One of the cinema’s most enduring actors, Henry Fonda enjoyed a highly successful career spanning close to a half century. Most often in association with director John Ford, he starred in many of the finest films of Hollywood’s golden era. Born May 16, 1905, in Grand Island, NE, Fonda majored in journalism in college, and worked as an office boy before pursuing an interest in acting. He began his amateur career with the Omaha Community Playhouse, often performing with the mother of Marlon Brando. Upon becoming a professional performer in 1928, Fonda traveled east, tenuring with the Provincetown Players before signing on with the University Players Guild, a New England-based ensemble including up-and-comers like James Stewart, Margaret Sullavan, and Joshua Logan. Fonda’s first Broadway appearance followed with 1929’s The Game of Life and Death. He also worked in stock, and even served as a set designer.
In 1931, Fonda and Sullavan were married, and the following year he appeared… read more
Why don't more people revere him as a film actor? He is, in my view, more talented than James Stewart and on par with Cary Grant. He doesn't approach Grant's iconographic status because he is not so clear an image, but he has far more range as an actor and has a more affecting presence than Grant, which is interesting since they were both cold fish in real life, at least as they were described by family and friends.