Harrison Ford to Receive CinemaCon’s 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award

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Wed, 03/27/2013 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Legendary actor Harrison Ford will receive the CinemaCon Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s CinemaCon the convention’s managing director Mitch Neuhauser has announced. “With a career spanning five decades Harrison Ford has brought some of the most memorable characters of our time alive on the big screen ” noted Neuhauser. “From Han Solo to Indiana Jones he has showcased his innate ability to embrace and mold these remarkable roles into characters that will forever be remembered by movie lovers around the world for decades to come. We could not be more honored to present this years CinemaCon Lifetime Achievement Award to such a remarkable actor Harrison Ford.” In April Ford will be seen in Legendary Entertainment’s 42 as Branch Rickey the Major League Baseball executive who helped shatter baseball's color barrier by making Jackie Robinson the first African-American player in the MLB. And in the fall of 2013 Ford will star in the Robert Luketic thriller Paranoia. He can be seen later this year in Ender’s Game which is set for release by Summit Entertainment a Lionsgate company on November 1. The epic adventure film based on the best-selling award-winning novel stars Ford as Colonel Hyrum Graff who along with the International Military is training the best young minds for an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth and save the human race. Ender’s Game also stars Ben Kingsley Asa Butterfield Hailee Steinfeld and Viola Davis with Abigail Breslin. Ford’s Hollywood career was launched following his portrayal of hot rod demon Bob Falfa in George Lucas’ 1973 Oscar-nominated hit American Graffiti.  Four years later he reunited with Lucas when he landed the now-legendary role of Han Solo in Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. In 1981 Ford brought Indiana Jones to life on the big screen for Steven Spielberg in the Best Picture-nominated Raiders of the Lost Ark reprising the heroic character in three sequels: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. He earned an Academy Award nomination in 1986 for his compelling role as detective John Book in Witness. In 2000 the American Film Institute honored him with their Lifetime Achievement Award. And in addition to receiving four nominations from the Hollywood Foreign Press for his roles in Sabrina The Fugitive The Mosquito Coast and Witness Ford was revered by the organization with the 2002 Cecil B. DeMille Award at the annual Golden Globes ceremony. His many other credits include Francis Coppola’s Oscar-nominated epic Apocalypse Now The Conversation Lucas’ Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi Ridley Scott’s iconic sci-fi classic Blade Runner Mike Nichols’ Oscar-nominated romantic comedy Working Girl and his 1991 drama Regarding Henry Patriot Games Clear and Present Danger Presumed Innocent Air Force One What Lies Beneath K-19: The Widowmaker Extraordinary Measures Morning Glory and Cowboys & Aliens. Several of these movies represent some of the highest-grossing films in their respective release years. CinemaCon will be held from April 15-18 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.