Aug. 25th, 1930
Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
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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.
- 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.
- Said in an interview that during the filming of _Never Say Never Again (1983)_ (qv), he was taking martial arts lessons and in the process angered the instructor who in turn broke his wrist. Connery stayed with the wrist broken for a number of years thinking it was only a minor pain... the instructor was 'Steven Seagal' (qv).
- Announced his retirement in an interview in New York City during the Tartan Week 2006 celebrations. "I have retired for good," he said.
- Was paid a huge sum to return as James Bond for _Diamonds Are Forever (1971)_ (qv), setting a record. It was donated to his Scottish charity.
- Was offered the role of Robert Elliott by 'Brian De Palma' (qv) in _Dressed to Kill (1980)_ (qv) and was enthusiastic about it, but declined on account of previously acquired commitments.
- Was once stopped for speeding by an officer named Sergeant James Bond.
- Hinted in an interview that he may return to live in Scotland for the first time in more than fifty years. He reaffirmed his belief that the country can achieve full independence within his lifetime. (February 2008).
- Was a good friend of Sir 'Michael Caine (I)' (qv) and the late 'Richard Harris (I)' (qv).