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13 Things You Didn't Know About Harrison Ford

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Harrison Ford may be one of the world's most famous actors, but there are plenty of stories about him that will surprise even his most ardent fans. With a Hollywood career spanning five decades (and counting), the veteran movie star has long been a household name. That's what happens when you star in a pair of franchises - Indiana Jones and Star Wars - that change the face of popular culture. Harrison Ford's movies also include other box-office hits and classics like Blade Runner, The Fugitive, and Air Force One. But while he may have been a permanent guest in your living rooms and movie theaters over the years, there are probably still plenty of things you didn't know about Harrison Ford.

Ford is one of the most enigmatic figures in the movie industry. He can be a bit grumpy in interviews, but is also playful and entertaining when caught in the right mood. What makes him interesting, though, is not just his mercurial personality but also his unique set of interests and hobbies. Turns out his adventures (and misadventures) off-set and behind the scenes can be as bizarre - and as dangerous - as anything he's ever done in front of the camera, and the best Harrison Ford stories are almost too good to believe. 

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    The Scar On His Chin Came From A Car Accident

    The scar that runs across Ford's chin has been referenced in several films, including Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, where it was explained away in the opening flashback starring the late River Phoenix. Rather than accidently catching himself with a whip while fending off a caged lion, Ford actually lost control of his car and ran into a tree while driving near Laguna Beach, CA.

    He says he was fumbling around trying to put his seatbelt on and wasn’t focusing enough on driving. He describes the event as "a real mundane way of earning [the scar]."

  • He Wanted Han Solo To Meet His End A Long Time Ago

    During production of the original Star Wars trilogy, Ford asked George Lucas to end Han Solo several times. He made the case that Han, unlike most other characters in the series, did not have a strong connection to the Force, and that a heroic sacrifice would have been an appropriate conclusion for him.

    Despite this rationale, Lucas refused to end the beloved scoundrel. It wasn't until 2015's The Force Awakens that Ford finally got his wish

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    He Set A Hollywood Record For Most Expensive Divorce

    With the sheer volume of box-office hits on his resumé, Ford has attained a massive net worth. That came into play in rather ignominious fashion in 2004 when he divorced his wife Melissa Mathison, to whom he had been married since 1983.

    The dissolution of their marriage was believed to have set a record as the most expensive in Hollywood history, costing Ford an estimated $118 million or more. This included cash payments as well as a split of royalties from blockbusters such as The Fugitive and the Indiana Jones franchise.

  • He Is The Fourth-Highest-Grossing Actor Of All Time

    As one of Hollywood’s most bankable actors and the star of multiple hit franchises, Ford has been jockeying for position at the top of the individual box-office charts for much of his career. As of 2019, he stands at No. 4 on the list of all-time highest-grossing actors with a whopping $4.96 billion in the US alone - behind Samuel L. Jackson at $6.7 billion, Robert Downey Jr. at $5.78 billion, and Scarlett Johansson at $5.2 billion. 

    Not surprisingly, Ford's biggest hits are The Force Awakens and 2017's Blade Runner