‘Star Wars’ Star Harrison Ford Regularly Plays the Hero In Real Life

Harrison Ford is one of the biggest stars of all time. He has played such iconic movie heroes as Han Solo and Indiana Jones and has even received acclaim for his skill at playing dramatic roles.

Even at an age when many stars would have long since retired, Ford is still soldiering on and will be living out the famous writer Jack London’s work in the upcoming action film Call of the Wild. In addition to being the world’s favorite action hero on screen, Ford also does a lot of adventuring in real life as well and has even been known to save lives from time to time.

Harrison Ford is best known for action movies

Harrison Ford attends the Premiere of Disney's "Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker" on December 16, 2019.
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Ford began acting in the late seventies, after initially beginning his career as a carpenter. He appeared in movies like American Graffiti before becoming a star after his leading role in 1977’s Star Wars.

Almost instantly after the film was released, he was catapulted to the top of the Hollywood food chain, and fans everywhere wanted to know what was next for the talented, charismatic actor. Ford went on to reprise his role as Han Solo in several other Star Wars films, including the latest trilogy. 

His other most famous role has been that of Indiana Jones, the intrepid archeologist. Ford has gained a reputation as a rough-and-ready actor, never afraid to tackle difficult stunts or film in challenging locations.

In addition to the iconic Indiana Jones and Star Wars films, Ford has appeared in a wide variety of other action films, including Witness, Blade Runner, Patriot Games, Air Force One, The Fugitive, and Six Days, Seven Nights. He has definitely earned a place in cinema history as one of Hollywood’s “everymen.” 

Harrison Ford has rescued several people in real life

Ford has also become well known for his habit of doing heroic things in real life. The actor, who has a pilot’s license, regularly flies his helicopter over semi-deserted areas all over the United States, searching for ways to do good.

Notoriously, in 2001, Ford rescued a stranded 13-year old Boy Scout who had gone missing in Yellowstone National Park. There was an active search in progress when Ford decided to join the rescue effort and ended up being the one to locate the missing boy.

After finding him, Ford landed his helicopter, scooped up the boy, and returned him to the authorities, no worse for wear. 

Ford also once rescued a pair of stranded female hikers who were starting to become delirious due to dehydration and heat. Ford, wearing a cowboy hat, flew in to rescue, no doubt giving the hikers the surprise of their lives.

For Ford, being a hero in real life has almost become second nature.

What’s next for Harrison Ford?

In February, Ford will once again light up the big screen when he appears in the highly-anticipated film Call of the Wild. The film, which features realistic animation to portray wild animals in a deserted wilderness setting, is the perfect vehicle for Ford, and likely to draw in fans of all ages.

Ford will portray an outdoorsman named Jack Thornton, who is teamed up with an adorable dog in order to confront some of the harshest elements in the world. Reportedly, he will also be returning as Indiana Jones in a fifth film, although no release date or exact details have yet been given.

It seems that, for Ford, being an action hero is just a way of life.