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July 13: Happy Birthday Harrison Ford and Patrick Stewart

Harrison Ford and Patrick Stewart

Han Solo and Jean-Luc Picard share a birthday.  Or if you prefer, Indiana Jones and Professor X.  No matter how you slice it, some iconic movie heroes will likely be blowing out candles today.

Harrison Ford, the actor made famous in Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark but also well-known for Blade Runner, Witness and The Fugitive among others, turns 74 years old today.  And he’s still playing Indy.  How is that possible?  I don’t know.  We’ve got an interview with Ford from 1995 when he was promoting his new movie, Sabrina.

Patrick Stewart is a classically trained Shakespearean actor who went where no one has gone before on Star Trek: The Next Generation.  He eventually came back to earth as leader of the heroic mutants in the X-Men movies.  Stewart turns 76.

As if that wasn’t enough birthday fun for one day, we also celebrate the voice of Spongebob Squarepants, Tom Kenny, who turns 54.  Real-life physician turned comedic actor, Ken Jeong of The Hangover, turns 47.  The Cheechier half of Cheech and Chong, Cheech Marin, celebrates his seventieth birthday today.  Acclaimed writer and director, Cameron Crowe, turns 59.  And let’s not forget Didi Conn of Greases 1 and 2.  Didi turns 65 today.

If today is your birthday, congratulations on sharing your big day with these notable names.  Birthday wishes to everyone celebrating a big day today.  Come back tomorrow for more celebrity birthdays.

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Posted on July 13, 2016, in Celebrity Birthdays and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.

  1. I love Harrison Ford. He is a solid, workingman actor. If he had never appeared in Star Wars and Raiders, he probably never would have become a leading A-list actor. To follow that a step further he had pretty much given up acting to become a full-time carpenter before Star Wars came along so he may never have returned to acting again as he was making a handsome income working on Hollywood homes at the time. Harrison built Sergio Mendes’ outside patio if I remember correctly.

    It was casting agent Fred Roos that kept pressing for George Lucas to consider Harrison Ford for the role of Han Solo, and thank god Roos kept that pressure up or my childhood would never have been the same.

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  2. I for most part find Harrison ford wooden. He has a knack for picking hit films but in my opnion weak actor. I did like like him in regarding henrey witness and mosqito coast though

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  3. Just for fun, and to show what a huge presence Harrison Ford was back then, I dug up a chart of the Top 10 biggest box office hits of all time, circa October 1984 when Temple of Doom had just cracked the all-time top 10 list.

    E.T. – $359 Million
    Star Wars – $322M
    Jaws – $260M
    Return of the Jedi – $252M
    Raiders of the Lost Ark – $242M
    The Empire Strikes Back – $222M
    Ghostbusters – $211M
    The Exorcist – $193M
    Gone With The Wind – $189M
    Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom – $179M

    It’s amazing to look back at the all-time list in late 1984 and see 1) how Harrison Ford was in five of the top 10 films back then, and 2) also how Steven Spielberg and George Lucas dominated the all-time list back then too. No actor has ever dominated the all-time Top 10 list like Harrison Ford did back in the mid 80’s.

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  4. Although not a fan of ford acting i never got where people have this notion he is grumpy. I have seen his interviews he seems shy and awkward but nice.

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    • I’ve seen a few interviews, both sitting down and more impromptu, and he always seemed engaging to me.

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      • I have definitely seen Ford be grumpy in interviews. among reporters, he is known for being a terrible interview subject. He’s likely to either 1. Shut down completely or 2. Walk away. That’s less true than it was in 90’s when he ruled the box office. But he’s a no-nonsense kind of guy and he sees the Hollywood press as all nonsense.

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        • I kind of feel that a lot that media publicity is pretty rude and insensitive (Perez Hilton; not the way I’d like to be making the money), so I think if Ford respects how the interview is handled, he’s okay.

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  5. I have seen that from actors like russell crowe and tommy lee jones who are known to be very rude to interviewers. I have not seen it from ford maybe i have not seen enough of his interviews. Actors like ford probably hate interviews he wants to let his work speak for itself. I know ford is also shy. dENZEL wASHIngton is another actor I have seen act for no reason prickly to interviewers who do not ask any inappropriate questions. Denzel snaps very easily

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    • I can relate to being in a bad mood though; I guess you really have to rise to the occasion to be all camera happy and such.

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    • I never sweat the press junket routine from performers though; I figure it’s part of the business, like if a writer went on a book tour.
      Not to gossip or anything, but I heard Howie Mandel mention that Denzel Washington was a real focused, committed actor back when they worked on the “St. Elsewhere” ( I think it was a show that was the 1980’s version of “ER”) set.

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  6. denzel takes his craft seriously. he is not interested in fame part. But he could lighten up in interviews. He can be rude at times.

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    • Yeah, moments in life can be like that, as Wilson Phillips once sang, “Someday somebody’s gonna make you turn around and say goodbye”.

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  7. Here is a link harrsion ford promotign balde runner in 1982 . he comes off as shy not grumpy at all. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QcyX9JWMMo

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    • It seems like, and I am just guessing here, but it seems as if maybe you have a theory that Harrison Ford is shy and that his reputation for being grumpy in interviews is a misconception on the part of all the people who have been interviewing him for decades. Seeing as how you have never interviewed Ford, I am inclined to believe you over the many reporters who have said he was grumpy…

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  8. Sometimes things can miss interrupted. Its like the fight between alex ettyfer and channing tatum during magic mike. Alex is shy not social so during magic mike he had his head phones wlaking around not talking to anyone. Channing mistook it for alex thinking he is better then everyone else. Sometimes things are misinterpreted. I have never seen ford snap at interviewers like crowe or tommy lee jones . Every interview i see him he seems uncomfortable. That is just my two cents .

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    • Yeah, I think shyness & aloofness are mistaken for each other quite a bit. I’m a victim of that myself. I’ve learned to pick my spots (not my nose), and just be happy with that. If the intent is misread, then so be it.

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