Hollywood royalty Peter Fonda is dead


He came from a family of Hollywood royalty -- father Henry Fonda -- and sister Jane.

Actor Peter Fonda has died from lung cancer at age 79.

He became a movie star in his own right after both writing and starring in the counter-culture classic, ``Easy Rider.''

His mother Frances Ford Seymour was a Canadian-born socialite who suffered a nervous breakdown after learning of her husband's affair and took her own life when Peter was just 10.

Fonda had an estranged relationship with his father, but said that they grew closer over the years before Henry Fonda died in 1982.

Fonda produced ``Easy Rider'' and Dennis Hopper directed it for a meagre $380,000 dollars.

It went on to gross $40 million dollars worldwide.