Harrison Ford

Harrison Ford was born on July 13, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois, to Dorothy (Nidelman), a radio actress, and Christopher Ford (born John William Ford), an actor turned advertising executive. His father was of Irish and German ancestry, while his maternal grandparents were Jewish immigrants from Mins...

Born on July 13, 1942

Chicago, Illinois, USA

Height 1.85m / 6' 1"

Biography

Harrison Ford was born on July 13, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois, to Dorothy (Nidelman), a radio actress, and Christopher Ford (born John William Ford), an actor turned advertising executive. His father was of Irish and German ancestry, while his maternal grandparents were Jewish immigrants from Minsk, Belarus. Harrison was a lackluster student at Maine Township High School East in Park Ridge Illinois (no athletic star, never above a C average). After dropping out of Ripon College in Wisconsin, where he did some acting and later summer stock, he signed a Hollywood contract with Columbia and later Universal. His roles in movies and television (Ironside (1967), The Virginian (1962)) remained secondary and, discouraged, he turned to a career in professional carpentry. He came back big four years later, however, as Bob Falfa in American Graffiti (1973). Four years after that, he hit colossal with the role of Han Solo in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977). Another four years and Ford was Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981).Four years later and he received Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for his role as John Book in Witness (1985). All he managed four years after that was his third starring success as Indiana Jones; in fact, many of his earlier successful roles led to sequels as did his more recent portrayal of Jack Ryan in Patriot Games (1992). Another Golden Globe nomination came his way for the part of Dr. Richard Kimble in The Fugitive (1993). He is clearly a well-established Hollywood superstar. He also maintains an 800-acre ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.Ford is a private pilot of both fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters, and owns an 800-acre (3.2 km2) ranch in Jackson, Wyoming, approximately half of which he has donated as a nature reserve. On several occasions, Ford has personally provided emergency helicopter services at the request of local authorities, in one instance rescuing a hiker overcome by dehydration. Ford began flight training in the 1960s at Wild Rose Idlewild Airport in Wild Rose, Wisconsin, flying in a Piper PA-22 Tri-Pacer, but at $15 an hour, he could not afford to continue the training. In the mid-1990s, he bought a used Gulfstream II and asked one of his pilots, Terry Bender, to give him flying lessons. They started flying a Cessna 182 out of Jackson, Wyoming, later switching to Teterboro, New Jersey, flying a Cessna 206, the aircraft he soloed in. Ford is an honorary board member of the humanitarian aviation organization Wings of Hope.On March 5, 2015, Ford's plane, believed to be a Ryan PT-22 Recruit, made an emergency landing on the Penmar Golf Course in Venice, California. Ford had radioed in to report that the plane had suffered engine failure. He was taken to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, where he was reported to be in fair to moderate condition. Ford suffered a broken pelvis and broken ankle during the accident, as well as other injuries.Read More

Known For

TradeMarks

Frequently plays characters who use their intelligence rather than physical strength

Performs many of his own stunts.

Has a scar on his chin and a pierced left ear

Sarcastic, world weary sense of humor

Often works with Steven Spielberg and George Lucas

Known for playing unwilling but quick-witted heroes who can think on their feet

Best known for his iconic roles as Han Solo and Indiana Jones

Deep, soft, soothing voice

Quiet but charming personality

Known to take a lot of hits and endure a lot of pain in his action films

Trivia

Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#15) (1995).

Studied at Ripon College in Ripon, Wisconsin, but left without obtaining a degree.

Listed as one of 50 people barred from entering Tibet on December 19, 1996. Disney clashed with Chinese officials over the film Kundun (1997), which Ford's second wife, Melissa Mathison, wrote.

Chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World (1997).

Ranked #1 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997]

Chosen as People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive (1998).

Private pilot, single engine fixed wing and helicopter. Owns a Bonanza, Gulfstream IV, DeHavland Beaver, and Bell 407 helicopter. Destroyed first 407 during simulated "engine-out" practice. Regularly flies himself between New York City and Wyoming homes. Has a loft in Tribeca, New York City.

He provided the whip-cracks on the song "Desperation Samba (Halloween in Tijuana)" for Jimmy Buffett's album "Last Mango in Paris".

Revealed on Late Show with David Letterman (1993) that he has some false teeth; two were pulled by a dentist after some others were damaged when he fell on a gun during a stunt for a television appearance early in his career.

Was a master carpenter before becoming a movie star, a craft he still does as a hobby.

Quotes

It's a little-known fact, but I wanted Han Solo to die at the end of Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983). I thought it would give more weight and resonance. But George Lucas wasn't sympathetic. He didn't want me killed by those teddy bear guys.

You know you are getting old when all the names in your black book have "MD" after them.

[when asked, "If heaven exists, what would you want God to say to you at the pearly gates"?] You're a lot better looking in person.

I don't think I've mastered anything. I'm still wrestling with the same frustrations, the same issues, the same problems as I always did. That's what life is like.

I don't do stunts - I do running, jumping and falling down. After 25 years, I know exactly what I'm doing.

[on his marriage to Melissa Mathison] It was just part of the continuum of the relationship... I don't know if I ever proposed to her.

[on playing Indiana Jones again in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)] No one wants to see a hero have to pick up his cane to hit someone, but I'm still quite fit enough to fake it.

I used to shake my head, as in "No, I just look like him." But that's not fair. So I said to those little old ladies at Trenton Airport, "Yes, I am Harrison Ford." And they still didn't believe it was me.

[on being a leading man] I'm like a fireman. When I go out on a call, I want to put out a big fire, I don't want to put out a fire in a dumpster.

[to theater owners in Las Vegas] I'll make you a deal. I'll try to keep making films that put people in your theatre seats and you try to keep their shoes from sticking to the floor.

Spouses

Calista Flockhart Calista Flockhart June 15, 2010 - present (1 child)
Melissa Mathison Melissa Mathison March 14, 1983 - January 06, 2004 (divorced) (2 children)

Salaries

Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round  Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round  $ 150
Star Wars: The Force Awakens  Star Wars: The Force Awakens  $ 25,000,000 + 0.5% of gross
Firewall  Firewall  $ 15,000,000
K-19: The Widowmaker  K-19: The Widowmaker  $ 25,000,000 + 20% of the Gross
What Lies Beneath  What Lies Beneath  $ 20,000,000
Random Hearts  Random Hearts  $ 20,000,000
Six Days Seven Nights  Six Days Seven Nights  $ 20,000,000
Air Force One  Air Force One  $ 22,000,000
The Devil's Own  The Devil's Own  $ 20,000,000
Clear and Present Danger  Clear and Present Danger  $ 10,000,000
Patriot Games  Patriot Games  $ 9,000,000
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi  Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi  $ 500,000
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope  Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope  $ 1,000 /per week
American Graffiti  American Graffiti  $ 500 /week
Luv  Luv  $ 150 /week
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Filmography

Today Today Himself-Guest(2episodes,1977)
Gunsmoke Gunsmoke Hobey/...(2episodes,1972-1973)
The Merv Griffin Show The Merv Griffin Show Himself-Guest(1episode,1977)
The Virginian The Virginian CullenTindall/...(2episodes,1967)
The F.B.I. The F.B.I. EverettGiles/...(2episodes,1969)
Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round  Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round  BellhopPager(uncredited)
Ironside Ironside TomStowe(1episode,1967)
Luv  Luv  IrateMotorist(uncredited)
Mod Squad Mod Squad BeachPatrolCop(uncredited)(1episode,1968)
Journey to Shiloh  Journey to Shiloh  WillieBillBearden
Love, American Style Love, American Style RogerCrane(segment"LoveandtheFormerMarriage")(1episode,1969)
My Friend Tony My Friend Tony (1episode,1969)
Dan August Dan August Hewett(1episode,1971)
The Intruders  The Intruders  Carl
Zabriskie Point  Zabriskie Point  ArrestedStudent(uncredited)
Kung Fu Kung Fu Mr.Harrison(1episode,1974)
American Graffiti  American Graffiti  BobFalfa
Dinah! Dinah! Himself-Guest(1episode,1977)
Petrocelli Petrocelli TomBrannigan(1episode,1974)
Good Morning America Good Morning America Himself-Guest/...(6episodes,1994-2016)
Dynasty  Dynasty  MarkBlackwood
Heroes  Heroes  KenBoyd
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope  Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope  HanSolo
Force 10 from Navarone  Force 10 from Navarone  Barnsby
Apocalypse Now  Apocalypse Now  ColonelLucas
Hanover Street  Hanover Street  DavidHalloran
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back  Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back  HanSolo
Entertainment Tonight Entertainment Tonight Himself(38episodes,1993-2016)
Wetten, dass..? Wetten, dass..? Himself(1episode,2013)
Raiders of the Lost Ark  Raiders of the Lost Ark  Indy
Late Night with David Letterman Late Night with David Letterman Himself(1episode,1982)
Blade Runner  Blade Runner  RickDeckard
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi  Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi  HanSolo
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom  Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom  IndianaJones
Larry King Live Larry King Live Himself-Guest(2episodes,1997-1999)
Witness  Witness  JohnBook
The Mosquito Coast  The Mosquito Coast  AllieFox
Biography Biography Himself(1episode,1998)
Working Girl  Working Girl  JackTrainer
Live! with Kelly Live! with Kelly Himself-Guest(6episodes,2006-2016)
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade  Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade  IndianaJones
Regarding Henry  Regarding Henry  HenryTurner
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Himself-Guest(14episodes,1992-2013)
Young Indiana Jones Young Indiana Jones IndianaJones-age50(1episode,1993)
Behind the Scenes: A Portrait of Pierre Guffroy  Behind the Scenes: A Portrait of Pierre Guffroy  Himself
Patriot Games  Patriot Games  JackRyan
Late Night with Conan O'Brien Late Night with Conan O'Brien Himself-Guest(6episodes,2000-2009)
Late Show with David Letterman Late Show with David Letterman Himself-Guest/...(17episodes,1995-2013)
The Fugitive  The Fugitive  Dr.RichardKimble
A Century of Cinema  A Century of Cinema  Himself
Clear and Present Danger  Clear and Present Danger  JackRyan
Jimmy Hollywood  Jimmy Hollywood  Himself(uncredited)
Cinema 3 Cinema 3 Himself(4episodes,2008-2014)
The World of Jacques Demy  The World of Jacques Demy  Himself
The Daily Show The Daily Show Himself-Guest(3episodes,2003-2010)
The Rosie O'Donnell Show The Rosie O'Donnell Show Himself-Guest(2episodes,1997-1998)
Air Force One  Air Force One  PresidentJamesMarshall
The Devil's Own  The Devil's Own  TomO'Meara
Six Days Seven Nights  Six Days Seven Nights  QuinnHarris
The View The View Himself-Guest(1episode,2008)
Frontline Frontline Narrator(1episode,1997)
Judgment: The Court Martial of Lieutenant William Calley  Judgment: The Court Martial of Lieutenant William Calley  FrankCrowder
Great Movie Stunts: Raiders of the Lost Ark  Great Movie Stunts: Raiders of the Lost Ark  Himself-Host
Random Hearts  Random Hearts  DutchVanDenBroeck
The Magic Hour The Magic Hour Himself(1episode,1998)
What Lies Beneath  What Lies Beneath  NormanSpencer
The Howard Stern Radio Show The Howard Stern Radio Show Himself-Guest(1episode,1999)
Access Hollywood Access Hollywood Himself(3episodes,2011-2015)
Inside the Actors Studio Inside the Actors Studio Himself-Guest(1episode,2000)
The Mike Douglas Show The Mike Douglas Show Himself-Actor/...(2episodes,1977-1979)
100 Years at the Movies  100 Years at the Movies  Himself(archivefootage)
Aspel & Company Aspel & Company Himself-Guest(1episode,1987)
Film 2016 Film 2016 Himself(4episodes,1989-2015)
The Star Wars Holiday Special  The Star Wars Holiday Special  HanSolo
Five Aces  Five Aces 
Nova Nova Himself-Narrator(1episode,2008)
Getaway Getaway Himself(1episode,2006)
The Stars of 'Star Wars': Interviews from the Cast  The Stars of 'Star Wars': Interviews from the Cast  Himself
The Unauthorized 'Star Wars' Story  The Unauthorized 'Star Wars' Story  Himself
From Star Wars to Star Wars: The Story of Industrial Light & Magic  From Star Wars to Star Wars: The Story of Industrial Light & Magic  Himself
The Directors The Directors Himself(7episodes,1999-2003)
Five News Five News Himself(1episode,2015)
Caiga quien caiga Caiga quien caiga Himself(1episode,2006)
Extra Extra Himself(13episodes,2003-2015)
Star Wars  Star Wars  HanSolo(voice)(archivefootage)
The Making of 'Raiders of the Lost Ark'  The Making of 'Raiders of the Lost Ark'  Himself
The Secret World of Spying  The Secret World of Spying  JackRyan(archivefootage)
Hollywood Greats Hollywood Greats Himself(1episode,2006)
Breakfast Breakfast Himself-Guest(3episodes,2006-2011)
Everyman Everyman Narrator(1episode,1995)
The 71st Annual Academy Awards  The 71st Annual Academy Awards  Himself-Presenter:BestPicture
K-19: The Widowmaker  K-19: The Widowmaker  Capt.AlexeiVostrikov
K-19: The Widowmaker  K-19: The Widowmaker 
George Lucas: Heroes, Myths and Magic George Lucas: Heroes, Myths and Magic Himself
Charlie Rose Charlie Rose Himself-Guest(9episodes,1996-2013)
Earth and the American Dream  Earth and the American Dream  Reader(voice)
Celebrity Profile Celebrity Profile Himself(1episode,1999)
From 'Star Wars' to 'Jedi': The Making of a Saga  From 'Star Wars' to 'Jedi': The Making of a Saga  Himself
The Making of 'Star Wars'  The Making of 'Star Wars'  Himself
The Concert for New York City  The Concert for New York City  Himself
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