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With an acting career that spanned nearly 50 years, Henry Fonda was born May 16, 1905, in Grand Island, Neb. He made his way from community theatre to Broadway, where he starred in the stage hit "The Farmer Takes a Wife" -- a play that was later adapted for the big screen and gave Fonda his first film appearance.

Best known for playing iconic heroes, Fonda worked with some of the greatest directors of his time, including John Ford (Young Mr. Lincoln, The Grapes of Wrath, My Darling Clementine and Mister Roberts), Alfred Hitchcock (The Wrong Man) and Sidney Lumet (12 Angry Men and Fail-Safe). He also took a convincing turn as a villain in director Sergio Leone's Once Upon a Time in the West (1969).

Fonda capped his film career with a Best Actor Oscar for On Golden Pond (1981), playing opposite Katharine Hepburn and his daughter, Jane. He died in Los Angeles on Aug. 12, 1982.

Henry Fonda in The Longest Day

The Longest Day

1962 G

This Oscar-winning war epic chronicles World War II's harrowing D-Day invasion. Shot on the beaches of Normandy, France, the ambitious film attempts to cover the historic day from all perspectives, focussing on both sides of the conflict.

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  • Henry Fonda in My Darling Clementine My Darling Clementine
  • Henry Fonda in 12 Angry Men 12 Angry Men
  • Henry Fonda in Midway Midway
  • Henry Fonda in The Grapes of Wrath The Grapes of Wrath
  • Henry Fonda in Fort Apache Fort Apache
  • Henry Fonda in War and Peace War and Peace
  • Henry Fonda in Jezebel Jezebel
  • Henry Fonda in The Wrong Man The Wrong Man
  • Henry Fonda in Advise & Consent Advise & Consent
  • Henry Fonda in In Harm's Way In Harm's Way
  • Henry Fonda in Battle of the Bulge Battle of the Bulge
  • Henry Fonda in The Lady Eve The Lady Eve
  • Henry Fonda in Spencer's Mountain Spencer's Mountain
  • Henry Fonda in Yours, Mine and Ours Yours, Mine and Ours
  • Henry Fonda in Madigan Madigan
  • Henry Fonda in On Golden Pond On Golden Pond
  • Henry Fonda in Drums Along the Mohawk Drums Along the Mohawk
  • Henry Fonda in Fail-Safe Fail-Safe
  • Henry Fonda in A Big Hand for the Little Lady A Big Hand for the Little Lady
  • Henry Fonda in My Name Is Nobody My Name Is Nobody
  • Henry Fonda in Young Mr. Lincoln Young Mr. Lincoln
  • Henry Fonda in Lillian Russell Lillian Russell
  • Henry Fonda in The Return of Frank James The Return of Frank James
  • Henry Fonda in Sex and the Single Girl Sex and the Single Girl
  • Henry Fonda in There Was a Crooked Man There Was a Crooked Man
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  • Henry Fonda in The Long Night The Long Night
  • Henry Fonda in The Boston Strangler The Boston Strangler
  • Henry Fonda in Directed by John Ford Directed by John Ford
  • Henry Fonda in The Trail of the Lonesome Pine The Trail of the Lonesome Pine
  • Henry Fonda in Bernice Bobs Her Hair Bernice Bobs Her Hair
  • Henry Fonda in Almos' a Man Almos' a Man
  • Henry Fonda in Soldier's Home Soldier's Home
  • Henry Fonda in The Great Smokey Roadblock The Great Smokey Roadblock
  • Henry Fonda in Roots: The Next Generations Roots: The Next Generations
  • Henry Fonda in The Golden Honeymoon The Golden Honeymoon
  • Henry Fonda in The Greatest Man in the World The Greatest Man in the World
  • Henry Fonda in The Jilting of Granny Weatherall The Jilting of Granny Weatherall
  • Henry Fonda in Underground Doctors Underground Doctors
  • Henry Fonda in Poetry Hall of Fame Collection Poetry Hall of Fame Collection
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