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Harrison Ford by Gage SkidmoreThe top Hollywood actor and box-office recored breaker - whose movies have grossed more than $5 billion worldwide - was born on July 13, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois.

Today, most famous as the wisecracking Hans Solo in the Star Wars film series, and the adventure-seeking archaeologist in the Indiana Jones franchise, young "Harry" was reportedly bored at school as a young boy and show no particular ambition for a career ... until the acting bug bit after performing his first drama class at Ripon College in Wisconsin.

Soon after, Ford was appearing in local and summer stock productions when he decided to move to Los Angeles with his new wife, Mary Marquardt, to seriously pursue an acting career.

Struggling with TV bit parts on such shows as The Virginian, Ironside, and Kung Fu, the young actor turned to his self-taught carpentry skills, with which he would later make a living constructing offices and house additions for the Hollywood elite.

This led to his first breakthrough role in American Graffiti, while his most famous role reportedly began with a contract for kitchen cabinets for film director and producer George Lucas. After helping out with rehearsals and line readings, Ford was cajoled by Lucas to take the part of Hans Solo for the upcoming production of Star Wars.

And the rest, as they say, is history.

Ford not only went on to star in the first Star Wars trilogy, but followed that with another equally successful run in the Indiana Jones series, beginning with wildly successful Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Harrison Ford in Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Clear and Present Danger
In some of Hollywood's biggest moneymakers throughout his career, Harrison Ford is most popular
for action-adventures roles such as Han Solo in the Star Wars series; the Indiana Jones franchise;
and as CIA analyst Jack Ryan in Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger.

Beyond Indy & Star Wars

With starring roles in films such as Blade Runner, Presumed Innocent, Regarding Henry, Patriot Games, The Fugitive, Clear and Present Danger, and Air Force One, Ford has become the wealthiest actor on the planet, commanding more than $20 million dollars a performance. (And, despite his appearances in some off Hollywood's biggest money makers, Ford has yet to receive an Oscar although he was given the nod for Best Actor in 1985 for his performance in Witness.)

Ford starred in Firewall in 2006, but two years later was back on the Indiana Jones set to appear in a fourth installment in the Indiana Jones series. The long-anticipated adventure, entitled "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" opened in May 2008. This time around, the plot was set during the Cold War in 1957 with actor Shia LaBeouf playing Indie's trusted sidekick.

Harrison Ford's most recent film project is a starring role in Paranoia opposite actor Liam Hemsworth. Meawhile, the actor has also been talking about a possible return to reboots of both the Star Wars and Indiana Jones movie franchises, with only an appearance in Indiana Jones 5 confirmed to date. Stay tuned!

Offscreen, Ford has four children - two by his first wife (who he divorced in 1979) and two with current wife, screenwriter Melissa Mathison.

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