American actor Peter Fonda, famous for his role as a cyclist in the cult movie "Easy Rider" (1969), which he co-wrote, died Friday morning at home in Los Angeles at age 79, announced his entourage.
Son of Hollywood legend Henry Fonda, Jane Fonda's little brother and father of Bridget Fonda, Peter Fonda died of a respiratory arrest caused by lung cancer, his publicist said in a statement.
"While we mourn the loss of this gentle and graceful man, we also want to celebrate his endless spirit and his love of life. In Peter's honor, a toast bears to freedom please," concludes the statement signed by his family.
"Easy Rider", written by Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper and Terry Southern, interpreted by the first two and directed by Hopper, is one of the flagship films of American counterculture in the sixties. It triggers the pursuit of freedom through a motorcycle paradise in the great outdoor area of the American Southwest.
The image of the Peter Fonda legs outstretched on his Harley-Davidson chopper painted in the colors of the American flag is symbolic of the cinema of this time. A copy of this bike had sold for $ 1
In 1998, he had competed at Oscars for his role in the movie "Gold of Life" by Victor Nuñez, which got him a Golden Globe
Later Peter Fonda had played Mephistopheles in "Ghost Rider" (2007). His latest film, "The Last Full Measure", starring Samuel L. Jackson, Morgan Freeman and Laurence Fishburne, will be released in late October in the United States.
Former environmental activist, the actor made a splash at the 2011 Cannes Festival when he called then-US President Barack Obama a "fucking traitor" by directing him to handle an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico caused by the platform's sinking oil rig Deepwater Horizon.