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Born: July 13, 1942 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: Cast ...


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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