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Harrison Ford
Date of Birth: July 12, 1942
Born At: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Height: 6' 1"
Profession: Actor, Producer
Claim to fame: As Han Solo in Star Wars (1977)

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Harrison Ford is one of the most famous American actor in the world. He was a lackluster student at Maine Township High School in Park Ridge Illinois. He worked as a carpenter in Los Angeles before achieving fame in movies, mainly doing home remodeling work.

Ford made his reputation as one of the best cabinetmakers in the city, and his services were much in demand on Los Angeles' trendy Westside long before he became a movie star. At Ripon College in Wisconsin he did some acting and later summer stock, he signed a Hollywood contract with Columbia and later Universal.

He then went to Universal Studios and did minor television roles. His roles in movies and television "Ironside", "The Virginian" remained secondary and, discouraged. He was not happy with the acting jobs being offered to him, so Ford became a self-taught professional carpenter and never gone on to star in some of Hollywood's biggest films and become one of the industry's most bankable stars.

In most of his roles, Ford plays a tough, wise-cracking action hero, and is especially well known for his repeated performances of the characters of Han Solo of the Star Wars films, and Indiana Jones of Raiders of the Lost Ark and its sequels.

Ford was credited as Harrison J. Ford for a small role in a 1967 Western A Time for Killing, but the "J" didn't stand for anything. Ford does not have a middle name. He was credited as such to avoid confusion with another actor named Harrison Ford, a silent-film actor who died in 1957.

Although he has never won an Oscar, Ford was nominated for his performance in Witness (1985) and in 2000 was given a Life Achievement Award from the American Film Institute. Another Golden Globe nomination came his way for the part of Dr. Richard Kimble in The Fugitive (1993). He is clearly a well- established Hollywood superstar.