Actor of the Week: HARRISON FORD

Updated: Dec 22, 2020

Age: 77

Birthday: July 13th 1942

Harrison Ford is an American actor. He gained worldwide fame for his starring role as Han Solo in the original Star Wars Trilogy (1977–1983), eventually reprising the role decades later in the sequel trilogy (2015–2019). Ford is also widely known for his portrayal of Indiana Jones in the Indiana Jones film franchise (1981-Present) and as Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan in the spy thrillers Patriot Games (1992) and Clear and Present Danger (1994).

A movie franchise is a selection of movies that all take place in the same universe. Usually a set of sequels however more recently comic-book films have invested more in expanding a shared universe.
Watch how well Harrison Ford's franchises fare in this cool video showing the All-Time biggest money making film franchises:

Critics have described Ford as "the great modern movie everyman"and he is an international film icon for his portrayals of heroic characters. His career spans six decades and includes collaborations with some of the most acclaimed and influential filmmakers of all time such as George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola, Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott, Peter Weir and Mike Nichols. Some of Ford's films are among the most critically acclaimed in the history of American cinema: American Graffiti (1973), The Conversation (1974), Star Wars (1977), Apocalypse Now (1979), The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), and Blade Runner (1982).Other notable films of his include the dramas Witness (1985) and The Mosquito Coast (1986); the thrillers The Fugitive (1993) and Air Force One (1997), ; the romantic comedies Working Girl (1988) and Sabrina (1995) and his return to the science-fiction world of Blade Runner 2049 (2017), the sequel to Blade Runner.

Let's see how Top Trumps rates two of Ford's greatest heroes:

As of 2019, the U.S. domestic box-office grosses of Ford's films total over $5.1 billion, with worldwide grosses surpassing $9.3 billion, making him the fourth highest-grossing domestic box-office star of all time.


1986 - Best Leading Actor: Witness


1986 - Best Leading Actor: Witness


1996 - Best Leading Actor: Sabrina

1994 - Best Leading Actor: The Fugitive

1987 - Best Leading Actor: The Mosquito Coast

1986 - Best Leading Actor: Witness

How do you rate Harrison Ford's Movies?


See Mix Up Theatre's T.V. Picks for the Week

On TV:

Star Wars - The Original Trilogy: Episode IV - VI (1977 - 1983)

Sky Cinema Star Wars - Various Days / Times - All Week

Star Wars became one of the most successful movies of all time and established Ford as an international superstar.

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)

Sunday 29th March, ITV, 3:50pm

Ford returns to the role of Han Solo.

"Han does not aspire to the position of Obi-Wan, nor do I aspire to be some New Age Alec Guinness. His development is consistent with the character, and there are emotional elements which have occasioned his growth… There's a lot of the rogue still left in Solo. Some things don't change…" - Harrison Ford


Ender's Game (2013) (Rated 12)

A military science fiction action film based on Orson Scott Card's 1985 novel of the same name. The film stars Asa Butterfield as Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, an unusually gifted child who is sent to an advanced military academy in outer space to prepare for a future alien invasion. Ford plays the principal of the academy.


Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy (2004) (Rated 12)

Ford is interviewed alongside all the main cast and crew in this documentary which follows the making of the original Star Wars trilogy and the impact it has had on society.


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