Fonda, Henry

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Name: Henry Fonda

Born: May 16, 1905

Strengths: Voice, Depth

Weaknesses: Typecast

Best Role: 12 Angry Men

Rating:   rating-153609_640 5.0

Review:

An actor of strong social and personal conscience, Henry Fonda featured in some of cinema’s greatest movies across six decades. Showing a proclivity for complicated roles, he often defied stereotypes by slanting his characters with atypical traits. Though, he shined most prominently in dramatic roles, he nonetheless managed to bring a weight of thoughtfulness to a number of characters across the western, comedy, and war genres. This thoughtfulness was most likely a reflection of his own character for Fonda was a man of deep personal conviction. After shooting The Ox-Bow Incident, he left his blossoming acting career behind to enlist in the US Navy and fight in WWII, claiming that “he didn’t want to be  in a fake war in a studio”. He served in the Central Pacific and  won the Bronze Star for meritorious service. If his conspicuous screen presence had any kind of negative effect on his career, it might have been that we saw him take on a leadership role once too often. His filmography is peppered with Generals, Admirals, Presidents, Senators, and Congressmen. Despite the abundance of such turns, however, each character is markedly different to the other not to mention eminently memorable in their own right.

Rate this Actor:

Range
1
Depth
2
Presence
1
Charisma
2
Chemistry
1
Vocalisation
1
Facial Expressions
1
Body Awareness
1
Average
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