(Joe Gavilan) Over the course of his career, Harrison Ford has become one of the
most popularly acclaimed actors of our time. His body of work includes 35
feature films, 10 of which have exceeded $100 million each at the box office.
Through his starring roles in such cinematic blockbusters as the first three Star
Wars and Indiana Jones films, The Fugitive, Air Force One
and Patriot Games, he has come to embody the quintessential American hero
for moviegoers around the world.
An OscarĀ® and Golden
Globe nominee for his performance in the suspense thriller Witness
(1985), Ford also earned Golden Globe nominations for his starring roles in Sabrina
(1995), The Fugitive (1993) and The Mosquito Coast (1986). The
National Association of Theatre Owners named him Star of the Century in 1994. People
picked Ford as "The Sexiest Man Alive" in 1998. That same year, he won
the People's Choice Award as Favorite All Time Movie Star and, again, in 2000
when he was named Favorite Motion Picture Actor. Also in 2000, he received the
prestigious Life Achievement Award from the American Film Institute.
In 2002, the Golden
Globes honored him with the Cecil B. DeMille Award for Lifetime Achievement.
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 crime drama Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round (1966). After
a small role in Getting Straight (1970), he resolved 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.
The next year, he landed a prominent supporting part in Francis Ford Coppola's
The Conversation, which was followed by an important role in Stanley
Kramer's television production of "Judgment: The Court Martial of Lt.
Ford returned to
features in 1977 when Lucas cast him as the cocky rebel starship pilot Han Solo
in Star Wars. The film shattered all box office records and made Ford a
household name. He went on to star in Force 10 From Navarone (1978), Hanover
Street (1978) and The Frisco Kid (1979), and had cameo roles in Apocalypse
Now (1979) and More American Graffiti (1979) before being cast by
Steven Spielberg as intrepid adventurer Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost
Ark (1981). The movie became another one of the highest-grossing films of
Between the Star
Wars sequels The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi
(1983) and the Raiders of the Los Ark sequels Indiana Jones and
the Temple of Doom (1984) and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
(1989), Ford starred in a number of other memorable films. In Blade Runner
(1982), he delivered a gritty performance as a cop in the nihilistic future of
L.A. He earned critical acclaim and an OscarĀ® nomination for his role in Witness
(1985) as a cop on the lam, hiding out in Amish country. Ford followed that with
a daring portrayal of an eccentric idealistic inventor in The Mosquito Coast
(1986). He went on to play a Hitchcockian-style protagonist in F
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