Aug 11, 2013
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Steve McGarry

Harrison Ford

Born in Chicago, Illinois, on July 13, 1942, Harrison Ford spent the early years of his career struggling to get a foothold in Hollywood.  Despite minor movie roles and appearances on such TV shows as "Gunsmoke," "The Virginian, " "Ironside," "Kung Fu" and "Mod Squad,"  he achieved more success as a carpenter to the stars, working on  projects for a number of Hollywood luminaries.  He built cabinets for Director George Lucas, who then kick-started Harrison's career by casting him in a leading role in 1973's "American Graffiti."  

Carpentry work for Francis Ford Coppola led to further movie work, and then Lucas cast him as Han Solo in 1977's "Star Wars, " the first in a trilogy of sci-fi classics that spawned a cultural phenomenon and helped make Ford a Superstar.

1981's "Raiders of the Los Ark" saw the debut of another iconic character, Indiana Jones, a role Ford has reprised in three sequels, incredibly, in the 1990s, he starred in a third hugely popular series, playing CIA agent Jack Ryan in adaptations of two best-selling Tom Clancy novels.  Other hit movies include 1982's "Blade Runner," which is now hailed as a sci-fi masterpiece, "Air Force One," and a remake of TV classic "The Fugitive."  He has, however, made the occasional bad call on a project choice...he turned down the role in "Syriana" that earned George Clooney and Oscar and a Golden Globe!

Although he received an Oscar nomination for "Witness" and has earned numerous Golden Globe nominations, Ford has yet to win one of the major acting awards - though his movies have so far grossed more than $6 billion worldwide!

He began dating actress Calista Flockhart in 2002 and she became his third wife in 2010.  He has four children from his previous marriages and became a grandfather in 1993.  

His more recent projects have ranged form the comedy "Morning Glory" to the sci-fi western "Cowboys & Aliens" and the baseball-themed "42."  Ford's latest screen outing in the thriller "Paranoia."
Aug 25, 2013
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