Harrison Ford is an American actor and film producer best known for playing Han Solo in the original science fiction film Star Wars. A blockbuster staple, Ford is Hollywood’s highest-grossing actor with about 41 films grossing over $4.7 billion. The veteran actor commands a high paycheck for his roles in addition to a slice of the box office gross. Little wonder why Harrison Ford’s net worth hovers around $240 million. Here is how he did it…
Harrison Ford Net Worth: How He Began
Harrison Ford was born on July 13, 1942, in Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from Maine East High School, Park Ridge, Illinois in 1960 and proceeded to study philosophy at Ripon College in Wisconsin. Harrison always had a thing for the media beginning in high school where he became the first student to broadcast on the school’s new radio station. In college, Harrison looked to overcome his shyness by enrolling in a drama class and soon he gained all the confidence needed to kick-start an acting career.
Fast forward to the mid 60’s, Harrison dropped out of college and moved with his college sweetheart to where else? Hollywood, in search of radio-voice over jobs. However, when none of his desired jobs was forthcoming, Ford inked a $150 per week deal with New Talent- a Columbia Pictures program.
The paycheck might have been meager but it created a platform for the future star to hone his talents. However, the 60’s passed and came the 70’s and Harrison was yet to get a break in Hollywood. With a wife to cater for, Ford bolstered his acting earnings by becoming a self-taught carpenter.
Harrison Ford Net Worth: Growing Success And Star Wars Breakthrough
Harrison successfully auditioned for a role in the George Lucas film “American Graffiti” (1973) for which he earned $500. During the same period, Ford landed a job as a carpenter with the filmmaker, Francis Ford Coppola. It wasn’t long before Coppola offered him minor roles in some of his movies including; The Conversation (1974) and Apocalypse Now (1979).
When George Lucas was filming for his upcoming science fiction movie Star Wars, he hired Harrison to read out lines to auditioning actors. In the process, Lucas discovered Harrison had the talent he was searching for. Impressed by his way of reading the lines, he offered Ford one of the major roles- Han Solo.
The first Star Wars film released in 1977 was a box office smash hit, establishing Ford as a star. He also earned $10,000 for his role. A huge leap from the few hundreds he was receiving. As we all know, Star Wars quickly grew into a franchise. Harrison reprised his role in the two subsequent sequels; “The Empire Strikes Back” (1980) and “Return of the Jedi” (1983) both of which were box office darlings. For the later, he earned about $500,000.
Harrison Ford Net Worth: More Commercial Success
In the 80’s, Harrison solidified his star status with other blockbuster movies like the George Lucas/Steven Spielberg film “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981) where he played the lead character of Indiana Jones. The movie grossed $389.9 million worldwide. Following the success, Ford has starred in all of its subsequent sequels.
Also a hit and subsequent cult classic was “Blade Runner” (1982) of which he has starred in all sequels as well. The 90’s came with even more successful movies like “Presumed Innocent” (1990) for which he earned $12.5 million. He starred as Jack Ryan in the action film “Patriot Games” (1990), earning $9 million. For “Clear and Present Danger” (1994) he earned $10 million. By the late 90’s Ford ranked among Hollywood’s top-earning acts, receiving an average of $20 million per role.
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The movies for which he earned between $20 and $25 million include The Devil’s Own (1997), Air Force One (1997), Six Days Seven Nights (1998), Random Hearts (1999), What Lies Beneath (2000) and “K-19: The Widowmaker” (2002).
Ford became the highest paid actor in Hollywood for the year 2009 after earning $65 million between June 2008 and June 2009. This was hugely thanks to a deal to star in the fourth film in the Indiana Jones series.
Harrison reprised his Han Solo Role in the 2015 Star Wars sequel “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”. The movie broke box office records grossing $2.068 billion worldwide. Ford received $15 million upfront pay and was entitled to 0.5% of the entire gross. Do the Math…
With over 6 decades in Hollywood, Harrison is showing signs of slowing. The veteran stands to bank more as he continues to reprise his role in some of his cult classics.