The scruffy-looking nerf-herder and the most famous smuggler of the galaxy far, far away, is turning 74 today. So, happy birthday, Mr. Ford.
As he’s turning 74 today, Harrison Ford was born back on this date in 1942 at a hospital in Chicago, Illinois. Raised by his parents Christopher and Dorothy, Harrison was their oldest child as his younger brother Terence was born in 1945. The then aspiring actor got his first taste of drama when he entered college and took an acting class during his senior year to overcome his long-held shyness.
Fans should be infinitely thankful that Harrison took the class as he did. After all, what would the film industry be like today without him? While much of Harrison’s early resume finds the actor in small-time films, his eventual work on American Graffiti landed him his first starring role as Han Solo in George Lucas’ Star Wars trilogy.
Star Wars, of course, now stands as a pop cultural monolith that has spawned millions of fans as the franchise has essentially come to define the best of science fiction. And, recently, Harrison returned to the franchise in Star Wars: The Force Awakens as he reprised his role of everyone’s favorite space pilot.
Some might think 74 is getting up there in age but that hasn’t stopped this superstar, who is set to reprise his roles as Dr. Jones in the next installment of Indiana Jones and Deckard, the replicant hunter, in Blade Runner the sequel.