Henry Fonda

(1905–1982)

Henry Fonda

Anecdote 1...

Henry Fonda was asked to say in one phrase the one most important thing that any young actor has to know. Fonda answered, “How to become an old actor.”

Quote-worthy...

I’ve been close to Bette Davis for thirty-eight years — and I have the cigarette burns to prove it.

~Henry Fonda

Anecdote 2...

Fonda’s father disapproved of his son’s decision to take up acting as a career. He grudgingly agreed, however, to attend Henry’s debut with the rest of the family. At home after the performance, which had been a great success, Fonda’s mother and sisters congratulated him enthusiastically on his triumph. His father remained buried in silence behind a newspaper, until one of Fonda’s sisters dared to make a tiny criticism of her brother’s performance. “Shut up!” snapped the elder Fonda, tossing the paper aside. “He was perfect.”

Biographical Note: 

Henry Fonda was a U.S. movie actor and director. His films include The Grapes of Wrath (1940); War and Peace (1956); Twelve Angry Men (1957), which he also directed; and On Golden Pond (1981), for which he received an Academy Award.