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.
Officer K (Ryan Gosling) is an LAPD law enforcer and a new Blade Runner whose job it is to hunt down and destroy any replicants that find their way to Earth. Replicants are genetically engineered people with short lifespans who have been used solely for work on space colonies for the last few decades. However, when Officer K uncovers a terrifying secret about the replicants that threatens the future of the entire planet, he embarks on a search for a Blade Runner named Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) who has been missing for 30 years. It's here we uncover the truth behind Deckard's identity, after the original movie left it cloaked in mystery. Meanwhile, replicant manufacturer Wallace (Jared Leto) has nefarious intentions on his mind regarding his 'children'.
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Get your first look at Jared Leto in action on 'Blade Runner 2049'.
The first full trailer for 'Blade Runner 2049' is finally here and we can hardly take our eyes off of it. With stunning sci-fi imagery and some intensely mysterious scenes featuring Blade Runners and Replicants, this is the reason it's one of the most anticipated films of the year.
Ryan Gosling plays Officer K in 'Blade Runner 2049'
We've already had a glimmer of Ryan Gosling and returning star Harrison Ford in action with the teaser, but this new clip sees a very sinister-looking Jared Leto as milky-eyed Replicant manufacturer Wallace. At this point, his softly spoken and yet creepy disposition is ambiguous, but we're sure he's a bad guy.
Continue reading: The 'Blade Runner 2049' Trailer Is Quite The Visual Spectacle
With all this talk of Indiana Jones 5, we've taken a look at some of the adventurer's standout back catalogue moments...
Let's face it; the 'Indiana Jones' franchise is one of the most compelling, action-packed adventures a movie enthusiast can go on, whether it's the original trilogy of films or the newer fourth release, which will be followed up with a fifth movie in a few years' time. With that in mind, we've decided to take a look back at the catalogue of action scenes that have almost seen the adventurer himself - played by Harrison Ford - meet his maker...
Indiana Jones and Shia LeBeouf star in 'Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull'
1. 'Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark' had to introduce its lead hero to fans in a way that would ensure they'd immediately be a part of the action they'd been promised on the big screen. What better way to do that than have Indy running through a booby-trapped temple whilst being chased by a gigantic boulder that crushed anything in its path? It's THE moment everybody remembers from the 'Indiana Jones' franchise, and so we of course had to include it here.
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Ford attributes his career success to films that pass 'from generation to generation'.
Harrison Ford is one of the best known actors in Hollywood history, having played some of cinema's most iconic roles from Han Solo to Indiana Jones. But what is it about his movies that makes us want to watch him again and again?
Harrison Ford snapped at 2017 Celebrity Fight Night
At the 'Star Wars' 40th anniversary celebration in Orlando, Florida earlier this month, the 74-year-old acting veteran opened up about what he thought was the reason for his unwavering success in Hollywood over the last fifty years - and it's certainly not something we can argue with.
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Gosling said it was ‘surreal’ to be a part of the ‘Blade Runner’ universe.
Ryan Gosling made a surprise appearance at CinemaCon on Monday, to introduce new footage from Blade Runner 2049.
The actor joined Sony Chairman Tom Rothman to give fans the sneak peak, while also discussing his passion for the project.
Ryan Gosling made a surprise appearance at CinemaCon
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.
The director has discussed the criticism the film has received for casting Boyega as a Stormtrooper.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens director Jj Abrams stopped by ‘The Howard Stern Show’ on Monday to talk about the much anticipated sequel. Speaking to the shock-jock, Abrams discussed criticisms over the casting of black actor John Boyega as a Stormtrooper, while also revealing why fans haven't seen Luke Skywalker in any of the film’s trailers yet.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens director JJ Abrams.
Discussing those who have criticised the film for casting Boyega as a black stormtrooper, Abrams said: 'All I know is John Boyega is extraordinary in the new movie. I think the people who are complaining about that probably have bigger problems than there's a black stormtrooper.’
Daniel Fleetwood viewed an early cut of the film on Thursday.
Daniel Fleetwood, a terminally ill Star Wars fan, was granted his dying wish to view The Force Awakens on Thursday, nearly two months before it is released in cinemas. Fleetwood suffers from an aggressive form of cancer that has spread to 90% of his lungs and has been given just months to live.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits US cinemas in December.
The 31 year old Texan was able to watch an early cut of the highly anticipated film, which is due out in US theatres on 18 December, his wife Ashley Fleetwood confirmed on Facebook. “Daniel just finished watching an unfinished version of Star Wars: The Force Awakens!!!”Ashley wrote.
The director called out to Harrison Ford to make it happen
Steven Spielberg has set down the gauntlet to Harrison Ford: pick up the whip, don the fedora, take an interest in archaeology again and get Indiana Jones back for a fifth time. That was the director’s request to the 73-year-old actor during this weekend's British Academy Britannia Awards.
Harrison Ford was honoured for his contribution to entertainment at the British Academy Britannia Awards
Ford, who is due to reprise his role as Hans Solo in JJ Abrams much-anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens in December, was at the ceremony to receive the Albert R Broccoli award for worldwide contribution to entertainment.
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The vintage light aircraft that Ford was piloting came down on a golf course outside L.A. back in March because of engine failure.
Harrison Ford has spoken for the first time about his miraculous escape from a plane crash seven months ago, after a vintage light aeroplane he was piloting crash-landed on a golf course on the outskirts of Los Angeles.
It was only thanks to Ford’s impeccable skills and execution that he managed to walk away relatively unscathed, and what happened would have been fatal under almost any other circumstance, crash investigators revealed soon after the accident back in March.
The 73 year old appeared on a special Star Wars / Halloween edition of ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ – dressed as a hot dog, natch – and spoke about his recollections of the incident, as well as the new movie.
Continue reading: Harrison Ford Opens Up About Near-Fatal Plane Crash
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
Date of birth
13th July, 1942
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