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.
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.
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.
'Star Wars' will get it’s own ‘land’ in the California and Florida parks with two areas spanning over 14-acres each.
At the Disney D23 EXPO on Saturday, Company Chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced some exciting plans for new attractions at the Disney theme parks in Orlando, Florida and Anaheim, California. Star Wars, Toy Story and Avatar will all be getting their own new themed attractions, representing a shift away from the traditional Walt Disney characters.
Disney Parks is adding more Star Wars based attractions.
Star Wars land, which will come to both Disney Word and Disney Land, will be the ‘the largest single land expansions either of those parks have ever had," Scott Trowbridge, the Imagineering executive overseeing the project told fans at D23. The area will replace Disneyland's current Big Thunder Ranch in Frontierland and open up nearby ‘backstage’ areas. Work on the land is expected to commence sometime in 2017.
Calista Flockhart is “100 percent” behind her husband’s return to flying, five months after he had a plane crash in which he suffered a broken pelvis.
Calista Flockhart is fully supportive of her husband’s return to flying. Flockhart’s husband, Star Wars actor Harrison Ford, was involved in a plane crash earlier this year which left him in hospital for a number of weeks. Ford’s quick thinking ensured no one on the ground was injured but it was certainly a near miss.
Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart at the 86th Annual Oscars in March 2014.
J.J. Abrams broke his back during filming for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’.
J.J. Abrams, whilst making an appearance on The Daily Show, revealed he broke his back on the set of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The 49-year-old director was trying to help Han Solo actor Harrison Ford after an accident on set, in which Harrison broke his ankle, when his injury occurred.
J.J. Abrams at the New York premiere of Mission Impossible: Rogue Nations in July 2015.
Mark Hamill is reprising his voice role as the Joker in the upcoming animated ‘Batman’ film and video game.
Mark Hamill is reprising his role as the voice of the Joker in the upcoming animated film adaptation of Batman: The Killing Joke. Hamill voiced the Joker, and a number of other small roles, in Batman: The Animated Series from 1992 to 1994 and The New Batman Adventures from 1997-1999. He also provided the voice for the Joker in the Batman: Arkham video game series.
Mark Hamill at the U.K. premiere of Guardians of the Galaxy in July 2014.
Benicio Del Toro is reportedly in talks with Disney and Lucasfilm for a role in ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’.
Benicio Del Toro has reportedly been offered the villain role in Star Wars: Episode VIII. A number of sources close to the casting process confirmed Del Toro’s possible involvement in the sequel to Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Monday (20th July).
Benicio Del Toro at the Los Angeles premiere of Escobar: Paradise Lost in June 2015.
Amy Schumer’s shoot for GQ, in which she was photographed dressed as a ‘Star Wars’ character, was not approved by Lucasfilm.
Amy Schumer’s Star Wars themed GQ shoot was not approved by Lucasfilm. Schumer featured on the cover of GQ’s August edition in a shoot she designed herself. She was pictured in suggestive poses with robots C-3PO and R2-D2, can-can dancing with Storm troopers and partying in a bar with some beloved Star Wars characters. Some Star Wars fans took to Twitter to express their distaste and Lucasfilm was forced to reply, confirming they had nothing to do with the shoot.
Amy Schumer at the 2015 CinemaCin Big Achievements Awards, held in Las Vegas in April.
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The cast and crew of the hugely anticipated upcoming 'Star Wars' movie 'The Force Awakens' took to San Diego Comic Con International to treat the eager fans to a few surprises in celebration of the franchise's return. Among some of the people that appeared on the panel were director J.J. Abrams, producer Kathleen Kennedy and stars Adam Driver, Mark Hamill, Gwendoline Christie and of course Harrison Ford.
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Another year of epic geekdom is over - but the excitement remains.
As usual the San Diego Comic-Con International was the place to be for comic and movie fans across the globe. Not only were a ton of new trailers unveiled, but loads of questions were answered and there were some pretty interesting moments in between.
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Comic-Con 2015 was, as usual, a roaring success with attendees desperate to learn more about the upcoming 'Star Wars' movie and, of course, 'Batman v Superman'. But that wasn't all that gripped the world at this year's event; and here are but a few moments of pure joy from SDCC 2015.
The 72 year old was making his first public appearance since his March plane crash.
Harrison Ford gave the audience at the Star Wars Comic Con panel a good excuse to break the convention’s no standing rule on Friday when he made a very special surprise appearance. It was Ford’s first public outing since his plane crash back in March, in which he sustained multiple injuries including a broken pelvis and ankle.
Harrison Ford reprises his role as Han Solo in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
The panel to discuss the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens drew a 7,000 strong crowd of diehards, many of who had queued for days to secure a place. Towards the end of the panel moderator Chris Hardwick asked the crowd, “Is Harrison OK? Well, why don’t we see for ourselves?” before bringing out the Han Solo actor.
Han Solo’s backstory is coming to the big screen, with the duo behind ‘The Lego Movie’ directing.
A new Star Wars spin-off movie revealing the backstory of iconic character Han Solo has been announced by Disney. The as-yet-untitled adventure will follow the first Star Wars anthology film, Rogue One, which is set for release next year on December 16th.
A film revealing the back story of Han Solo has been announced by Disney.
Christopher Miller and Phil Lord, the pair behind the hugely successful Lego Movie will be directing, while father and son team Lawrence and Jon Kasdan will be penning the script, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
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Secret Cinema's Star Wars event is a mind-blowing experience of a lifetime for any Star Wars fan. Running in London over 100 nights from June 4th to September 27th, it's more than twice as big as last summer's gigantic Back to the Future project. The epic installation lets visitors live events from Episode IV: A New Hope before an interactive screening of Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, the best of the six films to date. And with a cast of 400 performers merging seamlessly into the costumed audience, it's an unforgettable evening.
It begins with an evacuation, as earth-based rebels are called to a secret London location. Before arriving, we are given an identity and wardrobe advice (I was Niles Torwyn, galactic explorer) and told to stay low and keep our faces covered. At Earth Cargo Airlines, we are herded into a loading bay and transported through space to Mos Eisley spaceport on the desert planet Tatooine, where we have several hours to walk around the bustling market town, paying for food and drink with galactic credits while engaging with the people around us. Speaking to strangers or walking into doorways will result in quests and training exercises. And among the crowd, there's a chance to interact with characters like Old Ben Kenobi, Chewbacca, C-3PO, R2-D2 and a gang of fast-talking Jawas, but avoid eye contact with the Storm Troopers. There are also special cocktails and music in the busy Cantina Bar before another transport whisks us off to a Rebel Base and the Death Star itself.
Along the way, virtually the entire final act of A New Hope is taking place around us, often in ways that send chills down the spine. It's a thrilling re-creation of a film that transformed our childhood, and there are at least two "wow" moments that are almost overwhelming. This is followed by the next chapter in the story, a bright digital screening of The Empire Strikes Back accompanied by some very cool live action. Originally released in 1980, the film stands up remarkably well with its sarcastic humour, brittle emotions and some very dark drama, leading to a wonderfully maddening cliffhanger ending. Best of all is the way the script remains centred on the characters, twisting and deepening them while allowing Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher to further develop their most iconic roles.
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Oh, and Han Solo shot first.
An original script for the first Star Wars movie has been discovered collecting dust deep in the archives of the University of New Brunswick library in Saint John.
Librarian Kristian Brown was tasked with sifting through the library's vast science fiction collection to digitize all of the zines, pulp magazines and novels. However, just as Brown was coming to the end of the job he discovered what appears to be an original shooting script for the 1977 classic.
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We're nearly halfway through a great year for big-budget movies and the best is yet to come.
Cast your mind back to 2014, a year in which US box-office takings fell by 5% compared to the previous year. There were many memorable films, from Oscar winners like Birdman to highly anticipated adventures like Interstellar.
Interstellar's $673million tally wasn't out of this world
But what 2014 lacked was a consistent stream of killer blockbuster titles. Sure, there was Transformers: Age of Extinction - 2014's biggest film - and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, the year's next highest-grossing movie. And superhero fans were well-catered for, with Guardians of the Galaxy topping a list that included Captain America, X-Men and Spider-Man.
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Harrison Ford is back in the skies. The 72-year-old ‘Star Wars’ actor was involved in a plane crash earlier this year but has got back in the cockpit less than three months after sustaining severe injuries.
Harrison Ford has returned to flying less than three months after he was involved in a plane crash. The 72-year-old actor was spotted back at Santa Monica Airport on Thursday (28th May), looking healthy and remarkably calm for someone who had suffered serious injuries from a crash just months before. Ford was also seen co-piloting a helicopter from the airport.
Harrison Ford is back in the skies again.
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Date of birth
13th July, 1942