Remembering Peter Fonda Actor Peter Fonda died at the age of 79. He was part of one of the most famous acting families in Hollywood and known for his role in the counterculture classic, Easy Rider.
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Remembering Peter Fonda

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Remembering Peter Fonda

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Remembering Peter Fonda

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Actor Peter Fonda died at the age of 79. He was part of one of the most famous acting families in Hollywood and known for his role in the counterculture classic, Easy Rider.

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Peter Fonda has died at the age of 79. He made some good films. See "Ulee's Gold," where he plays a beekeeper. But he'll always be known as the pot-puffing Captain America on his star-spangled motorcycle in the 1969 film "Easy Rider."

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "BORN TO BE WILD")

STEPPENWOLF: (Singing) Get your motor runnin', head out on the highway.

SIMON: Peter Fonda co-wrote, produced and starred in the film, broke out from under his famous father Henry Fonda's name. As Captain America said, you do your own thing in your own time. You should be proud.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "BORN TO BE WILD")

STEPPENWOLF: (Singing) Take the world in a love embrace. Fire all of your guns...

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