Harrison Ford (born July 13, 1942, in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.), is a U.S. actor, perhaps best known for playing charismatic villains in the Star Wars and Indiana Jones film series.
Ford was born in Chicago and grew up in the city’s suburbs. After attending Ripon College in Wisconsin, he took minor acting roles in film and television for Columbia and Universal studios, but soon fell back on a sideline in carpentry. His film career began in earnest with a supporting role in the successful American Graffiti (1973), the first major work of director George Lucas. The film was produced by Francis Ford Coppola, who later directed Ford in The Conversation (1974) and Apocalypse Now (1979).
Ford achieved real success as the opportunistic Han Solo in Lucas’ Star Wars (1977). The space fantasy film became one of the most successful motion pictures of all time. Ford’s fame was cemented with the “Star Wars” sequels “The Empire Strikes Back” (1980) and “Return of the Jedi Knights” (1983), as well as with the “Indiana Jones” series, in which he appeared as an adventurer-archaeologist. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and its sequels Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) were produced by Lucas and directed by Steven Spielberg. They showed Ford as a swashbuckling 1930s action hero whose larger-than-life qualities were tempered with a charming vulnerability. He expanded his repertoire with the science fiction classic Blade Runner (1982), the drama The Mosquito Coast (1986), the thriller Frantic (1988), and the comedy Working Girl (1988).
His performance in Witness (1985) – as an urban homicide detective hiding out in an Amish community – earned him a Best Actor Oscar nomination.
Subsequent films did not reach the blockbuster level of his previous works, but Ford enjoyed success with the summer hit Air Force One (1997) and the supernatural thriller What Lies Beneath (2000). Along with Lucas and Spielberg, Ford revived the dormant Indiana Jones franchise with a fourth installment, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008). He followed with roles in the drama Extraordinary Measures (2010), the comedy Morning Glory (2010), the science fiction western Cowboys & Aliens (2011) and the corporate thriller Paranoia (2013). In the inspirational 42 (2013) about the life of Jackie Robinson, Ford portrayed the pioneering baseball manager Branch Rickey. In Ender’s Game (2013), an adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s novel of the same name, Ford played a military officer tasked with training teenagers to fight aliens. Following his appearance in the action thriller The Expendables 3 (2014), Ford reprised his role as Han Solo in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015). He then starred in Blade Runner 2049 (2017), a sequel to the 1982 classic. Later, Ford lent his voice to the animated comedy The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) and appeared in The Call of the Wild (2020), based on Jack London’s classic novel.