HARRISON FORD (Dutch Van Den Broeck) is one of the most popular film
stars in the world. Known for a diverse range of movies, "Random
Hearts" is Ford's 34th feature. An Oscar nominee for his performance in
"Witness," Ford came to prominence in the "Star Wars"
trilogy and gained wide popularity in the "Indiana Jones" series.
These six films represent some of the biggest blockbusters of all time.
He has also been Golden Globe-nominated for his roles in "Sabrina,"
"The Fugitive," "The Mosquito Coast" and
"Witness." The National Association of Theater Owners named him Star
of the Century in 1994 and People picked Ford as "The Sexiest Man
Alive" in 1998. Also in 1998, Ford was nominated for the People's Choice
Award as Favorite Motion Picture Actor. In 1999, he won the People's Choice
Award as Favorite All-Time Movie Star.
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 determined not to let his career choices be dictated by financial concerns,
so he turned to carpentry while he waited for the right role.
In 1973, after a three-year hiatus from the screen, George Lucas cast him in
"American Graffiti," followed the next year by a prominent supporting
part in Francis Ford Coppola's "The Conversation." He then accepted an
important role in Stanley Kramer's television production of "The Court
Marshall of Lt. William Calley." Ford returned to features in 1977 as Han
Solo, the pilot of the rebel starship Millennium Falcon, in "Star
Wars," the film that shattered all box office records and established Ford
as a major star. Preferring a wide variety of roles, Ford has also starred in
the romantic comedies "Six Days, Seven Nights," "Sabrina"
and "Working Girl;" the action features "Air Force One,"
"The Devil's Own," "Clear and Present Danger" and
"Patriot Games;" and the dramas "Regarding Henry,"
"Presumed Innocent" and "Blade Runner." Among his other
credits are "Frantic," "Apocalypse Now," "Hanover
Street," "Frisco Kid" and "Force Ten From Navarone."
Strongly committed to environmental concerns, Ford is actively involved in a
number of conservation groups and has done public service announcements for the
Archaeology Advisory Groups of Colorado, Arizona, Alaska, New Mexico, North
Carolina and Mississippi. While "Random Hearts" was filming at the
Patuxent Research Refuge, he did a PSA for the National Wildlife Service Refuge
program. He has done additional PSAs for the Environmental Media Association,
Save the Children, the American Cancer Society and the Will Rogers Foundation.
Ford is the spokesman for the Lancaster Farmland Trust to protect Amish Farms in
Ford and his wife, screenwriter Melissa Mathison, live with their children in
Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where Ford donated 389 acres of his property for a
conservation easement to the Jackson Hole Land Trust.
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