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Also Known As: Sir Sean Connery, Thomas Sean Connery Died:
Born: August 25, 1930 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: United Kingdom Profession: actor, producer, bodybuilder, director, coalman, milkman, artist's model, lorry driver, coffin polisher

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Scot (2008), Connery remained retired, even turning down a reprisal of Dr. Henry Jones for "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" (2008).ked a change from the seriesâ¿¿ espionage origins to focus more on a save-the-world-from-destruction plot that characterized later series entries.In 1967, Connery quit the Bond series and was replaced by one-timer George Lazenby for the sixth movie, "On Her Majestyâ¿¿s Secret Service" (1969), which some later said could have epitomized the entire series had Connery decided to again play the role. Temporarily free from Bondage, the actor starred in the forgettable Western "Shalako" (1968) before portraying famed explorer Roald Amundsen in "The Red Tent" (1969). Following a turn as a terrorist leader battling the famed Pinkerton agents in the grim historical drama, "The Molly Maguires" (1970), Connery was enticed out of his Bond retirement with a huge payday to once again play the role in "Diamonds Are Forever" (1971). Full of the gimmickry and catchy one-liners lacking in the Lazenby effort, "Diamonds" received mediocre reviews on its way to becoming yet another big box office hit. Many critics, particularly from later generations, deemed the movie to...

Scot (2008), Connery remained retired, even turning down a reprisal of Dr. Henry Jones for "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" (2008).ked a change from the seriesâ¿¿ espionage origins to focus more on a save-the-world-from-destruction plot that characterized later series entries.

In 1967, Connery quit the Bond series and was replaced by one-timer George Lazenby for the sixth movie, "On Her Majestyâ¿¿s Secret Service" (1969), which some later said could have epitomized the entire series had Connery decided to again play the role. Temporarily free from Bondage, the actor starred in the forgettable Western "Shalako" (1968) before portraying famed explorer Roald Amundsen in "The Red Tent" (1969). Following a turn as a terrorist leader battling the famed Pinkerton agents in the grim historical drama, "The Molly Maguires" (1970), Connery was enticed out of his Bond retirement with a huge payday to once again play the role in "Diamonds Are Forever" (1971). Full of the gimmickry and catchy one-liners lacking in the Lazenby effort, "Diamonds" received mediocre reviews on its way to becoming yet another big box office hit. Many critics, particularly from later generations, deemed the movie to be one of the worst and most forgettable in the series. Now divorced from Bond â¿¿ at least for the next decade and a half â¿¿ Connery was free to explore less heroic characters, which he did as an ex-con masterminding a large heist in Sidney Lumetâ¿¿s slick crime thriller "The Anderson Tapes" (1971).

In "The Offense" (1973), Connery played a police inspector who beats a suspect to death in a child molesting case, which leads to a suspension and a nervous breakdown over the fact he might have his own pederast tendencies. Following a supporting turn as Colonel Arbuthnot in the all-star ensemble "Murder on the Orient Express" (1974), he played a Scandinavian government agent sent to stop a group of terrorists from killing the passengers aboard a hijacked plane in the action thriller "Ransom" (1974). He next teamed up with fellow Brit Michael Caine for a bit of old-fashioned fun in "The Man Who Would Be King" (1975), director John Hustonâ¿¿s throwback action adventure from Hollywood days of yore. After playing an older-looking Robin Hood opposite Audrey Hepburn in "Robin and Marian" (1976), Connery joined another all-star cast, which included Anthony Hopkins and Michael Caine, for the World War II epic, "A Bridge Too Far" (1977). Meanwhile, he maintained a steady screen presence in films like "Cuba" (1979), "The Great Train Robbery" (1979) and "Outland" (1981), though none of which seemed to offer anything more than a paycheck.

Following a crucial role as Agamemnon in Terry Gilliamâ¿¿s loopy "Time Bandits" (1981), Connery â¿¿ who once said he would never play Bond again after "Diamonds Are Forever" â¿¿ returned one last time to portray 007 in "Never Say Never Again" (1983). Though not an official Bond film, since it was not produced by EON Productions, the film was nonetheless a huge box office hit, even though there was competition from Roger Mooreâ¿¿s "Octopussy" (1983). After leaving moviemaking for a couple of years due to the frustration of his making "Never Say Never Again," Connery made a triumphant returns with his BAFTA-nominated performance as William of Baskerville in "The Name of the Rose" (1986). He next played the immortal Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez in the surprise fantasy hit, "Highlander" (1986). Connery completed his return to top form with his next film, Brian De Palmaâ¿¿s crime epic, "The Untouchables" (1987), in which he played Malone, a sly and crafty old Irish cop who helps a young Eliot Ness (Kevin Costner) take down Al Capone (Robert De Niro). Easily stealing the thunder from both Costner and De Niro, Connery earned widespread acclaim and his first-ever Academy Award.

With a renewed star image and an appeal to younger audiences, Connery entered into a fertile period of his career as a beloved personality. Following a misguided appearance as the proud patriarch of a criminal clan in "Family Business" (1989), he had great onscreen chemistry trading barbs as Professor Henry Jones with Harrison Ford in "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" (1989), a role that earned him supporting actor nominations at both the Golden Globes and BAFTA awards. He next earned more acclaim as the defecting commander aboard a Russian submarine in "The Hunt for Red October" (1990), a role that earned him yet another BAFTA nomination. After a high-profile cameo as King Richard the Lionhearted in Costnerâ¿¿s "Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves" (1991), he portrayed the titular "Medicine Man" (1992), which dealt with the destruction of the Amazon basin and the suggestion that the cure for cancer was chopped away in the madness of development. "Medicine Man" marked Conneryâ¿¿s debut as an executive producer, a chore he also performed on "Rising Sun" (1993), in which he teamed with Wesley Snipes in a police drama with international ramifications. Also that year, he reportedly underwent radiation for an undisclosed throat ailment, which sparked media rumors that he had throat cancer. Japanese and South African outlets went as far to say that he was dead. To prove he was alive and well, Connery appeared on "The Late Show with David Letterman" (CBS, 1993- ), flying in on a rigged jet pack that landed smoothly center stage.

In the middle part of the decade, Connery alternated between medieval epics, playing King Arthur in "First Knight" (1995), and voicing Draco the dragon in "Dragonheart" (1996). He switched to contemporary action dramas, playing a famous lawyer attempting to prove a man innocent of murder in "Just Cause" (1996), and a government agent with particular knowledge of Alcatraz in the box-office bonanza, "The Rock"(1996). Meanwhile, he turned villainous as a man bent on controlling the world's weather in the big screen version of "The Avengers" (1998) and lent his charm to the role of an aging cat burglar in "Entrapment" (1999) opposite a wily Catherine Zeta-Jones. In 2000, Connery earned critical kudos for his turn as a reclusive author in the vein of J.D. Salinger, who mentors a promising young writer (Rob Brown) in the small-budget drama, "Finding Forrester." The actor entered into a brief dormant period, where he turned down the role of Gandalf the Wizard in "The Lord of the Rings" (2001-03) trilogy, claiming that he failed to understand the script.

A couple of years later, Connery appeared onscreen for which many believed would be the last time. He starred in the Victorian era action adventure "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" (2003), which was based on the popular comic book series. Connery played the fictional hero Allan Quatermain â¿¿ sort of a Victorian precursor to Indiana Jones â¿¿ who leads a team of characters culled from popular novels of the late 19th Century, including Captain Nemo (Naseeruddin Shah), Tom Sawyer (Shane West) and Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde (Jason Flemyng). The actor reportedly clashed with director Steve Norrington, which only served to diminish the quality of the finished film. Rumors swirled that the actor was on the brink of a formal retirement from the big screen when he abruptly dropped out of 20th Century Fox's "Josiah's Canon" and walked away from a $17.5 million paycheck. But in 2005 he announced plans to reprise his role as James Bond one last time for Electronic Arts' videogame based on the 007 adventure, "From "Russia with Love." In 2006, his ex-wife, Diane Cilento, released an autobiography called My Nine Lives, which detailed several occasions in which Connery had beaten her. Faced with charges of spousal abuse, Connery vehemently denied the rumors, even though the irascible actor had been quoted in the past â¿¿ as well as flat out telling Barbara Walters during one of her specials â¿¿ that there was "nothing wrong with slapping a woman" if she was out of line. Following the release of his own autobiography, Being a Connery bro

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, The (2003) Allan Quartermain
2.
 Finding Forrester (2000) William Forrester
3.
 Entrapment (1999) Robert "Mac" Macdougal
4.
 Playing By Heart (1998) Paul
5.
 Avengers, The (1998) Sir August De Wynter
6.
 Dragonheart (1996) Voice Of Draco
7.
 Rock, The (1996) Patrick Mason
8.
 First Knight (1995) King Arthur
9.
 Just Cause (1995) Paul Armstrong
10.
 Good Man in Africa, A (1994) Dr Alex Murray
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1943:
Drove a milk wagon at age 13, making deliveries before school
1946:
Joined the Royal Navy for a 12-year stint at age 16
1949:
Discharged from the Navy after three years due to ulcers
1951:
London stage debut in chorus of "South Pacific"
1953:
Participated in the Mr. Universe bodybuiding contest; placing third
1956:
Received positive notices for his lead performance in the BBC TV production of Rod Serling's "Requiem for a Heavyweight"
1956:
Film acting debut, "No Road Back"
1958:
Played first leading role when he acted as Lana Turner's leading man in the British-made "Another Time, Another Place"
1959:
First film made in America, the Walt Disney production, "Darby O'Gill and the Little People"
1962:
Breakthrough role, playing the British secret agent in the first of the James Bond series, "Dr. No"; film based on the 1958 novel by Ian Fleming
1969:
Debut as stage director, the London production of "I've Seen You Cut Lemons"
1969:
Debut as documentary filmmaker with "The Bowler and the Bonnet"
1971:
Final official appearance as 007 in "Diamonds Are Forever"; donated his $1.25 million salary to the Scottish International Education Trust Fund
1972:
Formed Tantallon Productions for the making of Sidney Lumet's "The Offense"
1983:
Made one-shot return to playing James Bond in "Never Say Never Again"
1987:
Had Oscar winning role as Jim Malone in Brian De Palma's "The Untouchables"
1989:
Starred as Professor Henry Jones, the father of Harrison Ford's titular character in "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade"
1990:
Played Captain Marko Ramius in "The Hunt for Red October"; based on the novel by Tom Clancy
1992:
First film as executive producer, "Medicine Man"; also co-starred with Lorraine Bracco
1995:
Cast as King Arthur opposite Richard Gere as Lancelot in "First Knight"
:
Formed production company, Fountainbridge Films
1996:
Co-starred with Nicolas Cage in "The Rock"
1998:
Won Tony Award for producing the play "Art"; production debuted on the London stage in 1996
1998:
Cast as the villain in a remake of the 1960s British cult series, "The Avengers"
1998:
Acted with Gena Rowlands in the ensemble drama "Playing By Heart"
1999:
Played a jewel thief trailed by an insurance investigator (Catherine Zeta-Jones) in "Entrapment"
2000:
Portrayed a reclusive, Pulitzer-winning author in Gus Van Sant's "Finding Forrester"
2003:
Played the lead role in the feature adaptation of "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen"; also produced
2005:
Announced he would retire from film-making
2008:
Published his autobiography, <i>Being a Scot</i>, which coincided with his 78th birthday
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Notes

Connery's one attempt at directing, the 1969 documentary "The Bowler and the Bonnet", has never been officially released.

He represented Scotland in the 1950 Mr Universe competition.

"There are seven genuine movie stars in the world today," says Steven Spielberg, who directed him in 'Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade', "and Sean is one of them. I won't name the others, because some of my best friends wouldn't be among them." --From "All Together, Now: Sean Connery Is an Icon!" by Diane K Shah in GQ, July 1989.

"I would drink Sean Connery's bath water." --Whoopi Goldberg in a 1989 interview in Cable magazine.

"They used to say that Sean loved golf, drinking and women--in that order." --Tom Mankiewicz quoted in Daily Variety, May 5, 1997.

"The best thing about working with Sean Connery is that you go out to dinner after working for a day and you get to sing musical comedy." --director Fred Schepisi quoted in Daily Variety, May 5, 1997

"He's just one of the best actors there is, simple as that ... With Sean, in addition to brilliant talent, there is a persona that every great star has. When Sean's up there on the screen, it's hard to look at anything else. To be a great star, you have to be a first-rate actor, too--you have to remember that. And on that list of great actors, Sean ranks way high." --director Sidney Lumet in Daily Variety, May 5, 1997,

Received the Freedom of Edinburgh award (1991).

Named a Commandeur des Artes et des Lettres by the French government.

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wife:
Diane Cilento. Actor. Perhaps best known as Molly, the lusty peasant girl, in "Tom Jones" (1963); married in 1962; divorced in 1973.
wife:
Micheline Roquebrune. Painter. French; born in Nice, raised in North Africa; married in 1975.

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father:
Joseph Connery. Rubber factory worker.
mother:
Euphamia Connery. Charwoman, housewife.
brother:
Neil Connery. Former actor. Born c. 1939; retired from acting and became a plasterer.
son:
Jason Connery. Actor. Born on January 11, 1963; mother Diane Cilento.
grandson:
Dashiell Quinn Connery. Born June 1997.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Sean Connery: The Untouchable Hero" Virgin
"Sean Connery: A Biography" Orion Books
"Sean Connery: The Compelling Story of the 'Sexiest Man Alive'" Orion Paperbacks
"Sean Connery: A Celebration" Pavilion Books
"Sean Connery" Robert Hale Publishers
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Contributions

Holz ( 2009-06-15 )

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Some suggest that Bond's suave and sophisticated persona is based on that of a young Hoagy Carmichael. In 'Casino Royale', the heroine Vesper Lynd remarks, "Bond reminds me rather of Hoagy Carmichael, but there is something cold and ruthless." Likewise, in 'Moonraker', Special Branch Officer Gala Brand thinks that Bond is "certainly good-looking . . . Rather like Hoagy Carmichael in a way. That black hair falling down over the right eyebrow. Much the same bones. But there was something a bit cruel in the mouth, and the eyes were cold."

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