Peter Fonda: the Easy Rider who forged a Hollywood outlaw legend
The scion of an acting dynasty, his reputation was assured by a defining film of the 1960s counterculture
Peter Fonda, who has died at the age of 79, co-starred, with Dennis Hopper, in Easy Rider (1969), the low-budget cult film that captured the mood of the American counterculture at the end of the 1960s.
Cast as Wyatt, aka Captain America, astride a Harley Davidson motorbike, Fonda was the more laconic of the long-haired pair as he and his spaced-out hippie friend Billy (played by Hopper, who also directed) hit the road from California to Florida via New Orleans, blowing the proceeds of a big drugs sale.
Having made two earlier anti-establishment films, The Wild Angels (1966) and The Trip (1967), Fonda was lionised as an idealistic emblem of an America in the throes of profound social upheaval...