Director and actor Peter Fonda, who became a star due to his character in the classic road trip film ‘Easy Rider,’ passed away on Friday at his Los Angeles home, informed his family via a statement. He was 79 years old. The reason for his death, the statement said, is a respiratory failure because of lung cancer.
Born to renowned Hollywood actor Henry Fonda, Peter successfully carved his own journey and received best screenplay Oscar nomination for the 1969 hit movie ‘Easy Rider.’ His career changed forever due to his role as ‘Wyatt’ in the movie, with a stars and stripes helmet astride a motorcycle. The movie also starred Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson.
He was born in 1940 in New York to parents that held personalities opposite to the rebellious nature their children would cultivate. Henry Fonda already was a famous Hollywood veteran, known for portraying the roles of ingenuous soldiers and cowboys. On the other hand, his mother Frances Seymour was famous US socialite.
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He was only 10 when his mom died. She suffered from a neural breakdown after knowing about her husband’s extramarital affair. She was confined in a hospital but in the year 1950, she took her own life by slashing her neck using a razor.
Estranged relationship with his father:
Just like his siblings, Fonda shared a complex and estranged relationship with father Henry. During an interview with CNN in the year 1994 after Fonda published an autobiography called ‘Don’t Tell Dad,’ he spoke about his rebellion. His father wasn’t communicative, Fonda said in the interview. He didn’t know what his identity was and did not want to be known as Henry Fonda’s son, he added.
In fact, in an LA Times interview, Fonda had said that it was his unstable relationship with Henry that helped him learn how to ride a motorcycle.