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The Harrison Ford Bio

The Harrison Ford Review –

by Nate Lee

Best Film:

Star Wars
Raiders of the Lost Ark

Okay, that's eight films that are better than just about anyone else's top two. And that doesn't include The Fugitive (really, Tommy Lee Jones was better) and Blade Runner (brilliant film and good performance). Vital to the success of Star Wars, and virtually completely responsible, on the acting side, for the success of the Indy films, Ford was also vital to the success of Witness, which actually relied on his acting abilities.

Great Performances You May Not Have Seen:
What Lies Beneath (a scientist whose wife, Michelle Pfeiffer, has paranormal experiences)
Random Hearts (finds out his wife, killed in a plane crash, was traveling to have an affair)
Frantic (a doctor trying to find his kidnapped wife in Europe, directed by Roman Polanski)
The Devil's Own (an Irish NYC cop who suspects that Irish terrorist Brad Pitt is more than he pretends to be)
Hanover Street (WWII romance in a triangle with Lesley-Anne Down and husband Christopher Plummer)
American Graffiti (breakout role as the macho street racer)
Six Days Seven Nights (stranded on a desert isle with Anne Heche)
Working Girl (big business guy, opposite Melanie Griffith and Sigourney Weaver)
Sabrina (Golden Globe-nominated performance as Lionel Larrabee, the serious one, in the remake of the Audrey Hepburn classic)
Morning Glory (a TV anchor, opposite Diane Keaton and Rachel McAdams)
The Frisco Kid (a bank robber partnering up with Gene Wilder as a rabbi in the old west)
The Executive Ford:
Air Force One (the President)
Clear and Present Danger (CIA honcho Jack Ryan, with Willem Dafoe)
Patriot Games (first time out as Jack Ryan, foiling Irish radicals)
Regarding Henry (a ruthless attorney who is shot in the head and becomes a charming innocent, with Annette Bening)
Presumed Innocent (a Philadelphia prosecuting attorney framed for the murder of lover Greta Scacchi)
The Star Wars Trilogy (Han Solo)
The Indiana Jones Series (Indy)
Blade Runner (Deckard, a guy supposedly trying to eliminate robots)
Apocalypse Now (Col. Lucas)
The Fugitive (Dr. Richard Kimble)
Witness (Golden Globe and Oscar-nominated performance as a detective hiding out with the Amish)
K-19: The Widowmaker (head of a Russian sub)
Force 10 From Navarone (part of star-studded WWII bridge-blowing ensemble)
The Real Harrison Ford:
Star Wars >

Maybe not quite as educated as many of his roles, Harrison got his first acting gigs through being a carpenter to some Hollywood folks with pull. He still likes to tinker and build, which reminds you of the crafty pilot always working on his souped-up spaceship.
Acting Style:
Cool macho in a suit. Either from time or talent, Ford was able to grow out of his Indy persona, though the journey includes lots of forgettable roles. Still, though, he personifies the smart, sometimes crafty, sometimes self-effacing, upscale macho executive that is Indy.
Bits and Quirks:
Great grin with a cock of the head, and sometimes squint. Head down, determined stare. Deep blast of voice when he wants. Often barely walking in his action films, he's taken so many hits.
Great Scenes:

> Shooting the sword fighter
> Getting slugged by Karen Allen
> The opening of the ark, as he and Allen are tied to the post
> The opening, getting the gold statue, with Alfred Molina
> Running for the plane
> Closed off in the cave with snakes all around


> Meeting and interviewing Sean Young
> Running down the Replicant
> The showdown with Darryl Hannah and Rutger Hauer
> Rutger saves his life


> Meeting Obi Wan and Luke at the beginning
> Shooting down the fighters with Luke, "Great, kid. Don't get cocky."
> Flirting and arguing with Princess Leia
> Rescuing Leia
> The supposed good-bye scene before Luke takes on the Death Star
> Coming to the rescue on the Death Star
> The big honoring scene at the end.


> Crashing the wedding to get to Trask
> Making love to Melanie Griffith
> The pre-meeting, where Trask calls on the phone
> On the street, where he suddenly reveals all the insecurities beneath the façade
> The meeting that Sigourney interrupts and kicks out Griffith
> The elevator speech, where Griffith proves herself to Trask, and Sigourney hangs herself.


> In the library with the daughter, Rachel
> Rachel teaches him to read, and then they celebrate afterward
> The speech at the law party
> Kissing wife Annette Bening while standing on a park bench, and friends walk by
> Gives the incriminating letter to the elderly woman
> Comes with Buddy, the dog, to get Rachel out of school.