I’ve blogged on Indiana Jones before and I’ll blog on him again. What can I say? The character was and still is my hero, so I have lots to say about him. Sometimes it’s toy related, another time it was how many times did Harrison Ford play Indy (5 times if you don’t remember the blog) and this time the blog is about the number of actors who have played Indiana Jones. If you’re thinking it was just Ford and River Phoenix at the beginning of “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade“you’re mistaken. Read on and see just how many there were.
We start off with actor Corey Carrier who plays Henry “Indiana” Jones Jr. in 7 episodes of “The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles.” (Which aired from 1992-1993 and had several made for TV movies in the years 1994, 1995, 1996). The TV series starts off in the year 1908 with Young Indy traveling the world with his mother and father after his father was offered to travel and give lectures. It is revealed Henry Jones Jr. was born in the year 1899 thus making him 9 years old when Carrier played him.
The next actor to portray Indiana Jones would be River Phoenix in “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” (1989). Phoenix gets this honor because in the beginning of this film we see the origin of how Indy comes upon a whip, the scar on his chin, and of course the fedora. Taking place in the year 1912 this places Indy at the age of 13 (though River Phoenix looks much older than that).
We can now cut to “The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles” again where this time actor Sean Patrick Flanery plays Indy. Flanery plays Indy in the years 1916-1920 when Indy is about 16 or 17 until he is 21 years old. Flanery would play Indy for 22 episodes of the series, then in 3 made for TV movies.
We move from the “Young Indy” years to the older Indiana Jones played by Harrison Ford with the film “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” (1984). Though “Raiders of the Lost Ark” was filmed first, “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” is a prequel set in the year 1935. Going by the date given of Indy’s birth, he is 36 at this point.
Next is Harrison Ford again in “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981) which is set in the year 1936. Indy is now 37.
“Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” (1989) puts Indy in the year 1938 making him 39.
Harrison Ford would next appear as Indy in an episode of “The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles: Young Indiana Jones and the Mystery of the Blues”. (1993) The year when Ford appears as Indy is 1950. Though all records would say he is 50 in this episode, based on the year of birth Indy would be 51. Ford plays Indy just in the beginning and ending of the episode as he tells a friend about his college days.
Ford reprises his old Indy once more in “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” (2008) which is set 7 years after the Young Indy episode he appeared in. The film takes place in 1957 putting Indy at the age of 57-58.
Finally, going back to “The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles”, each episode (except the one that Ford was in) is opened and closed with a much older Indy telling someone about his adventures. His looked is actually based off of director John ford with Indy wearing an eye patch (no doubt lost in one of his adventures) underneath his glasses. Played by actor George Hall Indy is supposed to be 93 years old which would set him telling these stories in 1992. Hall would appear in 22 episodes total.
5 actors in all played the famous Indiana Jones. As for the ages, one thing to keep in mind is when they first made “Raiders of the Lost Ark” they didn’t plan on having a “Young Indy” series, so keeping the age straight wasn’t a priority. Lucas got the idea to explore more of Indy’s youth from the River Phoenix scenes in “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” and had by then a more detailed outline of how old Indy was when things were happening. My calculations of his age is just based on the date given from the TV series, give or take a year.
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