Creator: Harrison Ford

"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."
Gary Oldman on Air Force One

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, in fact he was so successful as a contractor he would pick and choose movies versus projects. This includes creating a massive customized book shelf for Francis Ford Coppola's home office.

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 Han Solo.

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

Following A New Hope, Ford was kept pretty busy with smaller films, as soon 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 and cemented him as an A-List star. With Indy, it made him one of the few actors who are recognizable for two incredibly iconic movie characters (alongside Sylvester Stallone for Rocky and Rambo, and Arnold Schwarzenegger for Conan the Barbarian and The Terminator). He followed up with three 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), starring in many famous and successful films, including The Fugitive, Air Force One. 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, experimenting with character-pieces alongside the big blockbusters. But he has no intention of stopping, even well into his 70's.

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.


Tropes Associated with Harrison Ford

  • Badass Grandpa: He was 37 when he played Han Solo, spent the next 30 years in leading man action roles.
  • Doing It for the Art: He never intended to be a mega star, he just wanted to be a working character actor and that mindset remained throughout. He has made the goal of appearing in small roles in certain projects and attempts to disappear so that it doesn't overwhelm the film. He has also worked through legitimate injuries on set believing that his character would have been hurt too in some way, and add more tension seeing him limp.
  • Guttural Growler: His voice has only gotten more gravelly with age.
  • Method Acting: Will sometimes purposefully avoid memorizing his lines when he feels his character should be desperately reacting to the moment.
  • No Stunt Double: He has one, but reserves them for only the most difficult stunts. He does everything he can himself, but calls it "physical acting." He became close friends with his stunt man and stunt coordinator for Indiana Jones, Vic Armstrong, and their resemblance was well noted.

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