Any opportunity I have to dig out gifs of Harrison Ford in his thirties is an opportunity I can't reject. While the actor's long, action-packed career would be nothing without his breakout role as Han Solo in Star Wars, it was his turn as Professor Indiana Jones that solidified the actor as an iconic, high-octane hero.
Like Ford, his co-stars have moved forward in life, so let's take a look at what they're up to now!
Harrison Ford - Dr. Henry "Indiana" Jones Jr.
With a career in films ranging from action-adventure hero to concerned father, Harrison Ford has become a household name. Indiana Jones quickly became a beloved character amongst many, with Ford's charisma and quick thinking generating some of the most memorable scenes from the franchise. In the first of what's quickly becoming a welcome pattern, Ford reprised his role as the charming archaeologist in 2009's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
The 72 year old actor most recently wrapped filming for the seventh installment of the Star Wars saga, [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](movie:711158), where he'll be reprising the role of Han Solo for the first time in decades. Another classic sci-fi character of his is poised to return soon, as well: [Blade Runner 2](movie:293049) is currently in pre-production, and Ford is confirmed for the role of Rick Deckard once more.
Sean Connery - Dr. Henry Jones Sr.
It's really no secret that Sean Connery stopped aging at 60. The ornery, hilarious, not-very-present senior Dr. Jones may not have been the greatest Dad, but Connery brought such heart to the character that his realization of parental negligence towards Indiana Jones was sincere and endearing. Sean Connery, much like Ford, is known for his action roles - but the definitive Scottish charm the actor brings to his often upper-class roles is what makes the former James Bond so likable.
Now 84, Connery may not be working on any major projects, but after a lifetime of incredible movies such as The Man Who Would Be King, six James Bond films, and most recently The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, I'd say that Sir Connery has definitely earned some peace and quiet.
Alison Doody - Elsa
Long before the snow queen took over the big screen, the name Elsa related to one of the biggest character betrayals in action film history. Okay, maybe not the biggest - heck, I saw it coming, but I didn't like Elsa from the start (Marion 4lyfe!) so maybe I had my biased goggles on. Elsa seduced Indy, gained his trust, and flip-turned it upside down in one of her final moments, where she's revealed to be a Nazi presuing the Holy Grail. Well, that's one way to break up with someone.
These days, Alison Doody looks as stunning as she ever did. The 48 year old has two projects in post-production, and may be returning to the big screen in 2015.
River Phoenix - Young Indiana Jones
Outside of Mr. Ford, the teenaged River Phoenix was an instant crush for me when I saw him as Henry Jr. - I wanted to climb through caves and go on the same bold adventures as he did. Phoenix even looked like a younger Ford, and made the role believable, which was a task for a young actor in the rather hefty opening of Last Crusade.
Tragically, Phoenix collapsed and died due to a drug overdose outside of Hollywood's Viper Room on Halloween in 1993. In his 23 years, Phoenix worked on over 20 films and television shows.
Denholm Elliott - Marcus Brody
As Indiana's life-long mentor and surrogate father, Marcus Brody provided a voice of reason for the sometimes brash archaeologist in both Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Last Crusade. Brody was so close to Indy that the professor lobbied hard for an on-campus statue in his mentor's honor after Brody's death, which can be seen in Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
Brody's untimely death, was written in to the fourth film's script as a reaction to Denholm Elliott's tragic passing in 1992. The actor led a very interesting life: after being kicked out of a prestigious dramatic arts academy as a child, Elliott continued to study until enrolling into the military during World War II. Elliott won three BAFTA awards, and was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance in A Room With A View.
John Rhys-Davies - Sallah
Indy's faithful friend Sallah may not have been the most brave when it came to his crop of friends, but he certainly was the most compassionate. Sallah provided for Indy during his travels and assisted in several missions, including being a core part of the 'team' alongside the Joneses and Marcus Brody in The Last Crusade.
Davies, of course, is now known worldwide as Gimli the Dwarf from the Lord of the Rings series, and the narrator of ABC's [Once Upon a Time](series:720994). We're poised to see much more of him this year, given that he has roughly ten projects coming up that are in various stages of production. Yo go, Sallah!
Julian Glover - Walter Donovan
Before taking he traitor Walter Donovan in The Last Crusade, Julian Glover was best known for his roles as the Imperial General Veers in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and James Bond's foe in For Your Eyes Only. Long before that in the 60's, Donovan appeared in two episodes of Doctor Who. Glover's wife, Ilsa, played the role of Donovan's wife in the film, an in-joke for the cast and crew.
After a lifetime of playing villainous roles, the 79-year-old Donovan now dons more modest garb (if you can call it that) for his role as Grand Maester Pycelle in [Game of Thrones](movie:817617). He's still kind of a baddie, but Pycelle isn't the brightest candle in King's Landing, and works with the Lannister family to maintain the position of his head at the top of his neck.
The remaining members of the cast are living some very interesting and exciting lives, so it's nice to be able to catch up and see what they're doing now. Rarely do you see older actors like Ford and Glover still hard at work, but that kind of tenacity is to be expected from a cast like this.