Harrison Ford Wins Maverick Award at Cinequest

Han Solo at Cinequest

Acting legend Harrison Ford graced San Jose this weekend as he accepted a Maverick award at the 23rd annual Cinequest Film Festival.

Ford, best known for his roles as Han Solo and Indiana Jones, received the "Maverick Spirit Award" on Sunday, along with author Salman Rushdie.

The 70-year-old Ford is now starring in an upcoming role in "42," which tells the story of baseball legend Jackie Robinson, the first black player in Major League Baseball.

Ford has been asked to join Cinequest for years, and acknowledged he was very "honored" to receive the prize, which credits leaders who "stand out from the crowd" and who "dare to create and innovate with a personal yet global vision.'' Organizers credit Ford for playing a wide diversity of characters and playing them brilliantly.

Ford joins this list of other actors who have also received a Maverick award: J.J. Abrams, Kevin Spacey, William H. Macy, Gus Van Sant, Spike Lee, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jackie Chan, Sir Ian McKellen, Edward James Olmos, Robert Wise, Alec Baldwin, and Sir Ben Kingsley.


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