Celebrating two iconic Movie Characters for Harrison Ford’s 80th Birthday

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Happy Birthday to Hollywood icon, Harrison Ford! The actor turned 80 this week and we are celebrating by taking a look back at his best movie roles.

First, Harrison Ford, a native of Chicago, began his onscreen acting career in the ’60s. Throughout the next decade or so, he appeared mostly in television before landing his breakout role of swashbuckler and scoundrel Han Solo in the first Star Wars movie, Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, released in 1977. He reprised his role in all three films of the original trilogy and in the 2015 sequel Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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One iconic role, not enough? Why not get a second one? Steven Spielberg, also a friend of Lucas and Coppola, was not taking a chance on Ford. He was already a star. However, he hadn’t really carried a movie as the true star yet. Playing Indiana Jones was his chance. Clearly, it worked out. “Raiders” isn’t just a hit blockbuster, but a movie that was nominated for Best Picture. Harrison Ford played Indiana Jones in a ’80s trilogy, made up of Raiders of the Lost Ark, Temple of Doom and The Last Crusade. Nearly two decades later, he came back in the 2008 sequel “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.” 

But Harrison Ford isn’t quite done yet! He is playing Indy again in a fifth film, set for release in 2023.

The currently untitled fifth Indiana Jones movie will mark the first entry in the franchise not to be directed by Steven Spielberg. However, Spielberg and Indiana Jones co-creator George Lucas are executive producers. Also, the franchise is in capable hands, as “Logan” and “Walk the Line” director James Mangold is directing the film. 

In addition to Harrison Ford, the cast of “Indiana Jones 5” includes Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Mads Mikkelsen, Antonio Banderas, Thomas Kretschmann, Boyd Holbrook, Shaunette Renée Wilson, and Toby Jones.

“Indiana Jones 5” is currently scheduled to be released in theaters on June 30, 2023.

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What are your favorite movies with Harrison Ford?

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