90 (passed away Oct. 31st, 2020)
Aug. 25th, 1930
Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, Scotland
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Sir Thomas Sean Connery Kt. was a Scottish actor and producer who 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 had 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 had been married to Moroccan-French painter Micheline Roquebrune (born 1929) since 1975.
- Major contributor to the Scottish National Party (SNP). This was stopped for a while when the ruling Labour government said people living outside of the United Kingdom would not be allowed to donate money to British political parties.
- (October 1997) Ranked #14 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list.
- Recipient of 22nd Annual Kennedy Center Honors for lifetime contribution to arts and culture, presented by President 'Bill Clinton (I)' (qv) in Washington, D.C. on December 5, 1999.
- 'Ian Fleming (I)' (qv), the creator of James Bond, originally did not like him being cast as Bond for _Dr. No (1962)_ (qv) because he felt that he was too "unrefined". The actor whom Fleming embodied Bond in Fleming's mind was 'Cary Grant (I)'. Fleming later changed his mind and admitted he was ideally cast in the role.
- _Marnie (1964)_ (qv) co-star 'Tippi Hedren' (qv) named one of her house cats after him.
- He ranked first among the Male British movie actors in the Orange Film Survey of 10,000 voters.
- Connery and 'Pierce Brosnan' (qv) have both played King Arthur, the only Bond actors to do so. Connery played Arthur in _First Knight (1995)_ (qv), Brosnan provided Arthur's voice in _Quest for Camelot (1998)_ (qv). Additionally, Connery has also played another famous king; he played Richard the Lionhearted, King of England, in _Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)_ (qv).
- Had a difficult time getting work after he abandoned the James Bond role a second time after _Diamonds Are Forever (1971)_ (qv) for which he received a record salary. Director 'John Boorman' (qv) thus was able to hire him very cheaply for his low-budget production of _Zardoz (1974)_ (qv).