Harrison Ford was born in the United States on 13 July 1942. His films have grossed over $5.4 billion in North America and over $9.3 billion internationally, making him the seventh-highest-grossing actor in North America. He has received numerous honors, including the AFI Life Achievement Award and the Cecil B. DeMille Award, in addition to Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations. He has played the lead in films of various genres.
Information About Personal Life of Harrison Ford
On July 13, 1942, in Chicago, Illinois, Harrison Ford was born to Dorothy (Nidelman), a radio actress, and Christopher Ford (born John William Ford), an actor turned advertising executive.
His father was of Irish and German ancestry, and his maternal grandparents came from Minsk, Belarus. Harrison struggled academically at Maine Township High School East in Park Ridge, Illinois (no athletic star, never above a C average).
He signed a Hollywood contract with Columbia and later Universal after dropping out of Ripon College in Wisconsin, where he did some acting and later summer stock. His film and television roles (Ironside (1967), The Virginian (1962)) remained minor, and he turned to a career in professional carpentry.
He made a big comeback four years later, as Bob Falfa in American Graffiti (1973). Four years later, he achieved colossal success as Han Solo in Star Wars (1977). Ford would play Indiana Jones in Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark four years later (1981).
Ford has been married thrice and has four biological and one adopted child. He was first married to Mary Marquardt from 1964 to 1979, when they divorced. Benjamin, a chef and restaurateur who was born in 1966, and Willard, a tailor, were their two sons (born 1969).
Benjamin is a co-owner of Ford’s Filling Station, a gastropub with locations at L.A. Live and Los Angeles International Airport’s Terminal 5. Willard is the owner of Strong Sports Gym, as well as the former co-owner of Kim Sing Theater and owner of Ludwig Clothing.
Ford’s second marriage lasted from March 1983 until their separation in 2000 and divorce in 2004. They had two children: actor and musician Malcolm (born in 1987) and actress Georgia (born in 1990). Matheson passed away in 2015. Ford started dating actress Calista Flockhart after meeting at the 2002 Golden Globes.
They are the parents of Liam (born in 2001), she adopted a son prior to meeting Ford. In 2009, he proposed to Flockhart over Valentine’s Day weekend. On June 15, 2010, they married in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where Ford was filming Cowboys & Aliens.
Ford and Flockhart live on an 800-acre (320-hectare) ranch in Jackson, Wyoming, where he has lived since the 1980s and where he has donated roughly half of the land as a nature reserve. They keep a base in Los Angeles’ Brentwood neighborhood.
He is one of Hollywood’s most private actors, with much of his personal life kept private. Carrie Fisher claimed in her 2016 autobiography The Princess Diarist that she and Ford had a three-month affair while filming Star Wars in 1976.
Net Worth Of Harrison Ford
His biggest payday came in 2002 when he starred in K-19: The Widowmaker and received a massive estimated $25 million salary plus 20% of the film’s profits, which was unprecedented at the time.
However, the film flopped spectacularly, grossing $30 million less than its budget of $65.7 million, implying that Ford did not make any money on the back end. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Harrison has a net worth of $300 million.
In addition to Star Wars, a large portion of his earnings come from his roles in Indiana Jones, Blade Runner, and Patriot Games. Born in 1942, the superstar formed a lifelong friendship with director George Lucas after arriving in Hollywood. It’s safe to say that after playing Han Solo in several films over the course of 42 years, their friendship opened a lot of doors!
Star Wars Earnings
Harrison was initially hired to read alongside other actors during the casting process, but Lucas ultimately decided to cast him as Han Solo. Harrison earned $500 per week from American Graffiti before earning $10,000 from Star Wars. Inflation-adjusted, this is equivalent to approximately $42,000.
Harrison earned $100,000 for The Empire Strikes Back in 1980 and $500,000 for The Return of the Jedi in 1983. After adjusting for inflation, these two salaries are equivalent to approximately $1.6 million in current dollars.
In 2015’s The Force Awakens, Harrison was paid a base salary of $15 million to reprise his role as Han Solo. In addition, he received a small percentage of the film’s box office earnings, bringing his total earnings from the film to $25 million.
Environmental Work Done By Harrison Ford
Ford serves as vice-chair of Conservation International, a non-profit environmental organization based in Arlington, Virginia. The organization’s goal is to protect the environment.
Ford interviewed Indonesian Forestry Minister Zulkifli Hasan in September 2013 while filming an environmental documentary in Indonesia. Following the interview, Ford and his crew were publicly threatened with deportation and accused of “harassing state institutions.”
The interviewees were asked about the Tesso Nilo National Park in Sumatra. It was claimed that the Minister of Forestry was not given advance notice of the questions, nor was he given the opportunity to explain the difficulties of apprehending people involved in illegal logging.
Ford met with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, during which he expressed his concerns about the country’s environmental degradation and the government’s efforts to combat climate change. In response, Indonesia’s President outlined the country’s commitment to preserving its oceans and forests.
In 2019, on behalf of Conservation International, Ford gave an impassioned speech during the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York on the destruction of the Amazon Rainforest and its effect on climate change on the rest of the world.
Ford urged his audience to listen to ‘angry young people trying to make a difference in the situation, emphasizing, “The most important thing we can do for them is to get the hell out of their way.”