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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 to take.

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" (1982).

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 Coast."

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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