Harrison Ford

  • 09 June 2004

Date of birth

13th July, 1942







Harrison Ford (born 13.7.1942) is an award-winning American actor, best known for his lead performances in the original Star Wars trilogy and all four Indiana Jones films.

Childhood: Harrison Ford was raised in Illinois, by his mother, Dorothy, a former radio actress and his father Christopher, who was an advertising executive as well as a former actor.

As a child, Ford was a keen boy scout and achieved the second-highest rank of the Boy Scouts of America, Life Scout.

Harrison Ford graduated from Maine East High School in Illinois in 1960, where he had been the first voice to broadcast on the school's new radio system. He later attended Ripon College, in Wisconsin, where he took drama classes in his first year. He did not graduate, but it was here that Harrison Ford became interested in acting.

Career: Harrison Ford travelled to Los Angeles in 1964, hoping to land a job doing radio voice-overs. Although his application was unsuccessful, Ford eventually got a contract with Columbia Pictures, earning $150 per week to work as a bit part on their films.

Ford's first credited appearance came in 1967, with the Western film A Time For Killing. He was credited as Harrison J. Ford, to avoid confusion with the silent film actor Harrison Ford.

Although Ford appeared in a number of television programmes, such as Ironside and American Style, he became disillusioned with the roles he was given and taught himself carpentry. He also worked as a stagehand for The Doors. Whilst working as a carpenter, he built a studio for Sergio Mendes.

Ford's return to acting came when he built cabinets for George Lucas' home. Lucas cast him in a lead role in 1973's American Graffiti. Francis Ford Coppola also hired Harrison Ford: firstly as a carpenter, then as an actor, in Apocalypse Now and The Conversation.

Harrison Ford's breakthrough role came in Star Wars, released in 1977. Ford played Han Solo, one of the lead characters, opposite Carrie Fisher as Princess Leah. Ford then went on to star in the two sequels, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, as well as the lesser-known release The Star Wars Holiday Special.

Harrison Ford would work with George Lucas again, with the Indiana Jones trilogy, which was a collaboration between Lucas and Steven Spielberg. The first film, Raiders of the Lost Ark, was released in 1981 and was followed by Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom in 1984 and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade in 1989. In 2008, the franchise was revisited and Harrison Ford returned to his title role in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

In 1982, Harrison Ford starred in Ridley Scott's seminal sci-fi feature film Blade Runner. In the mid to late 1980s, Harrison Ford starred in a number of action / drama film, including 1985's Witness - for which he was nominated for the Best Actor Oscar - and The Mosquito Coast, the following year. In 1988, Roman Polanski cast him in Frantic.

In 1992, Harrison Ford took the lead role of Jack Ryan in Patriot Games, the adaptation of the novel by Tom Clancy. He went on to land roles in a number of high profile dramas and thrillers, including 1990's Presumed Innocent, 1994's Clear and Present Danger, 1993's The Fugitive and Wolfgang Petersen's Air Force One.

In 2000, Ford played an adulterous husband in the widely popular What Lies Beneath. The film grossed over $300 million across the globe.

In 2008 the release of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was the second highest grossing film worldwide, Ford reaped the benefits from this success.

In 2008 he also stared in the film Crossing Over where he was cast as an immigrations officer staring alongside Ashley Judd and Ray Liotta.

Ford appeared in the medical drama Extraordinary Measures in 2009 and also co-starred in the film Morning Glory alongside Patrick Wilson and Rachel McAdams in 2010.

In July 2011 he starred alongside Daniel Craig and Olivia Wilde in Cowboys & Aliens and made an appearance at the Diego Comic-Con International in order to promote the film.

In 2013 Ford co-starred in Paranoia as Augustine "Jock" Goddard with Liam Hemsworth, Gary Oldman and Amber Heard as other members of the cast.

In 2015 it was announced that Ford would for the second time play the role of Rick Deckard in the sequel to Blade Runner.

Personal Life: Harrison Ford has two sons with his first wife, Mary Marquardt, named Benjamin and Willard. He also has a son and a daughter with his second wife, Melissa Mathison, named Malcolm and Georgia.

Ford got engaged to the actress Calista Flockhart in 2009. Flockhart has an adopted son, named Liam. Harrison also has three grandchildren. With Ford being an exceptionally private Hollywood celebrity, his marriage to Flockhart took place in a secret wedding ceremony in 2010.

Ford is also grandparent to three grandchildren Eliel (born 1993), Ethan (2000) and Waylon (2010).

In 2001, following the terrorist attacks at New York's World Trade Centre, Harrison Ford volunteered as a food server near Ground Zero. He has also volunteered at the Los Angeles Mission, serving food to the homeless at Thanksgiving.

Ford is also keen on aviation and has multiple helicopters and planes that he flies across America. In 2015 Ford's plane made an emergency landing in California due to an engine failure. He suffered a broken pelvis and ankle as a result of the accident.

Harrison Ford's Han Solo 'Star Wars' Jacket Expected To Fetch £1 Million At Auction

By Ed Biggs in Movies / TV / Theatre on 01 August 2018

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The BFI Imax exhibition of film memorabilia, which ends in an auction, takes place 6th-20th September.

The iconic jacket worn by Harrison Ford when he starred as Han Solo in Star Wars movie The Empire Strikes Back is to go up for auction next month, with many expecting the item to fetch up to £1 million.

The garment is one of around 600 pieces of film memorabilia going under the hammer at a specialist event in London, after an event at the BFI Imax from 6th September to 20th September where the items will be available for the public to view.

Auction house Prop Store’s chief executive Stephen Lane boasts that the exhibition and auction will include “some of the most iconic cinematic artefacts of our time”.

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'Indiana Jones 5' Will Miss 2020 Release Date Because Of Script Issues

By Ed Biggs in Movies / TV / Theatre on 29 June 2018

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Rumoured script issues mean that 'Indiana Jones 5' will not make its July 2020 release date.

Fans of INDIANA JONES who’ve been waiting a decade for another sequel in the franchise are going to have to wait a little while longer, with new reports that the fifth film will not meet its previously mooted release date of 2020.

Director Steven Spielberg and the movie’s star Harrison Ford had been all pencilled in to return to the big screen on July 10th, 2020. However, Variety claims that Indiana Jones 5 now has no chance of making that deadline.

Crew members have apparently been told there could be delays for up to a year because of script issues, meaning that the original April 2019 date for the beginning of filming will be pushed back.

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Harrison Ford Highly Approves Of 'Solo: A Star Wars Story'

By Holly Mosley in Movies / TV / Theatre on 24 May 2018

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The actor has been 'raving' about it, according to Ron Howard.

After 40 years, you'd be forgiven for not being able to appreciate anyone other than Harrison Ford as Han Solo in the 'Star Wars' franchise. But all that's changed with the release of 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' and, as it turns out, the actor could not be more thrilled with the iconic character's origin story.

Image caption Harrison Ford at Mark Hamill's Walk of Fame ceremony

While the 75-year-old is yet to give his own statement with regards to the new film, director Ron Howard has insisted that he has most certainly given his seal of approval. According to him, Alden Ehrenreich could not have done a better job as the young Rebel pilot.

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Steven Spielberg Hints 'Indiana Jones' Could Get A Female-Led Reboot

By Ed Biggs in Movies / TV / Theatre on 06 April 2018

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Spielberg begins shooting 'Indy 5' with Harrison Ford in 2019 - but says the franchise is still open for development after that.

With filming of the fifth instalment of action-adventure franchise Indiana Jones due to start next year, director Steven Spielberg has floated the possibility of a female-fronted version of it – ‘Indiana Joan’, if you will.

After the all-female re-boot of Ghostbusters two years ago and the similar re-vamp Ocean’s Eight coming soon, the Oscar-winning director has suggested that his landmark series could be re-imagined with a woman in the lead role.

“We’d have to change the name from Jones to Joan. And there would be nothing wrong with that,” he told The Sun this week, saying that it might be time that Indiana Jones “took a different form” when the fifth instalment was completed.

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Harrison Ford at the Hollywood Walk Of Fame ceremony where 'Star Wars' actor Mark Hamill was finally honored with a Star on the Hollywood Boulevard - Hollywood, California, United States - Thursday 8th March 2018

Harrison Ford Didn't Care About "Passing The 'Star Wars' Baton"

By Daniel Falconer in Movies / TV / Theatre on 03 March 2018

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The actor's 'Star Wars' character was killed off in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'.

Harrison Ford has never been an actor to mince his words. Whether he's discussing the work of others or projects that he's personally been involved with, he's not somebody you could ever accuse of being dishonest. The frank-talking nature of the star is something many admire, especially when it comes to his work in the 'Star Wars' franchise and his take on the iconic sci-fi character Han Solo.

Image caption Chewbacca and Han Solo made their return in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

Ever since the beginning, Ford has worked his way into the hearts of 'Star Wars' audiences as Han, but his time in the episodic space-travelling series came to an end in 2015's 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'. The movie introduced the character's son who he shared with General Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher), Kylo Ren (Adam Driver); a man who had been lured over the Dark Side and somebody who instantly made a name for himself when he killed his father.

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Ridley Scott Thinks 'Blade Runner 2049' Was Explicitly Long

By Stephanie Chase in Movies / TV / Theatre on 28 December 2017

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The long-awaited sequel clocked in at 164 minutes.

Ridley Scott has revealed why he thinks 'Blade Runner 2049' failed to live up to its box office expectations.

The outspoken filmmaker, who directed the original 1982 movie, help produce Denis Villeneuve’s sequel, but it doesn’t mean he’s without criticisms of the finished project.

Image caption Ridley Scott with wife Giannina Facio at the 'Alien: Covenant' world premiere in March

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Why Harrison Ford Is A Real Life Superhero

By Holly Williams in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 21 November 2017

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He's been labelled a 'good samaritan' by cops.

When you're in a tight spot and you need Indiana Jones to come to your rescue, you don't actually expect it to happen. But for one woman in Santa Paula it did, when Harrison Ford swooped in to help her at the scene of a road incident over the weekend.

Image caption Harrison Ford at the Blade Runner 2049 photocall

The 75-year-old heard the crash while he was in the area with a friend on Sunday (November 19th 2017), and decided to help out when he discovered that a sedan had rolled over and hit a tree in a street nearby.

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Harrison Ford Becomes A Real Life Hero After Saving A Woman In A Car Crash

By Charlotte Court in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 20 November 2017

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The Indiana Jones and Star Wars actor helped a woman in California

Veteran actor Harrison Ford swapped the role of Hollywood hero for real-life hardman when he rescued a woman following a car crash in California. Used to playing the role of lifesaving in the Indiana Jones movies or as smuggler, scoundrel and Star Wars hero Hans Solo, the 75-year-old actor used his skills honed on film sets to help the injured female.

Image caption Harrison Ford saved a woman from a car crash

The star, who is married to Ally McBeal actress Calista Flockhart, reportedly pulled over after the driver, who was in front of him, lost control of her car in Santa Paula.

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Ryan Gosling And Harrison Ford Liked The Intimacy Of Blade Runner

By Rich Cline in Movies / TV / Theatre on 26 October 2017

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Denis Villeneuve's sequel is a character-driven affair.

It has been 35 years since Ridley Scott unleashed his classic sci-fi flick Blade Runner onto the world, and it clearly wasn't easy to lure Harrison Ford back to reprise his role as Deckerd in Denis Villeneuve's sequel, entitled Blade Runner 2049. But at least it appealed to him as an actor.

Image caption Harrison Ford at 'Blade Runner 2049' photocall

The 75-year-old 'Blade Runner 2049' star has made the top of Total Film Magazine's Greatest Movie Character of All Time list after the majority of readers voted for his role as Indiana Jones. Not only that, but his character Han Solo from 'Star Wars' (which he most recently reprised in 'The Force Awakens', came in at third place.

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Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart arrive at LAX Airport to catch a flight with their son Liam - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 28th June 2017

Harrison Ford - The European Premiere of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' held at the Odeon and Vue, Leicester Square - Arrivals at Leicester Square - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 16th December 2015

Harrison Ford - SeriousFun Children's Network which is a global family of camps and programmes which aims to help children and their families reach beyond illness to discover joy held a Gala in London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 4th November 2014

Ted Hope, Harrison Ford and Vanessa Hope - 56th San Francisco International Film Festival honoring Harrison Ford with the Peter J. Owens Award at Bimbo's 365 Club - San Francisco, CA, United States - Tuesday 7th May 2013