Now the Oscar-nominated actor is taking a seat at the anchor desk.
Ford, 70, was captured by cameras Monday on the Atlanta set of "Anchorman 2," the highly-anticipated sequel to the 2004 hit "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy."
Ford is said to be playing the role of a "legendary newscaster," in the mold of longtime NBC newsman Tom Brokaw, opposite the Ron Burgundy character made famous by Will Ferrell, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The actor sported freshly dyed, darker hair and a business suit when he was seen leaving his trailer with Ferrell, who also co-wrote the sequel along with the director of the first film, Adam McKay.
McKay confirmed on his Facebook page last month that Kristen Wigg, of "Saturday Night Live" and "Bridesmaids" fame, would also be joining the sequel.
McKay did not report news of Ford's addition but his newest cast member brings anchor acting chops to the table. Ford starred in the big screen comedy "Morning Glory" in 2010 as another legendary TV anchor, Mike Pomeroy, brought in to save a national network's morning show.
"Anchorman" followed the adventures of a mustached Ferrell as Burgundy, the top-rated anchorman in San Diego in the 1970s, and his buddies. The plot thickened as a female anchor, played by Christina Applegate, entered the newsroom and shook up the then male-dominated world of broadcast news.
Ferrell told ABCNews.com in November that "Anchorman 2? would include adding celebrity stories into the mix of the Action News team reporting of "hard news."
"We are going to focus on and comment on the transition from what was kind of traditional news to where entertainment forces started melding in, and Ron's going to be one of the catalysts of that," he said.
Applegate, also spotted on the Atlanta set this weekend, is joining Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and David Koechner in reporting back for duty on the sequel, according to the Reporter.
The film is expected to be released by Paramount in December 2013.