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Harrison Ford [18]


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Born:July 13, 1942 (76)
Filmography Rating:7.93 / 10
IMDB Rating:7.94 / 10
Amazon Rating:4.29 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:85.30%
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List of Titles and Roles/Jobs:
The Great Escape [1963](21) => Young Nazi on train (uncredited)
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope [1977](35) => Han Solo
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back [1980](38) => Han Solo
Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark [1981](39) => Indiana Jones
Blade Runner: The Final Cut [1982](40) => Rick Deckard
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi [1983](41) => Han Solo
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom [1984](42) => Indiana Jones
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade [1989](47) => Indiana Jones
The Fugitive [1993](51) => Dr. Richard David Kimble
Sabrina [1995](53) => Linus Larrabee
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi: Special Edition [2004](62) => Han Solo
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back: Special Edition [2004](62) => Han Solo
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope: Special Edition [2004](62) => Han Solo
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull [2008](66) => Indiana Jones
Cowboys & Aliens [2011](69) => Woodrow Dolarhyde
Ender's Game [2013](71) => Colonel Graff
The Expendables 3 [2014](72) => Drummer
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens [2015](73) => Han Solo

Trivia that mentions this person:
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull [2008]
  • Indiana Jones does not say his signature phrase "Trust Me" in the film; Marion Ravenwood does. However he does say "I've got a bad feeling about this." a line often used by Harrison Ford as Han Solo in the original Star Wars trilogy.
  • As in the previous films, Harrison Ford performed many of his own stunts, because stunt technology had become safer since 1989; he also felt it improved his performance.
  • Harrison Ford apparently has kept himself in such good shape over the years that his costuming measurements for this film had not changed from those in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, nearly 20 years earlier.
  • Harrison Ford was adamant that he got to wield Indiana's famous whip. Paramount executives wanted the weapon to be computer generated because of new film safety rules, but the actor branded the rule "ridiculous".
    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade [1989]
  • Sean Connery is only 12 years older than Harrison Ford despite playing his father.
  • Harrison Ford was the one who suggested using River Phoenix to play him as a teenager.
  • Sean Connery and Harrison Ford wore no trousers during the shooting of the entire Zeppelin sequence (mainly because it was filmed in a very hot studio and Connery didn't want to sweat too much).
  • When describing how he prepared for playing the role of young Indiana Jones, River Phoenix explained that he didn't really base his portrayal on the Indiana Jones character. Instead, he decided to do his rendition of actor Harrison Ford. So he observed Ford out of character before acting his part.
    Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark [1981]
  • Harrison Ford was cast less than three weeks before principal photography began.
  • The out-of-control airplane actually ran over Harrison Ford's knee, tearing his ligaments. Rather than submit to Tunisian health care, Ford had his knee wrapped in ice and carried on.
    Big [1988]
  • Albert Brooks turned down the role of Josh Baskin, as did Harrison Ford.
    Star Trek [2009]
  • To prepare for his role as Captain James Kirk, Chris Pine watched classic episodes and read encyclopedias about the [Star Trek] universe. However, his research was rudimentary, as he wanted his performance to be original and not an imitation of William Shatner. He based his performance on Tom Cruise's Maverick and Harrison Ford's Han Solo and Indiana Jones, heroes who Pine felt possessed the archetypal hero qualities Kirk has (humour, arrogance, decisiveness).
    The Fugitive [1993]
  • Richard Kimble was played by [?] David Janssen in the original TV series [The Fugitive]. His mother, Bernice, is an extra in the courtroom scene. You can spot her behind Harrison Ford's head while they play the 911 call and when he is declared guilty. She is whispering with another woman.
  • Rather than having to come up with a disguise for Richard Kimble, director Andrew Davis had Harrison Ford start the film with a beard, then shave it off
  • Kimble's apartment is modeled after an actual doctor that Harrison Ford and the director met in a Chicago bar shortly before filming. Ford felt that the doctor, somewhat eccentric and reclusive, was exactly how he wanted to portray Kimble and sent the art department to see his apartment. The doctor was also treated to a drink by Ford.
    Ghost [1990]
  • When it came time to cast the film, writer Bruce Joel Rubin suggested Patrick Swayze for the role of Sam Wheat. Director Jerry Zucker felt that Swayze was completely wrong for the part. Many actors that included Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise, Kevin Bacon, Al Pacino, Bruce Willis, Harrison Ford and Alec Baldwin were all offered the part but all turned it down feeling that playing a ghost would be cheesy. Zucker then decided to audition Swayze though he thought he would blow the audition. To Zucker's surprise, Swayze did a great audition and he was cast immediately in the part.
    Jurassic Park [1993]
  • Harrison Ford turned down the role of Dr. Grant.
    Runaway Bride [1999]
  • In development for 10 years. Actors attached at various times: Geena Davis, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Michael Douglas, Demi Moore, Sandra Bullock, Ellen DeGeneres, Ben Affleck, Téa Leoni. Director Michael Hoffman was attached. Writers [?] Elaine May and [?] Leslie Dixon did unused rewrites.
    Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope [1977]
  • Harrison Ford deliberately didn't learn his lines for the intercom conversation in the cell block, so it would sound spontaneous.
    Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back [1980]
  • In the famous scene right when Han is frozen, he replies "I know" to her "I love you". Originally, the scene was shot with Han replying "I love you, too", however, Harrison Ford didn't think that it fit Han's personality. George Lucas agreed, and Ford ad-libbed his now famous line.
  • Carrie Fisher stood on a box for many of her scenes with Harrison Ford in order to make up for the height difference and have her appear in the frame with him. Carrie Fisher is about a foot shorter than Harrison Ford.
    Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back: Special Edition [2004]
  • In the famous scene right when Han is frozen, he replies "I know" to her "I love you". Originally, the scene was shot with Han replying "I love you, too", however, Harrison Ford didn't think that it fit Han's personality. George Lucas agreed, and Ford ad-libbed his now famous line.
    Cowboys & Aliens [2011]
  • Harrison Ford wanted to go bareheaded in the film and not wear a hat (he is most famous for his performance in Steven Spielberg's [Indiana Jones] films, where Jones wore a fedora), but since it was a Western film he was convinced to wear a hat. In American Graffiti, Harrison Ford was asked to cut his hair (to go bareheaded with a period haircut) for the film. He refused, stating that his role was too short, and offered to wear a hat instead.
    Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens [2015]
  • Harrison Ford admitted that he fought for Han Solo not to survive the events of Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi. He wanted Han to sacrifice himself in order to give him a little bottom, as he does in this film. Lawrence Kasdan, screenwriter for Episode VI and now The Force Awakens, supported the idea, but George Lucas objected because he didn't want any of the main cast to die.
  • According to Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, when Harrison Ford and Peter Mayhew set foot in the Millennium Falcon set, every person on set was stunned. Kennedy claims that there must have been 200 people who were completely quiet, due to the iconic presence of Ford and Mayhew back on Han Solo's ship.
  • Both J.J. Abrams and Harrison Ford started their acting careers with roles as delivery/messenger boys. Abrams' first appearance was 25 years after Ford's, but it was in Regarding Henry, making a delivery to Harrison Ford's character.
  • Elizabeth Olsen, Jennifer Lawrence and [?] Shailene Woodley were considered for the role of Rey. Olsen refused the audition for the role because she already had a contract with "Marvel Studios" for the role of Scarlet Witch in the Avengers' franchise, and because the shoot dates for "The Force Awakens" overlapped with Age of Ultron. In April 2014, J.J. Abrams chose Daisy Ridley as Rey, to mimic the same type of selections made by George Lucas, with little known actors for the leading roles. In 1976, Lucas chose Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill for their respective roles of Princess Leia, Han Solo and Luke Skywalker.
  • Only time Harrison Ford has received top billing in a [Star Wars] film, making him the first non-Jedi character to be credited first.
  • While filming in summer 2014, Harrison Ford broke his ankle on the door of the Millennium Falcon. About a year later, J.J. Abrams revealed that he hurt his back while trying to help get Ford out from under the door.
    Tarzan [1999]
  • Harrison Ford was considered for the voice of Kerchak. Lance Henriksen was cast as Kerchak as the filmmakers felt that only his powerfully deep and gruff voice would be able to "fill the immense size of Kerchak".
    Solo: A Star Wars Story [2018]
  • Harrison Ford revealed that he's seen the movie and thinks it's "phenomenal", but skipped out on the premiere with the rest of the cast because he didn't want to steal Alden Ehrenreich's moment of glory.
  • The Golden Idol (Fertility Idol) from the opening scene of Raiders of the Lost Ark can be seen sitting on a table in the meeting room of Dryden Vos (Paul Bettany). Harrison Ford, who originally played Han Solo, also played Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark. Director Ron Howard confirmed this Easter egg on Twitter.
    While You Were Sleeping [1994]
  • Harrison Ford and Geena Davis were initially offered this film, as were Pierce Brosnan and Dennis Quaid.
    Blade Runner: The Final Cut [1982]
  • When Deckard stops Rachael from leaving his apartment, he pushes her away from him. The expression of pain and shock on her face was real. Sean Young said that Harrison Ford had difficulties playing the scene with her, and had pushed her too hard. However, when he saw how angry she was with him, he affectionately 'mooned' her to break the ice.
  • After Philip K. Dick saw Harrison Ford as Rick Deckard in the filming set, Dick declared: "He has been more Deckard than I had imagined. It has been incredible. Deckard exists!".
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger was considered to play Rick Deckard which went to Harrison Ford. Two years later, Arnold starred in The Terminator by James Cameron who wrote and directed Aliens, the sequel to Alien which was directed by Ridley Scott. Arnold later worked with Ford on The Expendables 3.
    The Expendables 3 [2014]
  • As his character in the film, Harrison Ford is a skilled pilot in real-life. In fact, Ford has conducted some search-and-rescue missions, just like his character does in the film.
  • Bruce Willis was set to reprise his role of Mr. Church, at a salary of three million dollars (750,000 dollars per day for four consecutive days). When he demanded one million dollars per day instead, Sylvester Stallone and the producers refused, and he left the film. Within three days, Stallone was able to get Harrison Ford to replace the Church role as a new character. Ford's "short notice" quip, as used in the trailer, alludes to these events (which were well publicized long before the film premiered).
    Quotes From/About Harrison Ford
    Harrison FordBikes and planes aren't about going fast or having fun; they're toys, but serious ones.