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Also Known As: Harrison J. Ford Died:
Born: July 13, 1942 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: actor, carpenter

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ael Mann's "Regarding Henry" (1991) failed to put a chink in his armor. In 1992, he took on the role of CIA agent Jack Ryan in "Patriot Games" (1992), a tense action thriller that depicted Ryan trying to protect his family from an IRA fringe group after saving English royals from assassination. Ford followed with "The Fugitive" (1993), arguably one of the most intense and finely-crafted action films of all time. In the film, he played Dr. Richard Kimble, a vascular surgeon wrongly accused of murdering his wife (Sela Ward) after a society dinner. Though his wife was killed by an unknown one-armed man (Andreas Katsulas), all the evidence points to Kimble, who is arrested, tried and convicted of first degree murder, to be punished by lethal injection. But Kimble manages to escape after fellow inmates overturn the bus en route to prison, triggering a manhunt lead by a relentless U.S. marshal (Tommy Lee Jones). "The Fugitive" was yet another huge success for Ford, who only confirmed his status as the biggest box office draw of his generation.While "The Fugitive" represented a high water mark for his career, by no means did Ford put his career on autopilot. He next starred in the third adaptation of Tom...

ael Mann's "Regarding Henry" (1991) failed to put a chink in his armor. In 1992, he took on the role of CIA agent Jack Ryan in "Patriot Games" (1992), a tense action thriller that depicted Ryan trying to protect his family from an IRA fringe group after saving English royals from assassination. Ford followed with "The Fugitive" (1993), arguably one of the most intense and finely-crafted action films of all time. In the film, he played Dr. Richard Kimble, a vascular surgeon wrongly accused of murdering his wife (Sela Ward) after a society dinner. Though his wife was killed by an unknown one-armed man (Andreas Katsulas), all the evidence points to Kimble, who is arrested, tried and convicted of first degree murder, to be punished by lethal injection. But Kimble manages to escape after fellow inmates overturn the bus en route to prison, triggering a manhunt lead by a relentless U.S. marshal (Tommy Lee Jones). "The Fugitive" was yet another huge success for Ford, who only confirmed his status as the biggest box office draw of his generation.

While "The Fugitive" represented a high water mark for his career, by no means did Ford put his career on autopilot. He next starred in the third adaptation of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan series, "Clear and Present Danger" (1994), once again delivering a dependable performance in this entertaining thriller that saw Ryan journey to Columbia to rescue a captured paramilitary force from a drug cartel with the aid of a renegade intelligence operative (Willem Dafoe). In what many considered to be a pointless exercise, Ford starred in a remake of Billy Wilder's "Sabrina" (1995), playing the successful heir to a family fortune who tries to woo the daughter (Julia Ormond) of the chauffeur to spurn his brother (Greg Kinnear), only to find himself failing in love for real. After "Sabrina," Ford retreated into a series of mediocre films that occasionally did well at the box office, but nonetheless gave fans and critics alike the impression his prowess had begun to diminish. In his next film, "The Devil's Own" (1997), Ford starred as a New York City police officer who takes in an Irish émigré (Brad Pitt) possessing a dark past and bloody-minded purpose in America. Behind the scenes, Ford and Pitt were dissatisfied with the script, which led to constant rewrites, resulting in a muddled story that never reached fruition onscreen.

For his next project, Ford took heroism to new, absurd heights by playing the President of the United States as a bad-ass who fights a group of Kazakhstan terrorists after they take over his plane in Wolfgang Petersen's ridiculous action thriller, "Air Force Once" (1997). Despite the $172 million take at the box office, there was no escaping the over-the-top action, silly one-liners and completely implausible stunts, including one with Ford hanging on to the plane's open bay door only by his fingertips at 30,000 feet. Moving on, Ford returned to romantic comedy territory with "Six Days, Seven Nights" (1998), playing a brash airplane pilot who flies a New York business woman (Anne Heche) to Tahiti, only to crash on a deserted island where the combative couple fights to survive and ultimately falls in love. In a rare turn as the antihero, Ford starred in "Random Hearts" (1999), playing an obsessive Internal Affairs detective whose wife dies in an airline crash, but learns that she was having an affair with the husband of a prominent Congresswoman (Kristin Scott Thomas). Despite a pedigreed cast â¿¿ which also included Charles S. Dutton â¿¿ and with Sydney Pollack directing, "Random Hearts" fell flat with audiences and critics.

Once content with playing the action hero, Ford occasionally made the switch to villain, as he did in "What Lies Beneath" (2000), a haunting thriller from director Roger Zemeckis, in which Ford played a successful genetic scientist struggling to repair his marriage to wife (Michelle Pfeiffer), who starts seeing images of a mysterious wraith-like girl. In another adventurous turn, Ford played a Russian submarine captain who prevents World War III in "K-19: The Widowmaker" (2002), a box office dud that displayed Ford's woeful attempt at a Russian accent. After he made forgettable turns in the disastrous buddy comedy "Hollywood Homicide" (2003) and the techno-thriller "Firewall" (2006), Ford revived Indiana Jones after years of speculation and secretive script meetings for "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" (2008). Set in the 1950s, Jones goes on a quest to find the lost city of Atlantis, aided by a rebellious young man (Shia LaBoeuf), and â¿¿ back by popular demand â¿¿ his "Raiders of the Lost Ark" flame (Karen Allen). While certainly a box office hit, the highly-anticipated movie managed to disappoint some fans and even elicited ridicule following a sequence where Jones survives a nuclear blast by hiding in a 1950s-era refrigerator; a scene that coined the phrase "nuke the fridge," which alluded to a film reaching unparalleled heights of absurdity.

Following the financial success of "Crystal Skull," Ford slipped into relative obscurity with his next film, "Crossing Over" (2009), a politically themed drama in which he played an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent in Los Angeles battling the growing problem of illegal immigration. Despite the filmâ¿¿s timely subject matter, "Crossing Over" barely made a blip at the box office. He went on to co-star in the romantic comedy "Morning Glory" (2010), in which he played a serious news journalist who is brought onto a failing morning show by a plucky TV producer (Rachel McAdams) in an effort to save the program, only to run afoul with his new co-host (Diane Keaton). Following the critical and box office disappointment of the underwhelming medical drama "Extraordinary Measures" (2010), also starring Brendan Fraser, Ford played the iron-fisted head of an Old West town that is suddenly beset by an alien attack in the hybrid "Cowboys & Aliens" (2011), co-starring Daniel Craig. It was during the filming of the latter movie that Ford made an honest woman of Calista Flockhart, whom he married in New Mexico on June 15, 2010, near where "Cowboys" was being made. Following a relatively quiet 2012, Ford thrilled fanboys everywhere when it was rumored he would reprise Han Solo for the seventh installment of the "Star Wars" saga, which was put into production after George Lucas sold his empire to Walt Disney Studios. With J.J. Abrams set to direct "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" (2015), Ford was confirmed to be returning to one of his most famous roles, joining Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher in their reprisals of Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia respectively.

Meanwhile, Ford played Brooklyn Dodgers owner Branch Rickey in "42" (2013), Brian Helgelandâ¿¿s baseball biopic about Jackie Robinson (Chadwick A. Boseman) becoming the first African-American to play Major League baseball and signed on to join the cast of the comedy sequel "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" (2013). Also during that year, he appeared with Gary Oldman in the little-seen thriller "Paranoia" and returned to the sci-fi genre with a key role in the military-themed epic "Ender's Game," based on the popular Orson Scott Card novel. Continuing to make longtime fans freak out, Ford also filmed his part in "The Expendables 3" (2014), placing him in the company of almost every major action-movie star of the preceding three decades. This was followed by a supporting role in the romantic drama "The Age of Adaline" (2015) before the release of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" obliterated box office records around the world.

ther compelling performance, playing a prosecutor accused of murdering a beautiful colleague (Greta Scacchi) with whom he was having an affair in "Presumed Innocent" (1990).

By the time Ford had made "Presumed Innocent," he was widely considered to be one of the most bankable stars working in Hollywood. Even box office duds like Mich

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 42 (2013)
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 Milius (2013)
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 Ender's Game (2013)
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 Paranoia (2013)
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 Anchorman 2 (2013)
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Milestones close milestones

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Grew up in Park Ridge and Morton Grove, IL
1963:
Made professional debut in variety of musicals and dramas in summer stock in Williams Bay, WI
1964:
Moved to Laguna Beach, CA and appeared in local production of "John Brown's Body"
1964:
Signed seven-year contract with Columbia Pictures at $150 per week
1966:
Film acting debut, one-line appearance as a bellboy in "Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round"
1968:
Moved over to Universal from Columbia; featured in film "Journey to Shiloh"
1968:
Gave up acting and worked as a carpenter; built Sergio Mendes' $100,000 recording studio; also built elaborate entrance for Francis Ford Coppola's offices at Goldwyn Studios
1970:
TV movie debut, "The Intruders" (NBC)
1973:
First major success, George Lucas' "American Graffiti"
1977:
Breakthrough role, playing Han Solo in George Lucas' "Star Wars"
1980:
Reprised role of Han Solo for "The Empire Strikes Back"
1981:
First feature starring role, playing swashbuckling archaeologist Indiana Jones in "Raiders of the Lost Ark"; executive produced by Lucas and directed by Steven Spielberg
1982:
Portrayed android bounty hunter in Ridley Scott's "Blade Runner"
1983:
Returned to role of Han Solo for "Return of the Jedi"
1984:
Reprised role of Indy for "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom"
1985:
Earned Best Actor Academy Award nomination as a detective in Peter Weir's "Witness"
1986:
Teamed with Weir again for "The Mosquito Coast"
1988:
Delivered rare comic turn opposite Melanie Griffith in Mike Nichols' "Working Girl"
1989:
Donned the fedora again for "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade"
1990:
Played an adulterous husband with a terrible secret in Alan J. Pakula's "Presumed Innocent"
1991:
Played a ruthless litigator transformed by a brain injury in Mike Nichols' "Regarding Henry"
1992:
Assumed Jack Ryan character (replacing Alec Baldwin) in Tom Clancy's "Patriot Games"
1993:
Cast as Dr. Richard Kimble in big screen adaptation of "The Fugitive"
1994:
Reprised role of Jack Ryan in "Clear and Present Danger"
1995:
Played role originated by Humphrey Bogart in Sydney Pollack's ill-advised remake of "Sabrina"
1997:
Starred as a NYC detective opposite Brad Pitt's Irish terrorist in "The Devil's Own"
1997:
Portrayed the President of the U.S. in Wolfgang Petersen's "Air Force One"
1998:
Played a cargo pilot opposite Anne Heche in romantic comedy "Six Days, Seven Nights"
1999:
Starred as widower cop obsessed with learning details of his late wife's affair in Pollack's "Random Hearts"
2000:
Played a professor whose wife (Michelle Pfeiffer) is haunted by a ghost in "What Lies Beneath"
2002:
Received reported $25 million salary to star as a Russian submarine officer in "K-19: The Widowmaker"
2003:
Received star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
2006:
Cast as a security specialist forced into robbing a bank in order to protect his family in thriller "Firewall"
2008:
Reprised role of Indy for fourth installment of adventure series "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull"; re-teamed with George Lucas and director Steven Spielberg
2009:
Played immigrations officer Max Brogan in "Crossing Over"
2010:
Portrayed research scientist Robert Stonehill in "Extraordinary Measures," which ws based on a true story; also produced
2010:
Played a morning show anchor in ensemble comedy "Morning Glory"
2011:
Co-starred with Daniel Craig in sci-fi Western "Cowboys & Aliens"
2013:
Announced franchise return in "Star Wars: Episode VII," confirmed by George Lucas
2013:
Featured in the baseball drama "42"
2013:
Appeared in the sci-fi movie "Ender's Game"
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Education

Ripon College: Ripon , Wisconsin -
Maine Township High School: Park Ridge , Illinois - 1960

Notes

Not to be confused with, and not related to, prolific silent screen actor Harrison Ford (1892-1957). In fact, Ford was billed as Harrison J Ford until 1970 to avoid confusion.

In 1993, a new species of spider, Calponia harrisonford, was named after him by the American Museum of Natural History.

"Acting is basically like carpentry--if you know your craft, you figure out the logic of a particular job and submit yourself to it. It all comes down to detail." --Harrison Ford (quoted in Earl Blackwell's Entertainment Celebrity Register, 1991).

"If you become a part of that machinery, someone the machinery thinks it can use and exploit at that particular moment, then there is sure to be a time limit on you, and you are soon going to be unfashionable. Because I have never been fashionable, I can never be unfashionable." --From Vanity Fair, July 1993.

"I think part of what has led me to a commercially successful career has been a certain wisdom about choosing projects, and choosing movies that people might want to see. This is a business, and I'm in the business of making movies." --Harrison Ford quoted in Us, June 1997.

"I don't feel any lack of noble purpose if I do a film that's commercial". --Harrison Ford to The Daily Telegraph, June 14, 1997.

"I wasn't too much of a wild child. I knew my limits. And rarely exceeded them." --Ford quoted in Newsday, July 20, 1997.

"I'll say it again. [Movie acting] ain't brain surgery. But it is, nonetheless, a craft, a skill that demands that you twist yourself into emotional situations connected with the issues you're dealing with. It helps to have your craft skills developed so that you can give expression to a variety of different moods and psychological situations. It helps to know how to support your fellow actors and contrive to get them to support you. All these things take time to develop, And there's no mystery, really, to the acting process. There are occasional suprises. But no mystery." --Harrison Ford in Newsday, July 20, 1997.

"Because I've never been fashionable, I can never be unfashionable". --quoted in Us, August 1998.

On why he doesn't play villains: "I've never read a script where I thought the bad guy was as interesting as the good life ... But it depends on what comes my way." --From Daily News, October 3, 1999.

Harrison Ford has said he suffered from clinical depression when he was in college, admitting: "I would sleep for four or five days at a time". --to The Daily Telegraph, November 15, 1999.

In one TV film, Ford played a girls' school biology teacher who kept his class enthralled with a pet tarantula. To prepare for the role, Ford went out and got a real tarantula to work with. "So I brought the spider which I had tamed to my hand. I said to the director, 'We got us a spider we can work with.' And the director said, 'Get the f**k outta here.' And I ended up doing it with a little ball of black twine. So the girls were acting, instead of having the chance to see a real spider." --Harrison Ford to The Daily Telegraph, June 14, 1997.

"I refuse to sell myself. That's not what I'm about". --Los Angeles Times, February 13, 2000.

After college, Harrison Ford applied for--and received--conscientious objector status to avoid being drafted.

The scar on the actor's chin came from car accident when he was in his 20s.

Ford has done the voice-overs for the Oldsmobile commercials.

He earned his pilot's license in 1996.

Ford has done commercials in Japan for the Honda motor company, Kirin beer and a cellular phone company.

Ford is actively involved in a number of environmental conservation groups and does public service annopuncements for the Archaeology Advisory Groups of Colorodo, Arizona, Alaska, New Mexico, North Carolina and Mississippi. He has donated 389 acres of his property for a conservation easement to the Jaskson Hole Land Trust. In addition, Ford is the spokesman for the Lancaster Farmland Trust to protect Amish farms in Pennsylvania.

The actor set tongues a-wagging in 1997 when--after a male-bonding session with a couple of pals--he fulfilled a life-long dream and got his ear pierced.

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wife:
Mary Ford. Married in 1964; divorced in 1979; met at Ripon College.
wife:
Melissa Mathison. Screenwriter. Married on March 14, 1983 in Los Angeles; wrote screenplay for "The Black Stallion" (1979), "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial" and "The Escape Artist" (both 1982); announced separation in November 2000; reportedly reconciled in March 2001; she filed for legal separation on August 23, 2001 citing irreconcilable differences and seeking joint custody of the couple's two children; divorce final early 2004.
companion:
Calista Flockhart. Actor. Reportedly dating as of early 2002.

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father:
Christopher Ford. Advertising executive, former actor. Irish-Catholic; born November 20, 1906; died on February 10, 1999.
mother:
Dorothy Ford. Russian-Jewish.
brother:
Terence Ford. Actor. Born c. 1945; starred in the first pan-Europe soap opera, "Riviera" (1992); career was stalled in the 1970s and 80s by addiction to drugs and alcohol; divorced from third wife, Los Angeles TV executive Terri Guitron-Ford (married 1987-1991).
son:
Benjamin Ford. Chef. Born in 1967; mother Mary Ford.
son:
Willard Ford. Teacher. Born in 1969; mother Mary Ford.
son:
Malcolm Carswell Ford. Born on March 10, 1987; mother, Melissa Mathison.
daughter:
Georgia Ford. Born on June 30, 1990; mother. Melissa Mathison.
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Editions Caranoc
"Harrison Ford: Imperfect Hero" Birch Lane Press

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