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Harrison Ford in Coronation StreetStar Wars and Indiana Jones film star, Harrison Ford, who was born Richard Gibbons, got the inspiration for his screen name from a car dealership in Barnsley, South Yorkshire. The idea came to him during a visit to his Auntie Marjorie’s, who lived in the town, in 1967. His first choice, which was later scrapped by Hollywood Executives, had been Slaithwaite Skoda, under which name he appears in a number of episodes of Coronation Street, playing American Hippy art student Jimbo Atkins in the July of that year. Jimbo lodged for a time with Street goodtime girl Elsie Tanner until he was ‘busted’ by the police for growing cannabis in the loft and abstracting Minnie Caldwell’s electricity following an anonymous tip off.


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