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We can guarantee that at some point in your life, you have probably watched Harrison Ford perform a role in any of his movies because if you haven’t, you are surely missing out.
Although Harrison Ford is known for several roles across many decades, his most recent role has been in the Apple TV series, Shrinking, alongside Jason Segel. This role of Ford has once again reminded the older generation of how brilliant he is, and has introduced the newer people to his work.
So, we figured now would be the best time to let you know everything you need to know about Harrison Ford, from his net worth to his biography and much more. We are certain, by the end of this article, you will be adding all of his work to your watchlist!
Harrison Ford’s net worth is estimated to be $300 million. He earned $500 per week for his work on American Graffiti, then $10,000 for his performance in Star Wars – about $42,000 today.
Subsequently, he was paid $100,000 for The Empire Strikes Back and $500,000 for The Return of the Jedi. When he returned for The Force Awakens in 2015, he was paid a base salary of $15 million, plus another $10 million from his percentage of the box office sales, for a total of $25 million.
His salary for the first three Indiana Jones films is not known, but he did earn $65 million for the fourth installment, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, including profits from the box office – the 12th-largest acting paycheck in history.
On average, Ford earned between $10 million and $12 million per film in the 1990s, sometimes earning more, such as the $20 million he was paid for Air Force One.
Harrison Ford was born on July 13, 1942, at the Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. Growing up, he was a Boy Scout and went on to achieve the second-highest rank of Life Scout. As a teen, he worked as a counselor at Napowan Adventure Base Scout Camp.
He attended Maine East High School in Park Ridge, Illinois, where he was the first student to have his voice broadcast on the school’s radio station, serving as their first sportscaster during his senior year. He graduated in 1960, then attended Ripon College in Ripon, Wisconsin.
He studied philosophy and was a member of the fraternity Sigma Nu. During the final quarter of his senior year, he took a drama class which sparked his love of acting.
Ford graduated from college in 1964 and performed in a season of summer stock with the Belfry Players in Wisconsin, after which he applied for a radio voice-over job in Los Angeles. Although he was not hired for the job, he remained in California.
Eventually, he signed a contract with the new talent program at Columbia Pictures for $150 per week, allowing him to play bit parts in films. He made his debut in Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round in 1966, although he was not credited for the role.
His first credited role was in A Time for Killing as “Harrison J. Ford” in 1967. Ford does not have a middle name, but the middle initial was added to his name to differentiate him from a silent film star with the same name.
In the late 1960s, Ford began working for Universal Studios and played minor roles in several television series, such as Gunsmoke and Ironside. He became a self-taught professional carpenter while he awaited more substantial roles. In 1973, he played the role of Bob Falfa in George Lucas’ American Graffiti.
He met director Francis Ford Coppola when he hired Ford as a carpenter to expand his office. Subsequently, Coppola gave him small roles in two films, The Conversation in 1974 and Apocalypse Now in 1979.
Throughout the 1970s, Ford was featured in bigger roles in films like Force 10 from Navarone and Hanover Street. He co-starred with legendary actor Gene Wilder in The Frisco Kid in 1979.
Initially, George Lucas hired Harrison Ford to assist with auditions for his upcoming film. Ford read lines for actors auditioning for the epic space-opera film Star Wars. Lucas was so impressed with Ford’s performance that he ended up casting him in the lead role of Han Solo. He reprised his role in the sequels The Empire Strikes Back in 1980 and Return of the Jedi in 1983.
Ford entered into a second franchise role when he was cast in 1981’s Raiders of the Lost Ark as the archaeologist turned-hero Indiana Jones, directed by Steven Spielberg and originally conceived by George Lucas. He reprised the role in a prequel, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and a sequel, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
He also returned for the fourth installment, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, and is slated to return for the fifth (and supposedly final) installment, Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny.
In 1982, Ford played the lead role of Rick Deckard in the dystopian sci-fi film Blade Runner. He went on to portray dramatic roles in Witness, The Mosquito Coast, and Frantic. He also starred as a romantic lead in 1988’s Working Girl.
He then portrayed the Tom Clancy character Jack Ryan, succeeding Alec Baldwin and preceding Ben Affleck, in two films: Patriot Games in 1992 and Clear and Present Danger in 1994.
Throughout the 1990s, he starred in several action thrillers, like The Fugitive and Air Force One. He starred as the romantic lead, Linus Larabee, in the 1995 remake of the 1954 film Sabrina.
However, in the late 1990s into the 2000s, Ford began appearing in a slew of commercially unsuccessful and critically disappointing films, such as K-19: The Widowmaker, Hollywood Homicide, and Extraordinary Measures. In the 2010s, he took on more supporting roles, co-starring in the spy thriller Paranoia with Liam Hemsworth and Gary Oldman.
He appeared in a number of other films, including 42, The Expendables 3, and The Age of Adaline, alongside Blake Lively. He returned to the Star Wars franchise in 2015, reprising his role as Han Solo in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
He also made an appearance in the 2019 installment of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and reprised the role of Rick Deckard in the 2015 sequel film Blade Runner 2049.
Ford was cast in his first voice role in the animated film The Secret Life of Pets 2 in 2019. In 2020, he starred in an adaptation of Jack London’s The Call of the Wild. In addition to his upcoming reprisal of the character of Indiana Jones, Ford has been cast as Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross in two films set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain America: New World Order and Thunderbolts, both of which are scheduled for release in 2024.
Ford is a licensed pilot and can fly both helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft. In the 1960s, he began training as a pilot at Wild Rose Idlewild Airport in Wild Rose, Wisconsin. The cost of lessons was too expensive at the time, and he discontinued his training. However, in the mid-1990s, he bought his own used plane and asked one of his pilots to give him lessons. He has even provided emergency helicopter services in Wyoming.
Ford is a vice-chair of the American nonprofit environmental organization Conservation International, whose mission is to protect nature. On behalf of the organization, he gave a speech at the 2019 United Nations Climate Action Summit, discussing the impact of the destruction of the Amazon rainforest on global climate change.
He is a lifelong Democrat, having been raised in a liberal household. He has been vocal in his politics, calling for more gun control in the United States. In 2003, he spoke out against America’s military presence in Iraq.
He also has been openly critical of former President Donald Trump. He also endorsed current President Joe Biden when he campaigned in 2020.
Ford has been married a total of three times. He married former illustrator and chef Mary Marquardt in 1964 and divorced in 1979.
Next, he married Melissa Mathison, a screenwriter in 1983. The couple separated in 2000 and divorced in 2004. She passed away in 2015.
Ford began dating his current wife, actress Calista Flockhart after they met in 2002. They became engaged on Valentine’s Day in 2009 and married in June 2010.
They live in Jackson, Wyoming, and also have a home in Brentwood, Los Angeles.
Additionally, late actress Carrie Fisher, his co-star in the Star Wars films, claimed that she had an affair with Ford for several months in 1976 while filming.
Harrison Ford is one of two children born to Dorothy and John William “Christopher” Ford. His mother was a radio actress and his father was an actor turned advertising executive. He has a younger brother, Terence, who was born in 1945. On his father’s side, he is of German and Irish descent. His mother’s family was from Minsk, Belarus, and lived in Russia.
Ford has a total of five children, four of whom are biological and one who is adopted. With his first wife, Mary Marquardt, he had two sons. His son Benjamin is a chef and restaurateur. He co-owns the Los Angeles gastropub Ford’s Filling Station, which has multiple locations.
His son Willard owns Strong Sports Gym and the Ludwig Clothing Company. Ford shared two children with his second wife, the late Melissa Mathison. Their son Malcolm is an actor and musician, while their daughter Georgia is an actress. Last but not least, he is the stepfather of Calista Flockhart’s son Liam, whom she adopted before meeting Ford.
Harrison Ford has been around for a while now, and we can only hope that continues for years to come because we truly do love his work and the charm that he carries with him.
We would love to know in the comments section what your favorite Harrison Ford role has been so far!