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The fedora used in the Indiana Jones films.

The Indiana Jones franchise, based on the adventures of the fictional archeologist, is a media franchise that began in 1981 with the film Raiders of the Lost Ark. A prequel, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, followed in 1984 and the sequel Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, five years later in 1989. In 1992, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles began airing on television. A fourth film, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, was released on May 22, 2008. The series was created by George Lucas; the films were directed by Steven Spielberg and star Harrison Ford.

In addition, Marvel Comics began publishing The Further Adventures of Indiana Jones in 1983, and Dark Horse Comics earned the comic book rights to the character in 1991. Novelizations of the films have been published, in addition to a series of German novels by Wolfgang Hohlbein, and twelve novels set before the films published by Bantam Books. Numerous video games about Indiana Jones have been released since 1982, with another set to be released.

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Indiana Jones is a fictional adventurer, soldier, professor of archaeology, and the main protagonist of the Indiana Jones franchise. George Lucas created the character in homage to the action heroes of 1930s film serials. The character first appeared in the 1981 film Raiders of the Lost Ark, to be followed by Temple of Doom in 1984, The Last Crusade in 1989, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles from 1992 to 1996, and Kingdom of the Crystal Skull in 2008. As well as film and television appearances, the character has been featured in novels, comics, video games, and other media. Jones is also featured in the theme park attraction Indiana Jones Adventure, which exists in similar forms at Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea.

Jones is most famously played by Harrison Ford; he has also been portrayed by River Phoenix (as the young Jones in The Last Crusade), and in the television series The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles by Corey Carrier, Sean Patrick Flanery, and George Hall. Doug Lee has supplied Jones's voice to two LucasArts video games, Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis and Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine, while David Esch supplied his voice to Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb.

Tom Selleck was originally cast in the role in Raiders of the Lost Ark; however, due to Selleck's commitment to Magnum PI, he was replaced by Ford. The character's iconic outfit was designed by Jim Steranko. Jones is notable for his bullwhip, fedora, leather jacket, and fear of snakes.

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Harrison Ford (born July 13, 1942) is an award-winning American actor. Ford is best known for his performances as the title character in the Indiana Jones film series and as Han Solo in the original Star Wars trilogy. He is also known for his role as the haunted android tracker Rick Deckard in Ridley Scott's sci-fi cult film Blade Runner and as CIA operative Jack Ryan in the films Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger. His four-decade career also includes roles in other Hollywood blockbusters such as The Fugitive, Air Force One, Witness, Presumed Innocent and What Lies Beneath. At one point, Ford had roles in the top five box-office hits of all time[citation needed], though his role in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (as Elliot's school principal) was deleted from the final cut of the film. Five of his films have been inducted into the National Film Registry.

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  • May 22, 2008 - Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull released worldwide as a financial success, grossing over $785 million worldwide, becoming the second highest grossing film of 2008. The film received generally positive reviews, as well as mixed reactions from fans.
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Did you know?

...that Harrison Ford had a J. added onto his name in his first films of the 1960s?
...that Indiana Jones's full name is Dr. Henry Walton "Indiana" Jones, Jr.? The character's full name is stated in the Corey Carrier narration of the feature-length episode My First Adventure from the The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles.
...that Shia LaBeouf is rumoured to take over from Harrison Ford?
...that the Indiana Jones franchise owes much of its inspiration to James Bond?
...that the idea for the Indiana Jones franchise came about in 1973, when George Lucas hired Jim Steranko to make some drawings?
...that Steven Spielberg originally dismissed the idea of crystal skulls for the fourth film?
...that Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull's original plot featured more prominent aliens?



Indiana Jones
  • I hate snakes, Jacques! I HATE 'EM!
  • [handing a torch to Marion] Here. Wave it at anything that slithers.
Rene Belloq
  • [to Indy] You and I are very much alike. Archeology is our religion, yet we have both fallen from the pure faith. Our methods have not differed as much as you pretend. I am a shadowy reflection of you. And it would take only a nudge to make you like me, to push you out of the line.
Henry Jones
  • [after making a German plane crash by frightening seagulls into the sky] I suddenly remembered my Charlemagne: "Let my armies be the rocks and the trees — and the birds in the sky."


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