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Harrison Ford’s mother is Russian Jewish and his father is Irish Catholic. Ford was born on July 13, 1942, to Dorothy (née Dora Nidelman), a homemaker and former radio actress, and Christopher Ford (born John William Ford), an advertising executive and also a former actor. Harrison’s maternal grandparents, Anna Lifschutz and Harry Nidelman, were Jewish immigrants from Minsk, Belarus, which at the time was part of the Russian Empire. So, was Ford raised Jewish or Irish Catholic? When asked, Ford jokingly replies, “Democrat.” Regarding his mixed ancestry, Ford has been quoted as saying he’s “Irish as a person, but I feel Jewish as an actor.” Although we’re pretty certain that Indiana Jones and Han Solo were not Jewish characters, Ford played a bank robber who escorts a Polish rabbi (Gene Wilder) from Philadelphia to San Francisco in the 1979 film, The Frisco Kid.