Harrison Ford: 10 Facts To Know About The Acclaimed Actor

With a net worth of 230 million dollars, what can't Harrison Ford do? Learn all about his successful career, his three wives, and his limitless good looks.

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Harrison Ford: 10 Facts To Know About The Acclaimed Actor

Who is Harrison Ford

Harrison Ford is an American actor. Harrison Ford has a height of 6 feet, making him a bit taller than many male actors. This Indiana Jones and "Stars Wars" movie after "Star Wars" movie super star only gets better with age. Harrison ford has been attractive at every age. He is currently 75 years old and makes aging look easy. He was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1942. His younger brother, Terrence, was born in 1945. In 1964 he moved to Los Angeles, California. He originally applied for a job at a radio show, but did not get it. He was then able to sign a contract with Universal Studios in their New Talent program. His first credited film was in the 1967 film, "A Time for Killing." George Lucas was not satisfied with the work he was getting, so he became a professional carpenter to support his first wife and two children. While he was working as a carpenter, he also worked as a stagehand for the very popular band, The Doors. Harrison ford has a mysterious scar on his chin that not many people know about. When he was just 20 years old, he was driving when he lost control of his car. He sadly hit a telephone pole and injured his chin. Thankfully, Harrison Ford was fine and just the scar remains.

1. He worked with George Lucas before "Star Wars"

Harrison Ford is the second highest-grossing U.S. domestic box office star, he has grossed over 6 billion dollars worldwide. But where did he get his start? How did this all begin? Harrison Ford had minor parts in movies beginning in 1966. As a result of all of his hard work, he landed a role in "American Graffiti," directed by George Lucas, in 1973. "American Graffiti" is a funny coming-of-age story. Harrison Ford plays the character, Bob Falfa, who is a competitive drag racer in the film.

2. He only made $10,000 for the first "Star Wars" movie

In "American Graffiti," Harrison Ford and directer George Lucas formed a bond. Because of Harrison Ford's work on that movie, George Lucas invited him to audition for his upcoming movie, "Star Wars." In 1977, Harrison Ford won the part of Han Solo, one of the starring roles in the movie. Han Solo is a smuggler who is hired by Obi-Wan and Luke to get them to Alderaan in the Millennium Falcon. "Star Wars" was the first film among many prequels and sequels. It grossed over 775 million dollars worldwide and surpassed "Jaws" as the highest-grossing film in America at the time. Even though he was only paid 10,000 thousand dollars, "Star Wars" rocketed Harrison Ford to stardom.

3. There was a "Star Wars Holiday Special"

Few people have seen the "Star Wars Holiday Special." It was the first official spin-off of the original "Star Wars" film and was released in 1978. All of the main cast was in the "Star Wars Holiday Special." There was also the introduction of the well-known, Boba Fett, who appeared more in later "Star Wars" films. There have been rumors that the producer, George Lucas, has tried to repress the distribution of the "Star Wars Holiday Special." Harrison Ford said that he has never seen it.

4. He wanted his character killed off in "Return of the Jedi"

Harrison Ford was an instant star after "Star Wars," but this was just the beginning. After the massive success of the original "Star Wars," came the two following "Star Wars" films, "Empire Strikes Back," in 1980, and "Return of the Jedi" in 1983. Harrison Ford suggested that his character, Han Solo, be killed off at the end of "Return of the Jedi," as he thought that would make for a better ending. In later interviews, he noted that he is happy Han Solo was not killed off and that George Lucas was right. The second film, "Empire Strikes Back," is widely considered the best film ever made. It became the highest grossing film of 1980 and has grossed over 538 million dollars since its release. Harrison Ford again played Han Solo in the recent "Star Wars" film, "The Force Awakens," which was released in 2015. In this "Star Wars" film, his character, Han Solo, was killed off. Harrison Ford was paid 25 million dollars, and .5% of the film's gross. This "Star Wars" movie grossed over 2 billion dollars, making it the third-highest-grossing film in history. It is rumored that his character will make appearances in future "Star Wars" films.

5. He got a big raise for Indiana Jones

Harrison Ford was so loved in "Star Wars," that it only made sense to cast him in the leading role as Indian Jones in the movie, "Raiders of the Lost Ark" in 1981. This movie was widely successful and Harrison Ford has forever be remembered for his role in this movie. He plays an archeologist who gets into trouble at an ancient temple in Peru. "Raiders of the Lost Ark" remains one of the highest-grossing films ever made. It was nominated for eight Academy Awards and won four Academy Awards. Harrison Ford was rocketed to a whole new level of stardom. He made $400,000 for the film, which was a huge raise from his role as Han Solo in his first "Star Wars" film. With "Star Wars" and his Indiana Jones films, Harrison Ford is still at the height of his career.

6. Another big break in 1982

The big roles just kept coming for Harrison Ford. In 1982, another huge opportunity was present to Harrison Ford. He was given a lead role in the new film, "Blade Runner 2019." At the time, 2019 seemed to be so far in the future, anything was possible. Harrison Ford played the role of a bounty hunter named Rick Deckard in "Blade Runner 2019." This movie portrays Harrison Ford as Rick Deckard in a mission to disrupt the dystopian future they live in. In this version of a futuristic time, there are bioengineered humans called replicants. The replicants are basically robots with pre-programmed memories and purposes. Some replicants have gone rogue, and they must fight for survival against those who want to harm them. "Blade Runner 2019" grossed over 6 million dollars during its opening weekend. The special effects used in "Blade Runner 2019" were so impressive for the time. The height of his career just got higher and higher with success after success for Harrison Ford.

7. Blade Runner 2049

In October, 2017, "Blade Runner 2049" was released. Harrison Ford once again starred in the film. Ryan Gosling joined Harrison Ford on the cast, playing a similar to role to Harrison Ford's first "Blade Runner" movie. This long-awaited sequel once again wowed crowds with outstanding visual effects and great acting from all of the stars in the film. During its opening weekend, Harrison Ford's newest hit grossed 250 million dollars. At the time, Harrison Ford never knew that "Star Wars" and Indiana Jones were just the beginning of a long and fruitful career.

8. Awards and Net Worth

Harrison ford has been nominated for over 20 awards. He has won 4 awards, including two Saturn Awards for Best Acting. One award he won for his role in "Raiders of the Lost Ark," and the second was for his role as Han Solo in the most recent "Star Wars" movie, "The Force Awakens." Harrison Ford has had a net worth that has continued to grow throughout his career. Harrison Ford's current net worth is over 230 million dollars. He has already signed on to do a fifth Indian Jones movie in 2020, which is sure to increase his net worth even more. Harrison Ford and his steady stream of success over the last thirty years has lead him to have a fabulous life and a net worth that just won't quit.

9. Harrison Ford has been married three times

In 1964, before he really rose to fame, Harrison Ford was married to Mary Marquardt. Harrison Ford was just rising to the height of his career in 1079 when the husband and wife divorced. Harrison Ford's second wife came in 1983 when he married Melissa Mathison. His new wife, Melissa Mathison, was most famous for writing the original screenplay for "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial." Harrison Ford's wife was nominated for two awards. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, and she was nominated for and won a Saturn Award for Best Writing This husband and wife pair split in 2004. Harrison Ford married his third wife in 2010. His wife, Calista Flockhart, is famous for playing the lead character in this smash hit, "Ally McBeal."

10. A big net worth and a big family

Harrison Ford has five children and four grandchildren. His five children are named Georgia, Ben, Willard, Malcolm, and Liam. Harrison Ford and his children have close relationships with all of his family. At the age of 73, and with so many children, Harrison Ford still looks good. Liam was adopted by his current wife, Calista Flockhart just a few months before she met Harrison Ford. He then adopted Liam. Liam is 16-years-old and lives in San Diego, California. Harrison Ford's daughter, Georgia Ford, is 27-years-old and live in Chicago, Illinois. Harrison Ford had Georgia with his second wife, Melissa Mathison. Georgia has attended film screenings with Harrison Ford and the two maintain a close relationship. Harrison Ford's son, Malcolm Ford, was also with Melissa Mathison. He is 29-years-old and is in a band called The Dough Rollers. Malcolm rocks a lot of tattoos, making him the only one in the family with such a large number of tattoos. With his first wife, Mary Marquardt, Harrison Ford had two children. The youngest is Willard Ford, who is 48-years-old. He is a gymnasium and furniture gallery owner and does pursue the life in the public eye. Benjamin Ford is the oldest of Harrison Ford's five children. He is 49-years old and is an executive chef at a restaurant. His mother, Mary Marquardt, is also a chef. Harrison Ford maintains a close relationship with all of his children and his grandchildren. Harrison Ford has always been a family man.

Me and the girls!!

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