Harrison Ford’s Top Roles After Star Wars


It’s hard to believe Harrison Ford is 73, but then again he’s been acting since the 1960’s. It wasn’t until 1973’s American Graffiti and more importantly 1977’s Star Wars that he really started getting noticed though.  Of all the stars of the original Star Wars trilogy, Ford was the one people knew would continue being in the spotlight after 1983’s Return of the Jedi. After all he’d all ready started turning heads as the action hero Indiana Jones and was the lead in 1982’s Blade Runner. Here are his top roles since he stopped playing Han Solo in 1983

Harrison Ford was nominated for an Oscar for his work in 1985’s Witness. In it he plays a policeman who goes into hiding in an Amish community to keep a young witness to a murder protected until the trial. It’s not so shocking that Ford was never nominated for an Oscar again, but there were a couple of roles that did deserve it.

He might not have been the first, or the last actor to play Tom Clancy’s fictional hero Jack Ryan, but Ford is arguably the best. He played the role twice, in Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger, and it was a shame that a third movie never came about. Ford always did such a good job of playing a believable hero who didn’t win every fight, but always gave it his all.

The Fugitive was based on the TV show of the same name, and Ford played the lead role of Dr. Richard Kimble. It was weird seeing Ford with a full grown beard at the start of the movie, but after shaving it he looked like he usually does.  His chemistry with Tommy Lee Jones in this film helped make it a classic cat vs mouse story, with you cheering for the mouse the whole way.

In the 2000 film What Dreams May Come you get to see Ford play a villain for the first time in his career. It’s one of the best ghost stories in the last twenty years, and when it is revealed that Ford is the villain you are rather shocked. In a way it’s almost heartbreaking to see the switch, because you never really want to see him lose.

In what may have been the best performance of his career, Ford played legendary Dodger’s owner Branch Rickey in 2013’s 42. It’s a shame he didn’t get nominated for any major awards for it though. It was a small role, but he played it so well you actually forget you are watching Ford on the screen. That in itself deserves credit.

Photo: Gage Skidmore on Wikipedia

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