The star of three "Indiana Jones" and "Star Wars" movies will pick up the award in January at the 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills -- joining a list of honorees that includes Al Pacino (2001), Barbra Streisand (2000), Jack Nicholson (1999), Shirley MacLaine (1998), Dustin Hoffman (1997), Sean Connery (1996) and Sophia Loren (1995).
The HFPA said it is honoring Ford for his "outstanding contribution to the entertainment field."
The 59-year-old actor has been nominated for four Golden Globe awards for best actor -- for "Witness" (1985), "The Mosquito Coast" (1986), "The Fugitive" (1993) and "Sabrina" (1995). He was nominated for a best actor Oscar for "Witness."
In 1994, the National Association of Theater Owners named Ford Star of the Century. Among his feature films, 10 have grossed more than $100 million at the U.S. box-office.
His three "Star Wars" movies -- "Star Wars" (1977), "The Empire Strikes Back" (1980) and "Return of the Jedi" (1983) -- have grossed more than $1 billion combined at the U.S. box office. The Indiana Jones trilogy -- "Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981), "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" (1984) and "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" (1989), -- grossed more than $619 million put together in the United States.
Six of his movies are among the 50 all-time U.S. box-office hits.
Ford's list of blockbuster hits includes "The Fugitive," "Air Force One," and "Patriot Games."
In 1998, People magazine named Ford "The Sexiest Man Alive." In the same year -- and again in 2000 -- he won the People's Choice Award as Favorite Motion Picture Actor. In 1999, he won the People's Choice Award as Favorite All Time Movie Star.
The Chicago native made his Hollywood feature debut in 1966 in "Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round." His next role of any consequence came four years later in "Getting Straight."
In 1973, he was part of the legendary ensemble in George Lucas' "American Graffiti," which was nominated that year for a best picture Oscar. In 1974, Ford played in another Oscar-nominated film, Francis Ford Coppola's "The Conversation."
Ford became an international film star in 1977 when Lucas cast him as the cocky rebel starship pilot Han Solo in "Star Wars." After a succession of modest box-office suffices that included "Force 10 From Navarone" (1978), "Hanover Street" (1978) and "The Frisco Kid" (1979), his career went into hyper-drive in 1981, when he first appeared as Indiana Jones.
As the star of "Blade Runner" (1982) and "Witness," Ford honed a strong, silent screen persona. He played against type in the 1988 comedy, "Working Girl."
He starred with Michelle Pfeiffer in one of last year's biggest box-office hits, "What Lies Beneath."
Ford lives part-time in Jackson, Wyo., where he is active with several local conservation groups, and has donated 389 acres of his property for a conservation easement to the Jackson Hole Land Trust.
An avid aviator, Ford flies a helicopter and offers his services for rescue missions.
He made news this summer when he found and rescued a Boy Scout who had gotten lost while hiking in Yellowstone National Park -- one year after plucking a stranded hiker off Table Mountain in Teton County, Wyo. and flying her to a hospital in Idaho.
Nominations for the 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards will be announced on Dec. 20. The awards will be presented on Jan. 20, 2002 in ceremonies to be telecast live on NBC-TV from the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel.