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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[]

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

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

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