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