- NAME: Sean Connery
- OCCUPATION: Actor, Producer
- BIRTH DATE: August 25, 1930 (Age: 83)
- Did You Know?: A sailor in his younger years, Sean Connery has two tattoos on his arm; They read: "MUM AND DAD" and "SCOTLAND FOREVER."
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Fountainbridge, Scotland, United Kingdom
- Originally: Thomas Sean Connery
- Full Name: Sir Sean Connery
- AKA: Sean Connery
- ZODIAC SIGN: Virgo
Best Known For
Academy Award-winning Scottish actor Sean Connery is best known for playing "007" in the first James Bond spy movies and Indiana Jones's father in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
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After producer Albert Broccoli bought the rights to Ian Flemings’ novel" Dr. No," budgets led them to search for an unknown to play the part of James Bond.
Sean Connery has become one of the most recognized and sought after actors in Hollywood and around the world.
In 1987, Sean Connery received an Academy Award for his portrayal of a hard-nosed cop in Brian De Palma’s film, "The Untouchables." His performance would gain him not one, but two standing ovations at the Oscars.
Determined to distance himself from the Bond franchise, Sean Connery began to explore new content, including the historical epic "The Man Who Would Be King."
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He donated a large portion of his earnings to the Scottish International Education Trust to help students from poor backgrounds like his own. But his critics wondered if he was motivated by generosity or politics: Connery fervently supports Scotland's independence from the United Kingdom, and has also given a great deal of his own money to the secessionist Scottish National Party. Since 1974, he has lived in Marbella on "tax exile" from England,
refusing to be "squeezed till I'm dry in the 98 percent bracket."
After Bond, Sean Connery continued to work regularly—The Man Who Would Be King (1975), Robin and Marian (1976), The Great Train Robbery (1979), Time Bandits (1981) and The Name of the Rose (1986)—and finally won an Academy Award (best supporting actor), for his role as a Chicago cop on the trail of Al Capone in 1987's The Untouchables.
Connery's career continued forward, with no signs of slowing down. He played the father of the title character in Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) and, in 1990, Connery played a defecting Russian submarine captain Marko Ramius in The Hunt for Red October. Other films include Medicine Man (1992); The Rock (1996), his prison action-adventure with Nicolas Cage; The Avengers (1998) with Ralph Fiennes and Uma Thurman; Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991); First Knight (1995); and Dragonheart (1996). Connery then played a cat burglar in the love story/thriller Entrapment (1999) with Catherine Zeta-Jones. In 2000, he had a starring role in the film Finding Forrester. In 2003, he starred in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.
Connery has been called "the rogue with the brogue," and in 1989, at almost 60 years of age, he was named People magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive." But while his professional work is applauded, his personal choices have often come under fire. "I'm not shy about voicing what I believe to be true," he said in 1998, after being denied a British knighthood due to his active support for the Scottish National Party. (He would be knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2000.) In 1999, Connery received a Kennedy Center Honor for Lifetime Achievement.
After decades in the spotlight, Connery remains a street-smart, self-made man who never apologizes, and time doesn't seem to have mellowed him. With his charm, sex appeal and trademark braggadocio, Connery credits none other than himself for his success and longevity. But he acknowledges a debt to his fans as well. "Everything I've done has had to be accomplished in my own cycle, my own time, on my own behalf, and with my own sweat," he has said. "But if people hadn't liked what I was doing, I'd probably be delivering milk today—and I never forget that.
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