For the sake of the urgent care workers in heaven, I hope Peter Fonda isn’t wearing those leather pants when he rides on through the gates, or else the angels are going to swoon themselves raw and need immediate medical attention. Peter Fonda is riding to the other side after he died this morning at his home in Los Angeles. He was 79.
Peter’s family said in a statement that he died at 11:05 this morning while surrounded by his loved ones and that the demonic taint wart known as cancer was to blame. He died of respiratory failure due to lung cancer. His family also asked everyone to raise a glass for freedom in his honor:
“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. 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 was the middle child of Henry Fonda and the younger brother of Jane Fonda. He was born in NYC, and the world almost lost him really early when he accidentally shot himself in the stomach on his 11th birthday. He lived and recovered and went on to study acting in Omaha, Nebraska.
His acting career started off in the THI-TURR. From there he went on to do TV before making his film debut opposite Sandra Dee in 1963’s Tammy and the Doctor. He did a few more movies, including several Roger Corman movies, before doing the one that made him a STAH! Peter starred in (along with Dennis Hopper), co-wrote (also with Dennis), and produced 1969’s counterculture masterpiece Easy Rider. Peter and Dennis were nominated for a Best Original Screenplay Oscar for their script.
Throughout his 55+ year film career, he also acted in Wanda Nevada, The Cannonball Run, Escape from L.A., The Limey, Ghost Rider, Wild Hogs, 3:10 to Yuma, and Ulee’s Gold, which got him a Best Actor Oscar nom and a Golden Globe. He also got a Golden Globe for his role in the TV movie The Passion of Ayn Rand.
At the time of his death, Peter was married to his third wife Margaret DeVogelaere. Peter and his first wife, Susan Brewer, had two children together: THEE Bridget Fonda and Justin Fonda.
And while looking for pictures of Peter Fonda, I also discovered that he was a master at working amber-colored gradient sunglasses.
Rest in peace, Peter Fonda.
Pics: Getty, Wenn.com