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Peter Fonda Dead - Jane Fonda's Brother & 'Easy Rider' Actor Dies at 79

Peter Fonda Dead - Jane Fonda's Brother & 'Easy Rider' Actor Dies at 79”

Fonda's fans, including filmmaker Edgar Wright, took to social media to pay tribute to the actor's long film legacy.

Fonda, who was suffering lung cancer, was a member of one of the most famous families in movies, the son of Henry Fonda, and brother of Jane. He was my sweet- hearted baby brother. "The talker of the family", she said in a statement.

"I have had lovely alone time with him these last days", she added. "He went out laughing".

Fonda's time in film was something of a rollercoaster, with bright patches and some less-than-significant roles.

"Easy Rider", with a script co-written by Fonda, helped usher in a period known as the "New Hollywood" era of filmmaking, which often avoided happy endings and other conventions of the Hollywood studio system.

Although Peter never achieved the status of his father or even his older sister Jane Fonda, the impact of "Easy Rider", which just celebrated its 50th anniversary, was enough to cement his place in popular culture.

The film won the "best first work" award at the Cannes Film Festival in May 1969.

"Independent cinema begins with EASY RIDER".

In June 2018, Fonda tweeted that "We should rip Barron Trump from his mother's arms and put him in a cage with pedophiles", in response to news about "zero tolerance" child migrant detention practices by United States immigration authorities. He went on to perform in many films and also directed three. He developed, according to the New York Times, "a reputation for being hard and drug-addled" on-set.

TMZ reports that Fonda had been in-and-out of the hospital recently with an undisclosed medical condition.

At this point Fonda's career had been significantly rejuvenated.

He was nominated for an Oscar again nearly three decades later, in the best actor category, for "Ulee's Gold" (1997), but lost out to Nicholson.

There are various families that have been fixtures in Hollywood for generations, including the Fondas. His time in NY was short before he went to Hollywood to make movies, where his film debut was "Tammy and the Doctor" in 1963.

Peter Fonda is survived by wife Margaret DeVogelaere and by his children with former wife Susan Brewer, Bridget and Justin Fonda.



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