Peter Fonda, star of “Easy Rider”, dies at 79
Peter Fonda, the actor son of movie titan Henry Fonda and sibling to Jane Fonda, has passed on of respiratory failure from lung cancer at his Los Angeles home, his family said in an announcement Friday. Actor Peter Fonda, the star and co-writer of “Easy Rider”, die at 79.
“It is with deep sorrow that we share the news that Peter Fonda has passed away,” as per an announcement from the on-screen actor’s family, issued by the family’s longtime publicist Melody Korenbrot.
The announcement said Peter Fonda died at 11:05 a.m. at his home, encompassed by family. The official reason for death was a respiratory failure because of lung cancer.
“In one of the saddest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our hearts. As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy,” the announcement included.
And, while we mourn the loss of this sweet and gracious man, we also wish for all to celebrate his indomitable spirit and love of life. In honor of Peter, please raise a glass to freedom.”
Jane Fonda said in an announcement that she was “very sad” over losing “my sweet-hearted baby brother. The talker of the family. I have had beautiful alone time with him these last days. He went out laughing.”
In spite of the fact that not also known as his dad and sister, Peter Fonda was best known for 1969’s groundbreaking counterculture classic “Easy Rider.” Fonda produced, co-starred in the movie alongside Dennis Hopper, who coordinated the film.
Peter Fonda played Wyatt, who rode his chopper nearby Hopper’s Billy, as the two motorcyclists went through the country’s southwest and Deep South with cash from an enormous cocaine deal. Fonda’s Wyatt wore a stars-and-stripes helmet matching his gas tank and called his motorcycle “Captain America,” re-purposing conventional pictures.
In “Easy Rider” Wyatt and Billy smoke marijuana, visit a commune and get to know a heavy drinker, ACLU lawyer George (Jack Nicholson) – who wears a gold football helmet and rides along the back of the chopper until he is killed by rednecks. Wyatt and Billy excursion out in New Orleans during Mardi Gras with two prostitutes. The two are shot dead at last by local people in a random drive-by shooting.
Peter Fonda portrayed the film’s message to The Hollywood Reporter as, “A man went looking for America. And couldn’t find it anywhere.
“I knew how it was going to end when I started writing it. That the end would be mine and Dennis’ death and nothing beyond that,” said Fonda. “People would wonder and ask themselves, what was that? They would have to come back again to figure it out.”
The film, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in July, earned Peter Fonda a best original screenplay nomination and was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1998.
Peter Fonda was nominated for a best actor Academy Award for his pretending a beekeeper attempting to keep his family together in 1997’s “Ulee’s Gold.”
Peter Fonda depicted dealing with “Ulee’s Gold” as the “most fun” he had ever had working on a film. Fonda wore a similar wire-rimmed glasses his dad wore in “On Golden Pond,” yet he said he was not channeling Henry Fonda in the presentation.
He missed out on the Oscar to Nicholson, who won for “As Good as It Gets.” said in his acceptance speech that it as an honor to be nominated nearby “my old bike pal Fonda.”
Peter Fonda likewise featured in “The Hired Hand” and “The Trip.”
Peter Fonda is made due by his third wife, Margaret DeVogelaere, his daughter, actress Bridget Fonda and son, Justin, both from his first marriage to Susan Brewer.