40 Interesting Facts about the Famously Private Harrison Ford

Harrison Ford is one of Hollywood's leading men, with an acting career that has spanned nearly 40 years and included iconic roles. Here are 40 interesting facts about Harrison Ford.
  1. Harrison Ford was born on July 13, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois.

  2. He grew up in Des Plaines, a suburb of Chicago, as the son of an advertising executive and a stay-at-home mother.

  3. He's shared in interviews that he was bullied at school.

  4. Ford went to Maine Township High School where he was involved in the social science and model train clubs, according to People magazine.

  5. After graduating in 1960, Ford studied English and philosophy at Ripon College in Wisconsin.

  6. He was a master carpenter before becoming a movie star, a craft he still does as a hobby.

  7. He was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity back in college.

  8. Has a scar on his chin which he got in 1968 when he tried to "buckle up" while already driving, and lost control of the car. The scar has been explained in two of his films: in the River Phoenix introductory sequence in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), an inexperienced young Indy hits himself in the chin the first time he tries to use the whip; and in Working Girl (1988), he first says that he got the scar in a knife fight, then admits that the true story is that he knocked his chin on a toilet after fainting during an ear-piercing.

  9. In 1997, Ford was ranked No. 1 in Empire '​s "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list.

  10. Ford was 1998 People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive.

  11. He replaced Kevin Costner in Air Force One (1997).

  12. He married Mary Marquardt in 1964, and they divorced in 1979. They had two sons, Benjamin (born in 1967) and Willard (born in 1969).

  13. His divorce from wife Melissa Mathison listed as the No. 4 Most Expensive Celebrity Divorce according to, cost him an estimated $85 million in settlement.

  14. His ex-wife, Melissa Mathison, wrote the screenplay for E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982).

  15. They had two children: a son, Malcolm (born onMarch 10, 1987), and a daughter, Georgia (born on June 30, 1990).

  16. As of July 2008, the US domestic box office grosses of Ford's films total over US$3.5 billion, with worldwide grosses surpassing $6 billion, making Ford the 4th highest grossing U.S. domestic box-office star.

  17. He is often credited as Harrison J. Ford to avoid the confusion with Harrison Ford, the silent screen actor who had exactly the same name.

  18. Harrison Ford was in the same movies with 4 cast of The Lord of the Rings trilogies, John Rhys-Davies in "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981), Viggo Mortensen in "Witness" (1985), Sean Bean in "Patriot Games" (1992), and Miranda Otto in "What Lies Beneath" (2000).

  19. His daughter, Georgia and Eddie Murphy's son, Elliot are friends.

  20. He has flown more than 1 million youngsters since 1992 and was pointed as the chairman of Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Young Eagles Program in 2004 where he would teach children to fly.

  21. He provided the whip-cracks on the song "Desperation Samba (Halloween in Tijuana)" for Jimmy Buffett's album "Last Mango in Paris"

  22. Was offered the role of Dr. Alan Grant in Jurassic Park (1993) but turned it down. The role went to Sam Neill instead.

  23. He turned down the romance-action film Proof of Life (2000) (the Russell Crowe role), the summer-blockbuster The Perfect Storm (2000) (the George Clooney role), and finally, another summer-blockbuster, the war-epic The Patriot (2000) (the Mel Gibson role). Ford has said The Patriot was "too violent" for his tastes, especially considering that many children were killed and endangered throughout the film. He told People Magazine that he also turned down the film because he felt the story was too simple: "The Revolutionary War boiled down to one man seeking revenge".

  24. He has played two (fictional) United States Presidents. In Air Force One (1997), he plays President James Marshall. In Patriot Games (1992) and Clear and Present Danger (1994), based on Tom Clancy's series of books, he plays Jack Ryan. Although he did not play the actual President in those films, in Clancy's series Ryan is appointed Vice President and later succeeds to the Oval Office when the President dies.

  25. Ford has a species of Central American ant (Peidole harrisonfordi) and spider (Calponia Harrisonfordi) named after him in honor of his conservation work.

  26. In 2003, he accepted the Oscar for "Best Director" on behalf of Roman Polanski, who wasn't present at the awards ceremony, being a fugitive from U.S. justice since fleeing the country in 1978.

  27. Turned down the role of Dr. Curtis McCabe in Vanilla Sky (2001).

  28. Is the good friend of Billy Dee Williams, his co-star in "Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back" (1980).

  29. On June 2, 2003, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of the Kodak Theatre.

  30. Harrison Ford never signed any contract for his roles in the Star Wars trilogy.

  31. Ford married actress Calista Flockhart June 15, 2010 in Santa Fe, New Mexico, while filming the film Cowboys and Aliens which was released in 2011.

  32. Ford built himself a white ranch house in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and lived in it.

  33. In 2000, he received the Life Achievement Award from the American Film Institute.

  34. Ford reprised his role as Indiana Jones in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, with the story by George Lucas, screenplay by David Koepp, and direction by Steven Spielberg. The movie was released May 22, 2008, and was both a critical and financial success, bringing a revival to Ford's career.

  35. A longtime pilot, Ford made headlines in March 2015 when he was involved in a plane crash. He was forced to make a crash landing on a golf course in Venice, California, after experiencing engine trouble. He had run into problems with his vintage aircraft shortly after taking off from California's Santa Monica Airport on March 5.

  36. Ford is one of Hollywood's most notoriously private actors, zealously guarding his private life. Outside of film promotion, he rarely appears in the press, preferring to keep to himself at his Jackson, Wyoming home.

  37. Of all the characters he has played, he frequently cites Indiana Jones as both his favorite and the one he is most proud of.

  38. Harrison Ford's net worth is $210 million.

  39. He has reprised unforgettable roles like Han Solo and Indiana Jones and been the star of 4 out of 10 biggest blockbusters ever produced.

  40. He loves adventure and "has eight to nine motorbikes, four or five BMWs, a couple of Harleys, a couple of Hondas and a Triumph; plus I have sports touring bikes."

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