1978 Henry Fonda Tribute

Henry Fonda received the sixth AFI Life Achievement Award in 1978.

Though he began his acting career in the 1920s, Henry Fonda's star didn't rise until the late '30s.

Even though John Steinbeck supported John Ford's decision to cast Henry Fonda as Tom Joad in 1940's THE GRAPES OF WRATH, Daryl F. Zanuck of Fox only agreed to sign him if the actor agreed to a long-term contract. Fonda would earn his first Oscar(c) nomination for the role.

As a struggling young performer in New York, Henry Fonda lived with another impoverished actor-friend, James Stewart.

Henry Fonda's critically acclaimed performance as the title role in John Ford's YOUNG MR. LINCOLN helped establish him as a genuine screen presence.

Henry Fonda with Ginger Rogers.

Henry Fonda reads up on one of his greatest roles.

Henry Fonda's commanding presence and quiet solemnity often resulted in his playing leaders of men, including Admiral Chester W. Nimitz in 1976's MIDWAY.

Henry Fonda in THE GRAPES OF WRATH (1940).