Easy Rider actor Peter Fonda dies battling lung cancer at 79

Easy Rider actor Peter Fonda dies battling lung cancer at 79

Hollywood actor Peter Fonda died peacefully Friday morning at 11:05 a.m. at his Los Angeles home at the age of 79. He was battling with lung cancer.

His family released a statement saying, “It is with deep sorrow that we share the news that Peter Fonda has passed away.”

The official cause of death is said to be respiratory failure due to lung cancer.

Peter Fonda was the son of Henry Fonda. He was the brother of actress Jane Fonda.

The Easy Rider star was nominated twice for the Oscars and grabbed two Golden Globes awards in his career. One was in the category of best actor in Ulee’s Gold and the other as best-supporting actor for The Passion of Ayn Rand.

His professional life started as working on Broadway. He thereafter stepped into TV shows like The New Breed, Naked City, Wagon Train and The Defenders. He debuted in film alongside Sandra Dee in Tammy and the Doctor.

He produced, co-wrote and starred in Easy Rider in 1968 and was nominated for the Academy Award in the category of best original screenplay. The film was directed by Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson was nominated for being best-supporting actor in the movie.

The movie changed the concept in filmmaking in the 1960s and film makers started realizing money can also be made from low-budget movies.

Following his film career he became active in politics too. In 2011 he produced a documentary film titled The Big Fix. It examined role of BP in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Peter Fonda was lately vocal on Twitter too. In mid-2018 he had to apologize for tweeting against President Donald Trump.

He had tweeted Trump’s pre-teen son should be ripped from his mother’s arms and put in cage. His tweet was in response to some devastating images of children being separated on the US-Mexico border from parents.