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Famous People With the Same Names

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Harrison Ford (1884-1957) and Harrison Ford (1942- )

Today’s Harrison Ford, no relation to the earlier movie star, got his first small roles in 1966 and ’67, but became a star after he appeared in the first several Star Wars films and created the role of archeologist-adventurer Indiana Jones in a series of hit movies beginning with 1981’s “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” Appearances in other notable films, including “Blade Runner,” “Witness,” and “The Fugitive” helped cement his reputation as a superstar.

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John Ford (1586-c.1639) and John Ford (1894-1973)

An approximate contemporary of Shakespeare’s, English playwright John Ford is best known for his tragedy “‘Tis Pity She’s a W****,” which is still regularly performed and has been adapted several times for films.

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John Ford (1586-c.1639) and John Ford (1894-1973)

The Elizabethan playwright’s unrelated latter-day namesake is considered one of the great American film directors of any era. The winner of six Academy Awards, he specialized in westerns, often starring John Wayne. His best-known films include such classics as “Stagecoach,” “She Wore a Yellow Ribbon,” “The Searchers,” and “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,” as well as such non-westerns as “The Grapes of Wrath” and “Mr. Roberts.”

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Anne Hathaway (1556-1623) and Anne Hathaway (1982- )

The first notable Anne Hathaway was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, and is remembered as the wife of that town’s most famous sometime resident, William Shakespeare. Together, they had two daughters and a son. Her family home, a farmhouse in the village of Shottery, just outside Stratford, is one of the most often visited tourist sites in England.

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Anne Hathaway (1556-1623) and Anne Hathaway (1982- )

The Brooklyn-born actress Anne Hathaway, who came to prominence through her roles in “The Princess Diaries” and “The Devil Wears Prada,” went on to star in such films as “The Dark Knight Rises,” “Les Miserables,” and “Ocean’s 8,” among many others. She will appear in a new “Sesame Street” movie in 2021. Hathaway’s parents named her after her illustrious predecessor.