Han Solo is a fictional character in the Star Wars franchise created by George Lucas. The character first appeared in the 1977 film Star Wars portrayed by Harrison Ford, who reprised his role in The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983). Ford returned to the role for The Force Awakens (2015), as well as a brief cameo in The Rise of Skywalker (2019).
The character is the captain of the Millennium Falcon who, along with Wookiee co-pilot Chewbacca, becomes affiliated with the Rebel Alliance in their war against the Galactic Empire when he transports Jedi Ben Kenobi and his pupil Luke Skywalker to Alderaan. He also meets Leia Organa, whom he eventually marries and with whom he has a son, Ben Solo, who later becomes the villain Kylo Ren. Thirty years later, he is murdered by his own son while helping the young scavenger Rey destroy Starkiller Base, the First Order’s battle station.
The American Film Institute has named Solo as the 14th best film hero. In 1997, Lucas described Han as “a cynical loner who realizes the importance of being part of a group and helping for the common good”.
Ever since his debut, Han Solo has remained one of the most famous characters from the Star Wars series. In addition to the character being hailed as one of cinema’s greatest heroes, Harrison Ford’s performances in the franchise have received significant acclaim from critics and fans.