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    • Harrison has a scar on his chin as a result of a car accident he once had. Harrison lost control of his car while he was trying to put on his seat belt. Two movies starring Harrison have had the scar written into their films - in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom and The Last Crusade his scar is blamed on a whip mishap when Indie was younger, and in Working Girl the scar was a result of Harrison's character fainting and hitting his chin on the toiler.

    • Special Awards/Positions

      Board member of "Conservation International" since 1992.
      "Star of the Century" by America's National Association of Theatre Owners (1994).
      Honorary Chairman of the Indianapolis Prize, the world's leading prize for animal conservation.
      "Independent by Nature", at the Aspen Film Festival (2006).
      "International Conservation Caucus Foundation Good Steward Award", in recognition of his conservation ethic and long standing dedication to global environmental issues (2006).
      "The Spirit of Nature Award" at the Jules Verne Adventure Film Festival (2006).
      Honorary festival chair for the Los Angeles Film Festival (2006).
      Advisory Board Member for the Audrey Hepburn Children's Fund charitable organisation.

    • On April Fool's Day, 2007, Harrison proposed to his long-term girl-friend, Calista Flockhart. After accepting the proposal, Calista and Harrison plan to marry once Harrison finishes filming the fourth Indiana Jones movie.

    • Polls and Other listings

      One of the "50 Most Beautiful People in the World" by People Magazine (1997).
      "Sexiest Man Alive" by People Magazine (1998).
      "Richest Male Actor" in the Guinness Book of Records (2001).
      #10 in the annual Harris Poll of "America's Top Ten Favourite Movie Stars" (2006).
      "Most Popular Gay Icon Over 50" (2008).

    • Calista Flockhart finished a day's work on the set of Brothers And Sisters and headed to her car - only to find security guards banging on the windows. They told her "some old guy" had gotten inside her car and fell asleep. Soon, the "old guy" sat up and was identified as Harrison Ford.

    • Harrison's first ever film was entitled Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round.

    • In 2006, Harrison attended the Rome Film Festival where he presented the Patricia McQueeney Award to his current agent Jim Berkus from United Talent Agency.

    • In the romantic scenes in the Star Wars trilogy, Harrison's co-star Carrie Fisher had to stand on a box to reach him for their kisses in the movies.

    • A upfront Democrat, in August 2003 Harrison condemned the Iraq war in an interview with a Spanish newspaper. He went on to criticize the proliferation of firearms in the United States, something that caused controversy given that he uses handguns in most of his movies.

    • Harrison collected Roman Polanski's Oscar for The Pianist and presented it to him in Paris.

    • Harrison has admitted to suffering from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (O.C.D).

    • In 1993, the arachnologist Norman Platnick named a new species of spider Calponia harrisonfordi, and in 2002, the entomologist Edward O. Wilson named a new ant species Pheidole harrisonfordi in recognition of Harrison's work as Vice Chairman of Conservation International.

    • In 2006, Harrison recorded narration for the feature documentary film about the Dalai Lama entitled Dalai Lama Renaissance.

    • Entertainment Industry Awards

      Academy Awards
      Best Actor for Witness (1986) (Nomination).

      Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films
      Lifetime Achievement Award (1996) (Won)
      Best Actor (Saturn Award) for Raiders of the Lost Ark (1982) (Won).
      Best Actor (Saturn Award) for Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1985) (Nomination).
      Best Actor (Saturn Award) for Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1991) (Nomionation).

      American Film Institute
      Life Achievement Award (2000) (Won).

      BAFTAs
      Best Actor for Witness (1986) (Nomination).

      Golden Globes
      Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama for Witness (1986) (Nomination).
      Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama for The Mosquito Coast (1987) (Nomination).
      Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama for The Fugitive (1994) (Nomination).
      Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical for Sabrina (1996) (Nomination).
      Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award (2002) (Won).

    • Harrison wasn't the first choice actor for either Indiana Jones or Han Solo. As Han Solo he was given the part because George Lucas was impressed with his line reading after previously ruling him out for having worked with him on American Graffiti. Lucas didn't want to work with Harrison again in Indiana Jones but he offered Harrison the role after Tom Selleck declined it.

    • Harrison made about $22,000,000 for doing the 1997 film Air Force One.

      Harrison's reported salary for K-19 was 25 million US dollars.

    • Two of Harrison's films, Indiana Jones and Star Wars have spawned Disneyland rides.

    • Harrison's films in total have earned approximately 6 billion US dollars in box offices worldwide. This makes him the second highest box office earner of all time, just behind Tom Hanks.

    • Harrison nearly worked with director George Lucas again on Apocalypse Now when Lucas was in line to direct the picture. During Harrison's career he has worked with Lucas on seven films, Star Wars episodes 4-6, All three Indiana Jones films and American Graffiti. He worked with Lucas for an eighth time on the 4th Indiana Jones film.

    • At one point during the writing process for Star Wars, Harrison's character Han Solo was supposed to be a reptillian creature.

    • Harrison turned down the role of Jack Ryan in the 1990 film Hunt for Red October, but went on to play the same character in Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger.

    • Harrison turned down the following roles:

      * Bob Barnes in the 2005 film Syriana.
      * Dr. Curtis McCabe in the 2001 film Vanilla Sky.
      * A part in The Perfect Storm.
      * The role of Mike Stivic on the hit TV show All in the Family.
      * Judge Wakefield in the 2000 film Traffic.

    • Harrison had surgery in 2003 on a torn rotator cuff.

    • He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of the Kodak Theater 6801 Hollywood Blvd (there is another Harrison Ford star, a silent screen actor from the 1920s).

    • Harrison was billed as Harrison J. Ford until 1970 for less confusion between he and silent-screen actor Harrison Ford. He actually has no middle name.

    • Harrison considers The Mosquito Coast (1986) to be the favorite of all his movies.

    • Harrison is a private pilot, of a single engine fixed wing and a helicopter. He also owns a Bonanza, Gulfstream IV, DeHavland Beaver, and a Bell 407 helicopter. He destroyed his first 407 during a simulated "engine-out" practice. He also regularly flies himself between New York City and Wyoming homes.

    • Harrison revealed on the Late Show with David Letterman (1993) that he has a few false teeth. Two were pulled by a dentist after some others were damaged when he fell on a gun during a stunt for a TV appearance early in his career.

    • His ex-wife, Melissa Mathison, wrote the screenplay for E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982).

    • Harrison is 6' 1" (1.85 m) tall.

  • Quotes

    • (on doing action movies in his 60s)
      Harrison: I believe in training for injury prevention more than anything else," he explains. "I'm an old fart and I need to protect myself, so I trained quite a bit. I had an exercise trailer rigged for me, and I worked out every single day before going to work. And I was lucky enough not to become injured at all.

    • (on doing his own stunts for "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull")
      Harrison: I still do as many of my own stunts as possible. It's always been my ambition to allow the audience to feel the fear with Indy, instead of seeing a blur of action and the back of a stuntman's head. Indy is never digitally animated in the movie, we've kept the films' gritty sense of physical reality.

    • (Harrison has refused to help his children to become Hollywood stars)
      Harrison: ...they suffer from the belief that they have been helped along because a member of the family was successful. I can't work that way.

    • (on the major life changes he has made)
      Harrison: I was interested in changing my life. I have always had the ability to change and to become other people through my acting. I took a good look at myself and decided that I wanted something different from the way I was living. That's not such a bad thing, is it? But, because of my past, I think it took a lot of people by surprise. They wondered what was happening to me. I was very much aware of what was happening. I'm living the way I want to live.

    • Harrison: (the 3 most important things in life) Family, well-spent time and somehow achieving a degree of freedom and independence in whatever you do.

    • Harrison: (asked what actors he's worked with in the past that have inspired him) I don't have an abstract list of people that I'm dying to work with. It just doesn't occur to me to think that way, except that in respect to a script, a series of characters who might be willing to play the part. There's a lot of people out there right now that I think are a pretty good batch of young actors coming up that are extraordinary. And directors as well.

    • Harrison: (on filming a fourth "Indiana Jones" movie) I'm delighted to be back in business with my old friends. I don't know if the pants still fit, but I know the hat will.

    • Harrison: I don't want to be a movie star. I want to be in movies that are stars.

    • Harrison: It's very little trouble for me to accommodate my fans, unless I'm actually taking a pee at the time.

    • Harrison: I'm addicted to Altoids. I call them 'acting pills.'

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