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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[edit | edit source]

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]

Work in Star Wars[edit | edit source]

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Filmography[edit | edit source]

Year Title Role Other notes
2021 Indiana Jones 5 Indiana Jones In development
2020 The Call of the Wild John Thornton
2019 Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker Han Solo Uncredited, appeared as a vision
2019 The Secret Life of Pets 2 Rooster (a Welsh Sheepdog)
2017 Blade Runner 2049 Rick Deckard
2015 Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens Han Solo
2014 The Expendables 3 Max Drummer
2013 Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Mack Harken
2013 Ender's Game Hyrum Graff
2013 42 Branch Rickey
2011 Cowboys & Aliens Col. Woodrow Dolarhyde
2010 Morning Glory Mike Pomeroy
2010 Extraordinary Measures Dr. Robert Stonehill
2009 Crossing Over Max Brogan
2008 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Indiana Jones
2007 Manhunt Col. Everton Conger
2006 Firewall Jack Stanfield
2003 Hollywood Homicide Joe Gavilan
2002 K-19: The Widowmaker Alexei Vostrikov
2000 What Lies Beneath Dr. Norman Spencer
1999 Random Hearts Sergeant William "Dutch" Van Den Broeck
1998 Six Days Seven Nights Quinn Harris
1997 Air Force One President James Marshall
1997 The Devil's Own Tom O'Meara
1995 Sabrina Linus Larrabee
1994 Clear and Present Danger Jack Ryan
1993 Young Indiana Jones and the Mystery of the Blues Indiana Jones (age 50) made-for-television
1993 The Fugitive Dr. Richard Kimble
1992 Patriot Games Jack Ryan
1991 Regarding Henry Henry Turner
1990 Presumed Innocent Rusty Sabich
1989 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Indiana Jones
1988 Working Girl Jack Trainer
1988 Frantic Dr. Richard Walker
1986 The Mosquito Coast Allie Fox
1985 Witness Detective Captain John Book
1984 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Indiana Jones
1983 Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi Han Solo
1982 Blade Runner Rick Deckard
1981 Raiders of the Lost Ark Indiana Jones
1980 Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back Han Solo
1979 More American Graffiti Officer Bob Falfa uncredited
1979 Apocalypse Now Colonel Lucas
1979 The Frisco Kid Tommy Lillard
1979 Hanover Street David Halloran
1978 The Star Wars Holiday Special Han Solo television special
1978 Force 10 from Navarone Lieutenant Colonel Mike Barnsby
1977 Heroes Ken Boyd
1977 Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope Han Solo
1977 The Possessed Paul Winjam made-for-television
1976 Dynasty Mark Blackwood made-for-television
1975 Judgment: The Court Martial of Lieutenant William Calley Frank Crowder made-for-television
1974 The Conversation Martin Stett
1973 American Graffiti Bob Falfa
1970 The Intruders Carl made-for-television
1970 Getting Straight Jake uncredited
1970 Zabriskie Point Airport Worker uncredited
1968 Journey to Shiloh Willie Bill Rearden
1967 A Time for Killing Lt Shaffer as Harrison J. Ford
1967 Luv Hippy uncredited
1966 Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round Bellhop uncredited

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

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