Henry Fonda had already gained fame, and fortune in Hollywood by the 1950’s, being one of the staple actors of the 1940’s in films like, Young Mr. Lincoln, The Grapes of Wrath, for which he won his first of two Academy Awards for Best Actor, My Darling Clementine and Fort Apache. He was a huge star in the US as well as in Europe by then.
The 1950’s didn’t slow Fonda down. He continued to star in over 10 more films in the decade of the 50’s including Mr. Roberts, and his Academy Award nominated role in 12 Angry Men. Fonda was named the #6 greatest actor on The 50 Greatest Screen Legends by the American Film Institute.