Los Angeles (AP) - The American actor Peter Fonda, who became famous through the cult movie "Easy Rider", is dead. He died on Friday at his home in Los Angeles from the consequences of lung cancer, said the actor's family With.

The son of Hollywood star Henry Fonda (1905-1982) and the younger brother of actress Jane Fonda was 79 years old.

The family would mourn the "lovable and benevolent" man and at the same time celebrate his "indomitable spirit and zest for life," the statement said.

In 1969 Peter Fonda became the idol of the hippie movement and the hero of New Hollywood as the motorcycle freak "Captain America" ​​in the cult strip "Easy Rider". The film with Fonda, Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson made cinema history. Together, the motorcycle rockers pull on their hot stoves in the drug rush through the United States. Fonda received an Oscar nomination as a scriptwriter.

As a director, Fonda made a name for himself with productions such as "The Long Ride" (1970) and the science fiction film "Expedition into the Future" (1973). Another Oscar nomination for Best Actor brought him the drama "Ulee's Gold" (1998).