During his long and celebrated career, Henry Fonda racked up a slew of awards, among them an Oscar®, a Tony®, a couple of Golden Globes and, in 1978, the AFI Life Achievement Award. So it’s funny to hear one of the greatest movie stars of all time say that he never wanted to be an actor in the first place.
During a 1976 Harold Lloyd Masters Seminar at AFI, Fonda revealed that he had his first experience with acting when he was fresh out of college – and seemingly by accident. It happened when a 20-year-old Fonda found himself auditioning for a stage production of “You and I” at a small theater in Omaha. He was handed the script, asked to read for the part of Ricky and suddenly landed his very first acting job. And thus, a star was born.
Listen to him tell the rest of the story in the exclusive clip below.