Harrison Ford has played many characters so well that you can tell who they are just by hearing their names. Before he played two famous “doctors”—Indiana Jones more than once and Richard Kimble in The Fugitive—Ford was known by two names that have echoed through the years and across the world.
Since Star Wars: A New Hope came out in 1977, Ford has played the iconic, loud, egotistical loner with a hidden heart of gold (or at least silver). Since his first movie in 1966, A New Hope was Ford’s ninth.
How old was Ford when he was in Star Wars? How old has he been in all of the Star Wars movies he’s been in so far? Fans of Harrison Ford, Han Solo, and Star Wars know that his character died in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. However, he still appeared in the third film in the sequel trilogy, The Rise of Skywalker, which came out in 2019, 42 years after the first movie.
How Old Was Harrison Ford in Star Wars?
Star Wars: a New Hope (1977)
A New Hope, which is another name for Episode IV, came out in theatres on May 25, 1977. Ford was born in Chicago on July 13, 1942. He was 34 years old when A New Hope came out.
But, as you probably know, a movie is filmed a year, or even a couple or few years, before it comes out to the public. Reports say that George Lucas’s still-ongoing saga of sagas, which started with A New Hope and is still being made, began in the middle of 1976.
It seems that filming for A New Hope began in Tunisia on March 25, 1976. This means that when filming for the first Star Wars movie began, Ford was 33 years old, and he turned 34 while the movie was still being made.
The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
The Empire Strikes Back came out in the US on May 21, 1980. It was shot quickly, from March to September 1979, which meant that once again, filming went on past Ford’s birthday in July.
So, in The Empire Strikes Back, also known as Episode V, Ford would have been 36 when filming started and 37 when the movie came out in the United States.
Return of the Jedi (1983)
Return of the Jedi came out on May 25, 1983, just like the first two movies. Unlike the other movies made so far, this one was finished filming and making a year before it came out. Filming took place from January to May of 1982.
Using those dates, Ford would have been 39 years old when filming Return of the Jedi and in all of the scenes in the finished movie. He was 40 years old when the movie came out, though.
How Did Harrison Ford Start his Career?
In the beginning of his career, Ford was upset that he wasn’t making much money as an actor, so he became a carpenter to make up for it. American Graffiti, which was directed by George Lucas, was his first big movie role, in 1973.
In 1977, Ford and Lucas worked together again to try to do well, and this time, Ford got the part of Han Solo in Star Wars. His role helped him become better known, and now he could be in the movie’s two sequels.
In the movie Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark, which came out around this time, Harrison Ford played another famous movie character. This one was led by Steven Spielberg.
It led to a number of sequels, and after his success in the Indiana Jones movies, Harrison Ford played the lead in Blade Runner, which was directed by Ridley Scott in 1982.
Ford became a big name in movies, and his reputation as a dramatic actor grew in the 1980s when he played several important roles. He has won a lot of awards, including an Academy Award for his roles in Witness (1985) and Star Wars (1977).