Harrison Ford: The Films

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Rugged actor Harrison Ford has been labeled one of the top 100 movie stars of all time, the sexiest man alive, the richest male actor, and more, yet he remains a hero to whom the common man can relate. This biography thoroughly covers his life and career.

From his birth in 1942, early stage work, and first film role (uncredited in 1966's Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round) through his current success, this book examines significant events in Ford's personal life as well as the highs...

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Overview

Rugged actor Harrison Ford has been labeled one of the top 100 movie stars of all time, the sexiest man alive, the richest male actor, and more, yet he remains a hero to whom the common man can relate. This biography thoroughly covers his life and career.

From his birth in 1942, early stage work, and first film role (uncredited in 1966's Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round) through his current success, this book examines significant events in Ford's personal life as well as the highs and lows of his career. It concentrates chiefly on his work in film, concluding with the Indiana Jones movie slated for 2006. A detailed discussion of each film is bolstered by remarks from crew and cast, including Ford, and often includes intimate anecdotes. The work also looks at Ford's efforts in his favorite causes (such as conservation) and avocations (such as flying) and at his social life. Numerous stills enhance the text, and a bibliography and filmography provide information for further research.

"This biographical work details Ford's career in such movies as Star Wars, The Frisco Kid, Hanover Street, The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Blade Runner, Return of the Jedi, Temple of the Doom, and many others"--Provided by publisher.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786420162
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/4/2005
  • Pages: 341
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Brad Duke lives in Upton, Massachusetts.

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Table of Contents

Preface 1
Prologue: The Dawn of It All 3
1 An Ordinary Upbringing 5
2 The Origin of His Species 8
3 Finding His Calling 11
4 Have Wife, Will Travel 13
5 The Long and Winding Road 15
6 Odds and Ends 18
7 The Do-It-Yourself Man 23
8 Finally...Respect 26
9 Hanging with the Big Boys 31
10 A Star Was Born 34
11 A War Lost and a Wife Found 43
12 Getting Some Recognition 46
13 Little to Be Proud Of 50
14 Lose Some, Win Some 60
15 Destined for Success 62
16 The First George, Steven and Harrison Collaboration 74
17 Science Friction 88
18 Life Among the Aliens 100
19 Cracking the Whip (Again) 109
20 The Weir Years 119
21 Pregnancy, Paris and Polanski 138
22 Working Guy 144
23 Bonding with Connery 150
24 His Bad Hair Day 161
25 Time to Rehabilitate 169
26 At War with Irish Terrorists...and Tom Clancy 176
27 On the Run for the Money 188
28 Jack's Back 200
29 Something Wilder 212
30 A Devil of a Time 221
31 "America's Kick-Ass President" 233
32 Trouble Overseas 245
33 The End of an Era 252
34 The New Model Ford 257
35 Harrison Ford's Russian Perspective 262
36 The Buddy-Cop Flick Flop 267
37 All Cameras Aside 273
Filmography 289
Chapter Notes 293
Bibliography 307
Index 319
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2005

    The most intriguing book about the most outstanding actor in history

    Brad Duke's years of research, interviews and extensive travel have paid off in the biggest of ways in the form of 'Harrison Ford: The Films'. Duke's chronological peek at the stellar career of Harrison Ford is unarguably the most thorough, complete and compelling work that has ever come to the literary marketplace. Commencing with Harrison's working class upbringing and intricately weaving it's way through years of legendary films, directors, actors, friends and business associates, 'Harrison Ford: The Films' could certainly be used as a textbook in a college course about Ford's life and career. This extraordinary book gives the reader a fly-on-the-wall look at the reclusive star's life, loves, personal passions, films and little-known philanthropic efforts. It is a rare feat when a Hollywood-themed book can manage to side-step gossip and innuendo and wind up with a true and accurate depiction of a man, an actor, a crazy business and the passion that fuels all three. Utilizing little-known stories and interviews with industry big-wigs and insiders, the reader is 'a-FORD-ED' with a rare glimpse of the movie industry and all it's workings and complications. Duke further encourages the reader with the use of easy-to-understand terminology and funny stories that, some of which, until now, have not been committed to print. You will certainly find this an easy read and an extremely insightful and funny look at the world's most popular movie star. Starting with Harrison's earliest work in television, the book faithfully chronicals the trials, tribulations and triumphs in such areas as co-stars, film budgets, script problems, studio clashes, risky stunt work and the toll that his work has taken on Mr. Ford himself. I bought the book when it first came out and did not put it down until I was finished reading it. I found it poignant, interesting, insightful and absolutely charming. I'm sure you will too.

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