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Peter Fonda

Actor / Filmmaker

Born: 23 February 1939
Birthplace: New York City,
Best known as: The star of Easy Rider and Ulee's Gold

Peter Fonda is the son of Henry Fonda, the brother of Jane Fonda and the father of Bridget Fonda. After a few years acting on the stage, Peter Fonda got started in the movies in 1962. After several small parts in Hollywood movies, he teamed with Dennis Hopper and produced and starred in Easy Rider (1969, with Jack Nicholson), a counterculture classic that made Fonda a star. During the 1970s he appeared in movies such as Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry and Wanda Nevada (which he also directed). In 1999 he was nominated for an Oscar for his performance as a beekeeper in Ulee's Gold (co-starring Jessica Biel). Peter Fonda's other films include Wanda Nevada (1979), The Limey (1999, directed by Steven Soderbergh), Thomas and the Magic Railroad (2000, starring Alec Baldwin) and the 2007 remake of the western 3:10 to Yuma (starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale).

Extra credit:

As a kid, Peter Fonda accidentally shot himself in the stomach with an antique pistol. He survived.

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