What Are Some Biographical Facts About Harrison Ford?

Harrison Ford was born on July 13, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois. As a kid, Ford participated in Boy Scouts of America and achieved a rank of Life Scout. He attended Maine East High School in Park Ridge, Illinois, and Ripon College in Wisconsin. Ford moved to Los Angeles in 1964, where he began landing small bit roles, including an early uncredited role in the 1966 film "Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round."

Ford also acted in small roles on television shows including "Gunsmoke," "Ironside," "The Virginian," "The F.B.I." and "Love, American Style." In 1977, director George Lucas had Ford read for the role of Hans Solo, for his upcoming film "Star Wars." Ford landed the part. The film was a huge success and went on to make two sequels, "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi." The success of the Star Wars franchise turned Ford into a huge Hollywood Star.

As of 2016, Ford has over 70 actor credits to his name. Other films he has starred in include "The Fugitive," "Raiders of the Lost Ark," "Blade Runner," "Patriot Games" and "Six Days Seven Nights." In addition to acting, he has two executive producer titles for his work on "Extraordinary Measures" and "K-19: The Widowmaker."