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.
Disney-owned production company Foodles admitted guilt over the incident earlier this year, and this week a $1.95 million fine was handed down by the British courts.
The UK-based movie production company Foodles, which was responsible for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, has been fined nearly $2 million for breaching health and safety legislation over the accident on set which crushed actor Harrison Ford’s leg.
In August, Disney-owned Foodles Production admitted guilt over the accident at Pinewood Studios back in June 2014 in which Ford broke his leg and ankle and injured his hand when a hydraulic door on the set of the Millennium Falcon pinned him to the floor. On Wednesday (October 12th), the punishment of a fine of $1.95 million (or £1.6 million) was handed down by the British courts.
Harrison Ford suffered a broken leg and ankle in the accident in June 2014
'Blade Runner 2049' is to be released on October 6th, 2017.
The hugely anticipated sequel to the iconic sci-fi classic Blade Runner finally has an official title: Blade Runner 2049.
In contrast to existing reports about when it might be released, the film now also has a confirmed release of October 6th, 2017 – precisely one year after the studio Alcon made the announcement on Thursday.
Directed by Denis Villeneuve (who helmed the likes of Sicario and the forthcoming movie Arrival), the sci-fi sequel is set to see Harrison Ford reprise his role as Rick Deckard from the 1982 original. Hollywood A-lister Ryan Gosling also has a leading role, and he’ll be starring alongside Jared Leto, Robin Wright, Barkhad Abdi and Ana de Armas.
Continue reading: 'Blade Runner' Sequel Gets Official Title And Release Date
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.
Continue reading: 'Star Wars' Firm Admits Guilt Over Harrison Ford's On Set Injury
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 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...
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 actor revealed his mistake on The Graham Norton Show
Even movie stars make mistakes and Hollywood favourite Will Ferrell has admitted to one of his biggest regrets: not accepting Harrison Ford’s offer of dinner. During a recent appearance on The Graham Norton Show, the actor revealed his blunder.
Will Ferrell stars in Daddy's Home
The star of Daddy’s Home explained that he might have offended Harrison when he declined his invitation to dinner after the first day of filming Anchorman 2.
Continue reading: Will Ferrell Turned Down A Date With Harrison Ford And Regrets It
Actor receives more than 70 times more than co-stars.
If Harrison Ford wasn't rich before, he certainly is now. It seems his return to 'Star Wars' was so essential to the filmmakers that he could be raking in a massive £23 million ($34 million) for reprising Han Solo in 'The Force Awakens'. That happens to be over 70 times more than his younger co-stars.
Harrison Ford is rolling in the millions now
It pays to return to your best known roles in films sometimes. As well as a 0.5% share in the film's earnings, Ford was paid a flat-out rate of £16.7 million ($24.8 million) according to the Daily Mail. And with the expected gross rate of £1.3 billion ($1.9 billion) for the film worlwide, that makes a significant addition to that payout.
Continue reading: Harrison Ford's Eye-Watering Paycheck For 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'
Appealing both to a new generation of viewers and fans of the series since the beginning, this 30-years-later sequel to 1983's Return of the Jedi is a thrilling adventure. Filmmaker J.J. Abrams has managed to capture the tone of the original trilogy while telling a story about young, vibrant new characters whose connection to the overall saga deepens intriguingly as events unfurl.
Over the past three decades, the Empire has regrouped, forming the First Order to crush the Old Republic for good. And the plucky Rebellion hasn't offered much resistance since leader Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) disappeared. The Empire's top henchman Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) is searching for him just as diligently as the rebel leader General Leia (Carrie Fisher). But the real action is happening out of their grasp, as disaffected storm trooper Finn (John Boyega) teams up with rebel pilot Poe (Oscar Isaac) and then feisty scavenger Rey (Daisy Ridley) and expressive droid BB-8. Along the way, Han Solo and Chewbacca (Harrison Ford and Peter Mayhew) find themselves back in the fray. And everyone is startled when there's a strong stirring in the force.
Abrams beautifully recreates the scruffy, clanky mechanical atmosphere of the original trilogy, infusing scenes with witty banter and John William's soaring score to throw us right back into that familiar galaxy. This includes the saga's main themes: the temptation of power, how true heroism is often accidental, and the tension between parents and children. Combine this with a plot that propels itself with a series of unexpected adventures and battles, all centred on the characters, and the film taps strongly into the teen in all of us.
Continue reading: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens Review
Speaking to Empire magazine's special 'Star Wars' issue, the Han Solo actor described his relationship with Chewie as like "an old married couple".
The 73 year old actor, who reprises his Han Solo character in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is to appear in person at the Sydney Opera House on December 10th. Tickets had been free, but they were limited in number and have already sold out.
Ahead of the release of the seventh instalment in the epic franchise on December 17th, Ford described the on-screen relationship with Chewbacca – Han’s trusted Wookiee sidekick – as like that of an “old married couple”.
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.
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
Raider, Lost Ark, Harrison Ford and INDIANA JONES - Raider of the Lost Ark - Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones Wednesday 17th October 2012 Hollywood Costume - press view held at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Date of birth
13th July, 1942
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