Peter Fonda ‘Easy Rider’ & ‘Ulee’s Gold’ Star Dies At 79: Actor Peter Fonda, an American actor who is best-known for his iconic role in the 1969 counterculture classic Easy Rider as a free-spirited motorcycle rider died at the age of 79. He was at his home in Los Angeles when he died on Friday.
‘Easy Rider’ star Peter Fonda dies at 79
As per to a family statement which was released to People magazine, Peter was battling from lung cancer and the cause of his death was respiratory failure.
The Fonda family wrote, “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,”
They added, “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.”
Peter Fonda was the only son of Hollywood legend Henry Fonda and socialite Frances Seymour Brokaw. He was also the brother of actress Jane Fonda.
He was the only son of Henry Fonda, a Hollywood legend. Fonda was also the younger brother of Jane Fonda, and father of Bridget and Justin Fonda. He was also a part of the counterculture of the 1960s. He was also nominated for an Oscar for best actor in the 1997 film Ulee’s Gold.
Fonda is being remembered by the film industry in which he spent his entire life. Many people from the industry took twitter to show their grief and condolence on Fonda’s death.
Some of the tweets from the Industry are as follows:
Rob Reiner twitted, “My heart goes out to Jane over the loss of her brother. Peter Fonda was a revolutionary filmmaker during a revolutionary time. Born in the house I now live in, his spirit will be missed.”
Larry Karaszewski tweeted, “R.I.P. Peter Fonda. Most will post about “Easy Rider” – a great film – but I’d also strongly recommend his 2nd movie as a director – the little known lyrical western “The Hired Hand” – We did an evening together celebrating it at the Cinematheque – Peter was so proud of that film”
New York Film Academy tweeted, “Hollywood icon, 2-time Oscar nominee and star of ‘Easy Rider,’ Peter Fonda, passed away this morning. He was the son of acting legend Henry Fonda, the younger brother of Jane Fonda and the father of Bridget Fonda Rest In Peace, Easy Rider!”
Illeana Douglas also tweeted, “EASY RIDER depicted the rise of hippie culture, condemned the establishment, and celebrated freedom. Peter Fonda embodied those values and instilled them in a generation. Independent cinema begins with EASY RIDER. Period. #RIPCaptainAmerica”