By John H. Foote
Captain America took his final ride yesterday morning, perhaps off to join Dennis Hopper, who died a few years ago.
The star of the counter culture classic Easy Rider died Friday morning at his home in California after a battle with lung cancer.
Fonda and Hopper became stars with the film Easy Rider (1969) which celebrates its 50th anniversary.
Fonda, son to Henry, brother to Jane, and father of Bridget, was considered a symbol of sixties rebellion for the film, which he co-wrote with Hopper, Though much was improvised on set. He counted Jack Nicholson and Bruce Dern among his best friends.
He received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor his gentle performance in Ulee’s Gold (1997) and earned the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor.
One of Canada’s best-known film critics, he spent 10 years on TV as co-host of Reel to Real, and another 10 in education (still writing as a critic) as Director of the Toronto Film School, where he created the curriculum for three programs and taught film history. Film has always been his passion. He has written for magazines such as Toronto Life, Fashion and Hollywood North, been quoted in the Los Angeles and New York Times, as well as the major Toronto dailies. Online he has written for such sites as The Wrap, In Contention, Awards Circuit and The Cinemaholic. His first book Clint Eastwood – Evolution of a Filmmaker, was published in 2010. His second Steven Spielberg: American Film Visionary, a massive volume, has just found a publisher and he’s working on American Film Renaissance – 1967-2018 with Nick Maylor. As a critic, he has had the good fortune to interview directors and stars such as Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Clint Eastwood, Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise, Robert Duvall, Emma Stone, Jane Fonda, and countless others. As he quips, “Everyone but Jack Nicholson!”