Harrison Ford (born July 13, 1942) is an American actor. His films have grossed more than $5.4 billion in North America and more than $9.3 billion worldwide, making him the seventh-highest-grossing actor in North America. He has been a leading man in films of several genres and is regarded as an American cultural icon.
His first couple films were uncredited parts in Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round (1966), with James Coburn, Camilla Sparv, Aldo Ray, Nina Wayne, Todd Armstrong, Robert Webber, and Rose Marie; and Clive Donner’s Luv (1967), with Jack Lemmon, Peter Falk, Elaine May and Nina Wayne. His first credited role was in A Time for Killing (1967), with Glenn Ford, George Hamilton, Inger Stevens, and Harry Dean Stanton. Other early roles include Journey to Shiloh (1968), with James Caan, Michael Sarrazin, and Brenda Scott; Getting Straight (1970), with Elliott Gould, Candice Bergen, Jeff Corey, Max Julien, and Cecil Kellaway; Michelangelo Antonioni’s Zabriskie Point (1970), with Mark Frechette, Daria Halprin, and Rod Taylor.
Ford had his first significant roles in George Lucas’s American Graffiti (1973), with Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Charles Martin Smith, Cindy Williams, Candy Clark, Mackenzie Phillips, Bo Hopkins, Wolfman Jack, Suzanne Somers, Kathleen Quinlan, Debralee Scott, and Joe Spano; and Francis Ford Coppola’s The Conversation (1974), with Gene Hackman, John Cazale, Allen Garfield, Williams, Frederic Forrest, Teri Garr, and Robert Duvall.
He gained worldwide fame for his starring role as Han Solo in the epic space opera film Star Wars (1977), reprising the role in four sequels over the course of the next 42 years. The franchise collectively featured Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing, Alec Guinness, David Prowse, James Earl Jones, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew, Billy Dee Williams, Frank Oz, Ian McDiarmid, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow.
He is also widely known for his portrayal of Indiana Jones in the titular film franchise directed by Steven Spielberg and James Mangold, collectively featuring Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, Ronald Lacey, John Rhys-Davies, Denholm Elliott, Kate Capshaw, Ke Huy Quan, Amrish Puri, Roshan Seth, Philip Stone, Sean Connery, Alison Doody, Julian Glover, Cate Blanchett, Ray Winstone, John Hurt, Jim Broadbent, Shia LaBeouf, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Antonio Banderas, Shaunette Renée Wilson, Thomas Kretschmann, Toby Jones, Boyd Holbrook, Olivier Richters, Ethann Isidore and Mads Mikkelsen.
He is also known for playing other characters in different franchises, most notably Rick Deckard in Ridley Scott’s dystopian science fiction film Blade Runner (1982), with Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos, M. Emmett Walsh, Daryl Hannah, William Sanderson, Brion James, Joe Turkel, Joanna Cassidy, and james Hong; and Denis Villenuve’s sequel Blade Runner 2049 (2017), with Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, Dave Bautista, and Jared Leto; and the Tom Clancy character Jack Ryan in the spy thriller films Patriot Games (1992), with Anne Archer,
Patrick Bergin, Sean Bean, Thora Birch, James Fox, Samuel L. Jackson, Jones, and
Richard Harris; and Clear and Present Danger (1994), with Willam Dafoe and Joaquim de Almeida.
Other films in the 1970s include Heroes (1977), with Henry Winkler and Sally Field; Guy Hamilton’s Force 10 from Navarone (1978), with Robert Shaw, Barbara Bach, Edward Fox, Franco Nero, Carl Weathers, Richard Kiel, and Alan Badel; Peter Hyam’s Hanover Street (1979), with Lesley-Anne Down, Christopher Plummer, Alec McCowen, Richard Masur, and Michael Sacks; Coppola’s Apocalypse Now (1979), with Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Forrest, Albert Hall, Sam Bottoms, Laurence Fishburne, and Dennis Hopper; and Robert Aldrich’s The Frisco Kid (1979), with Gene Wilder.
Ford was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for Peter Weir’s Witness (1985), with Kelly McGillis, Lukas Haas, Jan Rubeš, Danny Glover, Josef Sommer, Alexander Godunov, Patti LuPone, and Viggo Mortensen. Other films in the 1980s include The Mosquito Coast (1986), with Helen Mirren, River Phoenix, Conrad Roberts, Andre Gregory, and Martha Plimpton; Roman Polanski’s Frantic (1988), with Betty Buckley, John Mahoney, and Emmanuelle Seigner; and Mike Nichols’s Working Girl (1988), with Melanie Griffith, Sigourney Weaver, Alec Baldwin, Joan Cusack, and Oliver Platt.
Other films in the 1990s include Alan J. Pakula’s Presumed Innocent (1990), with Brian Dennehy, Raúl Juliá, Bonnie Bedelia, Paul Winfield and Greta Scacchi; Regarding Henry (1991), with Annette Bening, Bill Nunn, and Rebecca Miller; Andrew Davis’s The Fugitive (1993), with Tommy Lee Jones, Sela Ward, Joe Pantoliano, Andreas Katsulas, Jeroen Krabbé, and Julianne Moore; Sydney Pollack’s Sabrina (1995), with Julia Ormond, Greg Kinnear, Angie Dickinson, Richard Crenna, Nancy Marchand, Lauren Holly, John Wood, Dana Ivey and Fanny Ardant; The Devil’s Own (1997), with Brad Pitt, Rubén Blades, Natascha McElhone, Julia Stiles, Margaret Colin, and Treat Williams; Wolfgang Peterson’s Air Force One (1997), with Gary Oldman, Glenn Close, Wendy Crewson, Xander Berkeley, William H. Macy, Dean Stockwell, and Paul Guilfoyle; Ivan Reitman’s Six Days, Seven Nights (1998), with Anne Heche; and Random Hearts (1999), with Kristin Scott Thomas, Charles S. Dutton, Bonnie Hunt, Dennis Haysbert, Richard Jenkins, Guilfoyle.
Films in the 2000s include Robert Zemeckis’s What Lies Beneath (2000), with Michelle Pfeiffer, Diana Scarwid, Miranda Otto, James Remar, and Joe Morton; Kathryn Bigelow’s K-19: The Widowmaker (2002), with Liam Neeson, Peter Sarsgaard, Donald Sumpter, Christian Camargo, Michael Gladis, and John Shrapnel; Hollywood Homicide (2003), with Josh Hartnett, Lena Olin, Bruce Greenwood, Isaiah Washington, Lolita Davidovich, Keith David, Gladys Knight, Master P, Dwight Yoakam, Eric Idle, Robert Wagner, Kurupt, Smokey Robinson, Lou Diamond Phillips, Martin Landau, and André Benjamin; Richard Loncraine’s Firewall (2006), with Paul Bettany, Virginia Madsen, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Robert Patrick, Robert Forster, and Alan Arkin; and Crossing Over (2009), with Ray Liotta, Jim Sturgess, and Ashley Judd.
Films in the 2010s include Extraordinary Measures (2010), with Brendan Fraser and Keri Russell; Roger Michell’s Morning Glory (2010), with Rachel McAdams, Diane Keaton, Patrick Wilson, and Jeff Goldblum; Jon Favreau’s Cowboys & Aliens (2011), with Daniel Craig, Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell, Adam Beach, Paul Dano, and Keith Carradine; Brian Helgeland’s 42 (2013), with Chadwick Boseman, Nicole Beharie, Christopher Meloni, André Holland, Lucas Black, Hamish Linklater, and Ryan Merriman; Paranoia (2013), with Liam Hemsworth, Oldman, Amber Heard, Lucas Till, Embeth Davidtz, Julian McMahon, Josh Holloway, and Dreyfuss; Ender’s Game (2013), with Asa Butterfield, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, Hailee Steinfeld, and Abigail Breslin; and Adam McKay’s Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013), with Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, Christina Applegate, Kristen Wiig, James Marsden, Meagan Good, and Dylan Baker.
More films in the 2010s include The Expendables 3 (2014), with Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Antonio Banderas, Jet Li, Wesley Snipes, Dolph Lundgren, Kelsey Grammer, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey, Glen Powell, Victor Ortiz, Mel Gibson, and Arnold Schwarzenegger; The Age of Adaline (2015), with Blake Lively, Michiel Huisman, Kathy Baker, Amanda Crew, and Ellen Burstyn; a voice role in The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019), with Patton Oswalt, Eric Stonestreet, Jenny Slate, Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish, Lake Bell, Nick Kroll, Dana Carvey, Grey DeLisle, Ellie Kemper, Chris Renaud, Hannibal Buress, and Bobby Moynihan.
Films in the 2020s include The Call of the Wild (2020), with Omar Sy, Cara Gee, Dan Stevens, Karen Gillan, and Bradley Whitford; the Marvel Cinematic Universe entries Captain America: New World Order (2024), replacing William Hurt as General Thaddeus E. “Thunderbolt” Ross. He also stars in the Paramount+ Yellowstone spinoff series 1923 (1922-) with Mirren, Brandon Sklenar, Julia Schlaepfer, Jerome Flynn, Darren Mann, Isabel May, Brian Geraghty, Aminah Nieves, Michelle Randolph, Timothy Dalton; and will co-star in Apple+ series Shrinking (2023), with Jason Segal, Jessica Williams, Christa Miller, and Michael Urie.
Each review will be linked to the title below.
(*seen originally in theaters)
(**seen rereleased in theaters)
- Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round (1966) – directed by Bernard Girard – uncredited
- Luv (1967) – directed by Clive Donner – uncredited
- A Time for Killing (1967) – directed by Phil Karlson (taking over for Roger Corman)
- Journey to Shiloh (1968) – directed by William Hale
- Zabriskie Point (1970) – directed by Michelangelo Antonioni – uncredited
- Getting Straight (1970) – directed by Richard Rush
- The Intruders (1970) – directed by William A. Graham – TV movie
- American Graffiti (1973)** – directed by George Lucas
- The Conversation (1974) – directed by Francis Ford Coppola
- Judgment: The Court Martial of Lieutenant William Calley (1975) – directed by Stanley Kramer – TV movie
- Dynasty (1976) – directed by Lee Philips – TV movie
- The Possessed (1977) – directed by Jerry Thorpe – TV movie
- Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)** – directed by George Lucas
- Heroes (1977) – directed by Jeremy Paul Kagan
- Force 10 from Navarone (1978) – directed by Guy Hamilton
- The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978) – directed by Steve Binder – TV movie
- Hanover Street (1979) – directed by Peter Hyams
- Apocalypse Now (1979) – directed by Francis Ford Coppola
- The Frisco Kid (1979) – directed by Robert Aldrich
- More American Graffiti (1979) – directed by Bill L. Norton – uncredited
- Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)** – directed by Irvin Kershner
- Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)** – directed by Steven Spielberg
- Blade Runner (1982)** – directed by Ridley Scott
- Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983)** – directed by Richard Marquand
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)** – directed by Steven Spielberg
- Witness (1985) – directed by Peter Weir
- The Mosquito Coast (1986) – directed by Peter Weir
- Frantic (1988) – directed by Roman Polanski
- Working Girl (1988) – directed by Mike Nichols
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)** – directed by Steven Spielberg
- Presumed Innocent (1990) – directed by Alan J. Pakula
- Regarding Henry (1991) – directed by Mike Nichols
- Patriot Games (1992) – directed by Phillip Noyce
- The Fugitive (1993) – directed by Andrew Davis
- Jimmy Hollywood (1994) – directed by Barry Levinson – uncredited cameo as himself
- Clear and Present Danger (1994) – directed by Phillip Noyce
- One Hundred and One Nights (1995) – directed by Agnès Varda – cameo as himself
- Sabrina (1995) – directed by Sydney Pollack
- The Devil’s Own (1997) – directed by Alan J. Pakula
- Air Force One (1997) – directed by Wolfgang Peterson
- Six Days, Seven Nights (1998) – directed by Ivan Reitman
- Random Hearts (1999) – directed by Sydney Pollack
- What Lies Beneath (2000) – directed by Robert Zemeckis
- K-19: The Widowmaker (2002) – directed by Kathryn Bigelow – also executive producer
- Hollywood Homicide (2003)* – directed by Ron Shelton
- Firewall (2006) – directed by Richard Loncraine
- Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)* – directed by Steven Spielberg
- Crossing Over (2009) – directed by Wayne Kramer
- Extraordinary Measures (2010) – directed by Tom Vaughan – also executive producer
- Morning Glory (2010) – directed by Roger Michell
- Cowboys & Aliens (2011)* – directed by Jon Favreau
- 42 (2013) – directed by Brian Helgeland
- Paranoia (2013) – directed by Robert Luketic
- Ender’s Game (2013) – directed by Gavin Hood
- Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)* – directed by Adam McKay
- The Expendables 3 (2014) – directed by Patrick Hughes
- The Age of Adaline (2015) – directed by Lee Toland Krieger
- Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015)* – directed by J.J. Abrams
- Blade Runner 2049 (2017)* – directed by Denis Villeneuve
- The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) – directed by Chris Renaud & Jonathan del Val
- Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker (2019)* – directed by J.J. Abrams – uncredited cameo
- The Call of the Wild (2020) – directed by Chris Sanders
- Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny (2023) – directed by James Mangold