Harrison J. Ford
Once deemed the highest-grossing actor of all time, Harrison Ford languished in thankless walk-on roles when he began his career in the early 1960s. Instead of accepting any role that came along, Ford was picky about his choices right from the start, despite a severe lack of Hollywood clout. While he made ends meet as a carpenter, Ford patiently pursued his career, even turning down several roles over the objections of his manager. But his persistence paid off with a memorable supporting role in "American Graffiti" (1973), George Lucas' 1960s coming-of-age tale. His struggle continued throughout the mid-1970s until Lucas reluctantly cast him as the cocky space pirate Han Solo in "Star Wars" (1977). From that moment on, Ford struggled no more, taking on some of the biggest movies of the 1980s, including genre classics "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981) and "Blade Runner" (1982), as well as the criminal drama "Witness" (1985). By the time he starred in the thriller "The Fugitive" (1993), Ford was widely recognized as one of the biggest stars in the world and a throwback to Golden Age swashbucklers like Clark Gable and Errol Flynn. Despite a few box office disappointments like "The Devil's Own" (1997), "Hollywood Homicide" (2003) and "Cowboys and Aliens" (2011) on his résumé, Ford continued to remain a top box office draw while remaining relevant with a new generation of fans. His return to his first career-defining role as Han Solo in "Stars Wars: The Force Awakens" (2015) only solidified his standing as one of the most beloved screen stars of his generation, while his supporting appearance in the grittier science-fiction world of "Blade Runner 2049" (2017) was greeted with lavish praise from critics and audiences alike.