He dominated the 70s, 80s and 90s – with the original “Blade Runner”, “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones” films, as well as “Witness”, “Working Girl” and “The Fugitive”. But at 75, Harrison Ford may be more popular than ever. And this past decade may be his most noteworthy yet.
May 2008 – Ford returned to his first of three iconic roles with “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”, co-starring Karen Allen, Shia LaBeouf and Cate Blanchett. Box Office smash (and a guilty pleasure in my book). “Indy 5” is set for 2020.
January 2010 – The little-seen, effective drama “Extraordinary Measures” paired-up Ford with Brendan Fraser.
November 2010 – Ford joined Diane Keaton at the TV news desk for “Morning Glory”, with Rachel McAdams as their producer. One of my favorite recent comedies.
July 2011 – “Cowboys & Aliens” was destined to be a blockbuster and critical darling, though neither took place. Still, the film is often talked about to this day.
April 2013 – As Brooklyn Dodgers GM Branch Rickey, Ford gave a dominant, multi-layered performance, earning Satellite Awards and LCJ Movie Awards nominations for Best Supporting Actor.
The Rest of 2013 – The “thriller” (though I use the term loosely) “Paranoia” and the sci-fi adventure “Ender’s Game” were flops. Ford also co-starred in “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues”, the entertaining but overstuffed sequel to Will Ferrell’s 2004 cult comedy.
August 2014 – I liked “The Expendables 3” (with Ford and about two-dozen other big names) as much as the first two installments.
April 2015 – Ford and Blake Lively were excellent in the romantic fantasy drama “The Age of Adaline”.
December 2015 – Ford’s triumphant return as Han Solo in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”: As for a future involving that character, Ford set the record straight when Ryan Seacrest surprisingly asked that question to him this week on “LIVE!”: “He’s… DEAD!”
And now here we are with “Blade Runner 2049” – earning rave reviews for the visuals, story and Ford’s performance. A movie I’d like to see Ford star in sometime soon: “TRAFFIC COP”. Ford made headlines last month for briefly directing traffic in NYC – and he did a pretty good job.