"There is no god. There is only Harrison Ford and his chiseled jawline." "I remember the flight deck was on a sound stage and there was a big sign that said NO DRINKING, NO SMOKING AND NO EATING ON SET. At one point I looked over and Harrison was in the doorway beneath the sign with a burrito, a cigar and a cup of coffee, which I thought was hilarious. I could never get the image out of my head."
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 George Lucas
' American Graffiti
and The Conversation
, directed by Francis Ford Coppola
. Later he came in to read lines for Lucas' next project, a Space Opera
titled Star Wars
. Steven Spielberg
persuaded Lucas to cast him as Lovable Rogue
The rest, to use an old cliché, is history.
Following A New Hope
, Ford was kept pretty busy (you might say he WORKS AROUND THE CLOCK
): Fairly soon he was cast as Adventure Archaeologist Indiana Jones
in the Lucas-produced and Spielberg-directed Raiders of the Lost Ark
(after original choice Tom Selleck
was unable to get released from his Magnum, P.I.
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 Sylvester Stallone
, and Arnold Schwarzenegger
for Conan the Barbarian
and The Terminator
). He made two more Star Wars
films and three more Indiana Jones
films. In 1982 he starred in Ridley Scott
's "future noir", Blade Runner
, 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 Badass Bookworm
and Badass Bureaucrat
characters. In 1985 he played a cop hiding among the Pennsylvania Amish in Witness
. It earned him his first and so far only Academy Award
nomination for Best Actor. Witness
was directed by Peter Weir, who next made The Mosquito Coast
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 Helen Mirren
and River Phoenix
as his wife and eldest son. It was followed by Frantic
, a thriller set in Paris directed by Roman Polanski
, a supporting role in Mike Nichols
' comedy Working Girl
, and the Courtroom Drama Presumed Innocent
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 Tom Hanks
and Samuel L. Jackson
surpassed his numbers), turning up in several more famous films, including The Fugitive
, Air Force One
, Apocalypse Now
. He took over the Tom Clancy
character Jack Ryan
from Alec Baldwin (for The Hunt for Red October
) in Patriot Games
and Clear and Present Danger
While no longer headlining those big movies nearly every year as he once did, he can still be seen frequently in newer films like Extraordinary Measures
and Cowboys and Aliens.
He recently played Colonel Hyrum Graff in the long-awaited
) adaptation of Enders Game
; 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 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
. Ford is currently married to Calista Flockhart (Ally McBeal
and Brothers and Sisters
). 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.
On March 5th, 2015, Harrison Ford was injured when he crashed a World War II vintage plane onto a golf course. His injuries were not life threatening and is expected to make a full recovery. Jokes about piloting the Millennium Falcon or Air Force One were made.
He's apparently got a long standing feud with Chewbacca, the Wookie sack of shit. Something involving his wife. See here
for more details.
Oh, and everyone loves him
. And he wants his family back
, thank you.
Get off my