Age doesn't doom 'Gramps' Ford in new 'Indy' film

"Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," which opens Thursday, refuses to dodge the age of its hero. Indy even has to put up with a stream of comments from his new young protégé, Mutt, who calls him "Gramps."

"What are you, like, 80?" Mutt asks. Actually, Harrison Ford, who plays Indy, is 65, gray-haired but buff, and he can still handle himself in a fistfight on the back of a runaway truck. Eventually even Mutt (Shia LaBeouf) has to praise him: "For an old man, you ain't bad in a fight."

Still, 65 is up there for an action hero. In the interest of historical perspective (and with a respectful tip of the fedora for his awesomeness in "Skull"), here's a partial list of Things That Are Not as Old as Harrison Ford.

Interstates: The Federal Highway Act, which started the interstate system, was passed in 1956.

Flying saucers: The first widespread reporting of flying saucers began in the late 1940s.

Major league sports in Atlanta: Started in 1966 when the Braves moved here.

Bikinis: First appeared in 1946.

The atomic bomb: Dropped in 1945. A nuclear explosion plays a role in "Skull."

Civil rights: Brown v. Board of Education was in 1954; Rosa Parks and the Montgomery bus boycott in 1955.

ZIP codes: Rolled out in the early to mid-1960s.

Calista Flockhart: The two have been a couple since 2002. He is 22 years her senior.

Indiana Jones: Although the character has no official date of birth, based on clues in previous movies he is about 60 in the new film, give or take a year. Thus he's four or so years younger than the actor who plays him.

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