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.
Ford suffered a broken leg during an on-set injury in June 2014.
A London-based production company owned by Disney has pleaded guilty to two health and safety violations on the set of Star Wars: The Force Awakens which led to actor Harrison Ford breaking his leg. Ford suffered a broken leg on the film’s set in a June 2014 accident and prosecutors said the actor could have died during the accident.
Harrison Ford could have died during an accident on the set of The Force Awakens, a court has heard.
Foodles Production admitted two of four criminal charges at Milton Keynes Magistrates' Court on Tuesday, July 26th. Sentencing will take place on August 22nd. Ford had been filming a scene walking through the Millennium Falcon spaceship, when a hydraulic door knocked him to the ground and pinned him to the floor.
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Lawrence went to join his table on a night out a few months ago, but Ford didn't know who she was - "he just stared at me!"
She’s the highest-earning actress in Hollywood, but it seems that not everybody knows who Jennifer Lawrence is, as she revealed an embarrassing recent encounter when Harrison Ford gave her a blank stare of non-recognition.
The 25 year old star of X-Men Apocalypse was chatting with British TV host Graham Norton this week, filming an episode of his chat show that is due to air on Friday evening (May 13th). Recollecting the highly awkward incident, she said it happened earlier this year when she was on a night out with comedian Jack Whitehall, and spotted the Han Solo actor dining with Star Wars: The Force Awakens director Jj Abrams.
Jennifer Lawrence recounted the embarrassing incident to Graham Norton on his chat show this week
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Franco’s name appeared on a shortlist of actors earlier this year who were said to be in consideration for the role.
The role of the young Han Solo in the upcoming Star Wars anthology film has got to be one of the most coveted parts in Hollywood for any young actor. But one name who’s gotten closer than most to the role, is 21 Jump Street star Dave Franco. Speaking to MTV, Franco revealed he’d auditioned for the part, but that doesn't mean the role is any closer to being cast.
Dave Franco has revealed all about his Han Solo audition.
Franco described the process as feeling like ‘most other auditions’, initially but ‘because of the nature of what it is, it just explodes everywhere.’ “Everyone’s coming up and being like, ’Dude, what’s going on?’ And I’m like, ’I don’t know! You know as much as me,'” he said.
Continue reading: Dave Franco Describes Auditioning To Play Young Han Solo
The long awaited sequel will star Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford.
Robin Wright has reportedly joined the cast of the long-awaited Blade Runner sequel, which is due to begin filming in July. Wright stars as Claire Underwood in the Netflix series ‘House of Cards’ and the actress is currently filming Wonder Woman, in which she plays the titular character’s aunt General Antiope.
Robin Wright has reportedly landed a role in the Blade Runner sequel.
The news was first broken by The Hollywood Reporter, who wrote that Wright was in ‘final negotiations’ to star in the film, There are said to be three major female roles, and Wright has taken one of them.
Continue reading: Robin Wright Reportedly Set To Join 'Blade Runner' Sequel
The shortlist for the next Han Solo has reportedly narrowed, after a search involving more than 2,500 actors.
We could soon find out who will be playing the young Han Solo in the upcoming Star Wars spin-off movie scheduled for release in 2018. After a search that is said to have included more 2,500 actors, The Hollywood Reporter writes that the list is now down to just three names: Alden Ehrenreich, Jack Reynor and Taron Egerton.
Other names who have been mentioned in connection with the role include, Whiplash and Divergent star Miles Teller, The Fault in Our Stars’ Ansel Elgort, who also appears in the Divergent movies and Emory Cohen, who starred in Brooklyn.
But let’s take a closer look at the rumoured top three contenders...
He may be 73, but Harrison Ford can still crack a whip.
Disney have announced that a fifth INDIANA JONES movie is on the way, with Harrison Ford back as the whip-wielding archaeologist. While rumours of a new Indiana Jones movie have been around for years, many had thought that a younger actor such as Chris Pratt would take over the role, but it seems 73-year-old Ford is ready for one more Indy adventure.
Harrison Ford is coming back as Indiana Jones.
But it’s not just Ford who will be back, Steven Spielberg will also once again be in the director’s chair. Announcing the news, Disney said: “Indiana Jones is one of the greatest heroes in cinematic history, and we can’t wait to bring him back to the screen in 2019.”
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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 - Celebrities attend 2015 Jaguar Land Rover British Academy Britannia Awards Presented by American Airlines at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. at The Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hilton Hotel - Los Angeles, California, United States - Friday 30th October 2015
The long-awaited sequel will arrive in January 2018, a full 36 years after the original.
The long-awaited sequel to Blade Runner has at last got an official release, of January 12th 2018, according to its production company Alcon Entertainment.
The follow-up to the cult classic, released in 1982, is currently untitled but is believed to start shooting in July this year. Ryan Gosling has recently been confirmed as joining Harrison Ford, the star of the original, but it’s not thought that any of Ford’s co-stars from the first movie (Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Daryl Hannah) will be appearing in the sequel.
Harrison Ford will be in the 'Blade Runner' sequel, which now has a Jan 12, 2018 release date
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The Health and Safety Executive are prosecuting following the 2014 incident.
So as well as being the biggest earner of the 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' cast, Harrison Ford could be looking at another major pay-out as it's announced that the production company allegedly responsible for his broken leg in the summer of 2014 has been charged for the incident in accordance with Britain's Health and Safety authorities.
Harrison Ford's leg injury has production company prosecuted
Foodles Production (UK) Ltd., who were based at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire when Ford damaged his leg on the Millennium Falcon's hydraulic door, are being prosecuted by the UK's Health and Safety Executive (HSE) on four counts of breaching workplace safety regulations.
Continue reading: 'Star Wars' Company Face Court Over Harrison Ford's Set Injury
The UK Health and Safety Executive is bringing four counts of breaching in-work safety practices against Foodles, the UK production company behind 'The Force Awakens'.
The company responsible for producing Star Wars: The Force Awakens is to be prosecuted on four counts of breaching health and safety laws in the workplace later this year, after the movie’s star Harrison Ford broke his leg on set.
Back in June 2014, Ford suffered the leg break and other injuries when he was crushed by a hydraulic metal door that fell over on the set of the Millennium Falcon, and was airlifted to hospital for surgery.
Now, Foodles Production (UK) Ltd., a subsidiary of Disney, has been informed by the Health and Safety Executive that it will face four charges relating to the accident, and will have to appear at High Wycombe Magistrates Court on May 12th 2016.
Continue reading: 'Star Wars' Prosecuted By Health And Safety Over Harrison Ford Leg Break
The upcoming Han Solo origin story is reportedly close to casting its lead actor.
After the success of The Force Awakens, focus is now being turned to the upcoming Star Wars spin-off movies, which begin with Rogue One’s release in December. But also in the pipeline is a Han Solo origin story, directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, which is reportedly close to casting the young smuggler.
Is Dave Franco a good fit for a young Han Solo?
According to Variety, after seeing thousands of actors, executives have narrowed the names down to a shortlist over around a dozen actors. Included on the list are, 21 Jump Street’s Dave Franco, Whiplash’s Miles Teller and The Fault in Our Stars' lead Ansel Elgort.
Date of birth
13th July, 1942
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