"Easy Rider" actor and screenwriter Peter Fonda died at age 79


Peter Fonda, a tall and rude actor identified as a star and a fake gender symbol, in the film "Easy Rider" about the Hollywood dynasty started by his father Henry Fonda, died in Los Angeles on Friday. He was 79.

The death was confirmed by his family, who said he had respiratory failure due to lung cancer.

During his career as an actor and filmmaker, Fonda won two Oscar nominations, almost three decades apart. He shared with Dennis Hopper and Terry Southern, a story for two hippie cyclists on a drug-driven country trip and a nomination for Best Original Script for "Easy Rider" for their enthusiasm for young freedom.

The success of the film may have surprised some, but Mr. Fonda believed that his enthusiastic reception meant a lot, as the voice was overly high at the time. "It was a market that was never touched," he told the Los Angeles Times in 2018. "Nobody sang this song."

Mr. Fonda made his first appearance on Broadway and television in the early 1960s, from the same time his appearance and style (blue eyes, firm jaws and covering frame) were essentially those of his father, and it seemed so. Was that it could be the revelation star. His generation calmed down to his generation, while his next appearance on his sister Jane Fonda pod-foolery and Oscar nominee was in 1997 for "Miles Gold". He was nominated for Best Actor for his role as a widow bee with his grandson.

"In my memory, Peter Fonda wrote," Very deep, kind and sensitive in my life. "He will never intentionally harm anyone or anyone. In fact, he once argued with me that vegetables have a soul. This is the 60s. "

Peter Henry Fonda was born in Manhattan on February 23, 1940, the youngest of two children of New York socialist film actors Henry Fonda and Florence Seymour (Broca) Fonda. In 1950, her mother committed suicide at the age of 10 and Jane was 13 years old.

Less than a year later, Mr. Fonda shot himself in the stomach with a gun. Interviewed decades later by The New York Times, he insisted that it was an accident, not a suicide attempt or warning. "You shoot yourself in the arm or leg if you want attention," he said, "the way I didn't do it."

Years later, he talked about the experience with John Lennon, who was allegedly inspired to write "I Know It's to Die" in the Beatles song "She Sed She Sed".

After attending the University of Nebraska, in his father's home state, Mr. Fonda began his dramatic career in regional theater the old-fashioned way. In 1960, he starred in "The Golden Flays" at the Omaha Community Playhouse. A year later, he made his Broadway debut in "Blood, Sweat and Stanley Polly", a comedy film for which he won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award. He made his television debut in the 1962 episode "Naked City".

Hollywood first saw him as a male student of sorts, who saw him as a clean and young doctor in "Tammy and the Doctor" (1963) opposite Sandra Day. He starred in "Lilith" (1964) alongside Warren Beatty and Jean Seberg, a drama set in a psychiatric hospital. But it was a very different style in which he found his real personality.

In 1967, the king of low-budget films, Roger Corman, a promising actor, directed "The Trip" from a script by Jack Nicholson. Along with Bruce Dern, Dennis Hopper and Susan Strasberg, Mr. Fonda played the role of a friendly television commercial director, who uses LSD for the first time and makes the most of it. "Easy Rider", which he produced two years later.

Decades later, The Times asked about his personal experience with medicine. "For me, it solved a lot," he said. "However, I did not take it and ran away seeing the lights in the city. I was very attentive and lay on a couch." Luckily, he said, "I don't have an addictive character, and marijuana was not with me."

That period was Mr. Fonda's rise to fame, but he maintained a busy career on screen for the next 50 years. He starred in television films such as "The Passion of a Rand" (1999) and "Back When We Were Grown-Ups" (2004). His films include "Futureworld" (1976), Steven Soderberg's crime drama "The Lime" (1999) and the 2007 "Remix 3:10 to Yuma". His last appearance in the film was "The Last Full Measurement", a war drama to be released in October.

And he was not interested in retirement. "Shoot, I can do this as long as I'm at least 80 years old," he said in a 2008 interview with the San Luis Obishope Tribune. "What if I can't walk? Well, Lionel Barrymore did it all in a wheelchair.

His first wife Susan BrHe had two children with Aver, whom he married in 1961. In 1974They divorced, and the following year he married Portia Rebecca Crockett. They divorced in 2011, the same year he married Marga to retire Daga. Before.

In addition to his wife and sister, his survivors include a daughter, actress Bridget Fonda; One son, Justin Fonda; Stage two, Thomas McGuan and Wills de Vogelaire; A step-daughter, Lexie Davogelaere; And a grandson

Mr. Fonda never eft the sixties to give up his attitude and openness, even this fall of "Easy Rider" during preparations for the 50th anniversary, which would include a screening of Radio City Music Hall. The "About" section of your current website includes this idea:

"I think you are really free when you learn, and you can only learn when you are free."