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Indiana Jones

Indiana Jones is a fictional character, a bullwhip-toting archaeologist with an overdeveloped fear of snakes, played by Harrison Ford in a series of films by George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. Jones is modelled after the strong-jawed heroes of the pulp magazines and matinee serials that Lucas and Spielberg enjoyed as kids.

Born Henry Jones Jr. to Scottish-born medievalist Henry Jones Sr. and his wife Anna on July 1, 1899, in Princeton, New Jersey, he accompanied his father on his travels throughout Europe, where he learnt to speak, read, and write 27 languages, including French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Swedish, Greek, Arabic, Turkish, Vietnamese, Swahili and Chinese, apart from English. Henry Jr. adopted the name of his beloved dog Indiana for himself, insisting he be referred to as Indiana Jones.

His father wanted Indian to go to Princeton. To escape this, he ran away from home by train. He ended up in Mexico and was kidnapped by Mexican Revolutionaries. He joined this army of revolutionaries, playing a part in the Mexican Revolution in 1910, under Pancho Villa. It is here that he also met his friend Remy, a Belgian.

With Remy, he left Mexico and eventually makes his way to Africa, at the beginning of the First World War.

He and Remy intend to join the Belgian army and Jones was commissioned a lieutenant in the Belgian Army. Jones' inability to read maps well meant he missed his unit, and instead foight along side a team of old men, under the British army. Among missions depicted in the television series, the team destroys a giant cannon mounted on a train, kidnapped the (real-life)German military genius Paul Erich von Lettow-Vorbeck n a balloon, but were forced to release him.

Eventually Jones joined the Belgian army in Europe with Remy, in 1916 and participated in the Western front of World War I. He was taken prisoner by the Germans, escaped, encountered Mata Hari, worked as an intelligence officer, took ill, and was treated by Albert Schweitzer, vied with Ernest Hemingway for the affections of a young nurse, and as a translator working on the Treaty of Versailles saw the war come to its conclusion but lay down the groundwork for a second conflict.

Sometime after the war, Jones returned to the United States, where he studied archaeology at the University of Chicago under Professor Abner Ravenwood. At the same time, he became romantically involved with the Professor's daughter Marion. Jones abruptly left the Ravenwoods in 1926 and did not contact them for 10 years. He divided his time between teaching and archaeological expeditions, including a journey to China and India where he faced the gangster Lao Che and the followers of the cult of Kali (Temple of Doom). He was eventually contacted by the United States government to retrieve the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis (Raiders of the Lost Ark). He continued to take on infrequent missions for the government over the ensuing years. In 1938, Indy rescued his father from the Nazis and became embroiled in the search for the Holy Grail (Last Crusade).

When last seen in 1993, Jones was living in New York City with his daughter and her family. Sporting an eyepatch and cane, he was stopping anyone within earshot to regale them with tales of his exploits. He seems remarkable spry for a man in his 90s, whether that is because of his drinking from the Grail is unknown.

The film series includes:


A television series, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, aired from 1992 to 1993, with the 17-year-old Indy played by Sean Patrick Flanery, 93-year-old Indy by George Hall, and 10-year-old Indy by Corey Carrier. This inspired a number of made-for-TV and made-for-video movies featuring Flanery as young Indy.

There is also a series of original paperback novels about the adventures of Indiana Jones other than those in the films, and another series of novels about Young Indiana Jones for younger readers. In addition, there was a comic book published by Marvel Comics in the early 1980s featuring the talents of John Byrne among others.

Various video and computer games have also been produced. The games include:

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