Happy birthday Harrison Ford!

Harrison Ford in 2010
Harrison Ford in 2010

Harrison Ford (photo ©Georges Biard) was born on July 13, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois.

After studying drama at Ripon College in Wisconsin, in 1964 Harrison Ford moved to Los Angeles with his first wife Mary Marquardt. For some time, he worked for Columbia Pictures in the “New Talent” program playing small roles in movies. Later, he worked for Universal Studios and had other small roles in both movies and on television and after some years he had roles in famous TV shows such as “Ironside” and “Kung Fu”.

In the movie “A Time for Killing” he was credited as Harrison J. Ford though he doesn’t have a middle name only to avoid confusion with another actor who worked in the era of silent movies whose name was Harrison Ford too.

The first roles he obtained, however, were small and Harrison Ford started working as a carpenter to support his wife and the two children they had had. Doing this job, he did some work in the home of director George Lucas, who cast him in his first successful role in the 1973 movie “American Graffiti”. George Lucas was also the one who cast Ford to play Han Solo in the 1977 film “Star Wars” (or “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope”) and its sequels.

In 1979, Harrison Ford had a role in the movie “Apocalypse Now” and not accidentally his character is Colonel G. Lucas.

Luck arrived for Harrison Ford and when Tom Selleck couldn’t be available to play Indiana Jones it was him who got the part in the 1981 film “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and its sequels.

In 1982, Harrison Ford played Rick Deckard in the cult movie “Blade Runner”. In 1985, he received an Oscar and a Golden Globe nomination for his performance in “Witness”. In 1992, he played Jack Ryan, a secret agent protagonist of several novels by Tom Clancy in the movie “Patriot Games” and the 1994 movie “Clear and Present Danger”. In 1995 he was among the protagonists of the “Sabrina” remake.

Those and other movies brought Harrison Ford great success. In the last decade he starred in several other movies but often with little success with critics and audience except the latest chapter of the Indiana Jones saga and “Cowboys & Aliens”. On June 2, 2003 he received a star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Harrison Ford has been married three times: with Mary Marquardt from 1964 to 1979, with Melissa Mathison from 1983 to 2004 and from 2010 with Calista Flockart. He had two sons from his first wife and two from the second.

In 1997, Harrison Ford was ranked No. 1 in Empire’s “The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time” list. His name is associated to future projects.

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