As the screen icon turns 75 years old, we've dug up some little-known facts about everyone's favourite sarcastic movie hero.
College school dropout, carpenter, father, helicopter pilot, plane crash survivor, award-winning actor. Is there anything Harrison Ford hasn't done?
Ford has the uncanny ability to both carve a niche for himself in critically-acclaimed films (The Mosquito Coast, Presumed Innocent) while also juggling multiple big-budget franchises (think: Star Wars' galactic hero Han Solo or the whip-toting, fedora-wearing archaeologist Indiana Jones). Although he often steps out of the limelight to fly planes, spend time with his family or just simply take a time-out from the hustle and bustle of Hollywood, Ford is never gone for too long. He's been a movie mainstay since he first partnered up with Chewbacca to help rid the galaxy of Darth Vader and his minions—which is all pretty impressive considering the former carpenter almost didn't make it in Hollywood.
Now, with 2015's The Force Awakens still on the tips of every Star Wars fans' tongues and rumours of a fifth Indiana Jones installment in the works, the notoriously media-shy Ford has been thrust back into the spotlight—and, at 75, is in major demand again among Hollywood producers for the first time since the hype surrounding 2008's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Talk about spending your golden years at the top of your game!
We dug up nine things you (probably) didn't know about Harrison Ford.
1. He's a college school dropout
Ford studied both English literature and philosophy at Ripon College in Wisconsin; however, he ultimately didn't graduate. But it was during his brief stint at Ripon that Ford discovered his passion for performing. He'd initially signed up for drama classes in the hopes that the course would prove to be an easy grade. Instead, he left school bitten by the acting bug.
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