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Harrison Ford’s film career


Learn about the remarkable career of one of the biggest stars from the Star Wars franchise.

Congratulations to Harrison Ford for turning 75 today on July 13, 2017! Born in 1942, Ford began his career in entertainment in two uncredited roles. His first acting gig was as a “Bellhop Pager” in Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round (1966). He finally earned his first credited role as “Lt Shaffer” in A Time for Killing (1967). He then went on to have a variety of parts over the next decade.

In 1977, Ford earned the role of a lifetime by playing Han Solo in the first Star Wars film entitled, Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. He would then reprise that coveted role throughout the original trilogy. He even played that role again in the recent installment Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which broke box-office records in the winter of 2015. A fun fact was that the role of Han Solo was not originally written for Ford, and a special set of circumstances persuaded George Lucas to cast him in that part. He was very lucky, indeed!


Besides the sci-fi epics, Ford has played many different parts over the years, including Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981). He earned his first (and only) Academy Award nomination for his leading role as John Book in Witness (1985). He is set to appear in Blade Runner 2049, and he might play Indiana Jones again in an upcoming untitled project set for release in 2020. Those two blockbusters really shaped Harrison Ford’s career, and he does not appear to be stopping anytime soon!

Alex Phuong