Top Five pre-Star Wars Harrison Ford roles

Harrison Ford had been in television & movies for 10 years before he landed his iconic role in ‘Star Wars’ in 1977. Here are five roles he had prior to ‘Star Wars’.
And be sure to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens when it premieres at The Palace Theatre on Friday February 19th. Feature starts at 7pm and admission is just $5. Now accepting credit and debit cards.Yay!

#5 ‘Love American Style – Love and the Former Marriage’ (1969)

Ford starred in, what was essentially a ‘rite of passage’ for many young actors & actresses in Hollywood: a part on ‘Love American Style’. The description for this episode was, “A man’s ex-wife still calls him in every emergency, and so does her new husband.” Unfortunately was not able to see this gem online. That may be on purpose.

#4 ‘The Conversation’ (1974)


‘The Conversation’ pairs Ford with Gene Hackman in a post-Watergate era spy-mystery film. The tagline was, ‘Harry Caul is an invader of privacy. The best in the business. He can record any conversation between two people anywhere. So far, three people are dead because of him.’
Also has early roles for Cindy Williams and Terri Garr.

#3 ‘The Possessed’ (1977)TV movie

HarrisonFord _ThePossessed

‘The Possessed’ aired on network television on May 1, 1977. And is essentially a ‘low-rent’ “Exorcist” knock-off. But by all accounts, it’s fun. More importantly, it features Ford in the role of teacher, which he would reprise in ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’.
Watch a clip here!

#2 ‘Gunsmoke- The Sodbusters’ (1972)


‘The Sodbusters’ would foreshadow a huge role for Ford. That of gunslinger. George Lucas would think of Han Solo as sort of a cowboy-gunslinger type and this role on Gunsmoke (and another on ‘The Virginian’) may have helped Ford’s chances in winning the iconic role.
As far as ‘Gunsmoke’ episodes goes, it’s excellent!
Watch a clip here.

#1 ‘American Grafitti’ (1973)


‘American Grafitti’ was important for bringing George Lucas and Harrison Ford together. Ford plays the part of ‘Tex’, another ‘cowboy’ with a hot-rod. Actually his character’s name was ‘Bob Falfa’. Ford would even reprise the role in the sequel, ‘More American Grafitti’ in 1979.

Ed & Vivian Hahn.1979.

Be sure to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens at the Palace Theatre premiering Friday February 19th.
Show starts at 7pm. Admission just $5.