Harrison Ford: Nice Jewish boy?!

“As a man I've always felt Irish, as an actor I've always felt Jewish,” Ford famously said in an interview on Inside the Actors Studio in 2000. 
BEVERLY HILLS , CA - AUGUST 17: Harrison Ford is an American actor and film producer. He gained worldwide fame for his starring roles as Han Solo in the Star Wars film series and as the title character of the Indiana Jones film series. Photographed at home August 17 1984 , he was a keen woodworker and made tables and chairs for his home when he was married to his second wife, screenwriter Melissa Mathison, whom he married in March 1983 and lived in Mandeville Canyon, Beverly Hills, California( Photo by Paul Harris/Getty Images )

Harrison Ford is best known for his most iconic roles as Indiana Jones and Hans Solo in the original Star Wars. Although Ford fights Nazis as Indiana Jones, one lesser known fact about the actor is his Jewish heritage. 

Here’s everything we know about Harrison Ford’s Jewish identity: 

The basics

American actors Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford on the set of Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope written, directed and produced by Georges Lucas. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)

Harrison Ford was born in Chicago, Illinois on July 13, 1942 to Dorothy Nidelman and John William “Christopher” Ford. Both his parents were actors – his mother was a radio actress and his father later become a successful advertising executive. 

Apparently, Legend has it that it was his father’s idea for the front of washing machines to have a window in them, so you could see what was happening inside. 

His mother is Jewish

UNITED STATES – MAY 30: Harrison Ford with his mother unveiling his Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, CA 05/30/03 (Photo by Vinnie Zuffante/Getty Images)

Harrison’s mother, Dorothy or “Dora,” was an Ashkenazi Jew, born in Brooklyn. Her parents, Anna Lifschutz and Harry Nidelman, were immigrants from Minsk, Belarus. 

“My mother was Russian Jew,” Ford told GQ Magazine.

American actor Harrison Ford, as Hans Solo, on the set of Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope written, directed and produced by Georges Lucas. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)

Was he raised Jewish?

When asked about which religion he was raised, Ford joked in an interview: “Democrat” 

So, does he identify as Jewish?

“As a man I’ve always felt Irish, as an actor I’ve always felt Jewish,” Ford famously said in an interview on Inside the Actors Studio in 2000. 

What exactly does that mean? We’ll let you be the judge.

Harrison Ford in a scene from the film ‘Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom’, 1984. (Photo by Paramount/Getty Images)

His most Jewish role

In 1979, Ford played Tommy Lillard in Frisco Kid — the most Jewish movie ever — about the adventures of Polish Rabbi Avram Belinsky (Gene Wilder) as he navigates the Wild West in pursuit of delivering a Torah to a new San Francisco synagogue.

“There were previous films, great ones in fact, about Jewishness and antisemitism, but this is the first film that is “Jewish,” rather than “Jewishy,” one description for a New York Jewish film festival noted. “It includes a rabbi, a Torah, Jewish values and beliefs and uses Yiddish words.” 

Here’s Harrison Ford wearing a Kippah:

Yes, Frisco Kid is so Jewish that Harrison Ford even wears a kippah by the end of the film.

Gene Wilder and Harrison Ford in “Frisco Kid”