Ever seen the blockbuster movie, Air Force One? Too old! What about Han Solo from Star Wars? Aha! That was a no-brainer. If you’re familiar with any of these and the numerous movies he’s starred in, Harrison Ford wouldn’t be a stranger to you at all.
Ford is one of the most successful actors in Hollywood and has a career spanning six decades. Within that time, his movies have grossed over $6 billion worldwide. More than that, the veteran actor is a husband and father of five adult children.
Harrison Ford’s Bio, Age
Harrison Ford was born—John William Ford— in Chicago, Illinois, on July 13, 1942. To the family of Christopher Ford and Dorothy Nidelman. His father, Christopher, although an actor began working as an advertising executive, while his mother, Dorothy, worked as a radio actress. Growing up, Ford attended Maine Township High School East, Park Ridge Illinois. He wasn’t much of a bright student per se and has had no athletic star or has he scored above a C average.
However, he was an active member of the Boys Scouts and climbed to the rank of Life Scout. Wondering why he was cast as a Life Scout in the adventure film, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade? While in high school, Ford served as the school’s first voice broadcaster for its new radio station, WMTH. In his senior year between 1959 to 1960, he was also the school’s first sportscaster from where he graduated in 1960.
Following graduation from high school, Harrison Ford attended Ripon College, Wisconsin. At Ripon, he studied Philosophy and was a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity. He delved into a short-acting stint and after a drama class in the final quarter of his senior year; he signed a Hollywood contract with Columbia and later Universal. However, his movie roles in Ironside (1967) and The Virginian (1962) lacked the required push to encourage the young “guy.” Ford later turned to professional carpentry.
Ford wasn’t immediately successful when he started out as an actor. He’s even once described himself as a “Late Bloomer.” He took part in a season of summer stock in Wisconsin in 1964. He also took uncredited movie roles between 1966 and 1967. After a failed trial with the movies, Ford fell back to Carpentary to fend for his wife and two sons. But shortly after, he starred as Bob Falfa in American Graffiti (1973).
Only four years later, in 1977, Ford broke through with his role as Han Solo in Star Wars: Episode IV – A. After another four years, he starred as Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981). Within another four years, he received an Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for his role as John Book in Witness (1985). So far, he’s gon on to clinch 4 wins and nineteen nominations with the latest in 2016 for “Best Actor” for his role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Wife, Son, Daughter
Harrison Ford is currently married to Emmy Award nominee actress, Calista Flockhart. The duo first met at the Golden Globe Awards on January 20, 2002. After seven years of dating, they got engaged on Valentine’s Day of 2009. And finally got married on June 15, 2010; in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Ford took in her young adopted son, Liam Flockhart. But Flockhart is not his first.
He married his first wife, Mary Marquardt back in 1964. They were married for 14 years and had two sons, Benjamin and Willard. However, things fell apart in 1979 when the couple divorced. Although the exact details of the divorce are still vague, sources suggest that Ford’s growing fame may have been a factor.
Harrison Ford later met his second wife, screenwriter, Melissa Mathison. In 1983, they were married in a courthouse in Santa Monica and throughout their 21 years together, they had two kids, Malcolm and Georgia. Malcolm is into music and is a member of a music band. While Georgia is an actor. However, they divorced in 2004; after a three-year separation.
Melissa died of neuroendocrine cancer in 2015. She was 65. After her demise, Ford called for a family reunion. In attendance were his two children with Melisa, Malcolm, and Georgia. They gathered over dinner at Via Veneto in San Fransisco. So far, Ford has no known daughter as all his recorded 4 children are male.
Is He Dead?
When a Facebook post, titled “R.I.P Harrison Ford” appeared in early 2018, there was a rage among Ford’s community of fans. On Tuesday, January 9, 2018, Ford’s media reps dispelled the rumors; confirming that Harrison Ford was actually alive and well.