Harrison Ford, EAA Young Eagles Chairman

Over the course of his career, Harrison Ford has become one of the most popularly acclaimed actors of our time. Aside from his acting career, he also has a deep interest and passion for aviation, which has led him to assume the Chairmanship of EAA’s Young Eagles program on March 8, 2004.

After earning his private pilot certificate in 1996, Ford has added a number of additional ratings to his aviation resume, including a taildragger endorsement and ratings to fly single-engine seaplanes, helicopters and on instruments. He owns several aircraft including a deHavilland Beaver; Bell 407 helicopter; an Aviat Husky; a Beech A-36 Bonanza and a Cessna Grand Caravan. A member of EAA since 1996, Ford is an EAA Young Eagle Flight Leader with EAA Chapter 1049 and has flown nearly 250 Young Eagles in his Beaver and helicopter since he first participated in the program in 2001.

His body of work includes more than 35 feature films, 10 of which have exceeded $100 million each at the box office. Through his starring roles in such cinematic blockbusters as the Star Wars and Indiana Jones trilogies, The Fugitive, Air Force One and Patriot Games, he has come to embody the quintessential American hero for moviegoers around the world.

An Oscar and Golden Globe nominee for his performance in the suspense thriller Witness (1985), Ford also earned Golden Globe nominations for his starring roles in Sabrina (1995), The Fugitive (1993), and The Mosquito Coast (1986). The National Association of Theatre Owners named him Star of the Century in 1994. People picked Ford as “The Sexiest Man Alive” in 1998 and that same year, he won the People’s Choice Award as Favorite All Time Movie Star Picture Actor. In 1999, he won the People’s Choice Award as Favorite All Time Movie Star and, again, in 2000 they named him Favorite Motion Picture Actor. Also in the year 2000, he received the prestigious Life Achievement Award from the American Film Institute. In 2002, the Golden Globes honored him with the Cecil B. DeMille Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Born in Chicago, Ford attended Ripon College in Wisconsin before moving to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. He began as a contract player with Columbia Pictures, making his film debut in the crime drama Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round (1966). After a small role in Getting Straight (1970), he resolved not to let his career choices be dictated by financial concerns, so he turned to carpentry while he waited for the right role.

In 1973, after a three-year hiatus from the screen, George Lucas cast him in American Graffiti. The next year, he landed a prominent supporting part in Francis Ford Coppola’s The Conversation, which was followed by an important role in Stanley Kramer’s Television production of Judgment: The Court Martial of Lt William Calley.

Ford returned to features in 1977 when Lucas cast him as the cocky rebel starship pilot Han Solo in Star Wars, the film that shattered all box office records and made Ford a household name. He went on to star in Hanover Street (1978) and The Frisco Kid (1979), and had cameo roles in Apocalypse Now (1979) and More American Graffiti (1979), before being cast by Steven Spielberg as intrepid adventurer Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981). The movie became another of the highest-grossing films of all time.

Between the Star Wars sequels The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983) and the Raiders sequels Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), Ford starred in a number of other memorable films. In Blade Runner (1982), he delivered a gritty performance as a cop in the nihilistic future of Los Angeles. He earned critical acclaim and an Oscar nomination for his role as a cop on the lam, hiding out in Amish country, in Witness (1985). Ford followed that with a daring portrayal of an eccentric idealistic inventor in The Mosquito Coast (1986). He went on to play a Hitchcock protagonist in Frantic (1988) before showing his flair for romantic comedy in Working Girl (1988).

In the last ten years, Ford has starred in 13 films. He played a lawyer accused of murder in Presumed Innocent (1990), an arrogant yuppie transformed by a mugger’s bullet in Regarding Henry (1991), the heroic ex-CIA agent Jack Ryan in Patriot Games (1992) and Clear and Present Danger (1994), a doctor wrongly convicted of murdering his wife in The Fugitive (1993), a deeply committed New York City cop in The Devil’s Own (1997) and President James Marshall in Air Force One (1997). He also starred in the remake of Sabrina (1995) in the role originated by Humphrey Bogart.

Ford’s most recent credits include the romantic action comedy Six Days, Seven Nights (1998) in which he did his own flying, the romantic drama Random Hearts (1999) and the thriller What Lies Beneath (2000). In 2002, his film, “K-19”, a drama directed by Kathryn Bigelow and also starring Liam Neeson, was released. June of 2003 saw the release of “Hollywood Homicide” which was directed by Ron Shelton and along with Harrison starred Josh Hartnett.

Ford returned to big screen in
"Firewall" (2006),” directed by Richard Loncraine and starring Paul Bettany and Virginia Madsen.

Most recently, he has been involved in the filming of the fourth Indiana Jones movie, which is scheduled for release on May 22, 2008.

Strongly committed to environmental concerns, Ford is actively involved in a number of conservation groups. He serves on the Board of Directors of Conservation International. He lives in Jackson, Wyoming where he donated 389 acres of his property for a conservation easement to the Jackson Hole Land Trust.

His most recent awards are: Heart of the City Award from City Harvest for fighting hunger, NRDC—Forces for Nature, the Lindbergh Foundation for balance between technology and the environment, the Distinguished Humanitarian Award from the B’nai B’rith also for his environmental work, the World Stunt Awards and on May 30, 2003 he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Harrison Ford, actor, pilot and EAA Young Eagles Chairman.


Harrison Ford explains the brake system on his deHavilland Beaver. Mr. Ford has flown nearly 250 EAA Young Eagles since 2001.

Harrison Ford talks about his experiences with Young Eagles and flying at Theater in the Woods during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005




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