The original release of Blade Runner yielded mixed reviews—some said its techy special effects were overwrought, and some thought it was paced like molasses. But Rick Deckard’s (Ford) gravely voice and cynical detachment are trénoir, as is the dank, foggy urban sprawl (read: future LA). Best of all, while Blade Runner fields some questions typical in the sci-fi genre (Can robots love, etc.), it answers them with a gesture characteristic of Ford himself: a shrug.
Suddenly, Harrison Ford is in his ninth decade (he turned 80 in July) and everyone feels a whole lot older. Then again, part of his on-screen appeal came via his natural gift for seeming that bit slyer, cooler and more savvy than everyone else in the room, archeological dig site, Death Star or presidential airliner – so perhaps he’s always been eighty-something on the inside. Since breaking through with bit parts in American Graffiti and The Conversation (even his minor roles are in masterpieces), he’s rarely put a foot wrong in the roles he’s taken and films he’s picked. Who else can lay claim to playing three of the most iconic characters in cinema history? Here’s his finest, most evergreen performances to revisit.