Harrison Ford through the years
July 13th, 2012
01:32 PM ET

Happy birthday Mr. Ford, from Comic-Con

Happy birthday, Han Solo!

Harrison Ford turns 70 today, a fact being celebrated by San Diego Comic-Con attendees, both the fans and the famous.

“[His impact] is huge. He single-handedly brought back the fedora, the Stetson and the leather jacket, the whip. He brought back the adventure with Spielberg and Lucas, brought back adventure in all genres, sci-fi, fantasy and the rest," said Christopher Shaw, a cosplayer who was all gussied up as Indiana Jones in the convention hall.

“Happy birthday, Harrison! Keep the adventures coming. Hopefully there will be an ‘Indy 5’ coming soon, and if you retire before then, I’m your man,” Shaw said.

The septuagenarian’s influence on popular culture was apparent throughout the Comic-Con venue. Shaw is only one of many fans who chose to attend the convention dressed as one of Ford’s famous characters.

"I enjoy all of your movies, you're definitely my all-time favorite actor, and that's why I'm dressed like you today," said a fan who identified himself as Alex, from Long Beach, California. "I think he's one of the most fantastic action heroes of all time. I think he's been a role model to several young men who want to grow up to be Harrison Ford's characters."

Ford is a role model to many of the actors visiting Comic-Con, promoting their latest projects, as well.

"If he is seventy today, then I can still honestly say I want to be like him when I grow up. Happy birthday Harrison Ford!" said prolific monster actor, Doug Jones.

"He's a legend! I hold him in the highest regards. Happy birthday mate!," said actor John Noble, known to Comic-Con fans as Walter Bishop from the TV show "Fringe" as well as Denethor from the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.

But the example Ford set in 1977, as the character Han Solo in "Star Wars Episode 4: A New Hope," that truly inspires Comic-Con fans.

"Keep being awesome. And shoot first!" Kristen Jones, from Fullerton, California said.

"Thank you for all you did for geek girls and geek guys," said Ashley Eckstein, actress from "Star Wars: Clone Wars." "Your performance of Han Solo inspired my performance as Ahsoka."

Holly Golightly, a comic book writer and artist, was married wearing a slave Leia costume in her "Star Wars"-themed wedding. Her message to Ford: "I wish him every happiness. I wish that he will stay Harrison Ford because he makes my life better because he's alive."

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    September 13, 2012 at 7:24 am |
  2. samacwns

    Harrison Ford is an amazing actor! How many people can say that they're the icon of two different franchises (at least!)?

    July 16, 2012 at 1:15 am |
  3. gstlab3

    MY AWEFULL TYPING AND SPELLING PROVES IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 15, 2012 at 8:18 pm |
  4. gstlab3

    I AM OFFICAIALLY DUMBER FOR HAVING CLICKED ON THIS PAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 15, 2012 at 8:18 pm |
  5. Dino

    He should wear that earring in his next Indiana Jones and see how the reviews go.

    July 15, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
  6. unowhoitsme

    Happy Birthday Mr. Ford,
    Thanks for all the wonderful memories. You'll always be a part of my life, even though we've never met. Thanks!

    July 15, 2012 at 6:01 am |
  7. w5cdt

    Happy birthday fellow pilot!

    July 14, 2012 at 7:07 pm |
  8. helloeyes

    He is HOT HOT HOT

    July 14, 2012 at 6:16 pm |
  9. USA

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY : )

    July 14, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
  10. xfiler93

    He needs to remove that idiotic ear ring. jeez

    July 14, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
    • John

      And you probably should worry about your own personal wardrobe choices. Amusing how so many nobodies love to complain about the somebodies - no matter how small and trivial the issue.

      July 14, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
    • pat carr

      Why is his earring any of YOUR business exactly? Get a life.

      July 15, 2012 at 12:56 am |
  11. Ann-Belinda Honablezh

    Happy Birthday!!!
    You are two years and two days older than me, I hope you have many more years, and make more movies; as I have in my library a lot of the....Air Force One is amongst my favorite.
    Again, Happy, happy birthday.

    July 14, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  12. Lizzie

    I presume he celebrated in Jackson Hole because he flew there a couple days ago.

    July 14, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  13. kevin Conway

    His second wife wrote "E.T." Now he's married to E.T.

    July 14, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
  14. AJT

    Happy B-Day, Indiana

    July 14, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
  15. Sam

    I am probably the world's biggest fan of Harrison Ford! Happy Birthday, dear Harrison...

    July 14, 2012 at 11:45 am |
  16. lindaluttrell

    Loved ALL your movies! Happy birthday...and you STILL look hot!

    July 14, 2012 at 10:32 am |
  17. Han Solo

    Harrison Ford wanted me to die!

    yo ut ub e.co m/w atc h?v= mpa R3K Dt_no

    July 14, 2012 at 8:33 am |
  18. clarke

    Happy Birthday to you. I have enjoyed all your movies and you seem to be a real upstanding human being. Thanks!

    July 14, 2012 at 7:09 am |
  19. Jt_flyer

    Ford – the former Millenium Falcon Driver – is an avid pilot and has served as the chair of our EAA Young Eagles group for 2 years.

    The man is a very special person.

    July 14, 2012 at 6:24 am |
  20. Terry Brookman

    Happy Birthday!

    July 13, 2012 at 10:03 pm |
  21. jack wilkerson

    AND HE MARRIED CALISTA FLOCKHART!It is beyond me why she married him LOL She said she loved me but choose him!! Good choice and happines forever to you both...JW

    July 13, 2012 at 6:44 pm |
  22. eg

    Blade RunneR

    July 13, 2012 at 6:26 pm |
  23. Roberto

    His next film is going to be "Indianna Jones and the Nursing Home of Doom!"

    July 13, 2012 at 6:07 pm |
    • Sue

      llol

      July 13, 2012 at 6:38 pm |
    • John

      Although I'm sure Comedy Central will be calling you any second now, it might be wise to keep your shifts at Wendy's, Then again, if I was eight, I'd be laughing.

      July 14, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
    • Dude in Colorado

      "I told you.... DON'T call me Gramps!"

      Jus' play'n... Happy Birthday Mr. Ford, all the best and thank you for so many fine performances!

      July 14, 2012 at 6:26 pm |
    • Rllg

      If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all!

      July 15, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
  24. Joew770

    We often remember him by his roles of Han Solo and Indiana Jones which were great, but don't forget his other roles that were also the best: CIA agent (Patrot Games movies), US President (Air Force One), Police in Blade Runner (if I recall), also as a police who has to fight against an IRA terrorist (precisely with Brad Pitt), a Detective in Witness with an Amish Family, looking for his wife in Frentic, the millionaire Larrabee in Sabrina, and the last one in Cowboys & Aliens, to make mention some of his many movies. I am not really a fan of him but I used to watch his movies too often mostly because my family liked to rent his films every weekend. Now that I remember his career and think about it, from all the actors in the original Star Wars movies Ford is the only one who was the most successful, I applaud him.

    July 13, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
    • adrian

      do not forget Hanovra Street, a very good movie, old , but good

      July 13, 2012 at 9:15 pm |
  25. Ron Frey

    No time for love doca Jones......

    July 13, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  26. RobbD

    He look great......... 70 is the new 60

    July 13, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
    • Les

      I have heard 70 is actually the new 50.

      July 13, 2012 at 11:10 pm |
      • John

        Why can't 70 be the old 70?

        July 14, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
  27. MotoJB

    70?!?!? Dang...the years have flown by. No more Indiana Jones I guess. He's be having to take breaks while fighting Nazi's or something, in order to eat a prune and take a nap.

    July 13, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  28. LostinSLC

    Amazing and wonderful career and no scandals gasp!! See Hollywood types can just be people and not be nuts...uh hem Tom Cruise?

    July 13, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  29. TheOriginalME

    He still hot, I would marry him in a heart bit, don't care I'm half his age

    July 13, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
    • Rachel

      Oh, really? Is that when your heart is "bitten"?

      July 15, 2012 at 12:12 pm |
  30. GaPeach

    I kliovedhim until he marrid Allie McBeakl! I know he could have done better.

    July 13, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
    • shannon

      If you are going to cut someone down then at least spell the characters name correctly. It is Ally McBeal.....And he could have done much worse.....like her, like him, but you are way to old to wear that ear ring...you have been for sometime.....it does not make you look cool!

      July 14, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  31. GaPeach

    Happy B-Day Harrison! But please no more Indiana Jones movies. We don't want you to destroy the good image of you we have as Indiana!

    July 13, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  32. WLH

    Today is my birthday also. Seriously. Mr. Ford and I are exactly 20 years apart (1942 vs. 1962). Where's MY CNN article?

    July 13, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
    • MotoJB

      Uhhh, you just posted it. Happy BDay, BTW.

      July 13, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
    • Cardais

      Hey, it's my birthday too! But I'm 3 years older than you . . . and 17 younger than Harrison. Happy Birthday!

      July 14, 2012 at 12:03 am |
    • Leah Washington

      Happy Birthday, WLH! We were born the same year. Also, Happy Birthday to a man who has made some entertaining films and I hope to make more in the years to come!

      July 14, 2012 at 9:05 am |
    • John

      So simple even a simpleton like you should understand: in the eyes of the world at large, you are no one. Posting here is the closest you'll ever get to any attention outside you little circle of family and friends. A harsh truth that all of us here, wasting our time reading about an actor's birthday, need to embrace. If any of us were remotely on our way to becoming "someone" we certainly would not be wasting our time here.

      July 14, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
      • S

        John, why so hostile? WLH is just exercising his sense of humor, as are a lot of people in these posts. Lighten up. Same goes for the rest of you who like to attack other posters.

        July 16, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
  33. pazke

    Who the heck put this slideshow together?

    July 13, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
  34. Dirk the Daring

    The picture of him with Bill Clinton is from a White House Gala in 1998 NOT 2005. Also, they cropped out the part of the photo where you can see him shaking hands with Bill.

    July 13, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
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      August 5, 2012 at 2:45 am |
  35. Rex Riley

    Always loved Harrison but dude, the earring has to go. Looks terrible on you in so many ways (and my wife agrees).

    July 13, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
  36. So what do I do for a living anyway?

    I like photo 16 "harrison Ford 16...in the film 200 horror film"

    July 13, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
  37. Ocean Park

    Often see him and Claista at the Coffee Bean on Ocean Park in Santa Monica driving his little black Prius

    July 13, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
  38. Molly

    I've always wanted to do nasty things with him. Kinda still do.

    July 13, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
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      August 2, 2012 at 9:48 pm |
  39. Monopoly Man

    What?! No picture from "American Graffiti" included in the photo array?!

    July 13, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
    • cathy

      Equally shocked. They missed a few, but American Graffiti really should have been mentioned. Guess you can't fit them all in, but the selection committee on this one was lame. It would have been much nicer to see a "through the years" sort of slide show. I'll have to check out another news site.

      July 14, 2012 at 11:35 pm |
  40. disagreement

    What is the law on seniors driving a Milennium Falcon?

    July 13, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
    • Quid Malmborg in Plano TX

      The rule is for him to remember not to leave his turn signal on when flying through hyperspace... ;-D

      July 13, 2012 at 4:01 pm |