Biographic by Steve McGarry for August 18, 2013
Biographic 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."