Harrison Ford: Imperfect Hero

This bio of the world’s No. 1 box office star boasts more than 100 interviews — with friends, relatives (distant), and colleagues (none of whom became as famous as Ford) — but it barely makes a scratch on Ford’s facade. Jenkins, a Welsh freelancer, dutifully details the actor’s theatrical upbringing in the Chicago suburbs, his longhaired college days, his demoralizing years as a contract player (first at Columbia, then at Universal), and his success as Han Solo. Harrison Ford: Imperfect Hero does illustrate the extreme vagaries of the acting life: Even after his role in the 1973 hit American Graffiti, for example, Ford still had to do carpentry to support himself. But if you’re hoping for fresh insight into his background and career or revelations about his old flames (Carrie Fisher, Lesley-Anne Down), you won’t find them here. C-

Harrison Ford: Imperfect Hero
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