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HARRISON FORD (Quinn), one of the most popular and bankable
stars in the world, most recently starred as President James Marshall
in 1997's blockbuster hit "Air Force One," directed
by Wolfgang Petersen. He was the recipient of the People's Choice
Award as most popular male actor of the year this January for
that powerful performance. Earlier in '97, Ford starred with Brad
Pitt in "The Devil's Own." He was named Star of the
Century by the National Association of Theatre Owners in 1994.
An Oscar® nominee for his portrayal of an urban
detective thrust into the world of the Amish in "Witness,"
Ford has starred in many of the biggest box-office hits of all
time, including the "Star Wars" trilogy and the "Indiana
Jones" series. Ford received Golden Globe Award nominations
for his performances in "Sabrina" and "The Fugitive."
Born in Chicago, Ford attended Ripon College in Wisconsin before
moving to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. He began as
a contract player with Columbia Pictures, making his film debut
in the 1966 crime drama "Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round."
After a small role in "Getting Straight," he made the
decision that his career choices would not be determined by financial
need. He turned to carpentry for his livelihood, while turning
down those roles that a hungrier young actor might feel compelled
In 1973, after a three-year hiatus from the screen, young director
George Lucas cast him in "American Graffiti." The following
year, Ford won a prominent supporting role in Francis Ford Coppola's
"The Conversation" and had an important role in the
1975 television production of Stanley Kramer's "The Court
Marshall of Lt. Calley." He returned to the big screen in
1977, when Lucas cast him as the rebel starship pilot Han Solo
in "Star Wars," which shattered all box-office records
and established a new star in the cinema galaxy.
He returned as Solo in the 1980 sequel "The Empire Strikes
Back" and again in the 1984 blockbuster "Return of the
Jedi." With the trilogy's re-issue in 1997, box-office records
were once again broken, establishing the trilogy among the highest
grossing films of all time. In between, he teamed with Lucas and
director Steven Spielberg in "Raiders of the Lost Ark"
(1981) and composed another of his most memorable characters,
a futuristic bounty hunter, in Ridley Scott's "Blade Runner"
In 1985, Ford received an Academy Award® nomination
for his performance in "Witness." He followed this with
the gritty portrayal of a reclusive inventor in "The Mosquito
Among Ford's other recent feature film credits are Alan Pakula's
"Presumed Innocent," two films for Mike Nichols: "Working
Girl" and "Regarding Henry"; and "Patriot
Games" and "Clear and Present Danger," both directed
by Philip Noyce.
Next up for Ford in the fall of 1998 is "Random Hearts,"
which will reunite him with director Sydney Pollack.
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