Henry Jaynes Fonda (May 16, 1905 - August 12, 1982) was an acclaimed American film actor and stage actor beloved for his roles as plain-speaking men of humane decency.
He was born in Grand Island, Nebraska to William Brace Fonda and Herberta Krueger Jaynes, and started his acting career at age twenty at the Omaha Community Playhouse when his mother's friend Dodie Brando needed a young man to play the lead in You and I.
In 1957, he won the BAFTA Award for Best Actor for his performance in 12 Angry Men. Among his many awards, Fonda won a Tony Award and the Oscar for his performance in On Golden Pond - in which his daughter Jane co-starred. His son Peter is also an actor, as is his grand-daughter Bridget.
Henry Fonda died of cancer and heart disease at his home in Los Angeles just months after his Oscar win, with wife Shirlee and daughter Jane at his side.
Henry had three children - Peter, Jane, and Amy (adopted daughter – 3rd marriage).