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.
Dutch actress Sylvia Hoeks has joined the cast of Blade Runner sequel.
The film, stage and TV star has reportedly landed a leading role in the sci-fi thriller, opposite fellow franchise newcomers Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright, Dave Bautista, and Cuban actress Ana de Armas.
They join Harrison Ford, who will reprise his role as robot hunter Rick Deckard from the 1982 film, which was based on Philip K. DICk’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep.
Producers at Alcon Entertainment praised Sylvia's skills in a statement which reads: "Sylvia is a radiant talent, a tremendous actress with great appeal in a wide variety of roles. Her addition to this vastly accomplished international cast is a perfect fit."
Continue reading: Dutch Star Sylvia Hoeks Joins Blade Runner Sequel
Cuban beauty Ana de Armas has been cast as the upcoming Blade Runner sequel's leading lady.
The Knock Knock actress joins the already star-studded cast of the long-awaited follow-up to the sci-fi thriller, in which Harrison Ford will reprise his role as robot hunter Rick Deckard.
Executives of Alcon Entertainment announced the latest casting news on Thursday (21Apr16), praising de Armas in a statement which reads: "We think Ana is one of the most exciting, up-and-coming international actors in the world today, and we are thrilled she will be playing such an important part in this sequel."
She joins a cast which also includes Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright and Dave Bautista.
Continue reading: Actress Ana De Armas Lands Leading Role In Blade Runner Sequel
British film director Guy Hamilton best known for his work on James Bond movies has died aged 93.
Sir Roger lead the tributes to the talented director who reportedly passed away on Wednesday (21Apr16) in Palma, Mallorca.
The actor confirmed the news after posting a heartfelt tribute on his Twitter account on Thursday morning (22Apr16).
Continue reading: Goldfinger Director Guy Hamilton Dies Age 93
The much-anticipated sequel to Blade Runner is set to hit cinemas three months early.
The long-awaited follow-up to the sci-fi thriller was originally slated to premiere in January, 2018, but executives at Alcon Entertainment announced on Wednesday (20Apr16) they are moving up the date to 6 October, 2017 - right in the middle of awards season.
Joining him are new cast members Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright, and wrestler-turned-actor Dave Bautista.
Continue reading: Blade Runner Sequel Zooms Into Cinemas For Early Release
Harrison Ford's leg break on the set of Star Wars: The Force Awakens was a blessing is disguise for director J.J. Abrams.
Production on the film was shut down for three weeks in 2014 when Ford was seriously injured after getting trapped by the door of the Millennium Falcon spaceship, and the time off actually gave Abrams a chance to figure out a filming flaw.
During a Tribeca Film Festival interview in New York, he revealed, "I was on the set of the Millennium Falcon, and we started working with (characters) Rey and Finn; the first time we did it, it didn't work at all as we wrote it. They were much more contentious.
"I didn't direct it right. It was set up all wrong. And when Harrison Ford got injured, which was a very scary day, we ended up having a few weeks off. And it was during that time that I really got to look at what we had done and rethink it, and then rewrite quite a bit of that relationship.
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
Jungle Book director Jon Favreau believes his friend Harrison Ford may have died in his 2015 plane crash if he wasn't such a skilled pilot.
The filmmaker is close to the 73-year-old Star Wars actor, and was a regular passenger on his helicopter
when they were making 2011 movie Cowboys & Aliens together.
Harrison's love of flying caused him to be seriously injured in March last year (15) after he was forced to make an emergency landing on a golf course in California when the Ryan PT-22 Recruit plane he was flying suffered engine failure.The actor suffered a broken pelvis and broken ankle during the accident.
Continue reading: Jon Favreau: 'Harrison Ford's Flying Skills Saved His Life'
A jacket Harrison Ford wore as Han Solo in the latest Star Wars movie has sold at auction for over $190,000 (GBP133,000).
Ford decided to sign and sell off the item to help benefit two charities close to his heart, but even he couldn't have imagined the jacket was worth so much when bidding began on online site IfOnly.
Continue reading: Han Solo Jacket Sells For $190,000 At Auction
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
Robin Wright is in final talks to join Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling in the planned Blade Runner sequel.
The House of Cards star has been circling the project for weeks and reports suggested she was waiting for her filming schedule on the hit Netflix political drama before agreeing to sign on.
Now it appears she has worked out the timing and she is poised to take on one of three major female roles in the sci-fi movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Sicario filmmaker Denis Villeneuve is on board as director, working with a script penned by the original Blade Runner co-writer, Hampton Fancher, and Michael Green. The screenplay is based on an idea Fancher previously developed with Ridley Scott, who took charge of the 1982 classic.
Continue reading: Robin Wright In Negotiations For Blade Runner Sequel
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
Date of birth
13th July, 1942
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