After surviving a plane crash, being part of a social media blitz that put the internet on fire, and now appearing in a new movie out this weekend (all of this happening in about a month), Harrison Ford has proven that even at 72 he’s still got it. The blitz we’re referring to, of course, is the release of the new teaser trailer for Star Wars VII. Nothing can spark an internet sensation quite like Han Solo’s words, “Chewie…We’re home!” (Here’s the trailer so you know what we’re talking about, but if you haven’t seen this by now…you’re out of the loop.)
All this media coverage got us thinking about the film career of Harrison Ford. This new Star Wars film brings everything full circle, but what about his other movies before and after Star Wars? Here’s a look at some important, if not memorable on-screen moments (aside from the obvious ones!):
This 1966 caper film starring James Coburn is perhaps more well-known for the brief appearance of Ford than for being a box-office gem. Here, we see Ford’s first ever appearance on film. He had one line: “Paging Mr. Ellis.”
Then there was American Graffiti. This film 4 years prior to Star Wars put Harrison on the map. What’s also significant is that it was produced by a then up-and-coming George Lucas.
Ford’s role as Rick Deckard is often overshadowed by the success of Star Wars and Indiana Jones. Released right in the middle of the first Indy film and Episode 6, Blade Runner was a box-office bonanza in its own right.
1985’s Witness proved Ford was a legitimate actor. His first dramatic role earned him an Academy Award Nomination.
Not only did the 1990s bring us two of his biggest blockbusters, it also brought us some of his most memorable lines. In 1993: “I didn’t kill my wife!” and “Get off my plane!” in 1997.
In 2000, after winning the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award, Harrison Ford drifted into a decade of largely forgotten films, at least critically and commercially. In 2013 he showed us his acting chops were still a box-office commodity in 42.