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Harrison Ford: King of Summer

The actor’s summer movies have made billions at the box office. We count down his biggest hits

Harrison Ford as Col. Lucas in Apocalypse Now. — United Artists/Everett Collection

Apocalypse Now

Released: 1979

U.S. box office gross: 83.5 million

Ford’s role in Francis Ford Coppola’s Vietnam War epic is small but important: As Army intelligence officer Colonel Lucas, he’s the one who orders Captain Willard (Martin Sheen) on the harrowing journey up the river to track down the maniacal Colonel Kurtz (Marlon Brando). Taking such a minor role in the wake of his Star Wars success might seem an odd choice, but it was probably another sign of an actor willing to stretch his range. The setting and story couldn’t have been further removed from all those Jedi Knights and Wookiees.

Next: Testing his romantic comedy chops. >>

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