Shot himself–accidentally, by most accounts–in the stomach at age 10; years later, while on an acid trip with John Lennon, told the Beatle, "I know what it's like to be dead," which reportedly inspired the Revolver song "She Said She Said."
Was admitted to the University of Omaha at the age of 17 without finishing high school.
During his stint in college in Nebraska, starred in an Omaha Playhouse production of Harvey.
In 1961, made his Broadway debut in Blood, Sweat and Stanley Poole.
An avid sailor, bought an 82-foot ketch called Tatoosh with the profits from Easy Rider.
Ex-wife Portia Rebecca Crockett is a direct descendant of frontier hero Davy Crockett.
Released a candid autobiography, Don't Tell Dad: A Memoir, in 1998.
Frequently lectures on film and media near his ranch at Montana State University.
1999, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: Nominee
1969, Oscar — Best Writing (Story and Screenplay--based on material not previously published or produced): Nominee
1964, Golden Globe — New Star of the Year - Actor: Nominee
1998, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Winner
2000, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Winner
1999, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
2007, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
1999, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Nominee
1998, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Male Lead: Nominee
1970, Writers Guild Awards — Original Drama: Nominee
1997, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
1997, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
Troy Garity — Nephew
Jane Fonda — Sister
Henry Fonda — Father
Bridget Fonda — Daughter
Frances Seymour Brokaw Fonda — Mother
Portia Rebecca Crockett — Ex-wife
Justin Fonda — Son
Frances Brokaw — Half Sister
Amy Fonda — Half Sister
Susan Brewer — Ex-wife
Parky DeVogelaere — Wife
Attended University of Omaha, Omaha, Nebraska, United States