June 6, 2011
'Easy Rider' Fonda produced, co-wrote and co-stars as hippie biker Captain America in this seminal 1969 drama that changed the course of American filmmaking. 'Ulee's Gold' Fonda won the Golden Globe and earned an Oscar nomination for this 1997 indie drama about a reclusive beekeeper who tries to heal his dysfunctional family. 'The Trip' Jack Nicholson wrote this 1967 Roger Corman cult classic that finds Fonda playing a TV commercial director with a two-timing wife who goes on an LSD trip.
June 6, 2011 |
Peter Fonda is justifiably proud that he and Dennis Hopper turned the world of cinema on its ear with their iconic 1969 counterculture movie "Easy Rider. " But Fonda believes that before they did "Easy Rider," they changed the fortunes of an old film that helped turn it into a cult favorite. The 71-year-old Fonda recalled that Hopper called him one day and said, "Pick me up. We are going to a museum in Pasadena. " The museum, Fonda related, was part of the Pasadena Playhouse and showed old movies.
February 15, 2007 |
NEARLY four decades after riding his Captain America chopper to fame, Peter Fonda is still bucking trends. Two-wheeling through Coldwater Canyon during a recent late-morning ride, Hollywood's iconic biker wasn't showboating on the Harley-Davidson cruiser one would expect but zipping around on an MV Agusta F4-1000 sportbike that could smoke pretty much anything else on the road.
October 20, 2003 |
In 1971, Peter Fonda was still riding high on the success of "Easy Rider" when he made his feature directing debut with an unconventional western called "The Hired Hand." Fonda co-starred alongside Verna Bloom and Warren Oates, playing a man returning to his homestead seven years after abandoning his family. Although the film was a success in Europe, its U.S. release lasted a scant two weeks and "The Hired Hand" was largely forgotten.
November 22, 2001 |
In these troubled times, who better to lead the 70th annual Hollywood Christmas Parade than Captain America? On Sunday, Peter Fonda will sport his "Easy Rider' persona, wearing a black leather jacket decorated with the stars and stripes to cruise down Hollywood Boulevard--albeit on four wheels--as the grand marshal of the 2001 parade. Fonda, 62, will be joined in this Tinseltown holiday celebration by dozens of celebrities, ranging from Pat Boone and Florence Henderson to Antonio Sabato Jr.
October 4, 1999 |
"When '60s Icons Collide": That could be the pitch for "The Limey." Terence Stamp and Peter Fonda star in the new thriller, which cleverly cashes in on their screen personas by incorporating old film footage and oblique references to both stars' cinematic pasts--Stamp a '60s British cult fave ("Billy Budd") and Fonda, a '60s American counterculture hero ("Easy Rider"). In "The Limey," Stamp plays a character named Wilson, a tough British ex-con who comes to L.A. on a mission of revenge.