Jack Ryan franchise
Released: Patriot Games (1992); Clear and Present Danger (1994)
U.S. box office gross (cumulative): $205.5 million
Though Ford is probably the actor most closely associated with Jack Ryan, he’s only one of three actors to play author Tom Clancy’s durable Cold War hero. Alec Baldwin originated the role in 1989’s The Hunt for Red October , but when Baldwin opted out of a sequel, Ford stepped in for 1992’s Patriot Games. Two years later, he reprised Ryan in Clear and Present Danger, which still ranks as the most successful of the now-dormant Ryan franchise, bringing in a hefty $122.2 million in the U.S. The third actor to slip into the CIA agent’s suit? Ben Affleck, in 2002’s The Sum of all Fears.
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