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Happy 74th Birthday, Harrison Ford!

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Five things to know about the man who played Han and Indy!

1. He’s More Than Star Wars & Raiders…

Granted, he is awesome as Han Solo in four Star Wars films and as Indiana Jones in the four, er, Indiana Jones movies, but don’t forget Harrison’s killer work in Blade Runner, Witness, Apocalypse Now, The Mosquito Coast, Presumed Innocent, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, Air Force One and Cowboys & Indians. Okay, you can forget Cowboys & Indians.

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2. Box Office Champ

Adjusted for inflation, Harrison Ford has been a lead actor in five of the top 30 grossing movies of all time, more than any other movie star. Put together, his top 15 movies have grossed more than $US10 billion worldwide.

3. Like Jesus, He Was A Carpenter…

Despite getting tiny bit roles in late 1960s and early ‘70s movies, Ford was working as a set carpenter and stage hand for The Doors when he was noticed by George Lucas, who cast him in his first hit movie – 1973’s American Graffiti. Francis Ford Coppola then cast him in 1974’s The Conversation – and they honoured his break-out by naming his Apocalypse Now character “G. Lucas”.

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4. The Sky’s The Limit

While he’s best known as pilot of the Millennium Falcon, Ford is a real-life daredevil pilot of both fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters. In 1999, he walked away from a serious chopper crash without a scratch. In 2015, another crash, this time of a propeller plane, saw him suffer a broken pelvis and ankle. As a chopper pilot, Ford has volunteered his services to numerous rescue efforts, most notably in 2007 when he rescued a hiker who spewed in his aircraft, before quipping: “I can’t believe I barfed in Harrison Ford’s helicopter!”

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5. He’ll Be Indy… Again

The fifth Indiana Jones film has been announced – and is due for release in July 2019. That means our favourite whip-cracker will be derring his do at the age of 77!  Movie pundits expect there might be a flashback structure to allow the bulk of the action to be carried off by a younger Indy. So who should play the role? Maybe Alden Ehrenreich, the kid tapped to play young Han Solo, can pull off double duty? Otherwise, expect it to be called Raiders Of The Wheelchair Ramp.