Jul. 13th, 1942
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Guest TV Roles
Han Solo in 'Star Wars' film series
Indiana Jones - age 50
His father was Irish, his mother Russian-Jewish. He 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 TV ("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 (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.
- Scared director 'Steven Spielberg' (qv) and the crew during _Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)_ (qv) when, without warning, he ran out across the rope bridge used in the film's climax to test its safety. Spielberg later quipped "What can I say? Harrison really IS Indiana Jones.".
- Both his Indiana Jones jacket and fedora hat are on display at the Smithsonian Institution.
- Once described Han Solo as "The great rapscallion of the universe."
- (1998) Chosen as People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive.
- He suffered a back injury while filming _Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)_ (qv) and underwent an experimental (at the time) disc operation utilizing a papaya enzyme. While he was away 'Steven Spielberg' (qv) filmed around him as best he could, including most of the conveyor belt scene, using 'Vic Armstrong' (qv), a British-born stunt man who looked so much like Ford that members of the crew were always confusing the two. Ford resumed doing his own stunts upon his return, and his close-ups were added later into the finished film.
- Has named 'Gregory Peck' (qv) and 'Gary Cooper (I)' (qv) as his favorite actors. Two of his favorite movies are the anti-McCarthyism western _High Noon (1952)_ (qv), for which Cooper won his second Oscar, and the civil rights drama _To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)_ (qv), for which Peck won his only Oscar.
- Turned down the role of Judge Wakefield in the movie _Traffic (2000)_ (qv).
- Was offered the role of Dr. Alan Grant in _Jurassic Park (1993)_ (qv) but turned it down. The role went to 'Sam Neill' (qv) instead.