Harrison Ford (he has no middle name) was born July 13th, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois. He’s been married 3 times [Mary Marquardt (1964–1979) (divorced) Melissa Mathison (1983-2004) (divorced) and Calista Flockhart (2010 -present)]. He has two children (Benjamin and Willard) with his first wife as well as two children (Malcolm and Georgia) with his second wife and is father to Flockhart’s adopted son Liam.
At one point, four of the top five box-office hits of all time included one of his roles, and five of his films have been inducted into the National Film Registry.
It probably will be no surprise to anyone that the first time I saw Harrison Ford was in Star Wars. He was fantastic in it and even as a child I appreciated Han Solo’s dry wit and, oddly, his jaded cynicism. Indeed, Han was my favorite character and call me crazy but I think it takes good acting to appeal to everyone from child to adult.
Anyway, moving on, he popped up again as Han in 1980′s Empire Strikes Back then, he played the iconic Indiana Jones in 81′s Raiders Of The Lost Ark and in 1982 starred in Blade Runner, which has also gone on to be another sci-fi classic. You could say he was incredibly lucky to land two big franchises but his other films outside of Star Wars and Indiana Jones were also excellent and, frankly, if you wanted a good movie in the 80′s you flicked through to see what Harrison was in. Sure, the Brat Pack were hot and the movies popular but if you wanted a more adult flavour – Harrison was a great choice. He could be relied on for action, drama and comedy and you could be sure the films were good. Aside from Empire, Raiders, Blade Runner, Jedi and Temple of Doom , we had Witness in 85, Mosquito Coast in 86, Frantic in ’87 and Working Girl in ’88 before it was back to Indy to round out the decade with The Last Crusade.
Another thing about Harrison of course was – he was insanely hot. I recall having him adorning one of my school folders as Indy and Han alongside other hunks that I fancied. It was sort of a life imitating art thing really. The girls in Raiders that were swooning over Indy were like we teen girls swooning over Harrison lol. Anyway, overall the 80′s were great for film stars (unlike today where it’s all about comic book heroes and crap like that) and Harrison was deservedly A-list, as the man could do it all. (And, of course, he still can).