Harrison Ford made his film debut in 1966 as a bellhop in James Coburn’s Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round. Around the same time, he was working as a roadie for The Doors. Before that, he worked as a carpenter after dropping out of college. What I’m getting at is that, like many people in their youth, it took Ford a while to find his calling.
Ford slogged it out in small roles for a decade before he would become an international superstar with his role in Star Wars. As the years wore on, he would continue to star in blockbuster after blockbuster. Like any actor with a long career in Hollywood, though, there are a number of big parts that slipped through his fingers. Last month, we touched on his decision to pass on a role in Jurassic Park, but what about the other parts Ford turned away?
With the actor celebrating his 73rd birthday today, and a new Star Wars movie just months away, let’s look at some of the famous roles that could have gone to Han Solo/Indiana Jones/Jack Ryan.