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Peter Fonda Biography

Birth Name:
Peter Henry Fonda
Birth Place:
New York, New York, United States
Profession
Actor, writer, director, producer

Fast Facts

  • 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

Awards

  • 2007Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2000Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: winner
  • 1999Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: nominated
  • 1999Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: nominated
  • 1999Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: nominated
  • 1998Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: winner
  • 1998Independent Spirit Awards-Best Male Lead: nominated
  • 1997Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1997Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1997National Society of Film Critics-Best Actor - Runner-up: winner
  • 1997New York Film Critics Circle-Best Actor: winner
  • 1970Writers Guild Awards-Original Drama: nominated
  • 1969Oscar-Best Writing (Story and Screenplay--based on material not previously published or produced): nominated
  • 1964Golden Globe-New Star of the Year - Actor: nominated

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