Our favorite scruffy-looking nerf-herder
For males growing up in the 80s, Harrison Ford should have been a role model. Dependable yet mischievous. Handsome, but only in a rugged, non-metrosexual way. Lovable, but with an appropriate amount of surliness and self-deprecation.
And yet Ford, who turns 66 years old today, always seems to take a backseat to actors like John Cusack or Michael J. Fox. But I think I've figured it out.
We're so in love with his non-80s work (Star Wars, Apocalypse Now, The Fugitive, Patriot Games), that we've forgotten some of his zen-like performances of our favorite decade. Pretty unfair, I'd say, since Ford's slate of 80s flicks rivals any of his peers.
Ford cranked out 10 movies in the 80s, and there's hardly a weakling among them. (Sorry, Dr. Jones, but I still have no love for "Temple of Doom.")
RANKING HARRISON FORD'S MOVIES OF THE 80s:
10. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984): "Prepare to meet Kali ... in hell!"
9. Frantic (1988): "No corpse stinks that much after only 12 hours. Take my word for it. Yes, I am a doctor."
8. Return of the Jedi (1983): "Fly casual."
7. The Mosquito Coast (1986): "It's an absolute sin to accept the decadence of obsolescence."
6. Working Girl (1988): "The earth moved. The angels wept. The Polaroids are, are, uh ... are in my other coat."
5. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989): "Nazis. I hate these guys."
4. Blade Runner (1982): "I have had people walk out on me before, but not when I was being so charming."
3. The Empire Strikes Back (1980): "Who's scruffy-looking?"
2. Witness (1985): "If we'd made love last night I'd have to stay. Or you'd have to leave."
1. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981): "You want to talk to God? Let's go see him together, I've got nothing better to do."