Salt and Pepper
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Claim to Fame
Han Solo on Star Wars series, Indiana Jones in Riders of the Lost Ark and Indiana Jones movies series.
Actor/Actress, Producer, Other Crew
Has Detailed Data (New)
Profile Bio Text
Harrison Ford`s father was a local advertising executive who sometimes worked as a radio actor, and his mother was a former radio actress who stayed home and tended the children. The family was of all-American mixed heritage, German, Irish, and Catholic on his father`s side, Russian Jewish on his mother`s side.
As a boy, he was `Harry Ford`, a C student in high school who never played sports, but he tinkered with electronics in the school`s radio club. His school district had (and still has) its own radio station, but that nerdy hobby scored Ford no particular popularity. He says he never dated in high school.
In college he signed up for drama classes for, he has said, two reasons: He thought the class would be easy and thus raise his low grade point average, and he was hoping to meet women. He got a good grade, and met and married a woman from that class, but he also discovered that he loved performing. He made his first stage appearance as Mac the Knife in the school`s production of Threepenny Opera, but he was inevitably expelled from college, due to academic problems.
He sidestepped the military draft -- and the Vietnam war -- by filing as a conscientious objector. When he was required to appear before the draft board and explain his stance, he instead feigned general nuttiness in a performance that convinced his interrogators he was not military material.
Ford made his professional debut performing in locally-produced plays in Wisconsin, and soon came to Hollywood, where he worked as a carpenter while looking for work as an actor. He was eventually signed as a contract player at Columbia, making $150 a week -- good money -- but only when he was assigned a role, which was not often. He made his first screen appearance with one line as the bellhop in the 1966 heist adventure Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round with James Coburn. His first substantial speaking part came in the Civil War western A Time for Killing with Glenn Ford (no relation).
He was an adequate actor, but he had no shyness about complaining when the scripts were poor, and he had no patience for bad advice. In one encounter, a studio executive scolded Ford for his lack of on-camera charisma, telling him that even in Cary Grant`s earliest roles, even if he was playing a grocery clerk, you could tell he was destined to be a star. Ford replied, "I thought the point of acting was to make you think he was a grocery clerk." Understandably unpopular with management, Ford was eventually fired. He then signed with Universal, where he worked occasionally on TV shows like The Mod Squad, The Partridge Family, and Love American Style, before he was fired again.
At that point, Ford decided that carpentry was more satisfying work than the shallow, tedious sitcom bits he was doing. By then he had a reputation as a top-notch carpenter, so he had plenty of work. He constructed a recording studio for Sergio Mendes, a sun deck for Sally Kellerman, and after The Godfather proved a huge hit, Ford was hired for an expansion of Francis Ford Coppola`s office. A few months later, Ford was an actor again, working for producer Coppola and director George Lucas, playing the hot-rodder who raced Paul Le Mat in American Graffiti. He almost turned the role down, though -- carpentry paid better.
He later had a small but pivotal role in Coppola`s The Conversation with Gene Hackman, but acting was still Ford`s secondary career. Then he was hired to build some shelves in Lucas` home, and since Lucas knew Ford was also an actor he asked him to help read lines during other actors` auditions for his next film. Eventually, Lucas decided that his cabinetmaker would be perfect as the wisecracking space pilot in the film, which was, of course, Star Wars.
After playing Han Solo, Ford was finally able to put his hammer and nails in the bottom drawer and become a full-time actor. In numerous action roles over the next few decades, he came to epitomize the mythical American man -- tough, cocky, and undefeatable, but otherwise just an ordinary, very handsome fellow, easy for audiences to identify with. In addition to the first three Star Wars films, he also played the adventurous archaeologist in three Indiana Jones films, super-spy Jack Ryan in Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger, the innocent man on the run in The Fugitive, and a two-fisted President of the United States in Air Force One.
In more serious dramas, Ford played the cynical android-killer Deckard in the science fiction epic Blade Runner, the detective who went undercover with the Amish in Witness with Kelly McGillis, the inventor who hates civilization in The Mosquito Coast with River Phoenix, the prosecutor accused of murder in Presumed Innocent with Raul Julia, and in a cameo, he played "Col Lucas," the officer who gave Martin Sheen his unenviable assignment to "terminate" Marlon Brando`s command in Apocalypse Now. Ford also demonstrated a nice touch for light comedy i
Couple Profile Source
Maine East High School, Park Ridge, Illinois, United States (1960)
Ripon College, Ripon, Wisconsin, United States (Dropped Out)
Full Name at Birth
Scar On Chin (The Scar From His Seat Belt Injury Happened In 1968.)
Christopher Ford (Tuesday November 20,1906- Wednesday February 10,1999). (Aged 92) (Was An Advertising Executive And A Former Actor.)
Dorothy Nidelman (née Dora Nidelman (Wednesday October 17, 1917-Present) Was A Homemaker And Former Radio Actress.)
Terence Ford (Saturday April 21,1945- Present.)
On The Edge (Patrick Rondat)
Harrison Ford (born July 13, 1942) is an American actor and film producer. He gained worldwide fame for his starring roles as Han Solo in the Star Wars film series and as the title character of the Indiana Jones film series. Ford is also known for his roles as Rick Deckard in the neo-noir dystopian science fiction film Blade Runner (1982); John Book in the thriller Witness (1985), for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor; and Jack Ryan in the action films Patriot Games (1992) and Clear and Present Danger (1994).
TV commercial (voice): Earthshare (2000), TV commercial: Conservation International (2003), TV commercial: Lancia Lybra (1999), Print ad: Multiple Sclerosis Society, 2003., TV commercial: "The Places You'll Go" Super Bowl XL for ABC., TV commercial: Kirin lager beer (Japan), Print ad: City Harvest (New York), TV commercial for General Aviation, (2011) Print ads, along with son Ben Ford, for the charitable ideas website www.CreateTheGood.org., (2011) Print ads for America's Dairy Processor's "Got milk?" milk mustache campaign., (2011) TV commercial: Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (2011) (VG)
He has a pierced left ear
Talent Agency (e.g. Modelling)
Celebrity Talent International, United Talent Agency
born John William Ford; 1906-1999)
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