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Birthday: July 13, 1942
Place of Birth: Chicago, IL.
Education: Ripon College, WI.
Family: Married to Melissa Mathison (1983-present);: Two Children: Malcolm (born in March 1987) and Georgia (born in June 1990); Married to Mary Marquardt (1964-1979, divorced) Two Sons: Willard and Ben

 

Biography:

Superstar Harrison Ford's rough appearance and commanding physical stature have blessed some of Hollywood's most victorious blockbusters of the 1970s, 80s and 90s. Combined, his movies have made more than $5 billion, making him one of the largest box office money makers of all time. Under contract first to Columbia and then to Universal during the 60s, the professed actor opted out of the business and turned to carpentry, performing only sporadically before playing the role of a drag racer in George Lucas' "American Graffiti" (1973). He rose to distinction as the arrogant but humorous spaceship pilot Han Solo in Lucas' "Star Wars" (1977), and his star was even brighter in "The Empire Strikes Back" (1980), the second sequel of the trilogy. 

He cemented himself as a leading worldwide movie star as the swaggering archeologist of Lucas' and Steven Spielberg's "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981) and the succeeding "Indiana Jones" archives. Cult movie fans loved his sarcastic, machine killing policeman in Ridley Scott's "Blade Runner" with Daryl Hannah (1982), although he felt less than a full equal in the partnership. He showed a wider emotional range in Peter Weir's "Witness" (1985) as a cop required to take refuge from deadly colleagues in an Amish community, earning an Oscar nomination as Best Actor. Harrison followed that up with a very motivated performance in Weir's somewhat awkward "The Mosquito Coast" with River Phoenix (1986).

He then settled into a relaxed box office pattern for the rest of the 80s and on into the 90s. He collaborated with Sean Connery for the role of Dr Jones in Spielberg's "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" (1989) and played a string of smart, struggling professionals in a assortment of conventional romantic and action films, plating the regular guy who finds himself in unexpected situations. 

He was over shadowed by his more lively co stars in Mike Nichols' romantic comedy "Working Girl" (1988) but added the edgy emotional heart for Roman Polanski's "Frantic" (1988) and "Presumed Innocent" (1990). 

He found another niche taking the role of Jack Ryan from Alec Baldwin in "Patriot Games" (1992) and its sequel "Clear and Present Danger" with Benjamin Bratt (1994), "The Fugitive" and "Air Force One" with Glenn Close (1997).  The mature and handsome actor was badly miscast in the Bogart role of Sydney Pollack's remake of "Sabrina" with Greg Kinnear (1995), although "Regarding Henry" (1991) presented him his best chance since "Witness" to discover the more helpless side of his star personality as a rough attorney turned into a naive innocent by a gunshot wound to the cranium.

The gigantic success of the "Star Wars" trilogy in 1997 only shadowed the incredible box office demand of this exceptionally robust star, although the movies he made in his 50's were not as in style or triumphant as his action films. Film seekers stayed away from flops like the bland,  romance "Six Days, Seven Nights" (1998), which, like "Working Girl" and "Sabrina", matched him with a much younger leading female, Anne Heche, who was nearly half his age. 

Hardly anybody went to see "Random Hearts" (1999), a Sydney Pollack performance in which he played a widowed cop preoccupied with learning the facts of his dead wife's affair with a Congresswoman's husband. He than teamed with Michelle Pfeiffer as a married couple plainly haunted by a young woman in the adventure movie "What Lies Beneath" (2000). The motion picture was a modest success, with numerous critics saying that the plot and the fright used by the directors was exceedingly scripted. He next starred in the 2002's adventure thriller, "K-19: The Widowmaker." The movie was the true story of Russia's first nuclear submarine where he played the daring Russian captain of the submarine. 

It was possibly this most recent string of professional bombs that led Harrison to announce in 2002 that he would revisit his best known role in the fourth "Indiana Jones" movie, with Steven Spielberg directing and Frank Darabount developing the screenplay. Shortly thereafter, he split with his wife and went public with his romance with actress Calista Flockhart, and the couple soon became icons on the Hollywood scene.

The following year he appeared in the movie, "Hollywood Homicide," with Josh Hartnett (2003), which matched them as uneven Los Angeles detectives, each with wacky jobs on the side. Although he worked hard to promote the film the assorted lack of real comic sparkle in the film, and the lack of cohesion with Josh, disappointed critics and summer audiences. In 2006, he was hired and cast in the crime drama thriller "Firewall" (2006), about a security specialist is forced into robbing the bank that he's protecting, as a bid to pay off his family's ransom. 

After taking a year off, he was right back on the movie set in 2008 with two huge blockbusters. First, was the drama "Crossing Over" (2008), with Sean Penn, Ray Liotta and  Ashley Judd, about immigrants of different nationalities struggling to achieve legal status in Los Angeles. The film deals with the border, document fraud, the asylum and green card process, work-site enforcement, naturalization, the office of counter terrorism and the clash of cultures.

In 2008, he teamed once again with Lucas and Spielberg for "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull", about famed archaeologist and adventurer Dr. Henry "Indiana" Jones who is called back into action when he becomes entangled in a Soviet plot to uncover the secret behind mysterious artifacts known as the Crystal Skulls. The star admits that Indiana Jones is 20 years older - and acts 20 years older in the film. 

  • Wife: Melissa Mathison. married on March 14, 1983 in Los Angeles; wrote screenplay for "The Black Stallion" (1979), "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial" and "The Escape Artist" (1982); announced separation in November 2000; reconciled in March 2001; filed for legal separation in 2001 citing irreconcilable differences. 
  • Companion: Calista Flockhart. reportedly dating as of early 2002
Education
  • Maine Township High School, Park Ridge, Illinois, 1960
  • Ripon College, Ripon, Wisconsin, English

  

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