Hollywood actor Peter Fonda dies at age of 79

Hollywood actor Peter Fonda has died at the age of 79 following a battle with lung cancer, his family has said.

Easy Rider star Peter was the son of Henry Fonda, and the brother of actress Jane Fonda.

He was nominated for two Oscars throughout his career and won Golden Globes for best actor in Ulee’s Gold and best-supporting actor for The Passion of Ayn Rand.

He first worked on Broadway before moving into TV shows such as Naked City, The New Breed, Wagon Train, and The Defenders before he made his film debut alongside Sandra Dee in Tammy and the Doctor.

Throughout the 1960s, he became part of the counter-culture movement, and became known as a droput thanks to his non-conformist attitude and the fact that he had not become a Hollywood heartthrob.

He was pals with Byrds and The Beatles, and became the inspiration for The Beatles song She Said She Said after he said ‘I know what it’s like to be dead’, referring to a childhood shooting injury, while high on LSD with John Lennon and George Harrison.

In 1968, he produced, co-wrote and starred in Easy Rider, directed by Dennis Hopper; he was nominated for the Academy Award for best original screenplay while Jack Nicholson was nominated for best-supporting actor.

The film became the cornerstone of the 1960s counter-culture movements and sparked a New Hollywood era of filmmaking as major studios realised money could be made from low-budget films.

Source: Metro.co.uk

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