I just got an ad/email from ThinkGeek which says,

Today marks the birth of two of our favorite actors: one a scruffy-lookin' archaeologist with a 4-year life span and the other a cowboy crooner. That's right. Happy birthday to both Harrison Ford and Sir Patrick Stewart.

On the Harrison Ford side, I get that scruffy-lookin' refers to Leia's famous "scruffy-looking nerf-herder" line from ESB, and archeologist refers to Indiana Jones, but 4-year life span has me stumped.

On the Patrick Stewart side, I have absolutely no idea what cowboy crooner has to do with anything I've seen Captain Picard/Professor X do.

(With my luck, the missing references will turn out to have nothing to do with science fiction or fantasy, and this'll get moved to Movies & TV, where I don't have an account... well, here goes nothing, anyway.)

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    The four year lifespan refers to Harrison Ford's role as Rick Deckard in Blade Runner and the, spoilers, debate over whether or not he is a Replicant.
    – Phyneas
    Jul 13 '16 at 17:49
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    The cowboy crooner refers to a video Patrick Stewart made.
    – Phyneas
    Jul 13 '16 at 17:53
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    @Praxis Since even having seen Star Wars evidently isn't ... ;-)
    – Rand al'Thor
    Jul 13 '16 at 18:04
  • Picard is, of course, something of an archeology enthusiast himself. I don’t recall him ever looking scruffy though. Jul 13 '16 at 18:29
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    I always thought the line was "scruffy-looking nerve-hurter."
    – JPmiaou
    Jul 13 '16 at 20:03

Cowboy Crooner

Patrick Stewart recently released a (spoof) album of Cowboy and Western songs.

From the goodnewsnetwork website:

Billed in the video as “England’s premier cowboy singer,” Stewart cracks a whip and dances in boots and chaps as he croons while selling his collection of five tunes, like the theme from “Rawhide,” “Buttons and Bows,” and “South of the Border.”

Stewart put together the parody video and recorded a real five-song CD as part of a charity fundraiser for the International Rescue Committee which helps refugees and families struggling through crises.

4-year lifespan

As you can see from the answer that @Praxis' has posted below, it has recently(ish) been confirmed that Deckard, the main character in Blade Runner was indeed a replicant, and hence only has a lifespan of four years.

I knew it on the roof that night. We were brothers, Roy Batty and I! Combat models of the highest order. We had fought in wars not yet dreamed of... in vast nightmares still unnamed. We were the new people... Roy and me and Rachael! We were made for this world. It was ours!

Blade Runner's Original Ending: Yes, Deckard's A Replicant

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    We posted within 30 seconds of each other, you with Stewart and me with Ford. I thought about editing my answer to include Stewart but decided not to in deference to your answer which already covers it. I figured that the nice thing to do was not to try to supplant your answer. Now you've gone ahead and added in the 4-year lifespan into yours. Great. :-P
    – Praxis
    Jul 13 '16 at 18:06
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    can't... stop... laughing... Oh, gods, that video! It's somehow made even funnier by the fact that it turns out Captain Picard has a lovely singing voice. Has he been taking lessons from his new wife?
    – Martha
    Jul 13 '16 at 18:19
  • Note that you're quoting a draft of the script from before the second writer even got involved. Movie plot points can always change drastically between draft-scripts and what ends up on screen. In the case of Blade Runner, even "what ends up on screen" isn't so simple; there are deleted scenes and (as noted by the other answer) "word of God" that confirm Deckard is a replicant, but the various full cuts of the film leave varying degrees of ambiguity about the issue, and I think that's intentional. Jul 13 '16 at 20:49
  • So the reference is certainly the correct one, but I think "recently(ish) been confirmed)" is a little strong. Jul 13 '16 at 20:49
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    @Valorum : I believe your behaviour on this particular post has been deplorable and, if memory serves, this exact behaviour on your part is the reason we lost a well-respected, high-rep user last year. If you had pinged me below my answer before you updated yours (with the same source material, no less) I would have said, "Sure, go for it". If you had acted unilaterally, but had put something such as, "As already pointed out by Praxis' in his answer..." I would have also been perfectly fine. If you had taken my concern in my original comment above seriously, I may also have been fine.
    – Praxis
    Jul 14 '16 at 20:35

Replicants in Blade Runner have a 4-year life span:

The "4-year lifespan" with regards to Harrison Ford refers to a long-running rumour / belief that Ford's character Deckard, a specialist in replicant termination, might actually be a replicant himself.

For more info, read here:

In December 2014, Director Ridley Scott finally weighed in on the issue:

“He is definitely a replicant,” Scott says.


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    In my opinion it doesn't matter what Ridley Scott says. If it's not confirmed within the movie itself then it is still open to interpretation. Early drafts of the script are irrelevant, other than for general interest about how the story evolved - the "final" story is what's in the movie. Blade Runner doesn't need after-the-fact Lucas-style rewrites...
    – nnnnnn
    Jul 14 '16 at 22:35

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