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RONALD REAGAN WITH JANE WYMAN, HENRY FONDA, BORIS KARLOFF AND GENE KELLY
Ronald Reagan (standing) is seen here in this October 3, 1946 file photo with (L to R) Jane Wyman, Henry Fonda, Boris Karloff and Gene Kelly during an emergency meeting of the Screen Actors Guild at the Los Angeles Legion Stadium to discuss the film strike. Reagan, the 40th President of the United States of America, was instrumental in bringing about the collapse of communism and an end to the Cold War. The former President is now 92 and has been suffering from alzheimer's for over ten years. (UPI/File)
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Henry Jaynes Fonda (May 16, 1905 – August 12, 1982) was an American film and stage actor. He was best known for his roles as plain-speaking philosophical idealists.

Fonda made his mark early as a Broadway actor. He also appeared in 1938 in plays performed in White Plains, New York, with Joan Tompkins. He made his Hollywood debut in 1935, and his career gained momentum after his Academy Award-nominated performance as Tom Joad in The Grapes of Wrath, a 1940 adaptation of John Steinbeck's novel about an Oklahoma family who moved west during the Dust Bowl. Throughout six decades in Hollywood, Fonda cultivated a strong, appealing screen image in such classics as The Ox-Bow Incident, Mister Roberts and 12 Angry Men. Later, Fonda moved toward both more challenging, darker epics as Sergio Leone's Once Upon a Time in the West (portraying a villain who kills, among others, a child) and lighter roles in family comedies like Yours, Mine and Ours with Lucille Ball.

Fonda was the patriarch of a family of famous actors, including daughter Jane Fonda, son Peter Fonda, granddaughter Bridget Fonda, and grandson Troy Garity; his family and close friends called him "Hank". In 1999, he was named the sixth Greatest Male Star of All Time by the American Film Institute.

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