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98. Harrison Ford: The Great American Actor
Have you seen these Hollywood blockbusters, Raiders of
Lost Ark, American Graffiti, Blade Runner, Witness, The
, Patriot Games, Air Force One, and the entire
Wars franchise? What do they have in common?
of these landmark films starred the one and
Harrison Ford. Ford is, simply put, the most
Hollywood actor of his generation. No one else
close. Ford got his start in film in
George Lucas film American Graffiti. The story behind
's involvement in the film is what Hollywood lore
made of. Ford was working as a carpenter
a job at Lucas' house when the Star
director discovered him. Lucas was so impressed by
that he gave him a supporting role in
movie. Ford has starred in many of Lucas'
, most notably the original Star Wars trilogy.
born on July 13, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois.
was an average student in high school, but
did have one passion: radio broadcasting. He served
voice of his high school football team his
year at Maine East High School. It was
that Ford took a drama class so that
could get over his shyness. After graduating from
, Ford moved to Los Angeles in hopes of
work as a radio voice over actor. He
not get the job, but he did sign
studio contract to appear in bit parts for
His film career is impressive, but
has not garnered the individual awards he has
, specifically an Oscar. He was nominated for Best
for his role in Witness, but did not
, however. He has won many film industry awards
his career. He was honored by the academy
his own star on the Hollywood Walk of
in Los Angeles.
Ford is a life-long Democrat
has become politically involved in recent years. He
former President Bill Clinton as one of his
friends. He favors gun control, and would like
curb the violence depicted in many Hollywood films.