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Harrison Ford

Harrison Ford

Harrison Ford (born July 13, 1942) is an American actor who, between 1977 and 1983, appeared in what were then the top ten highest-grossing movies of all time.

He is most well-known for his performances as the tough, wisecracking space pilot Han Solo in the Star Wars films, and the droll but tenacious archaeologist/action hero Indiana Jones of Raiders of the Lost Ark and its sequels.

The U.S. box office grosses of all of Ford's films combined totals about $3.18 billion, with worldwide grosses at approximately $5.65 billion. No other actor in history has box-office grosses as large.

Biography Edit

Ford was born in Chicago, Illinois. His mother, Dora Nidelman (born 1917 in New Jersey to Harry Nidelman and Anna Lifschutz) was Jewish; his father, Christopher Ford (born November 20, 1906 in New York to John Fitzgerald Ford and Florence Veronica Niehaus; died on February 10, 1999), was Irish/German and a Catholic, as well as a former actor. When asked what religion he was raised, Harrison jokingly responded, “Democrat," though his parents did take him to occasional services.

He graduated from Maine Township High School in Park Ridge, Illinois, 1960 where he claims he was picked on by bullies and ignored by girls. He attended Ripon College in Wisconsin, taking a drama class in his junior year chiefly as a way to meet women. He was expelled after failing a philosophy class his senior year, three days from graduation. He asked his favorite professor, Dr. Tyree (who he mentions in The Last Crusade), for a letter of recommendation to avoid the draft, but he refused to write it. Since then he has broken contact with Tyree. Once he became famous, Tyree repeatedly tried to make contact again to use Ford's star power to help their small school, but the actor refused.

Ford, a self-described "late bloomer," became fascinated with acting. While in college, toward the end of his freshman year, he was a member of a folk band called The Brothers Gross, in which he played gutbucket. He was a brother of Sigma Nu Fraternity.

He married his college sweetheart, Mary Marquardt, in 1964. The newlyweds moved to Los Angeles, California, where Ford signed a contract with Columbia Pictures for $150 a week in the studio's New Talent program, getting bit parts in three films. He then went to Universal Studios and did minor television roles. Not happy with the acting jobs being offered to him, Ford became a self-taught professional carpenter to better support his wife and two small sons before his break-through role in American Graffiti. Coincidentally, it was his work as a carpenter that would land Ford his biggest role. George Lucas hired Ford in 1975 to build some cabinets in his home and used him to read lines for actors being cast for parts in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. It was Steven Spielberg who first noticed that Ford was perfect for the role of Han Solo.

Filmography Edit

Year Film Role
2015 Star Wars Episode VII Han Solo
2013 Paranoia Jack Goddard
2013 Ender's Game Hyrum Graff
2013 42 Branch Rickey
2011 Cowboys and Aliens Colonel Woodrow Dolarhyde
2010 Extraordinary Measures Dr. Robert Stonehill
2010 Morning Glory Mike Pomeroy
2009 Crossing Over Max Brogan
2008 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Indiana Jones
2006 Firewall Jack Stanfield
2004 Water To Wine Jethro (as Jethro the Bus Driver)
2003 Hollywood Homicide Joe Gavilan
2002 K-19: The Widowmaker Alexei Vostrikov
2000 What Lies Beneath Dr. Norman Spencer
1999 Random Hearts Sergeant William "Dutch" Van Den Broeck
1998 Six Days Seven Nights Quinn Harris
1997 Air Force One President James Marshall
1997 The Devil's Own Tom O'Meara
1995 Sabrina Linus Larrabee
1995 Les Cent et une nuits Himself
1994 Jimmy Hollywood Himself
1994 Clear and Present Danger Jack Ryan
1994 A Century of Cinema Himself
1994 Mustang: The Hidden Kingdom (TV) Narrator
1993 Young Indiana Jones and the Mystery of the Blues (TV) Indiana Jones (age 50)
1993 The Fugitive Dr. Richard Kimble
1992 Commercial Entertainment Product Himself (uncredited)
1992 Earth and the American Dream Narrator
1992 Patriot Games Jack Ryan
1992 Behind the Scenes: Portrait of Pierre Guffroy Himself
1991 Regarding Henry Henry Turner
1990 Presumed Innocent Rusty Sabich
1989 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Indiana Jones
1988 Working Girl Jack Trainer
1988 Frantic Dr. Richard Walker
1986 The Mosquito Coast Allie Fox
1985 Witness Detective Captain John Book
1984 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Indiana Jones
1983 Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi Han Solo
1982 Blade Runner Rick Deckard
1981 Raiders of the Lost Ark Indiana Jones
1980 Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back Han Solo
1979 More American Graffiti Officer Bob Falfa (uncredited)
1979 The Frisco Kid Tommy Lillard
1979 Apocalypse Now Colonel Lucas
1979 Hanover Street David Halloran
1978 The Star Wars Holiday Special (TV) Han Solo
1978 Force 10 from Navarone Lieutenant Colonel Mike Barnsby
1977 Heroes Ken Boyd
1977 Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope Han Solo
1977 The Possessed (TV) Paul Winjam
1976 Dynasty (TV) Mark Blackwood
1975 Judgement: The Court Martial of Lt William Calley (TV) Frank Crowder
1974 The Conversation Martin Stett
1973 American Graffiti Bob Falfa
1970 The Intruders (TV) Carl
1970 Getting Straight Jake
1970 Zabriskie Point Airport worker (uncredited)
1968 Journey to Shiloh Willie Bill Rearden
1967 A Time for Killing Lieutenant Shaffer
1967 Luv Hippie (uncredited)
1966 Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round Bellhop

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