HERS THE NEW BREED OF ACTION STAR: LITTLE EGO, MEDIUM FAME, BIG BUCKS

I His movies have grossed
I more than those of any oth- er performer in history, close to a billion dollars.
I But no one refers to Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and his current Raid- ers of the Lost Ark as "Har- rison Ford films," and his name on a marquee is no guarantee of success: Force 10 from Na varone
 
and Hanover Street, which tried to cash in on his name, didn't. His portrayals of Han Solo and Indiana Jones re- call the laconic, can-do spirit of Hollywood heroes past, yet Ford cannot be nailed as a new Bogie or Duke, nor even the next Newman or Eastwood.
   He is, rather, the epitome of a distinct new breed of film star, creatures of the new generation of Holly- wood producer-directors and their canny fascination with action-adventure mov- ies. The craft of directors like George Lucas and Ste- ven Spielberg is highly technical; the real stars of their films are special ef- fects and other directorial
1 pyrotechnics. As charac- ters have been upstaged, actors have become in- creasingly interchange- able. Perhaps Richard Dreyfuss could never have played Superman, but sure- ly Christopher Reeve
 could have been Indiana Jones, or Ford the ichthyol- ogist in Jaws. Actress Sean Young, Ford's leading lady 1_in the upcoming sci-fi flick Blade Runner, suggests the plight of the action-adven- ture star in speaking of Ford: "He's one of the sexi- est mef@i've ever met, and ne brings more to a role than is really there."

  Ford is indeed a versa- tile, commendably self-ef- facing actor who is capable of doing much more than he has been called upon to do. Still, the new regime suits him just fine. "All I ever wanted from this business," he says, "is to make a living as an actor." When he
came to Hollywood 16
years ago, he started as a contract player for Colum- bia and went through the
old studio grind: a series of walk-ons and beefcake promotions on the beach at Malibu as he was groomed in the time-honored way. A salary of $150 a week was not enough to feed a grow- ing family, however, so he became a self-taught carpenter.
  It was a cameo in Lucas' American Graffiti that led to Ford's starring role in Star Wars. That movie alone has made him rich (he gets a piece of the profits). After
its release he divorced his wife, Mary, and now lives with screenwriter Melissa Mathison in Beverly Hills. Still a skilled carpenter, he enjoys working around the house more t-han making small talk at cocktail par- ties. "He's a very unactory actor," says friend Margot Kidder. "He's got to find the Hollywood scene boring."
   How much does he com- mand for movies? Ford
says simply: "I ask and they pay." In early January he
will begin work on the third Star Wars, Revenge of the Jedi. He is planning to do two Indiana Jones sequels. He wishes nothing more for his career. "I don't want to be a movie star," he says. "I want to be in movies that are stars." 0

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