Peter Fonda became enshrined as a cinematic icon for his role in the seminal 1969 anti-establishment ﬁlm Easy Rider, which he produced and co-wrote, and for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay.
His other acting credits include the feature ﬁlms Outlaw Blues, an exposé of the country music business; Dirty Mary Crazy Larry; Race with the Devil; Robert Rossen’s Lilith; Split Image; Robert Wise’s Two People; and the cult ﬁlms Love and a .45 and Nadja. He appeared in Grace of My Heart, directed by Alison Anders, and John Carpenter’s Escape from L.A., starring Kurt Russell. He also made a cameo appearance in Bodies, Rest & Motion, which starred his daughter Bridget.
In 1971, Fonda directed his ﬁrst ﬁlm, a critically acclaimed western in which he also starred, called The Hired Hand. A restored version of the ﬁlm debuted at the 2001 Venice Film Festival and screened at the Toronto Film Festival before reopening in theaters in 2003. Fonda’s other directing credits include the science ﬁction feature Idaho Transfer, starring Keith Carradine, and Wanda Nevada, in which he starred as a gambler who wins Brooke Shields in a poker game.
Fonda wowed audiences and won critical acclaim for his portrayal of Ulee Jackson, the taciturn beekeeper in the 1997 ﬁlm Ulee’s Gold, earning him both a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor and the New York Film Critics Award, as well as his second Academy Award nomination. He was nominated for another Golden Globe Award for his work in the NBC movie “The Tempest,” and won a Golden Globe for his role opposite Helen Mirren in the teleﬁlm “The Passion of Ayn Rand.” That performance also earned Fonda both an Emmy and SAG Award nomination.
Additional credits include Steven Soderbergh’s The Limey, which also starred Terence Stamp and Lesley Ann Warren; Thomas and the Magic Railroad with director Britt Allcroft, starring Alec Baldwin; HBO’s “The Laramie Project,” based on the true story of openly gay college student Matthew Shepard; “The Maldonado Miracle,” directed by Salma Hayek for Showtime Networks; Wooly Boys, in which he starred opposite Kris Kristofferson; the television drama “Back When We Were Grownups,” opposite Blythe Danner and Faye Dunaway; Soderbergh’s Ocean’s Twelve; and Mark Steven Johnson’s Ghost Rider, opposite Nicolas Cage.
Fonda made his professional stage debut on Broadway in 1961 in “Blood, Sweat and Stanley Poole,” for which he received rave reviews from critics, winning the Daniel Blum Theater World Award and the New York Critics Circle Award for Best New Actor.
He also published an autobiography, Don’t Tell Dad.