Harrison Ford

Actor, Carpenter
Once deemed the highest-grossing actor of all time, Harrison Ford almost languished in thankless walk-on roles when he began his career in the early 1960s. Instead of accepting any role that came along, Ford was picky ... Read more »
Born: 07/12/1942 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (136)

Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2015 (Movie)

Han Solo (Actor)

The Age of Adaline 2015 (Movie)

William Jones (Actor)

The 86th Annual Academy Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Expendables 3 2014 (Movie)

Drummer (Actor)

Years of Living Dangerously 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

42 2013 (Movie)

Branch Rickey (Actor)

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues 2013 (Movie)

Mack Harken (Actor)

Conan 2010 - 2011, 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Drew: The Man Behind the Poster 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Ender's Game 2013 (Movie)

Colonel Graff (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Milius 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Paranoia 2013 (Movie)

Jock Goddard (Actor)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2008, 2010, 2013 (Tv Show)

Guest

The 69th Annual Golden Globes Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

Best in Film: The Greatest Movies of Our Time 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Cowboys & Aliens 2011 (Movie)

Woodrow Dolarhyde (Actor)

Guys Choice 2011 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

The Love We Make 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Brace for Impact 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Narrator

Extraordinary Measures 2010 (Movie)

Dr. Robert Stonehill (Actor)

Morning Glory 2010 (Movie)

Mike Pomeroy (Actor)

Scream 2009 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Crossing Over 2009 (Movie)

Max Brogan (Actor)

AFI's 100 Years...AFI's 10 Top 10 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Barbara Walters Oscar Special 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Dalai Lama Renaissance 2008 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 2008 (Movie)

Indiana Jones (Actor)

Movies Rock 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Nickelodeon's 2008 Kids' Choice Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Scream 2007 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Spike Guys Choice 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The 80th Annual Academy Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

2007 Taurus World Stunt Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Manufacturing Dissent 2007 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Firewall 2006 (Movie)

Jack Stanfield (Actor)

The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

When Star Wars Ruled the World 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Mouthing Off: 51 Greatest Smartasses 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

AFI's 100 Years..100 Heroes and Villains 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywood Homicide 2003 (Movie)

Joe Gavilian (Actor)

Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2003 MTV Movie Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 60th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 75th Annual Academy Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

George Lucas: Creating an Empire 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

K-19: The Widowmaker 2002 (Movie)

Captain Alexi Vostrikov (Actor)

The 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Concert For New York City 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

AFI's 100 Years... 100 Thrills 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside the Actors Studio 2000 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Queen Noor: Between Two Realms 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 57th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

What Lies Beneath 2000 (Movie)

Norman Spencer (Actor)

From Star Wars to Star Wars 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

One Hundred and One Nights 1999 (Movie)

Actor for a Day (Actor)

Random Hearts 1999 (Movie)

Dutch Van Den Broeck (Actor)

The 71st Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Six Days, Seven Nights 1998 (Movie)

Quinn Harris (Actor)

The 24th Annual People's Choice Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Lost American 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Magic Hour 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Air Force One 1997 (Movie)

President James Marshall (Actor)

Sex and the Silver Screen 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Narrator

Star Wars: The Magic and the Mystery 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Barbara Walters Special (03/24/97) 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Devil's Own 1997 (Movie)

Tom O'Meara (Actor)

James Earl Jones 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

American Cinema 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Sabrina 1995 (Movie)

Linus Larrabee (Actor)

Clear and Present Danger 1994 (Movie)

Jack Ryan (Actor)

Mustang: The Hidden Kingdom 1994 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

The 66th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Universe of Jacques Demy 1994 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

George Lucas: Heroes, Myths and Magic 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Fugitive 1993 (Movie)

Dr Richard David Kimble (Actor)

Fox/MTV Guide to Summer '92 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywood Hotshots 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Patriot Games 1992 (Movie)

Jack Ryan (Actor)

Regarding Henry 1991 (Movie)

Henry Turner (Actor)

Let It Be 1990 (Movie)

(Actor)

Presumed Innocent 1990 (Movie)

Rusty Sabich (Actor)

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade 1989 (Movie)

Indiana Jones (Actor)

Premiere: Inside the Summer Blockbusters 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Frantic 1988 (Movie)

Dr Richard Walker (Actor)

Working Girl 1988 (Movie)

Jack Trainer (Actor)

The Mosquito Coast 1986 (Movie)

Allie Fox (Actor)

Witness 1985 (Movie)

John Book (Actor)

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom 1984 (Movie)

Indiana Jones (Actor)

Return of the Jedi 1983 (Movie)

Han Solo (Actor)

Blade Runner 1982 (Movie)

Rick Deckard (Actor)

Great Movie Stunts: Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981 (Movie)

Indiana Jones (Actor)

The Empire Strikes Back 1980 (Movie)

Han Solo (Actor)

Apocalypse Now 1979 (Movie)

Colonel Lucas (Actor)

Hanover Street 1979 (Movie)

David Halloran (Actor)

The Frisco Kid 1979 (Movie)

Tommy (Actor)

Force 10 From Navarone 1978 (Movie)

Lieutenant Colonel Mike Barnsby (Actor)

Heroes 1977 (Movie)

Kenny Boyd (Actor)

Star Wars 1977 (Movie)

Han Solo (Actor)

The Possessed 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

American Graffiti 1973 (Movie)

Bob Falfa (Actor)

The Conversation 1973 (Movie)

Martin Stett (Actor)

Getting Straight 1970 (Movie)

Jake (Actor)

Journey to Shiloh 1968 (Movie)

Willie Bill Bearden (Actor)

Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round 1966 (Movie)

Bellboy (Actor)

Luv 1966 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Long Ride Home 1966 (Movie)

Lieutenant Shaffer (Actor)

Experimental Marriage (Movie)

(Actor)

Girl in the Pullman (Movie)

(Actor)

Jane Goodall: Reason For Hope (TV Show)

Narrator

Little Old New York (Movie)

Larry Delevan (Actor)

Love in High Gear (Movie)

Donald Ransome (Actor)

Rubber Tires (Movie)

Bill James (Actor)

Smilin' Through (Movie)

Kenneth Wayne (Actor)

The Gilded Cage (Movie)

Lawrence Pell, His Brother (Actor)

The Intruders (TV Show)

Actor

The Possessed (Movie)

Paul Winjam (Actor)

The Rush Hour (Movie)

Dan Marely (Actor)

Three Week-Ends (Movie)

Turner (Actor)

Who Cares (Movie)

(Actor)
Producer (2)

Extraordinary Measures 2010 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

K-19: The Widowmaker 2002 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Other (2)

The 68th Annual Academy Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Archival Footage

The 67th Annual Academy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Archival Footage

Biography

Once deemed the highest-grossing actor of all time, Harrison Ford almost languished in thankless walk-on roles when he began his career in the early 1960s. Instead of accepting any role that came along, Ford was picky about his choices right from the start, despite a severe lack of Hollywood clout. While he made ends meet as a carpenter, Ford patiently pursued his career - even turning down several roles over the objections of his manager. But his persistence paid off with a memorable supporting role in "American Graffiti" (1973), George Lucas' 1960s coming-of-age tale. His struggle continued throughout the mid-1970s until Lucas reluctantly cast him as the cocky space pirate Han Solo in "Star Wars" (1977). From that moment on, Ford struggled no more, taking on some of the biggest movies of the 1980s, including genre classics "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981) and "Blade Runner" (1982), as well as the finely crafted "Witness" (1985). By the time he starred in the heart-pounding thriller "The Fugitive" (1993), Ford was widely recognized as being one of the biggest stars in the world and the sole throwback to Golden Age swashbucklers like Clark Gable and Errol Flynn. Despite a few duds like "The Devil's Own" (1997), "Hollywood Homicide" (2003) and "Firewall" (2006) on his résumé, Ford continued to remain a top box office draw while remaining relevant with a new generation of fans.

Relationships

Calista Flockhart Actor

Wife
Began dating in early 2002 Ford surprised Flockhart with a Valentine's Day wedding proposal in 2009 Married on June 15, 2010 in Santa Fe, NM

Christopher Ford

Father
Born in 1906; Irish-Catholic Died in 1999; the film "Random Hearts" (1999) was dedicated in memory of him

Terence Ford Actor

Brother
Born April 21, 1945; career stalled in the 1970s and 80s by addiction to drugs and alcohol; starred in the first pan-European soap opera "Riviera" (1991)

Dorothy Ford

Mother
Born in 1917; Russian-Jewish Died in 2004

Georgia Ford

Daughter
Born June 30, 1990; mother, Melissa Mathison

Benjamin Ford

Son
Born in 1967; mother, Mary Marquardt

Malcolm Ford

Son
Born March 10, 1987; mother, Melissa Mathison

Willard Ford

Son
Born in 1969; mother, Mary Marquardt

Terence Ford

Brother
Born c. 1945 Starred in the first pan-Europe soap opera, "Riviera" (1992) Career was stalled in the 1970s and 80s by addiction to drugs and alcohol

John Ford

Grandfather
Paternal grandparent Irish Catholic

Anna Lifschutz

Grandmother
Maternal grandparent Jewish immigrant from Minsk

Mary Marquardt

Wife
Met at Ripon College Married June 18, 1964 Divorced in 1979

Melissa Mathison Actor

Wife
Married on March 14, 1983 in Los Angeles, CA Announced separation in November 2000 Divorced Jan. 6, 2004

Harry Nidelman

Grandfather
Maternal grandparent Jewish immigrant from Minsk

Florence Niehaus

Grandmother
Paternal grandparent German

EDUCATION

Maine Township High School

Park Ridge , Illinois 1960
Was the first student voice broadcast on his high school's new radio station, WMTH-FM, and was its first sportscaster during his senior year, 1959-1960

Ripon College

Ripon , Wisconsin
Flunked out one month before graduating; member of the Sigma Nu Fraternity

Milestones

2013

Featured in the baseball drama "42"

2013

Appeared in the sci-fi movie "Ender's Game"

2013

Announced franchise return in "Star Wars: Episode VII," confirmed by George Lucas

2011

Co-starred with Daniel Craig in sci-fi Western "Cowboys & Aliens"

2010

Played a morning show anchor in ensemble comedy "Morning Glory"

2010

Portrayed research scientist Robert Stonehill in "Extraordinary Measures," which ws based on a true story; also produced

2009

Played immigrations officer Max Brogan in "Crossing Over"

2008

Reprised role of Indy for fourth installment of adventure series "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull"; re-teamed with George Lucas and director Steven Spielberg

2006

Cast as a security specialist forced into robbing a bank in order to protect his family in thriller "Firewall"

2003

Received star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

2002

Received reported $25 million salary to star as a Russian submarine officer in "K-19: The Widowmaker"

2000

Played a professor whose wife (Michelle Pfeiffer) is haunted by a ghost in "What Lies Beneath"

1999

Starred as widower cop obsessed with learning details of his late wife's affair in Pollack's "Random Hearts"

1998

Played a cargo pilot opposite Anne Heche in romantic comedy "Six Days, Seven Nights"

1997

Starred as a NYC detective opposite Brad Pitt's Irish terrorist in "The Devil's Own"

1997

Portrayed the President of the U.S. in Wolfgang Petersen's "Air Force One"

1995

Played role originated by Humphrey Bogart in Sydney Pollack's ill-advised remake of "Sabrina"

1994

Reprised role of Jack Ryan in "Clear and Present Danger"

1993

Cast as Dr. Richard Kimble in big screen adaptation of "The Fugitive"

1992

Assumed Jack Ryan character (replacing Alec Baldwin) in Tom Clancy's "Patriot Games"

1991

Played a ruthless litigator transformed by a brain injury in Mike Nichols' "Regarding Henry"

1990

Played an adulterous husband with a terrible secret in Alan J. Pakula's "Presumed Innocent"

1989

Donned the fedora again for "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade"

1988

Delivered rare comic turn opposite Melanie Griffith in Mike Nichols' "Working Girl"

1986

Teamed with Weir again for "The Mosquito Coast"

1985

Earned Best Actor Academy Award nomination as a detective in Peter Weir's "Witness"

1984

Reprised role of Indy for "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom"

1983

Returned to role of Han Solo for "Return of the Jedi"

1982

Portrayed android bounty hunter in Ridley Scott's "Blade Runner"

1981

First feature starring role, playing swashbuckling archaeologist Indiana Jones in "Raiders of the Lost Ark"; executive produced by Lucas and directed by Steven Spielberg

1980

Reprised role of Han Solo for "The Empire Strikes Back"

1977

Breakthrough role, playing Han Solo in George Lucas' "Star Wars"

1973

First major success, George Lucas' "American Graffiti"

1969

TV movie debut, "The Intruders" (NBC)

1968

Gave up acting and worked as a carpenter; built Sergio Mendes' $100,000 recording studio; also built elaborate entrance for Francis Ford Coppola's offices at Goldwyn Studios

1968

Moved over to Universal from Columbia; featured in film "Journey to Shiloh"

1966

Film acting debut, one-line appearance as a bellboy in "Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round"

1964

Signed seven-year contract with Columbia Pictures at $150 per week

1964

Moved to Laguna Beach, CA and appeared in local production of "John Brown's Body"

1963

Made professional debut in variety of musicals and dramas in summer stock in Williams Bay, WI

Grew up in Park Ridge and Morton Grove, IL

Bonus Trivia

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The scar on the actor's chin came from car accident when he was in his 20s.

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After college, Harrison Ford applied for – and received – conscientious objector status to avoid being drafted.

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Ford began flight training in the 1960s. He abandoned the activity until the mid-1990s when he earned his pilot's license.

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He was billed as Harrison J. Ford until 1970 to avoid confusion with the prolific silent screen actor Harrison Ford (1892-1957).

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In 1993, the arachnologist Norman Platnick named a new species of spider Calponia harrisonfordi, and in 2002, the entomologist Edward O. Wilson named a new ant species Pheidole harrisonfordi (in recognition of Harrison's work as Vice Chairman of Conservation International).

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Ford spoke about suffering from clinical depression when he was in college to The Daily Telegraph (Nov. 15, 1999): "I would sleep for four or five days at a time."

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Ford was actively involved in a number of environmental conservation groups and appeared in public service announcements for the Archaeology Advisory Groups of Colorado, Arizona, Alaska, New Mexico, North Carolina, and Mississippi. He has donated 389 acres of his property for a conservation easement to the Jackson Hole Land Trust. In addition, Ford was the spokesman for the Lancaster Farmland Trust to protect Amish farms in Pennsylvania.

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On Oct. 23, 1999, Ford was involved in the crash of a Bell 206-L4 helicopter. When asked about the incident by fellow pilot James Lipton in an interview on the TV show "Inside the Actor's Studio" (Bravo) Ford replied, "I broke it."

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