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Did You Know: Harrison Ford was Bullied

Claim to Fame

Harrison Ford courtesy of Wikipedia.orgHarrison Ford has been heralded as both a tremendously talented actor and a committed environmentalist.  His movie repertoire is impressive, and includes the wildly successful Star Wars and Indiana Jones trilogies.  The 2001 Guinness Book of World Records listed Ford as the richest actor alive. He has starred in 27 movies, which have grossed more than $3.3 billion at the box office. He also graced People Magazine’s pages as one of the “50 Most Beautiful People in the World” (1997) and “Sexiest Man Alive” (1998). (Source: http://www.amiannoying.com/ (rje3yia3bjxjovbecquvxe45)/view.aspx? id=1139&collection=238)

Interests

When he was a freshman in college, Ford played gutbucket in a folk band called The Brothers Gross. Ford enjoys flying planes and helicopters, and also owns an 800-acre ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, half of which he donated as a nature preserve (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harrison_ford).  He is a passionate environmentalist devoted to protecting biodiversity on our planet, and was presented with the Global Environmental Citizen Award in 2002. 

Target Profile

An introverted loner in high school, Harrison Ford attended Maine East High School in Park Ridge, Illinois, where he says he was picked on by his peers and voted the boy “least likely to succeed” (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harrison_ford).  Ford silently endured the taunting and abuse of his peers until he one day snapped and beat up his aggressors’ leader (Source: http://www.harrison-ford.com/bio.htm). It wasn’t until Ford took a drama class (mainly as a way to meet women) during his junior year at Ripon College in Wisconsin that he became fascinated with acting. While he auditioned for roles on television and in movies Ford also supported himself as a carpenter, which helped to land him his biggest movie role ever. Star Wars series director George Lucas hired Ford to build some cabinets in his home, and asked him to read lines with actors rehearsing for Star Wars IV: A New Hope. It was Steven Spielberg who first noticed that Ford would make a great Hans Solo, and well ... the rest is history!

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