Harrison Ford Quotes

Harrison Ford, 1942

Born: 13 July 1942, Chicago, Illinois

Ford was a Boy Scout, including serving as camp counselor for the Reptile Study merit badge – he’s not afraid of snakes like Indy is. He graduated in 1960 from Maine East High School at Park Ridge, Illinois where he was the first student voice carried on the high school’s radio station, he covered school sports. He took a drama class at Ripon College in Wisconsin as a way to meet women, entered a conscientious objection to the draft, and headed to Los Angeles to record movie voice overs in 1964. Instead, he signed on with Columbia Picture’s New Talent program for $150 per week. He quit acting in 1970 due to the poor roles and low pay. He was a stagehand for The Doors, but mostly he worked as a carpenter. He returned to acting indirectly, getting his first role for George Lucas in American Graffitti after building and installing cabinets in Lucas’s kitchen. Francis Ford Coppola gave him parts in two movies after Ford remodeled the director’s office. In 1975 Lucas hired him to read dialogue opposite actors trying out for Star Wars, eventually casting Ford as Han Solo. His career was solidified in 1981 with his first appearance as Indiana Jones and he’s had a string of major roles ever since. Ford is also an avid flyer, owning eight aircraft including his favorite, a de Havilland Beaver that was originally flown by the CIA. He keeps his Bell 407 helicopter at Jackson, Wyoming where Ford is a volunteer with the Teton County Search and Rescue patrol, he has airlifted at least one lost hiker during these operations. (The dehydrated and disoriented hiker later said, “I can’t believe I barfed in Harrison Ford‘s helicopter!”) Ford is the chairman of the Young Eagles program of the Experimental Aircraft Association, a post long held by Chuck Yeager. A definite star at the Quotemaster’s house, favorites being Witness, Air Force One, and Sabrina.

Harrison Ford quotes:

“May the Force be with you” is charming but not important. What’s important is that you become the Force — for yourself and perhaps for other people.
    Harrison Ford – David Hochman interview for Reader’s Digest (2007)

After 20 years, the costume still fit, which was encouraging. And the character came back with the clothes. I think some trace of Indiana still resides in that leather jacket, hat, and whip.
    Harrison Ford – David Hochman hochman interview for Reader’s Digest (2007)

All my friends were going off to be professionals, and I said I wanted to be an actor.
    Harrison Ford

Before, I was grateful for a job, almost any job. Now, I’m apprehensive but I know I have other options, and when I ask for the money, they pay it. It’s that simple.
    Harrison Ford

Being happy is something you have to learn. I often surprise myself by saying “Wow, this is it. I guess I’m happy. I got a home I love. A career that I love. I’m even feeling more and more at peace with myself.” If there’s something else to happiness, let me know. I’m ambitious for that, too.
    Harrison Ford

Directing is too hard, it takes too much time, and it doesn’t pay very well.
    Harrison Ford

Harrison Ford may be getting old, but he can fight like a 28 year old man.
    Harrison Ford

I am Irish as a person, but I feel Jewish as an actor.
    Harrison Ford

I am not the first man who wanted to make changes in his life at 60 and I won’t be the last. It is just that others can do it with anonymity.
    Harrison Ford

I don’t think I’ve mastered anything. I’m still wrestling with the same frustrations, the same issues, the same problems as I always did. That’s what life is like.
    Harrison Ford

I don’t want to be a movie star. I want to be in movies that are stars.
    Harrison Ford

I get mad when people call me an action movie star. Indiana Jones is an adventure film, a comic book, a fantasy.
    Harrison Ford

I had no expectation of the level of adulation that would come my way. I just wanted to make a living with a regular role in a television series.
    Harrison Ford

I haven’t purposefully set out to play heroes. I’m interested in playing the character who finds himself in extraordinary circumstances. But he’s really either just saving himself or acting in the service of something that’s important to him.
    Harrison Ford – David Hochman hochman interview for Reader’s Digest (2007)

I love the comic opportunities that come up in the context of a father-son relationship.
    Harrison Ford

I need a challenge. I need the intellectual stimulation. I’m a member of a community on each film, working in concert to try to bring an idea to life. It’s a great job.

Harrison Ford

David Hochman hochman interview for Reader’s Digest (2007)
I realized early on that success was tied to not giving up. Most people in this business gave up and went on to other things. If you simply didn’t give up, you would outlast the people who came in on the bus with you.

Harrison Ford
I started by chasing a Folger’s commercial. But I just somehow couldn’t manage to say, “Honey, that’s a great cup of coffee.”.

Harrison Ford
I think American films right now are suffering from an excess of scale. Lots of movies we’re seeing now are more akin to video games than stories about human life and relationships. Twelve- to 20-year-olds are maybe the largest economic force in the US movie business. I’m not a very nostalgic person – but I enjoy a good story.

Harrison Ford
I think George [Lucas] likes people. I think George is a kind, warm-hearted person, but he can be a little impatient with the nature of acting, the need to work ’til you find something. He’s like, “It’s right there, it’s right there, I wrote it, it’s there, just do it”. But you can’t just do it that easily.

Harrison Ford
I think I did have a reputation for being grumpy. I don’t think I’m grumpy. I have opinions. I have an independent vision. I am a purposeful person. But on a daily basis, I think I’m other than grumpy. I think it is a case where I am coming to do business and not there just to be flattered and cajoled and used.

Harrison Ford
I used to shake my head, as in “No, I just look like him.” But that’s not fair. So I said to those little old ladies at Trenton Airport, “Yes, I am Harrison Ford”. And they still didn’t believe it was me.

Harrison Ford
I wanted to be a forest ranger or a coal man. At a very early age, I knew I didn’t want to do what my dad did, which was work in an office.

Harrison Ford
Identification solely with Star Wars could have been the beginning and the end, with no middle, to my career.

Harrison Ford
If I were a serious person, I’d probably have a real job.

Harrison Ford
If people recognize me when I’m out in public, I’m very nice to them. I’m very nice to people even when they don’t recognize me. I don’t even mind if people come up to me while I’m eating dinner, but if they recognize me while I’m having sex, I refuse to sign autographs.

Harrison Ford
I’m addicted to Altoids. I call them ‘acting pills.’

Harrison Ford
I’m an analog guy. I knew when they introduced [computers] that it wasn’t gonna be what they said, it wasn’t gonna be a convenience, it wasn’t gonna make life easier, it was just gonna make another category of people that come to your house to fix shit that’s broke.

Harrison Ford

Interview on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
I’m an assistant storyteller. It’s like being a waiter or a gas-station attendant, but I’m waiting on six million people a week, if I’m lucky.

Harrison Ford
I’m like a fireman. When I go out on a call, I want to put out a big fire, I don’t want to put out a fire in a dumpster.

Harrison Ford

I’m like old shoes, I’ve never been hip.

Harrison Ford
I’m old enough to play my own father in this one. Sean’s only twelve years older than I am. In Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade I had to play so much younger than I am in order to make it work for him. It was really a strain.

Harrison Ford
I’m sure it’s not dangerous, if it was dangerous they would’ve waited until we got more of the movie done.

Harrison Ford

On being dragged behind a car for a stunt from Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Classic Featurette
In the entire length of my career, I haven’t been the hottest, the No. 1, the most adored. I’ve always been somewhere down from the top, so I’ve never had to suffer being knocked off the top.

Harrison Ford
Indiana Jones is always getting in way over his head and just barely getting out by the skin of his teeth.

Harrison Ford
It’s a little-known fact, but I wanted Han Solo to die at the end of Return of the Jedi. I thought it would give more weight and resonance. But George Lucas wasn’t sympathetic. He didn’t want me killed by those teddy bear guys.

Harrison Ford
It’s a wonderful opportunity to be part of a child’s growing up, which is always an endless springtime. You see the blossoming and the growing and the nurturing and the payoff.

Harrison Ford

David Hochman hochman interview for Reader’s Digest (2007)
Los Angeles is where you have to be if you want to be an actor. You have no choice. You go there or New York. I flipped a coin about it. It came up New York, so I flipped again. When you’re starting out to be an actor, who wants to go where it’s cold and miserable and be poor there?

Harrison Ford
“May the Force be with you” is charming but not important. What’s important is that you become the Force — for yourself and perhaps for other people.

Harrison Ford

David Hochman interview for Reader’s Digest (2007)
Money is really only important if you don’t have any.

Harrison Ford

David Hochman hochman interview for Reader’s Digest (2007)
[My approach to acting is] the “let’s pretend” school of acting. If real emotion is available, use it, otherwise I follow what I think is an AA rule: “Fake it ’til you make it. Emotions are an interesting language. Sometime they sneak up on you when you’re not expecting, when you are available to it.

Harrison Ford

“The return of the hero” in The Los Angeles Times (9 February 2006)
My goal was just to work regularly. I didn’t ever expect to be rich or famous. I wanted to be a working character actor.

Harrison Ford
My older kids are fantastic people. It can’t be the result of my influence on them.

Harrison Ford
My playing Indy was mentioned to me about only six weeks before shooting started, but being second choice wasn’t at all offensive. I would always assume that it would be normal for a director – once having worked with an actor in a particular part – not to think of him for something else. I’d presume that he’d want to accentuate the difference between the two characters by having another actor. I was more than happy when they did ask me to play Indiana Jones, because it promised to be a terrific role in a great film.

Harrison Ford
No one wants to see a hero have to pick up his cane to hit someone, but I’m still quite fit enough to fake it.

Parenting is an impossible job at any age.

Harrison Ford
Sometimes I try to improve the language, the lines, or the delivery, but I don’t ad-lib because I think that makes it really hard for everybody else involved.

Harrison Ford
Starring in a science-fiction film doesn’t mean you have to act science fiction.

Harrison Ford
The focus and the concentration and the attention to detail that flying takes is a kind of meditation. I find it restful and engaging, and other things slip away.

Harrison Ford
The kindest word to describe my performance in school was Sloth.

Harrison Ford
The loss of anonymity is something that nobody can prepare you for. When it happened, I recognized that I’d lost one of the most valuable things in life. To this day, I’m not all that happy about it

Harrison Ford
The third time you say a thing it sounds like a lie.

Harrison Ford
There have been times in my life when I have felt I was lonely, but I don’t think you want to live your life in order to mitigate against loneliness.

Harrison Ford

People magazine (23 June 2003)
There is no child left within me, none whatsoever.

Harrison Ford
To me, success is choice and opportunity.

Harrison Ford
We all have big changes in our lives that are more or less a second chance.

Harrison Ford
Whoever had the bright idea of putting Indiana Jones in a leather jacket and a fedora in the jungle ought to be dragged into the street and shot.

Harrison Ford
You know you’re getting old when all the names in your black book have M. D. after them.

Harrison Ford
You may get real tired watching me, but I’m not going to quit.

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