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Harrison Ford

Lowest Rated:   6% Paranoia (2013)
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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 marke

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Indiana Jones 5
  • Actor
2019
No Score Yet Blade Runner 2049
  • Rick Deckard
2017
92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens
  • Han Solo
$936.7M 2015
55% The Age of Adaline
  • William Jones
2015
57% Living in the Age of Airplanes
  • Narrator
2015
32% The Expendables 3
  • Drummer
$34.8M 2014
No Score Yet Dalai Lama Awakening
  • Actor
2014
75% Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
  • Actor
$76.9M 2013
60% Ender's Game
  • Colonel Hyram Graff
$61.7M 2013
6% Paranoia
  • Jock Goddard
$5.4M 2013
50% Drew: The Man Behind The Poster
  • Actor
$3.6k 2013
79% 42
  • Branch Rickey
$95.1M 2013
94% Milius
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Flying The Feathered Edge: The Bob Hoover Project
  • Actor
2013
43% Cowboys & Aliens
  • Woodrow Dolarhyde
$100.3M 2011
56% Morning Glory
  • Mike Pomeroy
$31.0M 2010
28% Extraordinary Measures
  • Executive Producer
  • Dr. Robert Stonehill
$11.9M 2010
68% Bruno
  • Actor
$60.0M 2009
16% Crossing Over
  • Max Brogan
$0.5M 2009
77% Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
  • Indiana Jones
$317.0M 2008
No Score Yet NOVA
  • Narrator
2008
20% Dalai Lama Renaissance
  • Narrator
2007
No Score Yet Discover Hetch Hetchy
  • Narrator
2007
19% Firewall
  • Jack Stanfield
$48.7M 2006
No Score Yet Late Night With Conan O'Brien - 10th Anniversary Special
  • Actor
2004
30% Hollywood Homicide
  • Joe Gavilan
$30.1M 2003
No Score Yet Search For Life: Are we Alone?
  • Narrator
2002
60% K-19: The Widowmaker
  • Capt. Vostrikov
  • Executive Producer
$35.2M 2002
93% Apocalypse Now Redux
  • Col. Lucas
$2.0M 2001
No Score Yet Lost Worlds: Life in the Balance
  • Narrator
2001
46% What Lies Beneath
  • Dr. Norman Spencer
$155.1M 2000
15% Random Hearts
  • Dutch Van Der Broeck
1999
No Score Yet Brad Pitt: Hollywood Hunk
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Jane Goodall: Reason for Hope
  • Narrator
1999
No Score Yet The Stars of Star Wars: Interviews from the Cast
  • Actor
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
78% Air Force One
  • President James Marshall
1997
33% The Devil's Own
  • Tom O'Meara
1997
65% Sabrina
  • Linus Larrabee
1995
No Score Yet One Hundred and One Nights
  • Actor for a Day
1995
82% Clear and Present Danger
  • Jack Ryan
1994
14% 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
75% Patriot Games
  • Jack Ryan
1992
44% Regarding Henry
  • Henry Turner
1991
86% Presumed Innocent
  • Rusty Sabich
1990
88% Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
  • Indiana Jones
1989
84% Working Girl
  • Jack Trainer
1988
78% Frantic
  • Dr. Richard Walker
1988
75% The Mosquito Coast
  • Allie Fox
1986
92% Witness
  • John Book
1985
85% Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
  • Indiana Jones
1984
80% 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
89% Blade Runner
  • Rick Deckard
1982
No Score Yet Return of the Ewok
  • Actor
1982
100% Blade Runner (The Final Cut)
  • Rick Deckard
$0.3M 1982
94% Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Indiana Jones
1981
94% Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
  • Han Solo
$4.6M 1980
22% More American Graffiti
  • Officer Bob Falfa
$8.2M 1979
53% The Frisco Kid
  • Tommy
1979
97% Apocalypse Now
  • Col. Lucas
1979
57% Hanover Street
  • David Halloran
1979
64% Force 10 From Navarone
  • Barnsby
1978
43% 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
95% American Graffiti
  • Falfa
1973
33% 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
No Score Yet Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round
  • Bellhop Pager
1966

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
  • 2015
  • 2013
  • 2011
  • 2010
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Guest
  • 2013
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
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2013
  • 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
  • Narrator
  • Voice
  • 2008

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