|Estimated value:||€205 million|
|Country of origin:||United States of America (USA)|
|Source of Wealth:||actor|
The roles of Indiana Jones in the film series of the same name and Han Solo in Star Wars made him immortal. But even apart from these film classics, Harrison Ford excelled as a character actor and is still one of the most commercially successful actors in film history. In this article we present the American in more detail.
Harrison Ford was born in Chicago in 1942, where he also grew up and was a member of the Boy Scouts of America, a boy scout association, while attending school. While still at school, Ford met his first wife, Mary Louise Marquardt, to whom he was married from 1964 to 1979. Ford did not finish college as he was expelled from school three days before graduation. He then moved to California in the mid-1960s with the aim of becoming an actor.
Upon arriving in California, Harrison Ford learned the craft of acting at the Laguna Playhouse. Despite some commitments, for example for the series “Smoking Guns”, commercial success failed to materialize in the first few years. For this reason, Ford worked part-time as a carpenter and joiner to provide financial security for himself and his family. As part of this activity, he worked, among other things, for the rock group “The Doors”, with whom he also went on tour.
Harrison Ford first came to attention as an actor in 1973 when he played a major supporting role in George Lucas’ film American Graffiti. Director Francis Ford Copolla became aware of the actor and hired him for supporting roles in cinema classics like “Apocalypse Now”. However, Ford continued to work as a carpenter, since the previous roles did not provide any financial security.
Harrison Ford’s breakthrough came in 1977 with the first part of George Lucas’ space saga “Star Wars”, in which the actor took on the role of daredevil smuggler Han Solo. He also embodied this in the sequels of the saga in 1980, 1983 and 2015. In addition to the Star Wars cult films, Ford took on the role of Indiana Jones in the film series by director Steven Spielberg from 1981. Star Wars inventor George Lucas acted as producer on these films and initially refused to hire an actor from his space epic. Nevertheless, Ford was able to prevail in the casting. Until 2008 he slipped into the role of the whip-wielding archaeologist four times.
In addition to the roles in such adventure films, Ford also distinguished himself as a character actor from the 80s. He received his only Oscar nomination to date in 1986 for his performance in The Only Witness. Further engagements helped to secure Ford a place among the most successful actors in film history. In addition to films such as “On the Run”, “Air Force One” and “Familiar Enemy”, Harrison Ford repeatedly portrayed secret agent Jack Ryan in “The Cartel” and “The Patriotic Hour” in the 90s.
Aside from the Star Wars and Indiana Jones sequels, the 2000s saw fewer action-packed roles, as critics began noting that Ford, now in his 60s, was losing credibility in fast-paced movies. However, a fifth Indiana Jones movie has been announced for 2020. To date he has appeared in over 70 films and series.
– Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in “The Only Witness” – 1986
– “Star of the Century” awarded by the Association of American Cinema Owners – 1994
– “AFI Life Achievement Award” from the American Film Institute – 2000
– Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame – 2003
– “Lifetime Achievement Award” at the Festival del film Locarno – 2011
– “Lifetime Achievement Award” at the Zurich Film Festival – 2013
-“Nature does not need people – people need nature. Nature would easily survive human extinction. Humans, on the other hand, cannot survive without nature.”
-“Making major changes in our lives can be a second chance.”
-“Having a stuntman do the work is like going on vacation and letting someone else sleep with your wife.”
-“I know” – As Han Solo in “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back” on Princess Leia’s declaration of love.
– Ford is a passionate pilot. In 2005, however, he had to make an emergency landing on a golf course when his plane’s engine failed. The result was numerous broken bones, head trauma and a battered plane.
– Harrison Ford always thought his iconic character, Han Solo, should have died in the original Star Wars trilogy. Not because he was fed up with the smuggler, but, according to Ford, because his sacrifice would bring meaning and emotional weight to the other characters.
– The whole Ford family is deeply committed to protecting the environment. As a token of appreciation, several animal species have also been named after Harrison Ford: Calponia harrisonfordi (a spider) and Pheidole harrisonfordi (an ant).
|Estimated value:||€205 million|