Speaking of his heritage, Ford has said that he feels "Irish as a person but I feel Jewish as an actor" .In 1960, Ford graduated from Maine East High School in Park Ridge, Illinois, where he claims he was picked on by bullies and ignored by girls and also voted "Boy Least Likely to Succeed".The 6'1" Ford went on to star as Han Solo in the original Star Wars trilogy; he had originally wanted his character to die in "Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi", saying that it would lend more dramatic weight to the film, but George Lucas disagreed with him.He starred as Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark and its two sequels to date, and as Jack Ryan in Tom Clancy's Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger.
While often playing the leading man or the hero of many action films, Ford had a change of pace, playing an adulterous husband with a terrible secret in What Lies Beneath.
In 1964, Ford moved to Los Angeles , California, where he signed a contract with Columbia Pictures for 0 a week in the studio's New Talent program, playing bit roles in three films. Ford" for a small role in the 1967 Western, A Time for Killing, but the "J" didn't stand for anything because he does not have a middle name.
It was added to avoid confusion with the other actor named Harrison Ford, who died in 1957.
The 2001 edition of the Guinness Book of Records listed Ford as the richest actor alive: his reported salary for the 2002 film K-19: The Widowmaker was more than million.
The 27 movies that he has starred in have grossed a combined box office of more than .3 billion.
In 1975, director George Lucas, who had cast Ford in a pivotal supporting role in "Graffiti", hired Ford to build some cabinets in his home and used him to read lines for actors being cast for parts in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.