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Happy birthday Harrison Ford

This image released by Lucasfilm shows character Chewbacca and Harrison Ford in a scene from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
This image released by Lucasfilm shows character Chewbacca and Harrison Ford in a scene from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” AP

Harrison Ford - the actor who made Han Solo one of the coolest rogues to roam a galaxy far, far away - turns 73 today. That means he was already 35 years old when he starred in “Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope.”

Ford appeared at this year’s Comic-Con just days before his birthday. Along with his appearance, fans got to see new behind the scenes footage of the upcoming “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

Entertainment Weekly ranks Han Solo as No. 7 on the all-time coolest heroes in pop culture list. He’s just behind John McClane (Bruce Willis) and just ahead of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Don’t feel bad for Ford as his Indiana Jones role came in second behind James Bond.

Ford’s portrayal of Han Solo became the biggest role of his career at that time but he had been working for years. He appeared on a host of TV shows including “Ironside,” “Mod Squad,” “Love, American Style” and “The Intruders.”

He hooked up with director George Lucas for the 1973 film, “American Graffiti.” Four years later, Solo’s character was shooting Greedo in a bar fight and the rest became nerd history.

Over the years, it appeared that Ford was trying to distance himself from the character but that didn’t stop the actor from reprising the role for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

Happy birthday Mr. Ford.

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