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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 41 feature films, eleven of which have exceeded $100 million each at the box office. Through his starring roles in such cinematic blockbusters as the Star Wars and Indiana Jones trilogies, The Fugitive, Air Force One and Patriot Games, he has come to embody the quintessential American hero for moviegoers around the world.

An Oscar 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 Magazine picked Ford as "The Sexiest Man Aliveā€ in 1998 and that same year, he won 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 and, again, in 2000 they named him Favorite Motion Picture Actor. Also in the year 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).

In 1973, after a three-year hiatus from the screen, George Lucas cast him in American Graffiti, which sparked the initial relationship that lead to his casting as the cocky rebel starship pilot Han Solo in Star Wars (1977), the film that shattered all box office records and made Ford a household name. He went on to star in 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 of the highest-grossing films of all time.

Between the Star Wars sequels The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983) and the Raiders 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 Oscar nomination for his role as a cop on the lam, hiding out in Amish country, in Witness (1985). Ford followed that with starring roles in The Mosquito Coast (1986), Frantic (1988) and Working Girl (1988).

Throughout the 1990's and 2000's, Ford continued forging strong roles in films, such as the heroic ex-CIA agent Jack Ryan in Patriot Games (1992) and Clear and Present Danger (1994), a doctor wrongly convicted of murdering his wife in The Fugitive (1993), a deeply committed New York City cop in The Devil's Own (1997) and President James Marshall in Air Force One (1997). Some of Ford's other credits include Six Days, Seven Nights (1998), Random Hearts (1999), What Lies Beneath (2000), K-19: The Widowmaker (2002), Hollywood Homicide (2003), Firewall (2006) and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008).

Strongly committed to environmental concerns, Ford is actively involved in a number of conservation groups and has participated in numerous Public Service Announcements. He has received numerous awards for this work.

With his enthusiasm for flying and being an avid pilot, Ford has served as Chairman of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Young Eagles Program since March 2004, teaching children about flying. He has flown several hundred children in his De Havilland Beaver plane. In January 2009, he was honored with a Living Legends of Aviation Legacy Award for his commitment to aviation.

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