Aug. 25th, 1930
Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Guest TV Roles
Himself - Actor
Sir Thomas Sean Connery Kt. (born August 25, 1930) is a Scottish actor and producer who has won an Academy Award, two BAFTA Awards (one of them being a BAFTA Academy Fellowship Award) and three Golden Globes (including the Cecil B. DeMille Award and a Henrietta Award). He was knighted by Elizabeth II in July 2000, and received the Kennedy Center Honors in the US.
Connery, named Thomas after his grandfather, was born in Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, Scotland. His mother, Euphemia McBain "Effie" (née McLean), was a cleaning woman, and his father, Joseph Connery, was a factory worker and lorry driver. His paternal grandfather's parents emigrated to Scotland from Ireland in the mid-19th century.
Connery is best known for portraying the character James Bond, starring in seven Bond films between 1962 and 1983 (six Eon Productions films and the non-Eon Thunderball remake, Never Say Never Again). In 1988, Connery won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in The Untouchables. His film career also includes such films as Marnie, The Name of the Rose, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Hunt for Red October, Highlander, Murder on the Orient Express, Dragonheart, and The Rock.
Connery has been polled as "The Greatest Living Scot" and "Scotland's Greatest Living National Treasure". In 1989, he was proclaimed "Sexiest Man Alive" by People magazine and in 1999, at age 69, he was voted "Sexiest Man of the Century".
During the production of South Pacific in the mid-1950s, Connery dated a "dark-haired beauty with a ballerina's figure", Carol Sopel, but was warned off by her Jewish family.
He then dated a blonde named Julie Hamilton; given his rugged appearance and rough charm she initially thought he was a most appalling person and was not attracted to him until she saw him in a kilt, declaring him to be the most beautiful thing she'd ever seen in her life.
He also shared a mutual attraction with black jazz singer Maxine Daniels, whom he met at the Empire Theatre. He made a pass at her, but she informed him that she was already happily married with a baby daughter. Connery was married to actress 'Diane Cilento' from 1962 to 1973. They had a son, actor 'Jason Connery'. Connery has been married to Moroccan-French painter Micheline Roquebrune (born 1929) since 1975.
- Donated his salary from _Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)_ (qv) to charity.
- (October 1997) Ranked #14 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list.
- Turned down the role of Simon Gruber in _Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995)_ (qv) due to the diabolical nature of the character. Director 'John McTiernan (I)' (qv), who directed Connery in _The Hunt for Red October (1990)_ (qv), said he was the very first choice for that role.
- He has his own film production company (Fountainbridge Films). Fountainbridge is an area of Edinburgh where he was born.
- Turned down the role of Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings series (_The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)_ (qv), _The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)_ (qv), and _The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)_ (qv)) because he didn't want to film down in New Zealand for 18 months, and could not understand the novels.
- Voted Best British Actor of all time in a poll for Sky TV [Feb 2005].
- He and his son, actor 'Jason Connery (I)' (qv), have both played Robin Hood. Sean played an aging Robin Hood opposite 'Audrey Hepburn' (qv) in _Robin and Marian (1976)_ (qv). Jason played Robin Hood, AKA: Robert of Huntingten, in the television series _"Robin of Sherwood" (1984)_ (qv). Jason also played 'Ian Fleming (I)' (qv) in the television movie _The Secret Life of Ian Fleming (1990) (TV)_ (qv). Fleming was the author of the James Bond novels that made Sean famous in 1962.
- (1995) Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#7).