What made Henry Fonda a great actor

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This content was published on August 17, 2019 - 4:38 am (Keystone-SDA)

The American actor Peter Fonda, who became famous through the cult film "Easy Rider", is dead. He died on Friday in his home in Los Angeles as a result of lung cancer, said the actor's family.

According to his agent, Fonda died that morning with his relatives. The cause of death was reportedly respiratory failure. The son of Hollywood star Henry Fonda (1905-1982) and the younger brother of actress Jane Fonda lived to be 79 years old.

The death of her "kind-hearted" brother would make her very sad, said Jane Fonda (81). "I had a wonderful time with him alone these last few days. He passed out laughing," "Deadline.com" quoted from Fonda's message. The family would mourn the "lovable and kind" man and at the same time celebrate his "indomitable spirit and love for life", it said in another letter from his relatives.

"Peter Fonda was a revolutionary filmmaker during revolutionary times," said director Rob Reiner (72) in tribute to the deceased. One will miss his spirit. British director Edgar Wright (45) called Fonda on Twitter "a legend of the counterculture, a pioneering actor and all around a hero in real life".

Cinema history on the bike

In 1969 Peter Fonda became an idol of the hippie movement and a hero of New Hollywood as a motorcycle freak "Captain America" ​​in the cult film "Easy Rider". The film with Fonda, Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson made cinema history. Together, the motorcycle rockers roam the USA on their hot stoves in a drug intoxication. Fonda received an Oscar nomination for screenwriting.

Fonda made a name for himself as a director with productions such as "Der weite Ritt" (1970) and the science fiction film "Expedition in die Zukunft" (1973). Another Oscar nomination for best actor earned him the drama "Ulee's Gold" (1998).

The role of the stoic, reserved beekeeper and head of the family in "Ulee's Gold" was closely related to his own father, who was privately regarded as reserved and aloof. The suicide of Henry Fonda's wife Frances Seymour Brokaw in 1950 overshadowed his relationship with his two children, Peter and Jane. The son was just ten years old when the mother died.

Leading role in a film by Nick Hayek

In the early 1990s, Fonda played the leading role in the film "Family Express" by Swiss Swatch entrepreneur Nick Hayek. The Hollywood actor has also been a guest in Zurich several times. In 2008 he presided over the jury at the Zurich Film Festival. During a ride on his Harley around Lake Zurich in 2009, he raised money for Doctors Without Borders. In 2014 he took part in the film festival in Limmatstadt for the third time in ten years.

The former Zurich SP Councilor of States and City Councilor Emilie Lieberherr was Fonda's nanny in New York in the 1950s. Thanks to her, he had mastered a few words of French, such as "J'ai fini", revealed Fonda in a 2014 newspaper interview. He also said he had some very good friends in Switzerland, "biker boys" from near Zurich and from Gruyères, FR.

Married three times

When Peter Fonda was honored with a star plaque on the "Hollywood Walk of Fame" in 2003, he found warm words for his father, who had previously been immortalized on the famous sidewalk. It is great to keep his father company now, said the celebrity son.

Then Fonda starred in TV series such as "CSI: NY" and "Hawaii Five-0" and occasionally shone in film roles, such as in the psychological western "3:10 to Yuma" (2007) as a shrewd bounty hunter. The father of two has been married three times, the last time he married his girlfriend Margaret "Parky" DeVogelaere in 2011. Fonda was 71 years old at the time.

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