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->''"My goal was just to work regularly. I didn't ever expect to be rich or famous. I wanted to be a working character actor."''
-->--'''Harrison Ford'''

->''"There is no god. There is only Harrison Ford and his chiseled jawline."''
-->--'''Faye''', ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent''

Born on July 13, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois, Harrison Ford spent his early acting career in a degree of minor roles while working as a carpenter until he got his biggest break.

Thanks to his friend, casting director Fred Roos, his earliest notable film work was in Creator/GeorgeLucas' ''Film/AmericanGraffiti'' and ''Film/TheConversation'', directed by Creator/FrancisFordCoppola. Later he came in to read lines for Lucas' next project, a SpaceOpera titled ''Franchise/StarWars''. Creator/StevenSpielberg persuaded Lucas to cast him as LovableRogue Han Solo.

The rest, to use an old cliché, is history.

Fairly soon he was cast as AdventureArchaeologist Franchise/IndianaJones in the Lucas-produced and Spielberg-directed ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' (after original choice Creator/TomSelleck was unable to get released from his ''Series/MagnumPI'' contract.) It became the biggest box office hit of 1981. With Indy, it made him one of the few actors who are recognizable for ''two'' incredibly iconic movie characters (alongside Creator/SylvesterStallone for Film/{{Rocky}} and Franchise/{{Rambo}}, and Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger for Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian and [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} The Terminator]]). He made two more ''Franchise/StarWars'' films and three more ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' films. In 1982 he starred in Creator/RidleyScott's "future noir", ''Film/BladeRunner'', which initially lost money and received mixed reviews but has since become one of the critical darlings of the 1980's and has achieved a cult following.

Much of his career in the 80s and 90s was as BadassBookworm and BadassBureaucrat characters. In 1985 he played a cop hiding among the Pennsylvania Amish in ''Film/{{Witness}}''. It earned him his first and so far only AcademyAward nomination for Best Actor. ''Witness'' was directed by Peter Weir, who next made ''Film/TheMosquitoCoast'' with Ford. Based on the Paul Theroux novel about an American inventor who uproots his family to live in a Central American jungle, it also starred Creator/HelenMirren and Creator/RiverPhoenix as his wife and eldest son. It was followed by ''Frantic'', a thriller set in Paris directed by Creator/RomanPolanski, a supporting role in Creator/MikeNichols' comedy ''Film/WorkingGirl'', and the CourtroomDrama ''Film/PresumedInnocent'' by Alan J. Pakula.

Ford has become a very bankable actor (his work across 36 films has grossed a total of $3.6 billion; he was statistically the most bankable actor for many years until Creator/TomHanks and Creator/SamuelLJackson surpassed his numbers), turning up in several more famous films, including ''Film/TheFugitive'', ''Film/AirForceOne'', ''Film/ApocalypseNow''. He took over the Creator/TomClancy character Literature/JackRyan from Alec Baldwin (for ''Film/TheHuntForRedOctober'') in ''Film/ClearAndPresentDanger'' and ''Film/PatriotGames''.

While no longer headlining those big movies nearly every year as he once did, he can still be seen frequently in newer films like ''Film/ExtraordinaryMeasures'' and ''Film/CowboysAndAliens.'' He recently played Colonel Hyrum Graff in the [[DevelopmentHell long-awaited]]) adaptation of ''Film/EndersGame''; this announcement was met with much excitement in the fandom. And in 2014 filming began on Star Wars: Episode VII, with Ford once again playing Han Solo.

Once married to Melissa Matheson, screenwriter of ''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial''. Ford is currently married to Calista Flockhart (''Series/AllyMcBeal'' and ''Series/BrothersAndSisters''). Has a ranch in Wyoming and is a licensed pilot. (And he has twice used his helicopter to rescue hikers in distress.) It has been noted by many individuals that while he is a friendly guy he is actually rather quiet and reserved in real life, contrasting the roguish and charismatic characters he plays.

Oh, and [[EvenTheGuysWantHim everyone loves him]]. And [[PapaWolf he wants his family back]], thank you.
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