Henry Fonda filmography

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Henry Fonda and daughter Jane Fonda in 1943

This is the filmography of American actor Henry Fonda (May 16, 1905 – August 12, 1982), including his performances between 1935 and 1981. Fonda appeared in more than 100 films, including TV movies.

From the beginning of Fonda's career in 1935 through to his last projects in 1981, Fonda appeared in 106 films, television programs, and shorts. Through the course of his career he appeared in many critically acclaimed films, including such classics as 12 Angry Men and The Ox-Bow Incident. His roles in 1940's The Grapes of Wrath and 1981's On Golden Pond earned him Academy Award nominations he won for the latter). Fonda made his mark in Westerns, appearing as Frank James in Jesse James and The Return of Frank James, and war films such as The Longest Day and In Harm's Way, and made frequent appearances in both television and foreign productions late in his career. He was Bette Davis' leading man in the romantic period piece Jezebel and portrayed historical figures Abraham Lincoln in Young Mr. Lincoln and Wyatt Earp in My Darling Clementine. He played a buffalo hunter in the Cinerama film How the West Was Won and his narration appeared in 1942 in an American documentary and propaganda film entitled The Battle of Midway. Fonda made three movies with his close friend James Stewart; On Our Merry Way, Firecreek, and The Cheyenne Social Club. Henry Fonda made no major film appearances between 1948's Fort Apache with John Wayne and Mister Roberts with James Cagney in 1955, seven years later, concentrating instead on the stage; both films were directed by John Ford.

In 1963, he made a trip to New Zealand and Australia to launch the movie How the West was Won. His trip took him via Tahiti and Fiji, and it was on the Tahiti-Fiji sector that he flew with Air New Zealand. He was studying navigation at the time, he informed the crew, and asked if he could visit the cockpit of the aircraft to observe the navigator in action. In those days, airliner flights of more than 200 miles over water were obliged to carry a professional navigator. On this flight the navigator was an Australian, James Mair, later Captain and International Air Accident Investigator, who showed Henry how to take sun-shots with the sextant, even allowing Henry a successful try at calculating their position over the Pacific. He left the aircraft at Nadi in Fiji, to take a Qantas flight to Sydney, Australia.


Year Film Role Notes
1935 The Farmer Takes a Wife Dan Harrow
1935 Way Down East David Bartlett
1935 I Dream Too Much Jonathan Street
1936 The Trail of the Lonesome Pine Dave Tolliver
1936 The Moon's Our Home Anthony Amberton / John Smith
1936 Spendthrift Townsend Middleton
1937 Wings of the Morning Kerry Gilfallen
1937 You Only Live Once Eddie Taylor
1937 Slim Slim Kincaid
1937 That Certain Woman Jack V. Merrick, Jr.
1938 I Met My Love Again Ives Towner
1938 Jezebel Preston Dillard
1938 Blockade Marco
1938 Spawn of the North Jim Kimmerlee
1938 The Mad Miss Manton Peter Ames
1939 Jesse James Frank James
1939 Let Us Live Brick Tennant
1939 The Story of Alexander Graham Bell Thomas Watson
1939 Young Mr. Lincoln Abraham Lincoln
1939 Drums Along the Mohawk Gilbert Martin
1940 The Grapes of Wrath Tom Joad
1940 Lillian Russell Alexander Moore
1940 The Return of Frank James Frank James
1940 Chad Hanna Chad Hanna
1941 The Lady Eve Charles Pike
1941 Wild Geese Calling John Murdock
1941 You Belong to Me Peter Kirk
1942 The Male Animal Prof. Tommy Turner
1942 Rings on Her Fingers John Wheeler
1942 The Magnificent Dope Thadeus Winship Page
1942 Tales of Manhattan George
1942 The Big Street Augustus "Little Pinks" Pinkerton II
1942 The Battle of Midway Narrator Voice
1943 Immortal Sergeant Cpl. Colin Spence
1943 The Ox-Bow Incident Gil Carter
1946 My Darling Clementine Wyatt Earp
1947 The Long Night Joe Adams
1947 The Fugitive A Fugitive
1947 Daisy Kenyon Peter Lapham
1948 On Our Merry Way Lank
1948 Fort Apache Lt. Col. Owen Thursday
1949 Jigsaw Nightclub Waiter Uncredited
1951 Benjy Narrator
1951 Pictura: An Adventure in Art Narrator
1953 Main Street to Broadway Himself (scenes deleted)
1955 Mister Roberts Lt. Douglas A. Roberts
1956 War and Peace Pierre Bezukhov
1956 The Wrong Man Manny Balestrero
1957 12 Angry Men Juror no. 8 / Mr. Davis
1957 The Tin Star Morg Hickman
1958 Stage Struck Lewis Easton
1959 Warlock Clay Blaisedell
1959 The Man Who Understood Women Willie Bauche
1959 The Deputy Marshal Simon Fry television series
1962 Advise & Consent Robert A. Leffingwell
1962 The Longest Day Brig. Gen. Theodore Roosevelt Jr.
1962 How the West Was Won Jethro Stuart
1963 Spencer's Mountain Clay Spencer
1964 The Best Man William Russell
1964 Fail-Safe The President
1964 Sex and the Single Girl Frank Broderick
1965 The Rounders Marion 'Howdy' Lewis
1965 In Harm's Way Adm. Chester W. Nimitz
1965 The Dirty Game Dimitri Koulov
1965 Battle of the Bulge Lt. Col. Daniel Kiley
1966 A Big Hand for the Little Lady Meredith / Ben Bailey
1967 Welcome to Hard Times Mayor Will Blue
1967 Stranger on the Run Ben Chamberlain
1968 Firecreek Bob Larkin
1968 Madigan Commissioner Anthony X. Russell
1968 Yours, Mine and Ours Frank Beardsley
1968 The Boston Strangler John S. Bottomly
1968 Once Upon a Time in the West Frank
1969 An Impression of John Steinbeck: Writer Narrator
1970 Too Late the Hero Capt. John G. Nolan
1970 The Cheyenne Social Club Harley Sullivan
1970 There Was a Crooked Man... Woodward Lopeman
1971 The Smith Family Det. Sgt. Chad Smith television series
1971 Sometimes a Great Notion Henry Stamper
1973 The Red Pony Carl Tiflin
1973 Night Flight from Moscow Allan Davies
1973 The Alpha Caper Mark Forbes
1973 Ash Wednesday Mark Sawyer
1973 My Name Is Nobody Jack Beauregard
1974 Mussolini: Ultimo atto Cardinal Schuster
1974 Clarence Darrow Clarence Darrow
1976 Collision Course: Truman vs. MacArthur Gen. Douglas MacArthur
1976 Almos' a Man unknown
1976 Midway Adm. Chester W. Nimitz
1976 Captains and the Kings Sen. Enfield Bassett
1977 Tentacles Mr. Whitehead
1977 The Last of the Cowboys Elegant John
1977 Rollercoaster Simon Davenport
1978 The Greatest Battle General Foster
1978 Home to Stay Grandpa George
1978 Fedora President of the Academy
1978 The Swarm Dr. Walter Krim
1978 A Special Sesame Street Christmas Guest
1979 Roots: The Next Generations Colonel Frederick Warner television miniseries
1979 City on Fire Chief Albert Risley
1979 Wanda Nevada Old Prospector
1979 Meteor The President
1980 The Jilting of Granny Weatherall Narrator
1980 The Oldest Living Graduate Col. J.C. Kincaid
1980 Gideon's Trumpet Clarence Earl Gideon
1981 On Golden Pond Norman Thayer Jr.
1981 Summer Solstice Joshua Turner (final film role)

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