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  • Henry Fonda

    Born on May 16, 1905 in Grand Island, Nebraska

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On Golden Pond (1981)

Henry Fonda as "Norman Thayer Jr."

Cantankerous retiree Norman Thayer (Henry Fonda) and his conciliatory wife, Ethel (Katharine Hepburn), spend summers at their New England vacation home on the shores of idyllic Golden Pond. This year, their adult daughter, Chelsea (Jane Fonda), visits with her new fiancée and his teenage son, Billy (Doug McKeon) on their way to Europe. After leaving Billy behind to bond with Norman, Chelsea returns, attempting to repair the long-strained relationship with her aging father before it's too late.

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1982) Nominated Actor
Academy Award (1981) Won Best Actor
Golden Globe (1981) Won Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

12 Angry Men (1957)

Henry Fonda as "Juror No. 8"

Following the closing arguments in a murder trial, the 12 members of the jury must deliberate, with a guilty verdict meaning death for the accused, an inner-city teen. As the dozen men try to reach a unanimous decision while sequestered in a room, one juror (Henry Fonda) casts considerable doubt on elements of the case. Personal issues soon rise to the surface, and conflict threatens to derail the delicate process that will decide one boy's fate.

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1957) Won Foreign Actor
Golden Globe (1957) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

Henry Fonda as "Tom Joad"

The Joad clan, introduced to the world in John Steinbeck's iconic novel, is looking for a better life in California. After their drought-ridden farm is seized by the bank, the family -- led by just-paroled son Tom (Henry Fonda) -- loads up a truck and heads West. On the road, beset by hardships, the Joads meet dozens of other families making the same trek and holding onto the same dream. Once in California, however, the Joads soon realize that the promised land isn't quite what they hoped.

Academy Award (1940) Nominated Best Actor

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