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"Starring in a science fiction film doesn't mean you have to act science fiction."
―Harrison Ford[src]

Harrison Ford (born July 13, 1942[1]) is an Academy Award-nominated actor and director most famous for his portrayals of the character Han Solo in the Star Wars saga as well as the archaeologist Indiana Jones in the Indiana Jones franchise.

Ford has also been the star of many high-grossing hit Hollywood blockbusters such as Air Force One and The Fugitive, which have distanced him from his famous Star Wars and Indiana Jones roles. At one point Ford had roles in the top five box-office hits of all time, though his role in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (as Elliot's school principal) was deleted from the final cut of the film. Five of his films have been inducted into the National Film Registry.

Biography[]

In 1975, director George Lucas used him to read lines for actors being cast for parts in his upcoming space opera, Star Wars. At the reading, Steven Spielberg noticed that Ford was well suited for the part of Han Solo and convinced Lucas to give Harrison the role that would eventually shoot him to fame.

Ford went on to star as Han Solo in the next two Star Wars sequels, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, as well as in The Star Wars Holiday Special. He asked George Lucas to write in the death of Han Solo at the beginning of the third act of Return of the Jedi, saying that it would lend more dramatic weight to the film, but Lucas refused.[2]

Filmography[]

Star Wars[]

Year Title Role Notes
1977 Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope Han Solo
1978 The Star Wars Holiday Special Han Solo (Legends)
1980 Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back Han Solo
1983 Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
2015 Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens
2019 Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker Uncredited, appeared as a vision

Other[]

Year Title Role Notes
1966 Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round Bellhop uncredited
1967 Luv Hippy
A Time for Killing Lt Shaffer as Harrison J. Ford
1968 Journey to Shiloh Willie Bill Rearden
1970 Zabriskie Point Airport Worker uncredited
Getting Straight Jake
The Intruders Carl made-for-television
1973 American Graffiti Bob Falfa
1974 The Conversation Martin Stett
1975 Judgment: The Court Martial of Lieutenant William Calley Frank Crowder made-for-television
1976 Dynasty Mark Blackwood
1977 The Possessed Paul Winjam
Heroes Ken Boyd
1978 Force 10 from Navarone Lieutenant Colonel Mike Barnsby
1979 Hanover Street David Halloran
The Frisco Kid Tommy Lillard
Apocalypse Now Colonel Lucas
More American Graffiti Officer Bob Falfa uncredited
1981 Raiders of the Lost Ark Indiana Jones
1982 Blade Runner Rick Deckard
1984 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Indiana Jones
1985 Witness Detective Captain John Book
1986 The Mosquito Coast Allie Fox
1988 Frantic Dr. Richard Walker
Working Girl Jack Trainer
1989 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Indiana Jones
1990 Presumed Innocent Rusty Sabich
1991 Regarding Henry Henry Turner
1992 Patriot Games Jack Ryan
1993 The Fugitive Dr. Richard Kimble
The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles Old Indiana Jones Episode Young Indiana Jones and the Mystery of the Blues (Season 2, Episode 5)
1994 Clear and Present Danger Jack Ryan
1995 Sabrina Linus Larrabee
1997 The Devil's Own Tom O'Meara
Air Force One President James Marshall
1998 Six Days Seven Nights Quinn Harris
1999 Random Hearts Sergeant William "Dutch" Van Den Broeck
2000 What Lies Beneath Dr. Norman Spencer
2002 K-19: The Widowmaker Alexei Vostrikov
2003 Hollywood Homicide Joe Gavilan
2006 Firewall Jack Stanfield
2007 Manhunt Col. Everton Conger
2008 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Indiana Jones
2009 Crossing Over Max Brogan
2010 Extraordinary Measures Dr. Robert Stonehill
Morning Glory Mike Pomeroy
2011 Cowboys & Aliens Col. Woodrow Dolarhyde
2013 42 Branch Rickey
Ender's Game Hyrum Graff
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Mack Harken
2014 The Expendables 3 Max Drummer
2017 Blade Runner 2049 Rick Deckard
2019 The Secret Life of Pets 2 Rooster (a Welsh Sheepdog)
2020 The Call of the Wild John Thornton
2021 Indiana Jones 5 Indiana Jones In development

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Harrison Ford as "Han Solo" in Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back

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