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Harrison Ford is one of Hollywood's leading men, with an acting career that has spanned nearly 40 years and included iconic roles.
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He received an Academy Award nomination for his work in 1985's Witness, a crime drama co-starring Kelly McGillis and directed by Peter Weir. The following year, Ford reteamed with Weir to play an offbeat inventor in The Mosquito Coast with River Phoenix and Helen Mirren. While the film was a commercial disappointment, the film allowed Ford to tackle an unusual and sometimes unlikable character. In 1988,
Returning to the role of action hero, Ford starred in 1992's Patriot Games. He plays CIA agent Jack Ryan, the protagonist from the best-selling novels by Tom Clancy, in the film. Audiences loved him in the role, which reprised in 1994's Clear and Present Danger. By this time, Ford had become one of Hollywood's most bankable stars. He earned $20 million per film with 15 percent of the film's gross take at the box office at his peak.
After years of blockbuster success, Ford stumbled through a few missteps in the mid-to-late 1990s. He starred in the disappointing remake of the 1954 dramatic comedy Sabrina with Julia Ormand and Greg Kinnear. Co-starring with Brad Pitt, Ford saw his 1997 crime thriller The Devil's Own fall flat. But he proved that his box office prowess had not faded with his turn as president of the United States in the hit action thriller Air Force One that same year.
In early 2000s, Ford took on fewer movie roles. The parts he did play had mixed results. He partnered up with Josh Hartnett for 2003's Hollywood Homicide, a light-hearted crime drama that received a tepid reception from movie-goers. In 2006, his thriller Firewall came and went with little notice. Ford returned to form with one of the franchises that made him famous in 2008. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of Crystal Skull reached the top spot at the box office its opening weekend, and it went on to earn more than $786 million worldwide, according to the Box Office Mojo website.
Ford took on an unusual form of action film in 2010 with Cowboys & Aliens, facing off against Daniel Craig. That same year, his comedy Morning Glory with Rachel McAdams and Diane Keaton fared well at the box office. In 2013, he showed his dramatic talents in 42, a film about the life of African-American baseball legend Jackie Robinson. Ford plays Branch Rickey, the baseball executive who signed Robinson to the baseball's major leagues. He will also appear in the science fiction adventure Ender's Game and the thriller Paranoia.
Harrison Ford was married to his college girlfriend Mary Marquardt from 1964 to 1979. The couple have two sons together. He married screenwriter Melissa Mathison in 1983. They met during the making of 1979's Apocalypse Now. They had two children together before separating in 2001. Ford and Mathison finalized their divorce in 2004. Ford has been romantically involved with actress Calista Flockhart since 2002. The couple married in 2010.
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Action movie stars are the heroes and heroines who get our adrenaline pumping. Early action stars include Douglas Fairbanks, the swashbuckling adventurer of the 1920s and '30s; John Wayne, the famous gunslinger of the 1940s and '50s; and Sean Connery, who played the debonair spy Bond—James Bond—in the 1960s. By the 1970s, however, a new maverick action star had hit the silver screen, with rogue cops played by Steve McQueen in Bullitt and Clint Eastwood's Dirty Harry, as well as the military mercenary Rambo (Sylvester Stallone). By the 1980s, action movies were literally exploding on screen, with big budgets and big stars like Arnold Schwarzenegger (The Terminator) and Bruce Willis (Die Hard), leading to today's action-packed blockbusters. Here's a look at some of Hollywood's most famous action movie stars, who have kicked some major butt on the big screen.
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