Harrison Ford has created some of the most indelible characters in screen history: Han Solo, Indiana Jones, Rick Deckard, John Book, and owning existing characters like Dr. Richard Kimble or Jack Ryan. His legacy as one of Hollywood’s greatest action stars is already cemented (though his abilities as an actor are seriously underrated; one needs only watch Witness or 42 to see how good he can be). Defying age, Ford is making a farewell tour of the most iconic of his creations, cementing their legacy. He’s already given Han Solo his tragic end. This year he’ll return to Blade Runner, then it’s on to fix the damage to Indiana Jones that Crystal Skull inflicted. Whether those attempts succeed as well as The Force Awakens did, Ford’s place as a legend is already secure.
Harrison Ford’s Best 10
1. The Empire Strikes Back (1980) Han Solo
2. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) Indiana Jones
3. The Force Awakens (2015) Han Solo
4. Star Wars (1977) Han Solo
5. The Fugitive (1993) Dr. Richard Kimble
6. Witness (1985) Detective John Book
7. Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade (1989) Indiana Jones
8. Air Force One (1997) President James Marshall
9. 42 (2013) Branch Rickey
10. Working Girl (1988) Jack Trainer
Honorable Mention: Return of the Jedi (1983) Han Solo
Oscars, Golden Globes & Emmys
Oscar Wins (0): None
Oscar Nominations (1): Witness (1986)
Golden Globe Wins (1): Cecil B. DeMille Award (2002)
Golden Globe Nominations (5): Witness (1986), The Mosquito Coast (1987), The Fugitive (1994), Sabrina (1996), Cecil B. DeMille Award (2002)
Emmy Wins (0 ): None
Emmy Nominations (0): None
My Favorite Ford Scene:
“The Quickest Solution” from Raiders of the Lost Ark
The reason I picked this is, not only is it such a quintessentially Indy moment, it has a great real-life back story. This was originally supposed to be a long, drawn-out fight sequence, but on the day they were going to shoot it, Harrison Ford was so sick he could barely stand up, so he asked Steven Spielberg…..”What if I just shoot the guy?” Spielberg agreed to try it, and it worked so well with the cast and crew on set they decided to keep it and Ford went back to faceplant on his hotel bed.
Next Film: Harrison Ford’s revisiting of his iconic charcters tour will next take him back to Deckard and the world of Blade Runner. Denis Villeneueve is directing Ford, Robin Wright, and Ryan Gosling among others inthe long-anticipated sequel to the 1982 film. Entitled: Blade Runner 2049, the movie will open November 22, 2017. After that, it’s on to Indiana Jones 5, which is slated for a 2019 release.