Harrison Ford Says Liam Has Been An “Unexpected Joy”

Harrison Ford is one of America’s greatest movie stars, having starred in classic films such as Star Wars and the Indiana Jones movies. His latest film, Extraordinary Measures, hits theaters on January 22. The beloved action hero sat down with Parade and discussed his favorite role of all: Fatherhood.

“My children have taught me a lot about parenting,” he says. “My first child was born when I was 25. Babies raising babies is not a pretty sight. I am much better at it now.”

At 67, he has found himself in the unexpected role of being the father figure to a young boy while also being the grandfather of two. Harrison has two sons, Ben, 42, and Willard, 40, by his first wife, Mary Marquardt, and has two children, Malcolm, 22, and Georgia, 18, by his second wife, screenwriter Melissa Mathison. His youngest is 9-year-old Liam, whom he “inherited” when he fell in love with the boy’s mother, actress Calista Flockhart, 45.

When talking about Liam, Ford’s eyes light up. “On the weekends, I do whatever Calista and Liam want to do,” he says. “We’ll take a couple of hours on Sunday morning to go motorcycle riding or go for a hike. I just made a birdhouse with my son.”

Is having a 9-year-old boy at this time in his life an unexpected joy?

Yeah,” Ford nods. “I wasn’t expecting it at all. The unexpected part was certainly true and the joy part is also true. I think Liam was about 6 or 8 months old when I met him and Calista. We have been together ever since.”

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  1. It really is wonderful to read that Harrison treats Liam as his son. He certainly loves this boy a lot. And Liam sure loves Harrison a lot. Maybe he calls him dad. I don´t know. It´s also wonderful that at the age of 67 harrison has found the joys of fatherhood again. He seems to have gotten younger even since Calista and Liam got into his life. This family is so adorable. One of rare Hollywood families that are so down-to-earth.

  2. “Babies raising babies” at 25!!??? My boyfriend is 23 and doing a wonderful job with our baby. At 15 I would get it, but at 25 you’re a man! It’s a lame excuse for being irresponsible.

  3. Well, we don’t know if Harrison ever was an irresponsible father since we were not there of course when he had his first child. He might have felt that he was irresponsible but in reality I am sure he was a responsible parent. It seems that he did a fine enough job of raising his older sons.As some people get older and think back at the children they had at a young age, I bet you some probably wished they had waited or felt that they were not ready. Of course, there are plenty of people at 23 and 25 who are mature enough to raise a baby. Then there are people at that age who are not fit to raise children so who knows. I think he was just barely starting out in his career as an actor then. I guess it can be tough raising a child as an actor. He mentioned once that he felt he was not there enough for his older children. Now he has taken on the father role of a son he adores,albeit as an older father and he has been in a committed relationship with a woman he adores and who loves him back. I agree it seems that he has been much happier since Calista and Liam came into his life.

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