Happy Birthday, Harrison Ford

July 13, 2011 at 12:01 am | Posted in Birthday, Movies, Star Wars News | Leave a comment

Today Roqoo Depot wishes a very happy birthday to actor Harrison Ford. Star Wars fans will forever remember Ford’s portrayal of the immortal Han Solo in the Star Wars saga. Harrison Ford was born in Chicago, IL in 1942. Although he did some acting in college and a few movies and television roles in the 60’s, it wasn’t until he did American Graffiti in 1973 with director George Lucas that he hit it big. Doing Star Wars: A New Hope in 1977 sealed his stardom. Interestingly enough, things could have been very different for him had he accepted the role of Meathead in the television show All in the Family, which he was offered and turned down. He almost didn’t even get the role of Han Solo. According to IMDB:

[Harrison Ford] Was originally brought in by George Lucas to feed lines to other actors auditioning for Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977) because he wasn’t allowed to audition (Lucas wanted new faces for the film). He eventually won Lucas over and the role of Han Solo went to him.

Outside of acting, Ford owns an 800 acre ranch in Wyoming, which is rather fitting considering his current Hollywood role is that of a cowboy in the soon to be released Cowboys & Aliens. He is currently married to actress Callista Flockart. His hobbies include carpentry, which he did before becoming an actor, and piloting both airplanes and helicopters. He actually built his own house on his Wyoming ranch and prior to his acting career; he was renown as one of the best cabinetmakers in Los Angeles. Through his conservation work, he has been asked to name a new breed of butterfly (which he named after his daughter Georgia) and has two insect species named after him: Peidole harrisonfordi (an ant) and Calponia Harrisonfordi (a spider).

Whether you believe Han shot first or not, one factoid you might not have known is that Ford wanted his character to die in the final Star Wars film: “It’s a little-known fact, but I wanted Han Solo to die at the end of Return of the Jedi. I thought it would give more weight and resonance. But George Lucas wasn’t sympathetic. He didn’t want me killed by those teddy bear guys.”

If you’re looking to get a Harrison Ford fix at the movies, you won’t have to wait long. Cowboy & Aliens comes out July 29th. Not quite Indy, and not quite Han Solo, it still looks like a entertaining compromise between western and sci-fi. We’re sure Ford will fit right in.

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot. We’re glad the teddy bear guys didn’t get you.

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