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Harrison Ford
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Also known as:Harrison J. Ford
Occupation:Actor • Voice Cast
Born:July 13, 1942
Birthplace:Chicago, Illinois, United States
Spouse:Calista Flockhart, Melissa Mathison, Mary Marquardt
Children:2
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Born to Dorothy Ford, a homemaker, and former radio actress, and Christopher Ford was an advertising executive and a former actor, Harrison Ford is an American actor and producer. He attended a drama class in his senior year at college to overcome his shyness. In 1964, Ford traveled to Los Angeles to apply for the job of a radio voice-over. He ended up staying in California and eventually signed a $150 a week contract with Columbia Pictures` New Talent program, playing small roles in films. His first known appearance was a minor role as a bellhop in Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round (1966). He gained worldwide fame for his starring roles as Han Solo in the Star Wars film series and as the title character of Indiana Jones movie series.

He was a struggling actor who taught himself carpentry to make ends meet. While building a doorway in a studio one day, Ford was spotted by George Lucas who was casting for his sci-fi adventure movie Star Wars. This became one of the most successful films of all time and Ford`s role as the rash yet lovable rogue smuggler, Han Solo, set him on the path to super-stardom.

Harrison Ford has starred in some of the biggest Hollywood blockbusters and has been acting for more than 40 years. He played Indiana Jones in Steven Spielberg`s Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), which produced several sequels, including Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989). The Star Wars sequels: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983), saw him reprise his role as the lovable Han Solo. Harrison received an Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe Award nomination for his work in Witness (1985), a crime drama. He returned to action with Patriot Games (1992) and then the huge hit The Fugitive, in 1993. American Graffiti (1973), Apocalypse Now (1979), Blade Runner (1982), Working Girl (1988), The Fugitive (1993), Six Days and Seven Nights (1998), What Lies Beneath (2000), Cowboys And Aliens (2011), 42 (2013) and Enders Game (2013) are considered among his best performances. Later, he appeared in Expendables 3 (2014), Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), Blade Runner 2049 (2017), Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) and The Call Of The Wild (2020).
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Family
Calista Flockhart
Spouse
Melissa Mathison
Ex-Spouse
Mary Marquardt
Ex-Spouse
Liam Flockhart
Son
Malcolm Ford
Son
Dorothy Ford
Mother
Christopher Ford
Father
Popular Movies
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Indiana Jones 5
Indiana Jones And The Dial Of Destiny
Indiana Jones 4- Movie Collection
The Call Of The Wild
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
The Secret Life of Pets 2
Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold
Blade Runner 2049
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (3D)
The Age of Adaline

Did You Know? (3)

  • Blade Runner Rick Deckard is one of the most iconic Harrison Ford characters in the course of an illustrious career. Interestingly, back in the 1980's, the role was initially offered to Dustin Hoffman, who turned it down due to creative differences.
  • Before he became a movie star, Harrison Ford used to make a living as a carpenter.
  • Harrison Ford is a licensed private pilot, and holds a license for both fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters. He owns a fleet of helicopters as well!
  • Personal Quotes (32)

  • "What is news? It's hard to quantify. Certainly news has changed completely, and the morning shows are not really designed to bring you the news, except to tell you what happened overnight, and the rest of it is a kind of magazine mentality - a little bit of this, a little bit of that. It's harder to be an educated and informed citizen."
  • "You may get real tired watching me, but I'm not going to quit."
  • "Nature doesn't need people - people need nature; nature would survive the extinction of the human being and go on just fine, but human culture, human beings, cannot survive without nature."
  • "I don't mind doing interviews. I don't mind answering thoughtful questions. But I'm not thrilled about answering questions like, 'If you were being mugged, and you had a lightsaber in one pocket and a whip in the other, which would you use?'"
  • "I am not the first man who wanted to make changes in his life at 60 and I won't be the last. It is just that others can do it with anonymity."
  • "I'm like old shoes. I've never been hip. I think the reason I'm still here is that I was never enough in fashion that I had to be replaced by something new."
  • "I rarely play a real person, because I don't think I'm a good imitator."
  • "To me, success is choice and opportunity."
  • "The actor's popularity is evanescent; applauded today, forgotten tomorrow."
  • "Starring in a science-fiction film doesn't mean you have to act science fiction."
  • "Some actors couldn't figure out how to withstand the constant rejection. They couldn't see the light at the end of the tunnel."
  • "The focus and the concentration and the attention to detail that flying takes is a kind of meditation. I find it restful and engaging, and other things slip away."
  • "I have the ordinary experience of being anonymous when I'm in an airplane talking to air-traffic control, and they don't know who they're talking to. I have a lot of common experiences."
  • "It doesn't interest me to be Harrison Ford. It interests me to be Mike Pomeroy and Indiana Jones and Jack Ryan. I don't want to be in the Harrison Ford business. I take what I do seriously, but I don't take myself seriously."
  • "I fly myself everywhere. I like all kinds of flying, including practical flying for search and rescue. And I also like to fly into the backcountry, usually the Frank Church Wilderness in Idaho. I go with a group of friends, and we set up camp for about five days and explore little dirt strips and canyons."
  • "Directing is too hard, it takes too much time, and it doesn't pay very well."
  • "I could take Sean Connery in a fight... I could definitely take him. I think retirement's for old people. I'm still in the business, thank you. I have a young child of nine years old, and I want to live as long as I can to see him grow up. I'm enjoying my life and I want to stick around for as long as I can."
  • "J. J. Abrams is a director that I've admired for a long time, from the very first scripts he wrote - including 'Regarding Henry,' which I was in."
  • "Money doesn't mean anything to me. I've made a lot of money, but I want to enjoy life and not stress myself building my bank account. I give lots away and live simply, mostly out of a suitcase in hotels. We all know that good health is much more important."
  • "It's always wonderful to get to know women, with the mystery and the joy and the depth. If you can make a woman laugh, you're seeing the most beautiful thing on God's Earth."
  • "I am not handsome or sexy. Of course, it's not like I am hopeless."
  • "I'm not a photographer, so I didn't get into F-stops or ND filters or background, foreground, cross-light, all that stuff. But I was interested in the camera and the lenses. That's the world that I'm moving in, in terms of acting and giving a performance."
  • "On a good night, I get underwear, bras, and hotel-room keys thrown onstage... You start to think that you're Tom Jones."
  • "I'm Mickey Mouse. They don't know who's inside the suit."
  • "But, you know, it's still a drag to get your picture taken when you're eating a sandwich. It's a downer."
  • "The simple act of paying attention can take you a long way."
  • "Mortality is very different when you're 20 to when you're 50."
  • "How do people relate to movies now, when they're on portable devices or streaming them? It's not as much about going to the movies. That experience has changed."
  • "People were saying that David Geffen and I had gotten married and it just blew me away. Not that they thought I was gay, but that they thought I could land a guy that hot."
  • "I am waiting for the right story to tell. Just like 'Man of Tai Chi' just seemed to be the right story to tell. So I'm looking for that. Because I really love directing. I love developing the story. I love actors. I love the cinema of it, the way that you tell a story visually."
  • "But I did 'Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure.' They made a cereal out of it, so once you've had a cereal, it doesn't get much more surreal than that. Surreal cereal."
  • "But I think we're also just talking about the literacy of the audience. The visual literacy of the audience. They've seen so many images now, especially here in the States. There's so much to look at, to watch. So the visual storytelling literacy is harder to impress."
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