Fonda, Peter

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Fonda, Peter Gender: M
Peter Henry Fonda
born on 23 February 1940 at 12:09 (= 12:09 PM )
Place Manhattan, New York, 40n46, 73w59
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 03°57' s_mo.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 08°15 Asc.s_gemcol.18.gif 27°51'

Peter Fonda
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American screen and stage actor, screenwriter and producer from a noted family, who was a part of the counterculture of the 1960s. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for "Easy Rider" (1969), and the Academy Award for Best Actor for "Ulee's Gold" (1997). For the latter, he won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama. Fonda also won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film for "The Passion of Ayn Rand" (1999).

The son of actor Henry Fonda and his wife Frances Seymour, Peter and his sister Jane were raised in an emotionally barren environment with a despondent mother and an uncommunicative, absentee father. He was sent to boarding school at age six, and experienced a trauma that no ten-year-old should be subjected to when his mother committed suicide in a hospital while undergoing treatment for depression. Her death was falsified as a heart attack for her children and it wasn't until years later that Fonda discovered the details of her demise. Nonetheless, the troubled boy shot himself in the stomach and was started on psychiatric counseling.

In high school he found his niche in writing, acting and directing dramatic productions, which pleased his taciturn dad. A difficult adolescent, he decked a teacher in prep school who insulted his dad and was afterward dangerously over medicated with barbiturates by the school doctor. Withdrawing from school at 17, he was taken in by his paternal Aunt Harriet and her husband, Uncle Jack, in Nebraska where he finished high school, entered therapy and enrolled at the University of Omaha.

He left college in 1960 and appeared in summer stock theater in Fishkill, New York. One year later he was in a starring role in the Broadway comedy "Blood, Sweat and Stanley Poole." A move to Hollywood brought a film debut in "Tammy and the Doctor" in 1963, followed by several screen flops. His big break came in 1969 in the role of Captain America in "Easy Rider," a film he independently produced and for which he co-wrote the screenplay. It earned him an Oscar nomination and remained a cult favorite for decades.

The landmark success of "Easy Rider" made Fonda a counterculture icon and he dove headlong into the glory road of drug use and sexual freedom. The film was not the beginning of his drug use; he had been arrested for drug possession in 1966. However he failed to establish himself as a star, appearing in low-budget films over the next six years, such as "The Hired Hand," 1971 and "95 in the Shade," 1975. He directed and starred with his father in "Wanda Nevada" in 1979. More B movie roles continued in the '80s, never fulfilling his expectations or matching his movie masterstroke of "Rider" until the 1997 role of an taciturn beekeeper in "Ulee's Gold" earned him another Oscar nomination for Best Actor.

"I never searched for fame," he said, "I was born famous and it didn't serve me well." A 1998 autobiography titled "Don't Tell Dad" details the experience of growing up as the son of a famous actor who, on the home-front, was stern and uncommunicative.

Fonda's first marriage in 1961 to Susan Brewer ended in divorce. They had two children, daughter Bridget in 1964, who became an actress in her own right, and Justin in 1968, a cameraman. In 1975 Fonda married Portia Rebecca "Becky" Crockett McGuane, the great-great-great-great granddaughter of American frontiersman Davey Crockett. They divorced in 2011 and later that year he married Margaret 'Parky' DeVogelaere.

In June 2018, Fonda went on Twitter to criticize President Donald Trump's administration's enforcement of U.S. immigration policy by Jeff Sessions, specifically regarding the separation of children from their parents at the Mexican border, writing that "We should rip Barron Trump from the arms of First Lady Melania Trump and put him in a cage with pedophiles." Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee stated that Fonda's statement about Barron Trump was a violation of federal criminal law. Fonda deleted his tweet regarding Barron Trump, saying that he "immediately regretted it and sincerely apologize to the family for what I said and any hurt my words have caused."

Fonda died from respiratory failure caused by lung cancer at his home in Los Angeles at 11:05 AM on 16 August 2019 at age 79.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • associate relationship with Hopper, Dennis (born 17 May 1936). Notes: Co-stars in 1969 film "Easy Rider"
  • associate relationship with Nicholson, Jack (born 22 April 1937). Notes: Co-stars in 1969 film "Easy Rider"
  • opponent/rival/enemy relationship with Trump, Barron (born 20 March 2006). Notes: Fonda posted a nasty tweet about Trump
  • child->parent relationship with Fonda, Henry (born 16 May 1905)
  • sibling relationship with Fonda, Jane (born 21 December 1937)


  • Health : Accident (Non-fatal) 23 February 1951 (Shot himself in the abdomen and nearly died)
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  • Social : End a program of study 1960 (Left college to appear in summer stock)
  • Relationship : Marriage 1961 (14 years)
  • Relationship : Marriage 1961 (First marriage Susan Brewer)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1963 (Film debut)
  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 27 January 1964 (Daughter Bridgett born)
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  • Crime : Arrest 1966 (Drug possession)
  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 9 July 1966 (Son Justin born)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 14 July 1969 in Manhattan (Noted film "Easy Rider")
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  • Relationship : Marriage 1975 (Second marriage Portia McGuane)
  • Work : Gain social status 1997 (Oscar nominated film "Ulee's Gold")
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1998 (Autobiography "Don't Tell Dad")
  • Relationship : Divorce dates 2011 (Portia)
  • Relationship : Marriage 2011 (Third marriage, Margaret 'Parky' DeVogelaere)
  • Death by Disease 16 August 2019 at 11:05 AM in Los Angeles (Respiratory failure caused by lung cancer, age 79)
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Source Notes

B.C. in hand, LMR. Formerly, Carol Tebbs quoted his wife Becky for 12:09 PM. Sy Scholfield quotes Fonda on Twitter: "I was born Friday feb 23 1940 at noon!" [1].

Death data from news report, "'It is with deep sorrow that we share the news that Peter Fonda has passed away,' his family said in a statement. Fonda died peacefully on Friday morning at 11:05 a.m. at his home in Los Angeles surrounded by family, the statement said" ("Peter Fonda, star of 'Easy Rider,' dead at 79" by Janelle Griffith and Diana Dasrath, NBC News, 17 Aug 2019 [2]).


  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Cancer (Lung, terminal)
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Lung (Cancer, terminal)
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Abuse Drugs (Rehab)
  • Family : Childhood : Family distant (Uncommunicative dad)
  • Family : Childhood : Family noted (Dad, sister)
  • Family : Childhood : Family traumatic event (Mom committed suicide)
  • Family : Childhood : Order of birth (Second of two, older sister)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Divorces (Two)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Three)
  • Family : Parenting : Extraordinarily nurturing
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Two, one son and one daughter)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Wealthy
  • Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Drug business (Arrested for possession)
  • Personal : Death : Illness/ Disease (Lung cancer)
  • Personal : Death : Suicide Attempt (Shot self in stomach)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress
  • Vocation : Entertain/Business : Director
  • Vocation : Entertain/Business : Entertain Producer
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer ("Don't Tell Dad")
  • Vocation : Writers : Playwright/ script (Screenwriter)
  • Notable : Awards : Oscar (Twice nominated)
  • Notable : Awards : Vocational award (2x Golden Globe Awards)
  • Notable : Famous : Newsmaker (Twitter controversies)
  • Notable : Book Collection : American Book