Peter Fonda star of 'Easy Rider' dies at age 79

Peter Fonda star of 'Easy Rider' dies at age 79

The actor Peter Fonda, who died of respiratory failure, following a battle with lung cancer on Friday, aged 79, hated his early movies, Tammy and the Doctor and The Young Lovers.

The 37-year-old actress penned a touching tribute to the legendary actor - who sadly passed away this week from lung cancer - in which she thanked him for the "impact" he had on her career when they worked together on the 1997 film "Ulee's Gold".

Peter won a Golden Globe Award for best actor in a motion picture drama for his role as a widowed beekeeper and Vietnam veteran Ulysses "Ulee" Jackson, who raises his granddaughters because his son is in prison.

Fonda later said in interviews he did not know his mother's death had been due to suicide until years later. The two-time Golden Globe victor and Academy Award nominee "passed away peacefully" while surrounded by family in his Los Angeles home on August 16.

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Jessica Biel is remembering the late Peter Fonda.

SIMON: Peter Fonda co-wrote, produced and starred in the film, broke out from under his famous father Henry Fonda's name.

"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". It is no stretch to say that Easy Rider is the first work to come to mind when you ask someone to name a biker movie. "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", his family told the media. "He went out laughing", she said.

Easy Rider, which appeared in 1969, directed by and starring the late Dennis Hopper, was the film, precisely attuned to youthful rebellion and the zeitgeist, which turned Fonda into an edgy, charismatic hero of the counterculture. He was my sweet-hearted baby brother, the talker of the family.

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