Peter Fonda was an American actor, director, and screenwriter who was born on February 23, 1940, in New York City, USA. He was the son of famous actor Henry Fonda and the younger brother of actress Jane Fonda. Fonda began his acting career on Broadway in the early 1960s before transitioning to film. He quickly became associated with the counterculture movement of the 1960s and starred in a series of popular films that captured the spirit of the era.
Fonda’s breakout role was in the 1966 film “The Wild Angels,” which was followed by his iconic performance in the 1969 film “Easy Rider.” Fonda not only starred in “Easy Rider” but also produced and co-wrote the screenplay, which earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay. The film became a cultural touchstone for a generation and is still considered one of the most important films of the 20th century.
Throughout his career, Fonda appeared in a variety of films, including “Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry,” “Race with the Devil,” and “Ulee’s Gold,” for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. He also directed several films, including “The Hired Hand” and “Wanda Nevada.”
In addition to his work in film, Fonda was known for his political activism and advocacy for environmental causes. He was a vocal critic of the Vietnam War and participated in anti-war protests, and was also involved in efforts to combat climate change and protect the planet’s natural resources.
Peter Fonda passed away on August 16, 2019, at the age of 79, leaving behind a legacy as one of the most influential actors and filmmakers of his generation.