Harrison Ford

Highest Rated: 98% The Conversation (1974)
Lowest Rated: 7% Paranoia (2013)
Birthday: Jul 13, 1942
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
If Harrison Ford had listened to the advice of studio heads early in his career, he would have remained a carpenter and never gone on to star in some of Hollywood's biggest films and become one of the industry's most bankable stars. Born July 13, 1942, in Chicago and raised in a middle-class suburb, he had an average childhood. An introverted loner, he was popular with girls but picked on by school bullies. Ford quietly endured their everyday tortures until he one day lost his cool and beat the tar out of the gang leader responsible for his being repeatedly thrown off an embankment. He had no special affinity for films and usually only went to see them on dates because they were inexpensive and dark. Following high school graduation, Ford studied English and Philosophy at Ripon College in Wisconsin. An admittedly lousy student, he began acting while in college and then worked briefly in summer stock. He was expelled from the school three days before graduation because he did not complete his required thesis. In the mid-'60s, Ford and his first wife, Mary Marquardt (his college sweetheart) moved to Hollywood, where he signed as a contract player with Columbia and, later, Universal. After debuting onscreen in a bit as a bellboy in Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round (1966), he played secondary roles, typically a cowboy, in several films of the late '60s and in such TV series as Gunsmoke, The Virginian, and Ironside. Discouraged with both the roles he was getting and his difficulty in providing for his young family, he abandoned acting and taught himself carpentry via books borrowed from the local library. Using his recently purchased run-down Hollywood home for practice, Ford proved himself a talented woodworker, and, after successfully completing his first contract to build an out-building for Sergio Mendez, found himself in demand with other Hollywood residents (it was also during this time that Ford acquired his famous scar, the result of a minor car accident). Meanwhile, Ford's luck as an actor began to change when a casting director friend for whom he was doing some construction helped him get a part in George Lucas' American Graffiti (1973). The film became an unexpected blockbuster and greatly increased Ford's familiarity. Many audience members, particularly women, responded to his turn as the gruffly macho Bob Falfa, the kind of subtly charismatic portrayal that would later become Ford's trademark. However, Ford's career remained stagnant until Lucas cast him as space pilot Han Solo in the megahit Star Wars (1977), after which he became a minor star. He spent the remainder of the 1970s trapped in mostly forgettable films (such as the comedy Western The Frisco Kid with Gene Wilder), although he did manage to land the small role of Colonel G. Lucas in Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now (1979). The early '80s elevated Ford to major stardom with the combined impact of The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and his portrayal of action-adventure hero Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), which proved to be an enormous hit. He went on to play "Indy" twice more, in 1984's Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade in 1989. Ford moved beyond popular acclaim with his role as a big-city police detective who finds himself masquerading as an Amish farmer to protect a young murder witness in Witness (1984), for which he received a Best Actor Oscar nomination for his work, as well as the praise of critics who had previously ignored his acting ability. Having appeared in several of the biggest money-makers of all time, Ford was able to pick and choose his roles in the '80s and '90s. Following the success of Witness, Ford re-teamed with the film's director, Peter Weir, to make a film adaptation of Paul Theroux's novel The Mosquito Coast. The film met with mixed critical results, and audiences largely stayed away, unused to the idea of their hero playing a markedly flawed and somewhat insane character. Und

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Indiana Jones 5 Actor 2021
No Score Yet The Secret Life of Pets 2 Actor 2019
87% Blade Runner 2049 Rick Deckard 2017
93% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens Han Solo 2015
55% The Age of Adaline William Jones 2015
57% Living in the Age of Airplanes Narrator 2015
32% The Expendables 3 Drummer 2014
No Score Yet Dalai Lama Awakening Actor 2014
74% Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Actor 2013
61% Ender's Game Colonel Hyram Graff 2013
7% Paranoia Jock Goddard 2013
50% Drew: The Man Behind The Poster Actor 2013
80% 42 Branch Rickey 2013
94% Milius Actor 2013
No Score Yet Flying The Feathered Edge: The Bob Hoover Project Actor 2013
45% Cowboys & Aliens Woodrow Dolarhyde 2011
55% Morning Glory Mike Pomeroy 2010
29% Extraordinary Measures Executive Producer Dr. Robert Stonehill 2010
67% Bruno Actor 2009
16% Crossing Over Max Brogan 2009
78% Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Indiana Jones 2008
No Score Yet NOVA Narrator 2008
20% Dalai Lama Renaissance Narrator 2007
No Score Yet Discover Hetch Hetchy Narrator 2007
18% Firewall Jack Stanfield 2006
No Score Yet Late Night With Conan O'Brien - 10th Anniversary Special Actor 2004
29% Hollywood Homicide Joe Gavilan 2003
No Score Yet Search For Life: Are we Alone? Narrator 2002
61% K-19: The Widowmaker Executive Producer Capt. Vostrikov 2002
93% Apocalypse Now Redux Col. Lucas 2001
No Score Yet Lost Worlds: Life in the Balance Narrator 2001
46% What Lies Beneath Dr. Norman Spencer 2000
15% Random Hearts Dutch Van Der Broeck 1999
No Score Yet Brad Pitt: Hollywood Hunk Actor 1999
No Score Yet The Stars of Star Wars: Interviews from the Cast Actor 1999
No Score Yet Jane Goodall: Reason for Hope Narrator 1999
No Score Yet Unauthorized Star Wars Story Actor 1999
36% Six Days, Seven Nights Quinn Harris 1998
No Score Yet Mustang: The Hidden Kingdom Narrator 1998
76% Air Force One President James Marshall 1997
34% The Devil's Own Tom O'Meara 1997
64% Sabrina Linus Larrabee 1995
No Score Yet One Hundred and One Nights Actor for a Day 1995
80% Clear and Present Danger Jack Ryan 1994
22% Jimmy Hollywood Himself 1994
96% The Fugitive Dr. Richard Kimble 1993
No Score Yet L'Univers de Jacques Demy (The Universe of Jacques Demy)(The World of Jacques Demy) Actor 1993
73% Patriot Games Jack Ryan 1992
43% Regarding Henry Henry Turner 1991
87% Presumed Innocent Rusty Sabich 1990
88% Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Indiana Jones 1989
85% Working Girl Jack Trainer 1988
78% Frantic Dr. Richard Walker 1988
76% The Mosquito Coast Allie Fox 1986
92% Witness John Book 1985
85% Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Indiana Jones 1984
81% Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi Han Solo 1983
No Score Yet From Star Wars to Jedi - The Making of a Saga Actor 1983
90% Blade Runner Rick Deckard 1982
No Score Yet Return of the Ewok Actor 1982
91% Blade Runner (The Final Cut) Rick Deckard 1982
95% Raiders of the Lost Ark Indiana Jones 1981
95% Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back Han Solo 1980
20% More American Graffiti Officer Bob Falfa 1979
48% The Frisco Kid Tommy 1979
96% Apocalypse Now Col. Lucas 1979
57% Hanover Street David Halloran 1979
58% Force 10 From Navarone Barnsby 1978
30% Star Wars: Holiday Special Actor 1978
No Score Yet Heroes Ken Boyd 1977
93% Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope Han Solo 1977
No Score Yet The Possessed Paul Winjam 1977
No Score Yet James A. Michener's Dynasty Actor 1976
No Score Yet Judgement: The Court Martial of Lt. William Calley Actor 1975
98% The Conversation Martin 1974
96% American Graffiti Falfa 1973
25% Getting Straight Jake 1970
67% Zabriskie Point Airport worker [uncredited] 1970
No Score Yet Journey to Shiloh Willie Bill Bearden 1968
No Score Yet A Time for Killing Lt. Shaffer 1967
No Score Yet Luv Actor 1967
40% Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round Bellhop Pager 1966

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2015
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013-2017
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show
2007
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2006
  • 2005
No Score Yet Years of Living Dangerously
2014-2016
Reporter
  • 2016
  • 2014
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Conan
2010
Guest
  • 2015
  • 2013
  • 2011
  • 2010
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet Meet the Press
1947
Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
Guest
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest
  • 2013
  • 2003
  • 2002
No Score Yet POV
1988
Appearing
  • 2010
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
Guest
  • 2010
  • 2006
No Score Yet NOVA
1974
Voice Narrator
  • 2008
No Score Yet Kung Fu
1972-1975
Harrison
  • 1974
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
1955-1975
Hobey
  • 1973

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