Harrison Ford

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Harrison Ford. Although credited as "Harrison J. Ford" in A Time for Killing, he does not actually have a middle name. The "J" was added to avoid confusion with another Harrison Ford who was an actor at the time.


July 13, 1942, Chicago, Illinois.


Ford's father, Christopher, was Irish-Catholic and worked in the advertising business. His Russian-Jewish mother, Dorothy, was a homemaker.

He has one brother, Terence.

While in college, he met Mary Marquardt. They married in 1964 and divorced in 1979. They had two sons, Benjamin and Willard. From 1983-2004 he was married to Melissa Mathison, screenwriter of the movie ​ET. They had two children, Malcolm and Georgia. He began dating actress ​Calista Flockhart in 2002 and the pair wed in June 2010.


In 1960, Ford graduated from Maine East High School in Park Ridge, Illinois. He attended Ripon College in Wisconsin, where he was a member of the Sigma Nu Fraternity. Three days from graduation, Ford was expelled after failing a philosophy class in his senior year.


Ford is best known for his roles as Han Solo in Star Wars and as Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark and its sequels. Before he hit it big, however, he was very resourceful in earning a living. He taught himself carpentry using library books and worked as a carpenter.

Ford is reported to be the richest actor alive. As of January 2006, the combined domestic box office grosses of his films totaled approximately US $3.05 billion, with worldwide grosses at approximately US $5.65 billion.


What many of his fans do not realize is that the future Indiana Jones was far from the tough guy as a child.

He was shy and often beaten up by his peers. Taking a stance of non-violence he refused to fight back, instead keeping the anger inside himself for years. During college he did not fit in, finding the school too conservative for his tastes. He began exhibiting typical signs of depression, such as sleeping long hours, missing classes and struggling to keep up with his studies. He later said of his time at college, "The kindest word to describe my performance was sloth." Due to his failing a philosophy class during his senior year, he was expelled from school. Notoriously private about his life, Ford has not personally characterized this period of his life as one of depression, but has confessed to being painfully shy until his junior year of college, when he signed up for a drama class and overcame his fears.

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