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Before he was a mega movie star, Harrison Ford worked as a camera assistant for The Doors



By ANDREW TAVANI

It is potentially the littlest of little known showbiz facts: long before Harrison Ford was Han Solo or Indiana Jones, the actor toured with The Doors in 1968 as a camera assistant. He was 25 at the time.

Ford was hired by the band's photographer, Paul Ferrara, to assist shooting footage for what would become the documentary 'Feast of Friends.' According to The Doors Guide, Ferrera revealed in his autobiography, Flash of Eden, that the budding actor was working odd jobs to make ends meet when Ferrara offered him an opportunity to work on the Doors project.

A clip uploaded to YouTube by user HarrisnFordStar confirms the claim. In it, Doors drummer John Densmore recounts that Ford was among the staff working on the film. Densmore's remarks are followed by amusing clips of Ford at work -- loading a camera at the Northern California Folk Rock Festival in Bakersfield, Calif., snapping a film slate and accidentally walking into a shot after the director yelled 'Action!'

'You're in the shot, Harry,' the director can be heard telling Ford. Watch the full clip below.



Ford also confirmed his brief stint with The Doors. Back in 1989, while on a press junket for 'Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,' Ford recounted the experience to MTV's 'Big Picture Show.'

'When it was over, I was one step away from joining a Jesuit monastery,' Ford chuckled to MTV. 'I thought it was cool. I thought it was hip. But I couldn't keep up with those guys.' Ford goes on to joke that he doesn't think any of the footage he shot was in focus. 'Not a bit of it,' he laughed. Watch a clip of the interview uploaded by YouTube user pukenshette below.



Ford, of course, rocketed to worldwide fame on the strength of his performance as Han Solo in 1977's 'Star Wars: A New Hope' and went on to play numerous memorable roles such as Indiana Jones, a cop in 'Witness,' which earned him an Oscar nod, and he famously depicted the U.S. president in 'Air Force One' in which he memorably ordered a hijacker to 'Get off my plane!'

Interestingly, Ford has never won an Oscar, and his lone nomination was for his gripping performance in 'Witness.'

In June, Ford suffered a broken leg while filming the latest installment of the 'Star Wars' saga in which he's reprising his iconic role.

Doors lead singer Jim Morrison would die while living in Paris just three years after Ford completed his stint with The Doors. Since Morrison's untimely death at age 27, the band has endured as one of America's all-time greatest and most influential rock groups and became the subject of a 1991 Oliver Stone film starring Val Kilmer as the Lizard King. Keyboardist Ray Manzarek died at 74 last year.

See the complete 'Feast of Friends' film here.

Previously on AOL.com:
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peter August 23 2014 at 10:19 AM

Mr Ford turned to carpentry to support his Hollywood life, while he struggled to make an acting career happen. There are a number of kitchens & bathrooms in the Hollywood Hills that owe their ca. 1970 upgrade to Mr. Ford. Their current owners probably have no idea.

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onionson peter August 23 2014 at 4:24 PM

Yes, and I worked on his carpentry shop! The difference is I still struggle. He really is a nice guy.

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skyofblue17 peter August 23 2014 at 8:59 PM

Did he really build the birdhouse in Witness?

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Mike August 23 2014 at 4:41 PM

Too bad. The monastery would have been a boon for his sex life.

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malloyphil Mike August 23 2014 at 6:09 PM

Why was your mom there, turd boy?

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R August 25 2014 at 1:17 PM

What's so baffling about this? Absolutely nothing!

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alfredschrader August 25 2014 at 2:34 PM

Harrison Ford is one of those guys who would succeed at anything he put his hand to.
Acting is unbelievably hard work.
Ford makes it look like a cake walk.

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dickn2000b August 25 2014 at 3:13 PM

"Baffling Harrison Ford fact" WTF is baffling? Apparently it doesn't take much to baffle the AOL/Fluffpost Flakes and their owner, Arianna Fluffington.

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beverlylandis3 August 23 2014 at 4:32 PM

What a schnozz! He had to save up for the rhinoplasty!

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Debra August 23 2014 at 7:13 PM

Mike, Phil & Beverly...all three of you sound like losers. Go figure. Bet you voted for obama bin laden! typical posts from ignorant haters & takers...

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burns.p Debra August 23 2014 at 9:50 PM

Wtf kind of comment is this for an article about Harrison Ford working w/ the doors?
Haters and takers? What?

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skyofblue17 August 23 2014 at 8:58 PM

Harrison Ford almost joined a WHAT?? A Jesuit Monestary...well thank God he didn't for our sake. Ha. Cool footage.

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rmorion1 August 25 2014 at 2:55 PM

Hmmmm the article says it was the No CA festival in Bakersfield? Don't think so, it was in San Jose (Northern CA) and Bakersfield in in So CA....

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