Wikipedia has the answers - carpentry work led to first roles, was hired by Lucas to read lines for Star Wars, was cast.
I agree the post is misleading he was acting in a film by George lucas in 1973 3 years before starwars came out
It does not say that Star Wars was his first film, it's about how he got the role of Hans Solo in Star Wars.
Was in American Graffiti years before Star Wars.
Though it is true that Harrison worked as a West Hollywood carpenter in between minor television roles in the late 60's and 70's, I'm sure it helped his Han Solo chances that he appeared in American Graffiti, (1973) directed by George Lucas.
Utterly untrue. He acted in TV series before he was in Star Wars.
Harrison Ford was acting in movies WAY before he did Star Wars,
This is absolute bullsh*t
It was Apocalypse Now, not Star Wars.
Yeah, but I liked that story. ;)
Hahah, I doubt it :)
He was in a lot of stuff, but American Graffiti put him sort of on the 'radar,' even though it was a small role. Harrison Ford did audition, but at first George Lucas was afraid that the movie American Graffiti had made him a little too popular already. The rest of the story, you all know.
This is just not true. When casting for star wars george lucas didn't want any experienced actors (aside from obi-wan) so he was not going to let ford audition. Instead harrison ford was working as a consultant with the project and after months of failed auditions lucas decided to let ford try. He was definitely at the right place at the right time, but he was not a handy man. The man was a paid and experienced actor before star wars.
nope, apocalypse now was 1979. he had been in film and tv for 11 years though, so clearly had done screen work but maybe had fallen on hard times?
But wasn't his small role in Apocalypse Now before Star Wars?
Had to pay the bills some how before he hit it big in Star Wars I guess.