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Harrison Ford: 10 Facts About The Actor
1. He landed his first (uncredited) movie role in 1966. He played a bellhop in Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round. 10 years later his career took off when he was hired to read lines for auditioning actor in Star Wars. George Lucas was impressed by his portrayal of Han Solo and later cast him in the role.
2. After a few small roles that he was unhappy with, Ford taught himself carpentry, a career that would help him support his (ex) wife and two children. It was through his carpentry that he first met film directors George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola. Lucas hired Ford to build some cabinets in his home and shortly after cast him in a supporting role in his film American Graffiti. After expanding an office for Coppola, he was cast in two of his films.
3. He landed the role of Indiana Jones after fellow actor Tom Selleck was unable to accept it.
4. He has five children (4 sons, 1 daughter), and three grandchildren (2 grandsons, 1 granddaughter)
5. He is a licensed/private pilot and has aided authorities with the use of his aircraft when needed.
Other cast members set to reprise their characters in Star Wars Episode VII include: Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia, Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Anthony Daniels as the voice behind C-3PO, Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca, and Kenny Baker as R2-D2.
6. Two insects in the animal kingdom have been named after him. The Calponia Harrisonfordi spider and the Pheidole Harrisonfordi ant.
7. He had a small role in the 1982 movie E.T. as the principal of young Elliot's school. The scene was later cut however because director Steve Spielberg felt it was distracting.
8. Although he was once credited as "Harrison J. Ford" he has no middle name.
9. He was born in Chicago, but now lives on a 800 acre ranch in Wyoming in a house he built himself.
10. He made a personal request that George Lucas kill off his much loved character, Han Solo, in the Star Wars film Return of the Jedi. Lucas refused to do so making it possible for him to recast Ford in his new film Star Wars Episode VII. The film takes place 30 years after Return of The Jedi and it set for release in December of 2015.
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