Amazing Facts You Didn’t Know About Harrison Ford

Harrison Ford is one of Hollywood’s most beloved and recognizable actors. He first became known when he took on the role of Han Solo in the legendary Star Wars Trilogy, but also wowed audiences later with his portrayal of the iconic Indiana Jones. What makes Ford so unique as an actor is his relatability, as he is seen as the ultimate everyday man.

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The actor has starred in some of the world’s most popular films and is still very active in Hollywood despite pushing 80 years old. His films have grossed almost $10 billion worldwide, making him the fourth highest-grossing star of all time. Despite his popularity, there are many things about the actor that nobody knows about.

He’s Quite the Builder

Back before Ford became one of the most famous actors in Hollywood, he lived a much more simple life. The actor used to live in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and actually build himself a white ranch house there.

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The construction was executed flawlessly. Everything from the cabinetry to the window framing was done by the hands of Harrison Ford. No wonder the actor maintains that “everyday man” charm!

Ford Crashed His Plane

Did you know Ford not only owns his own plane, but is actually a licensed pilot? The actor is truly talented, but unfortunately, his hobby is quite dangerous. One day during a regular flight, Ford lost his engines and was forced to make a crash landing into this grassy patch of land.

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The actor was quickly taken to a hospital, and was diagnosed with a shattered ankle and pelvis, broken back, and head trauma. Despite his many injuries, his wife, Calista Flockhart, motivated him to get back in the air right after he recovered. Now that’s a supportive partner!

He Saved Lives As a Pilot

Ford is known as the everyday hero in many of his action films. While he has a knack for saving damsels in distress in his films, the actor also has a history of saving people in real life.

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You see, Ford has an obsession with flying, and owns several aircraft. He once used his helicopter to locate and rescue injured hiker Sarah George near his Idaho ranch. The actor has also rescued various boy scouts who had gotten lost in the woods. Makes you want to get lost doesn’t it?

Other Cases of Heroism

Ford doesn’t only save people using his trusty air vehicles, but also jumps right in and helps with his hands. In 2017, he was driving along the highway in California, when he heard a car roll off the highway and crash. The actor didn’t hesitate, and immediately jumped out to help.

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Ford and several others quickly got the driver safely out of the vehicle, and took care of him until paramedics arrived at the scene. This ended up putting the beloved actor on the news, making him even more popular than he already was.

He Declined Many Film Opportunities

Ford used to be one of the most demanded actors in Hollywood and would get invited to play in major blockbuster films. Despite his abundance of opportunities, the actor is known for being very picky when it comes to his roles.

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Just some examples of some of the films Ford chose to pass up on over the years include Vanilla Sky, The Perfect Storm, and The Patriot. All of these films ended up becoming successful blockbusters. We wonder if Ford ever regretted it.

Ford Has False Teeth

The actor has been known for some pretty daring action scenes over the years. He was lucky for most of his career, but his luck ended one day when he fell over a prop gun and lost most of his teeth.

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Due to the accident, many of his teeth were pulled out and replaced with false ones. You’ll never know by looking at him though, as the actor could easily afford the best dentistry out there on his salary.

Chin Scar

Ford is quite a handsome guy, but far from flawless. The actor has a very distinct scar below his lips. He received it back in 1968, after crashing his vehicle into a telephone pole at high speed. The accident occurred when Ford was trying to put on his seat belt in mid-drive.

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There’s quite a lesson to be learned here about seat belts and safety. At least the actor managed to use the scar to his advantage, as it was mentioned in some of his films including The Last Crusade and Working Girl.

The One Role He’d Never Forget

Harrison Ford became a worldwide phenomenon for his iconic role as Han Solo in Star Wars, but his most famous role to date is still Indiana Jones. When asked which role is his proudest and which one his favorite, he answered “Indiana Jones” to both.

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Today, well past 70 years old, the media has had plenty of time to interview Ford. When asked who he would choose to take over the character, Ford quickly responded, saying “Nobody is going to be Indiana Jones. I’m Indiana Jones.”

He Improvised Many of His Iconic Scenes

One of the most memorable scenes in the entire Star Wars franchise was when Han Solo was frozen alive by Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back. Solo received a final farewell from Princess Leia, who confessed to him, “I love you.” We expected him to say it back, but the actor confidently stared at her and replied, “I know”.

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This famous scene was apparently an improvisation by Ford. He was originally supposed to say, “Just remember that, ‘cause I’ll be back,” but went off-script without telling anyone. The actor felt it would be more appropriate for Solo’s character to react as he did and his improve made the cut into the final film.

He Believed Han Solo Should Sacrifice Himself

Throughout the original trilogy, Han Solo went from the lone carefree captain of the Millennium Falcon, to a loving and moral person. This transformation ended up turning him into one of the most iconic characters of the entire Star Wars franchise.

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However, this transformation wasn’t enough for Ford, who believed that Han Solo should sacrifice himself at some point during the trilogy, for the good of the others. This never quite materialized, as he had to settle for being killed in Star Wars: The Force Awakens by his son Ben sending him to his untimely death.

Ford Used to Work as a Carpenter

Ford initially moved to LA in pursuit of an acting career, but was turned down by many studios before finally scoring his first big role. In the meantime, the aspiring actor had to pay the bills to support his then-wife and two young sons.

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Ford taught himself to become a professional carpenter, and used the profession as a way to continue auditioning for various roles. Nowadays the actor is worth hundreds of millions of dollars, but he can also build you a damn good dresser.

Conservation Work

Ford has done a great deal over the years to help conserve various exotic and endangered species. He was honored for his work by having two Central American insects named after him. The first, is the Pheidole harrisonfordi ant, and the second, is the Calponia Harrisonfordi spider.

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Unlike many activist actors, Ford doesn’t only stand on stages and speak about helping animals, but also takes many personal actions to help them. He has done extensive work both in the wild and in boardrooms to help these helpless creatures. No one gets an ant and a spider for nothing.

Commercials in Japan

Ford became a huge movie star during the ‘70s and ‘80s, a time when the Japanese TV and film industry was booming. Ford was approached by various Japanese companies and offered big commissions for participating in various ads.

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Ford appeared in Japanese commercials for many products, most notably Kirin Lager, a Japanese beverage. You can thank the internet and especially YouTube, for sharing with us the incredibly entertaining outcome of his work.

Small Beginnings

It took Ford a few years of hard work and bold efforts before he finally scored his first few big roles. One of the first jobs he got when moving to LA was when he signed up at the New Talent Program at Columbia Pictures which netted him about $600 a month.

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The program found various small film roles for him, which helped the aspiring actor start off on the road fame. Eventually, his connection with George Lucas helped him get the role as Han Solo, and from there, the rest is history.

Discovering His Passion in College

Ford always described himself as a “late bloomer” when it came to developing his love of acting. He began his career in college by doing some radio and sportscasting gigs, while majoring in English and Philosophy at Ripon College in Wisconsin.

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It was only by chance that Ford decided to pursue drama, and he only did it to help him become more extroverted. He soon developed a serious fascination with acting, and it eventually became his life’s main obsession.

His Love of Aviation

Ford is a licensed pilot of both fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters. In March 2004, he officially became chairman of the Young Eagles program of the Experimental Aircraft Association. The actor and pilot appears in many advertisements that advocate safe flying for aircraft owners and pilots.

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While we all know him for his acting, Ford is extremely active in the aviation scene, and helps promote the rights of pilots. He also donated substantial amounts of money to The Bob Hoover Academy, which educates at-risk teens in central California and teaches them how to fly.

His Famous Affair

The relationship between Han Solo and Princess Leia was one of the most talked about potential couples in film history when Star Wars came out, and fans hoped to see their romance materialize. In a 2016 interview with Carrie Fisher (who portrayed Princess Leia in the films) the actress confessed that apparently – it actually did!

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Despite being just 19 years old at the time, she and Harrison Ford had a famous affair. Ford was more than 30 years old, and was married with two children at the time. He has not commented publicly about the affair since it was first revealed.

Married Three Times

Throughout his life, Ford was married three times. His first marriage was to his college sweetheart, Mary Marquardt. The marriage began in 1964, around the time the aspiring actor moved to LA to pursue his acting career, and resulted in two children. They separated fifteen years later in 1979.

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It took Ford four years to find and marry Melissa Mathison, a popular screenwriter. This marriage lasted 21 years and resulted in one of the most expensive divorces in Hollywood history, which we’ll cover shortly. The actor has since been married to actress Calista Flockhart, and the two are still going strong.

A Costly Divorce

One of the less fortunate titles that Ford held at the time was that of the most expensive divorce in Hollywood history. He and Melissa Mathison decided to end the deal after more than two decades together, with two kids and no prenup in place. This resulted in a long legal battle, which ended up costing Ford more money than he made in all of Star Wars.

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The divorce settlement had Ford pay Mathison a whopping $85 million dollars. The actor was also required to give her a portion of his royalties from various films he made while they were still married.

Not the Best Decisions

While Ford has worked hard to keep his private life as guarded as possible, there were a few leaks, especially from actress Carrie Fisher. She claimed that the two had the opportunity to party with The Rolling Stones back when they were shooting The Empire Strikes Back.

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Ford and Fisher did the responsible thing, and chose to party all night with the popular band and get extremely drunk. The two had to get back to work early the following morning, so instead of going to sleep and waking up with a hangover, they decided to stay awake together and came to work drunk.

Famous Earring

Fans of Harrison Ford are usually surprised to discover that the veteran actor has a small earring on his left ear, which he wears almost everywhere he goes. He originally had it pierced back in 1997, when Ford was already 55 years old.

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The actor was sitting at lunch with his friends one day and noticed that he was the only one without an earring. This prompted him to get his ear pierced later that day. Since then he has been making up for lost earring time…

His Secret Relationship

Calista Flockhart is a popular American actress. She and Ford began a secret relationship after meeting at the Golden Globe Awards on January 20, 2002. Seven years later, the couple got engaged on Valentine’s Day, in 2009. They were married one year later in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on June 15, 2010.

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There’s quite a large age gap between the two, as Ford is more than 20 years her senior. This is quite normal for today’s Hollywood couples, so it didn’t make anyone flinch when the two became an official couple.

Friendship with Roman Polanski

Ford appeared in famous director Roman Polanski’s 1988 mystery-thriller, Frantic, and the two have become great friends ever since. The director was arrested in 1977 after admitting to drugging and having intimate relations with a 13-year-old girl. He has since been hiding from U.S. law enforcement abroad, and currently resides in France.

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In 2003, Ford accepted the Oscar for “Best Director” on behalf of Roman Polanski, a move which drew much support and applause from the Hollywood crowds, but was heavily criticized by fans all over the world.

First Feature Film

Ford finally got his chance to be seen on the big screen in a film titled Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round. He had a very short and small role, and was not credited for his performance. If that wasn’t bad enough, he actually did receive some pretty bad feedback from producers.

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One of the executives that saw Ford’s performance went as far as to advise him to quit while he was ahead. He told the young actor that he had no future in the film industry, and that it would be best to just stop trying.

Friendship With George Lucas

Harrison Ford and esteemed film director George Lucas were first introduced by a mutual friend, just a few years before Lucas began creating his Star Wars film franchise. Both were relatively unknown at the time and had pretty good chemistry from the beginning.

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After their fantastic work in Star Wars, the two continued working together in films such as American Graffiti and Indiana Jones. Lucas is largely responsible for Ford’s fame, and the two are great friends to this day. They also had a very unique working relationship.

Another Iconic Improvised Scene

You might recall the iconic scene from Indiana Jones which literally made the phrase “Don’t Bring a Sword to a Gun Fight“ famous. In Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indy runs into a large menacing Egyptian with a sword. The master swordsman begins showing off his skills and waits for Indy to make the first move.

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Instead of fighting him, Indy just looks at him with a tired expression and proceeds to shoot him from point blank. This was originally meant to be a long action fight, but Ford was sick and weak that day, so he decided to shoot him instead. This scene ended up becoming one of the most beloved and best remembered in the franchise’s history.

He Was Given a Hollywood Star

One of the greatest honors to any Hollywood actor is their very own star on the Hollywood walk of fame. Although Ford has never received an Academy Award for his work, he was extremely excited about receiving this very high honor.

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The actor can be seen here during the iconic signing of the star. It was a moment he dreamed of for decades, which finally became a reality. And he couldn’t have been happier about it.

Getting Injured on Set

Ford has seen quite a few injuries while filming his various movies. Many of these failed stunts involved him receiving the type of damage that would normally end a career, but he magically recovered from all of them.

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In 1983, the actor herniated a disc in his spine while riding elephants for Temple of Doom. Just a few years ago, a door crushed him and broke his ankle while filming The Force Awakens. Ford was airlifted from Buckinghamshire to a hospital in Oxford so he could get emergency surgery. He later sued the studio and won.

Not Quite a Father

Indiana Jones was an extremely successful action franchise, and ended up spawning three films during the ’80s. In Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, which came out in 1989, the main character spent some of the film with his father, Henry, who was played by Sean Connery.

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Ford initially rejected the idea of having the James Bond actor portray Indie’s father, mostly since Connery is just 12 years older than him! The two ended up having great chemistry and their performance was largely well received. Connery was even nominated for both a Golden Globe and a BAFTA award for his performance.

Sexiest Man Alive

Ford was quite a handsome and beloved actor back in his prime, and saw his fair share of nominations in “Sexiest” and “Best Looking” lists at the time. For example, in 1997, Ford was chosen as one of People magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People in the World.

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Then, in 1998, Ford got his moment to shine when he was chosen as the Sexiest Man Alive by People magazine. This meant that he beat other superstars such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and even Antonio Banderas. Could this be his most noteworthy achievement to date?

A Silent ‘J’

Ford used to have a very tough time getting cast in his first few years as an actor. He also almost never got credited for his minor roles, which meant that producers couldn’t even find him if they liked his performance. Things only got worse when the aspiring actor discovered that he shared the exact same name as the silent film actor.

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Ford decided to invented a middle letter to his name which is why in some of his earlier credits he’s listed as “Harrison J. Ford”. He claims that the letter was just a random pick. Since then, the actor has become much more famous than his predecessor, and could finally drop the silent ‘J’ and returned to his given name.

Answering an Age-Old Fan Question

Ford definitely likes to keep to himself and only does interviews when it’s time to promote another big movie. When the actor first announced he was going to do an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on the popular discussion site Reddit, fans prepared questions that were on their minds for years.

 

One Reddit user took the opportunity to ask him one of the Star Wars franchise’s oldest questions, which is “Who shot first, Han or Greedo?”. Ford was quick to settle the question, and responded with, “I don’t know and I don’t care.” You have to respect the actor’s straight-shooting attitude. Clearly he’s got some of that Indiana Jones temperament still left in him.

Lead Role in Blade Runner

Other than his roles as Han Solo in Star Wars and Indiana Jones in the franchise by the same name, there is one film that fans of Harrison Ford absolutely adore. We’re obviously talking about 1982’s Blade Runner, the legendary sci-fi film by director Ridley Scott. The dystopian movie quickly became a cultural phenomena, and has a cult following even today.

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Blade Runner is set in a dystopian Los Angeles in 2019, and features Harrison Ford as Rick Deckard, a bounty hunter who is responsible for killing androids that escape from off-world colonies. The actor’s performance was highly praised by many critiques, and ended up cementing Ford’s status as a science-fiction acting legend.

A Much-Needed Sequel

Fans were initially skeptical when Warner Bros. Pictures announced a sequel to the legendary Blade Runner was due for release in 2017. After more than three decades since the original’s release, the film’s many cult-followers were worried that studios were merely trying to bank on the franchise’s reputation.

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The sequel, Blade Runner 2049, starred Ryan Gosling and Jared Leto as the protagonist and antagonist, and even featured Ford in a surprise performance later during the film. It ended up being one of the most beloved and highly awarded films of 2017 receiving five Academy Award nominations, and winning Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects.

Chemistry With Ryan Gosling

Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling went on many interviews together to help promote Blade Runner 2049 in the months before its release. They got asked many different questions by reporters ranging from funny personal questions and anecdotes, up to mind-wrecking inquiries by hardcore fans of the franchise.

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What was clear throughout many of the interviews, was that Ford and Gosling had extremely natural chemistry together. The two made were seen laughing hysterically in almost all of their interviews. We’d love to see a comedy starring the two, as it would be a perfect break from their regular film genres!

His Large Net Worth

While Ford initially had to take up carpentry just to support his family, the actor has since built a substantial net worth of over $200 million. He uses his money to buy expensive cars, motorcycles and aircraft, and also helps support various humanitarian and animal causes.

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Like many of his fellow Hollywood actors, it seems that the richer Ford gets, the less he cares about proper grooming. This inexplicable trend has been going on for the last decade or two.

His Role as Indiana Jones

While Han Solo made for a great supporting character in George Lucas’s Star Wars franchise, he was only able to attain this legendary status when coupled with the rest of the cast. Unlike Solo, Indiana Jones is known by many as Harrison Ford’s most iconic role, and managed to successfully lead three different films from the ‘80s and even one in recent years.

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Many young boys and girls were deeply inspired by Indie’s courage, assertiveness and ability to solve problems.

Working on a Handshake

Harrison Ford and director George Lucas were friends, but the nature of their relationship was so trusting that the two worked exclusively on a handshake-basis when it came to the making of the three original Star Wars films.

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The trilogy ended up grossing almost $1.8 billion in box-office revenue, anywhere from $5 to $25 billion on merchandise. Ford alone made over $6.5 million for his role on the film and turned from broke into a millionaire practically overnight. He then made an additional $27 million for his brief role in The Force Awakens, which came out more than three decades later.

Empire’s #1 Movie Star of All Time

Many fans of Harrison Ford honestly consider him one of the best classic actors from over the last few decades. Despite having only a brief list of classic, iconic characters, his roles as Indiana Jones, Han Solo and Rick Deckard made him one of the most recognized actors of all-time.

 

The actor was ranked first place in Empire (UK) magazine’s “The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time” list. While there are many other actors who carried famous lead roles, almost none of them are as memorable or realistic and relatable as Ford’s.

Ford’s Beach-Front Property

Ford was approached by British director Richard Loncraine to take up the lead in 2006’s action thriller, Firewall. Despite the movie being a disappointment both in-terms of reviews and based on revenue, it had a silver lining, at-least for Ford.

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During the filming in Vancouver, British Columbia, Ford was so impressed by the location that he decided to purchase a $13-million waterfront property on Bowen Island.

His Support of Archaeology

Harrison Ford was always interested in unique fields such as aviation and zoology. When he portrayed Indiana Jones, these interests also expanded to the field of archaeology. Since then, the actor has supported researchers in the field and serves as a General Trustee on the Governing Board of the Archaeological Institute of America.

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Ford assists the organization by helping them spread awareness of the field, as it’s not usually on people’s mind. He also promotes one of archaeology’s main goals, which is preventing illegal looting and trading of antiquities around the world.

His Political Views

Harrison Ford doesn’t like to share his political views too much, and keeps his opinions mostly to himself. Although he portrays himself as the everyday rural American in most of his films, the actor is actually a lifelong Democrat.

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Or at least, that’s what he gave up when he was finally pressed a little on the topic. Ford jokingly claims “Democrat” was the religion in which he and his brother were raised.

Ford Played a Fictional U.S. Presidents

Speaking of politics, Ford had the chance to portray a president during his acting career. Sure, it was a fictional one, but still cool, don’t you think?

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The actor played President James Marshall in 1997’s Air Force One. Ford’s serious demeanor and everyday-man looks definitely make him appear presidential, but the actor prefers to stay as far away from politics as humanly possible.

Work With the Dalai Lama

Ford has taken a keen interest in the various controversies and issues that regarded the independence of Tibet. On September 7, 1995, the actor testified before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee in support of the Dalai Lama and an independent Tibet and in 2007, he narrated the documentary Dalai Lama Renaissance.

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The film was produced and directed by Khashyar Darvich, and documents the meeting between the Dalai Lama and the self-titled “Synthesis” group, whose members were 40 Western “renaissance” thinkers who thought the meeting would help them brainstorm solutions to fix all the world’s problems. It won twelve awards, and was well-received both locally and abroad.

The World’s Highest-Grossing Actor

For a brief period of time, Ford actually became the world’s highest-grossing actor of all time. This was right after the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which ended up grossing more than $2 billion in movie theaters. The actor has since been in a close rivalry with Samuel L. Jackson, who beat him with his revenues from all the Avengers films.

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Ironically, the two have both appeared in the Star Wars franchise. Ford is also set to appear in the coming Indiana Jones film while Jackson is a regular in Marvel’s cinematic universe, so the ball might change courts just yet.

An Uncomfortable Childhood

You’d think that someone like Harrison Ford was always a hero, but this far from the truth. When asked about his childhood, Ford claimed that he was picked on at school. When asked why he thought that happened, the actor responded: “I was kind of short and geeky, I guess.”

 

As a young child, Ford’s father lost one of his fingers in an accident, and young Ford had to pick it up and take it to the hospital for him. The actor claims he wasn’t traumatized at all by the experience.

Sharing Sets With the Lord of the Rings Cast

Thanks to his long career as an actor, Ford has appeared in quite a few films over the years. Throughout his acting years, the actor has appeared in films with four actors from the legendary Lord of the Rings cast.

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Harrison Ford was in the same films with John Rhys-Davies (Gimli), Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn), Sean Bean (Boromir), and even Miranda Otto (Éowyn). The movies were, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Patriot Games, and What Lies Beneath, respectively.

His Parents

Harrison Ford was blessed to have been born to two parents who loved him and supported him throughout his life. His mother, Dorothy Ford, was a radio actress, and his father, Christopher Ford, was an actor turned advertising executive.

 

The young actor regularly appeared with his mother in film premiers until she passed away in 2004 at age 87. It has been rumored that she was quite affectionate and responsible for the actor’s softer side, while his dad was an extremely hard worker who taught him his various business skills.

His Children

Ford has a total of five children from his three marriages. His first marriage to Mary Marquardt bore him two sons. The first is Benjamin Ford, a chef-restaurateur who co-owns Ford’s Filling Station, a gastropub with two locations. The second, Willard Ford, is the owner of Strong Sports Gym, Kim Sing Theater, and the Ludwig Clothing company.

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His second marriage resulted in two more children, who both ended up becoming actors. The first is Malcolm Ford, and the second, Georgia Ford. Since then, the famous actor remarried a third time and adopted a fifth child, Liam. Ford currently lives with his third wife and Liam in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

He Could Have Been in Jurassic Park

Back in the ‘80s and early ‘90s, Harrison Ford was one of the most highly sought-after actors in Hollywood. In 1992, director Steven Spielberg approached Ford and asked him to portray Dr. Alan Grant, one of Jurassic Park’s leading characters. He seemed like the perfect choice for the role as he resembled Indiana Jones in many ways.

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Unfortunately, Harrison turned down the role, probably unaware of what a major phenomenon the movie would end up becoming. It was later decided that Sam Neill would portray the character instead. The new actor had less than a month to get ready for the role, but ended up doing quite a fantastic job.

Missed Acting Opportunities

While we’re on the subject of turning down big roles, Harrison Ford is known for declining some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters. In 2000, he chose to let Russell Crowe take the lead in the romance-action film Proof of Life. Later that year, he was approached to act in The Patriot, but declined the role which ended up being played by Mel Gibson.

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Ford definitely has some strict principles and rules when it comes to choosing the films he agrees to act in. Many of his declined opportunities stem from various moral stances, such as his choice to skip The Patriot due to its violent and simplistic nature.

He Likes to Point

Many actors are remembered for having weird quirks and idiosyncrasies in their on-screen performances. For example, Tom Cruise ends up running in almost all of his movies. Perhaps one of the things that makes Ford so unique and memorable is his tendency to point angrily at other characters, which seems to repeat itself from film to film.

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Many interviewers and fans questioned Ford as to what makes him point so often in his roles. Based on the actors’ reactions and comments, it seems that he does it unconsciously and only notices it later. Whatever the case may be, this is just one of the quirks that ends up making Ford into the relatable and lovable actor that he is.

He Loves Driving Adventures

If there’s one thing that Ford loves almost as much as acting, it’s taking one of his vehicles (whether land or air-based), and traveling around while enjoying the warm breeze and some old-school music. The actor claims to own “eight to nine motorbikes, four or five BMWs, a couple of Harleys, a couple of Hondas and a Triumph; (and a few) sports touring bikes.”

 

Ford worked hard and took many risks to reach his current state and net-worth, so his fortune is well earned. The almost 80 year-old actor still acts and takes the time to go on adventures. This is definitely one standard that everyone can aspire to.

Friendship With Liam Neeson

Ford’s personal life and friendships have been quite private, as the actor takes great measures to keep them out of the mainstream. He does however often appear with famous actor Liam Neeson in many events and occasions, and the two appear to be quite comfortable with each other.

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The two have only starred in one film together, which was 2002’s historical thriller, K-19: The Widowmaker. The film ended up being a huge disappointment both in terms of box office revenue and for having mostly negative reviews.

Baby Boy. Baby. Evil.

Harrison Ford accidentally created an extremely popular meme during an interview with Le Petit Journal. The reporter held a series of photographs and asked Ford to say what first came to his mind. When shown a poster of Han Solo, the actor responded by saying “Baby boy, Baby.” He was then showed a picture of Darth Vader and promptly said, “Evil.”

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Although the moment didn’t get much media attention, it became a phenomena across younger internet users. More than a thousand memes involving Ford’s interview were created thanks to the famous interview and its comments.

New Indiana Jones Film

Believe it or not, but Walt Disney Studios recently announced that a fifth Indiana Jones film is set for release in July 2020. The sequel will obviously star the almost 80 years old Harrison Ford, who publicly stated that he will never agree to give up the role for anyone younger.

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Although many are skeptical about the potential for the film to actually work, Ford is already known for playing a handful of highly successful sequels that were not originally set to take place. The best example of this is Blade Runner 2049, which ended up being a surprise hit and arguably the best film of 2017. We’re definitely holding our hands for Indy!

His First Voice Over Role

Despite being an active actor ever since 1966, it took Ford more than five decades before he appeared in his first voiceover for an animated film. His appearance was in Universal Pictures’ animated comedy film, The Secret Life of Pets 2, where the actor portrayed a sheepdog named Rooster.

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The film received mixed reviews from critics, but ended up grossing more than $400 million against a budget of $80 million. Ford got a chance to act with various long-time comedy legends such as Patton Oswalt, Kevin Hart and Dana Carvey, which hopefully helped put a smile on his grumpy face.

He Loves BMWs

Harrison Ford can occasionally be spotted driving down the streets of Los Angeles in his various custom-made BMW motorcycles. He usually wears a black bandana and special sunglasses to hide his appearance. Although he’s usually spotted by the paparazzi within an hour or two anyway.

 

He can be seen here tending to one of his motorcycles, which we presume is a really fast BMW. We have to admit, the actor definitely looks like one of those motorcycle-riding grandpas at this point. But we definitely won’t mind if he was our grandpa.

His Athletic Build

Ford was never known as a super-athletic actor, but has always maintained a relatively muscular build. In his role as Indiana Jones the actor was at the peak of his physical prime, as the first three films required many stunts and shirtless moments from him.

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The actor was also seen shirtless in various other films such as Blade Runner, but sported a much more modest physique. While his body doesn’t attract as much attention as some of the bulker and leaner Hollywood actors, many men and women actually prefer this kind of body type.

Maintaining Fitness

While we’re on the topic of Ford’s physique, the actor has really kept himself in great shape throughout the years. Even today he has maintained most of his muscle mass from his younger years, largely thanks to a regular training routine and being an active pilot and motorcycle rider.

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Now that Ford is pushing 80-years-old, his muscle mass is really starting to show, as his body becomes leaner and leaner over the years. While he’s not nearly as buff as Sylvester Stallone or Arnold Schwarzenegger, the actor definitely looks amazing for a guy who was born during World War II.

Worst Role

The popular actor’s luck seemed to run out during the late ’90s, when he started appearing in some disappointing films. These included Six Days, Seven Nights (1998), Random Hearts (1999), K-19: The Widowmaker (2002), Hollywood Homicide (2003), Firewall (2006) and Extraordinary Measures (2010).

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Ironically enough, Ford was listed in 2001 by the Guinness Book of World Records as the richest male actor in the world. 1999’s Random Hearts is considered by many to be his worst film by far. It holds a 15% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Critics and fans panned the film for having a dull plot, slow pacing, and almost sleepy acting from the actor.

His Most Recent Flop

One of Harrison Ford’s worst films of all time actually came out just a couple of years ago in 2013, called Paranoia. Despite starring acting powerhouses Liam Hemsworth, Gary Oldman and Harrison Ford, the movie only managed to draw $16 million in box office revenue against a budget of over $35 million.

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Paranoia currently has a 7% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, making it Ford’s worst rated movie of all time. You might have noticed by the picture that the actor even had to shave his head for the role. Honestly, it was such a bad film that Ford’s shaved hair was probably worth more than the actual movie.

Friendship With Chewbacca Actor

Ford and the rest of the original Star Wars gang were great friends with the tall guy you see in the picture below. His name is Peter Mayhew, and he was quite a large man. The actor, who stood at 7 ft 2 inches tall, was one of Ford’s best friends and ended up appearing with the actor in 2015’s The Force Awakens.

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You may have guessed it by now but Mayhew played alongside Ford as none other than Han Solo’s trusty sidekick, Chewbacca. The two immediately got along both on and off-screen, and became one of Hollywood’s most recognizable duos.

Saying Farewell to Their Friend

Harrison Ford recently eulogized hid dear friend, Peter Mayhew, who sadly passed away at age 74 in mid 2019. The actor died of a heart attack, likely due to pressure on his heart from his abnormally large build.

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Thankfully, fans of the Han Solo and Chewbacca duo got one last chance to see them together in action during 2015’s hit film, The Force Awakens. The movie wasn’t only a much-needed reunion, but also ended up being their highest grossing films of all time.