Harrison Ford has recalled his hair-raising Indiana Jones scenes with his “father” Sir Sean Connery in a touching tribute to his “dear friend”.

The two actors teamed up for Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade, the third film in the series, which saw Sir Sean taking on the role of Indy’s dad, Professor Henry Jones, in 1989.

Ford, 78, paid tribute in a statement following the Scottish actor’s death at the weekend, aged 90.

Harrison Ford and Sean Connery attend the after party for the 34th AFI Life Achievement Award tribute to Sir Sean Connery held at the Kodak Theatre on June 8, 2006 in Hollywood, California
Ford and Sir Sean pictured at the Scottish actor’s life achievement award tribute in Hollywood in 2006

“He was my father… not in life… but in Indy 3,” he said.

“You don’t know pleasure until someone pays you to take Sean Connery for a ride in the sidecar of a Russian motorcycle bouncing along a bumpy, twisty mountain trail and getting to watch him squirm.

“God, we had fun – if he’s in heaven, I hope they have golf courses.

“Rest in peace, dear friend.”

Sir Sean was a keen golfer – and famously played the game as James Bond in Goldfinger.

After his death, Donald Trump claimed the star “stepped in” to help him get planning permission in order to build his course in Turnberry, Scotland.

Ford’s tribute to Sir Sean follows those of many other Hollywood stars, including Bonds past and present Daniel Craig, George Lazenby and Pierce Brosnan, as well as Robert De Niro, Kevin Costner and Sir Michael Caine.

Sir Sean’s wife, Micheline, who he married in 1975, told the Mail On Sunday the actor had been suffering from dementia, which had “taken its toll”.

He was the first actor to play 007 on the big screen in Dr No in 1962.

This was followed by From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, Diamonds Are Forever and Never Say Never Again.

Over the course of his career, he won an Oscar, two BAFTA awards and three Golden Globes.

The actor is survived by Micheline and his son Jason from his first marriage.


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