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
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
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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