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Harrison Ford

Harrison Ford

"Whoever had the bright idea of putting Indiana Jones in a leather jacket and a fedora in the jungle ought to be dragged into the street and shot."

Birth Name: Harrison Ford

Birth Date: 13 July 1942

Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA

Height: 6'1''

Why he is a Golden Beau: He is talented, charming, down-to-earth, witty--he is Indiana Jones!

Movies you should see: Raiders of the Lost Arc, Witness, Star Wars, Blade Runner, The Fugitive

Other Stuff:

-Married to Melissa Mathison (14 March 1983 - 6 January 2004) (divorced) 2 children

-Married to Mary Marquardt (18 June 1964 - 1979) (divorced) 2 children

-Listed as one of 50 people barred from entering Tibet. Disney clashed with Chinese officials over the film Kundun (1997), which Ford's second wife, Melissa Mathison, wrote. [19 December 1996]

-His "first broadcast" was during his senior year in high school (1960). He was literally the first voice heard over the new radio station, WMTH-FM, located at Maine Township High School in Park Ridge, Illinois, as they came on the air for the first time.

-Considers The Mosquito Coast (1986) to be the favorite of all his movies.

-Lives in a white-painted ranch house that he built himself in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

-Has a scar on his chin which he got when he tried to "buckle up" while already driving, and lost control of the car. The scar has been explained in two of his films: in the River Phoenix introductory sequence in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), an inexperienced young Indy hits himself in the chin the first time he tries to use the whip; and in Working Girl (1988), he first says that he got the scar in a knife fight, then admits that the true story is that he knocked his chin on a toilet after fainting during an ear-piercing.

-He was billed as Harrison J. Ford until 1970 for less confusion between he and silent-screen actor Harrison Ford. He actually has no middle name.

-Piloted his helicopter to rescue dehydrated 20-year-old hiker Sarah George from Table Mountain near his ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. [31 July 2000]

-Credited with "creating" what many believe to be the best scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) because he was suffering from a bout of dysentery at the time of filming: during the scene in Cairo with the swordsman in black, the script called for a much longer fight, but because of his condition, he quietly asked director Steven Spielberg if they could shorten the scene. Spielberg's reply was that the only way it could be done would be if Indy pulled out his gun and "just shot the guy." The rest of the crew, not aware of the change, laughed at this, and it remained in the final cut.

-He suffered a back injury while filming Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) which required surgery. While he was away Steven Spielberg filmed around him as best he could in the fights and stunt scenes, using Vic Armstrong, a British-born stunt man who looked so much like Ford that members of the crew were always mistaking confusing the two. Ford resumed doing his own stunts upon his return, and his close-ups were added later into the finished film.

-Recommended River Phoenix for the role of the young Indiana Jones in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989). Ford and Phoenix had previously played father and son in The Mosquito Coast (1986).

-Worked as a carpenter in Los Angeles before achieving fame in movies, mainly doing home remodeling work. Had a reputation as one of the best cabinetmakers in the city, and his services were much in demand on Los Angeles' trendy Westside long before he became a movie star.

-Scared director Steven Spielberg and the crew during Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) when, without warning, he ran out across the rope bridge used in the film's climax to test its safety.

-During the scene where he is frozen in carbonite in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Carrie Fisher says, "I love you." and Ford was supposed to reply "I love you too." but he suggested changing it to "I know."

-Children: with Mary Marquardt, sons Benjamin (b. 22.09.1967) and Willard (b. 14-05-1969); with Melissa Mathison, son Malcolm Ford (b. 10-03- 1987) and daughter Georgia (b. 30-06-1991).

-He had a role as the school principal in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) who lectures Elliot about the dangers of alcohol. The scene was cut because director Steven Spielberg felt that Ford's presence would break the flow of the film. The only footage known to exist appeared in The E.T. Storybook released at the same time as the film.

-Once described Han Solo as "The great rapscallion of the universe."

-Out of the three leads of the original Star Wars trilogy, he was the only one to appear in all three films without ever signing a contract.

-In 2003, he accepted the Oscar for "Best Director" on behalf of Roman Polanski, who wasn't present at the awards ceremony, being a fugitive from U.S. justice since fleeing the country in 1978

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