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jack Smight
CAST:  Charlton Heston  •  Edward Albert  •  Henry Fonda  •  James Coburn

This war drama depicts the U.S. and Japanese forces in the naval Battle of Midway, which became a turning point for Americans during World War II.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jack Smight
CAST:  Charlton Heston  •  Edward Albert  •  Henry Fonda  •  James Coburn

My Darling Clementine (1946)

Wyatt Earp and his brothers Morgan and Virgil ride into Tombstone and leave brother James in charge of their cattle herd. On their return they find their cattle stolen and James dead. Wyatt takes on the job of town marshal, making his brothers deputies, and vows to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Ford
CAST:  Henry Fonda  •  Linda Darnell  •  Victor Mature  •  Cathy Downs

Wyatt Earp and his brothers Morgan and Virgil ride into Tombstone and leave brother James in charge of their cattle herd. On their return they find their cattle stolen and James dead. Wyatt takes on the job of town marshal, making his brothers deputies, and vows to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Ford
CAST:  Henry Fonda  •  Linda Darnell  •  Victor Mature  •  Cathy Downs

My Name Is Nobody (1973)

Jack Beauregard, one of the greatest gunman of the Old West, only wants to retire in peace and move to Europe. But a young gunfighter, known as "Nobody", who idolizes Beauregard, wants him to go out in glory. So he arranges for Jack to face the 150-man gang known ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tonino Valerii
CAST:  Terence Hill  •  Henry Fonda  •  Jean Martin  •  R.G. Armstrong

Jack Beauregard, one of the greatest gunman of the Old West, only wants to retire in peace and move to Europe. But a young gunfighter, known as "Nobody", who idolizes Beauregard, wants him to go out in glory. So he arranges for Jack to face the 150-man gang known ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tonino Valerii
CAST:  Terence Hill  •  Henry Fonda  •  Jean Martin  •  R.G. Armstrong

Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)

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A widow whose land and life are in danger as the railroad is getting closer and closer to taking them over. A mysterious harmonica player joins forces with a desperado to protect the woman and her land.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sergio Leone
CAST:  Henry Fonda  •  Claudia Cardinale  •  Jason Robards  •  Charles Bronson

A widow whose land and life are in danger as the railroad is getting closer and closer to taking them over. A mysterious harmonica player joins forces with a desperado to protect the woman and her land.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sergio Leone
CAST:  Henry Fonda  •  Claudia Cardinale  •  Jason Robards  •  Charles Bronson

Rollercoaster (1977)

The plot is about a guile young terrorist who is able to blackmail a series of companies by placing home-made radio controlled bombs within the central attraction of amusement parks; roller coasters. The young man played by Timothy Bottoms gives a hard time to the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Goldstone
CAST:  George Segal  •  Richard Widmark  •  Timothy Bottoms  •  Henry Fonda

The plot is about a guile young terrorist who is able to blackmail a series of companies by placing home-made radio controlled bombs within the central attraction of amusement parks; roller coasters. The young man played by Timothy Bottoms gives a hard time to the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Goldstone
CAST:  George Segal  •  Richard Widmark  •  Timothy Bottoms  •  Henry Fonda

Spencer's Mountain (1963)

Clay Spencer is a hard-working man who loves his wife and large family. He is respected by his neighbors and always ready to give them a helping hand. Although not a churchgoer, he even helps a newly arrived local minister regain his flock after he and Clay get ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Delmer Daves
CAST:  Henry Fonda  •  Maureen O'Hara  •  James MacArthur  •  Donald Crisp

Clay Spencer is a hard-working man who loves his wife and large family. He is respected by his neighbors and always ready to give them a helping hand. Although not a churchgoer, he even helps a newly arrived local minister regain his flock after he and Clay get ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Delmer Daves
CAST:  Henry Fonda  •  Maureen O'Hara  •  James MacArthur  •  Donald Crisp

Tales of Manhattan (1942)

Ten screenwriters collaborated on this series of tales concerning the effect a tailcoat cursed by its tailor has on those who wear it. The video release features a W.C. Fields segment not included in the original theatrical release.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Julien Duvivier
CAST:  Charles Boyer  •  Rita Hayworth  •  Ginger Rogers  •  Henry Fonda

Ten screenwriters collaborated on this series of tales concerning the effect a tailcoat cursed by its tailor has on those who wear it. The video release features a W.C. Fields segment not included in the original theatrical release.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Julien Duvivier
CAST:  Charles Boyer  •  Rita Hayworth  •  Ginger Rogers  •  Henry Fonda

The Cheyenne social club (1970)

Two cowboys inherit a "social club" specializing in satisfying men.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gene Kelly
CAST:  James Stewart  •  Henry Fonda  •  Shirley Jones  •  Sue Ane Langdon

Two cowboys inherit a "social club" specializing in satisfying men.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gene Kelly
CAST:  James Stewart  •  Henry Fonda  •  Shirley Jones  •  Sue Ane Langdon

The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

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Tom Joad returns to his home after a jail sentence to find his family kicked out of their farm due to foreclosure. He catches up with them on his Uncle’s farm, and joins them the next day as they head for California and a new life... Hopefully.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Ford
CAST:  Henry Fonda  •  Jane Darwell  •  John Carradine  •  Charley Grapewin

Tom Joad returns to his home after a jail sentence to find his family kicked out of their farm due to foreclosure. He catches up with them on his Uncle’s farm, and joins them the next day as they head for California and a new life... Hopefully.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Ford
CAST:  Henry Fonda  •  Jane Darwell  •  John Carradine  •  Charley Grapewin
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