Sean Connery

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Sean Connery

Born

8/25/1930, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland, UK

Birth Name

Thomas Sean Connery

Gender

Male

Also Known As

Sir Sean Connery
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Sean Connery was born Thomas Sean Connery in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1930. To many moviegoers, he is and always will be the consummate James Bond. He joined the British Navy as a teenager. Afterwards he worked in a variety of jobs such as truck driver, lifeguard and laborer.…more

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  • Trivia

    • In a June 2008 survey of 1000 British adults conducted for Virgin Media by Onepoll.com, Sir Sean Connery and Sir Anthony Hopkins shared the unofficial title of Britain's favorite actor.

    • Sean Connery was chosen as People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive in 1989.

    • At 76 years old, Sean was voted the world's second sexiest older man in January 2007. The poll, conducted by DVD rental company LoveFilm, asked people who they thought were the sexiest male and female stars above the age of 50.

    • His 1996 movie, The Rock, makes a subtle allusion to his history as James Bond. His character in the movie, John Mason, is said to have been in prison since 1967. That was the year he starred in his final consecutive James Bond movie, You Only Live Twice. (He did return in 1971's Diamonds Are Forever and Never Say Never Again in 1983.)

    • He approved of the choice of Daniel Craig as the next James Bond. In December 2005, he called it a "terrific choice... a completely new departure." He said Craig would be "really interesting, different" in the role.

    • He pulled out of a deal for an autobiography in 2005 because he felt the publisher wanted to delve too deeply into details of his life. "I realised I was going to be spending the best part of my life, and probably the rest of my life, trying to correct these inaccuracies, and I can't be bothered."

    • He turned down the role of Gandalf in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy because "I never understood it."

    • In August 2005, he said that he had no plans to make any additional movies. He said, "I'm fed up with the idiots... the ever-widening gap between people who know how to make movies and the people who green-light the movies.... I don't say they're all idiots. I'm just saying there's a lot of them that are very good at it."

    • He will receive the AFI Life Achievement Award in June 2006. He will be the 34th recipient of the award, which was established by the American Film Institute in 1973.

    • In December 2005, he received a lifetime achievement award at the 18th annual European Film Awards in Berlin.

    • He returned to the James Bond role in the 1983 movie Never Say Never Again. The movie was not produced by Cubby Broccoli, Danjaq or EON, so it is not considered to be an "official" Bond movie.

    • His second wife is Micheline Roquebrune Connery, a French-Moroccan artist. They married in 1975 and have remained together to this day (as of Nov. 2005).

    • His first wife was Australian-born Diane Cilento, whom he married in 1962. They had one son, Jason Connery. Diane and Sean Connery divorced in 1973.

    • He won a Kennedy Center Award in 1999 for his lifelong contributions to the movie industry.

    • He has been a longtime supporter of the pro-independence Scottish National Party.

    • He has been a strong supporter of Scottish independence (from the United Kingdom) throughout his life. He campaigned hard in favor of the Sept. 11, 1997, Scotland referendum that led to the creation of the Scottish Parliament.

      The Scottish Parliament was created by the Scotland Act 1998. When the Scottish Parliament convened in 1999, it was the first separate Scottish parliament to meet since 1707.

      Sean Connery states that he believes Scotland will be independent during his lifetime.

    • He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II as Sir Sean Connery in July 2000.

    • He donated his entire salary (well over $1 million) from the 1971 James Bond film Diamonds are Forever to his charity, The Scottish International Educational Trust.

    • He serves as Honorary Chairman for the U.S.-based charity Friends of Scotland, which was formed "to create, stimulate, and sustain an interest in Scotland and its history, traditions, and culture; to bring together people of Scottish heritage; to promote goodwill and understanding about Scotland among the general public; and to perform charitable works."

    • He co-founded The Scottish International Educational Trust (S.I.E.T.), which funds scholarships for young Scots and Scottish institutions.

    • He went to camp in a small village in Perth when he was nine years old. He brought eating utensils and an empty sack into which straw was stuffed to provide a bed on the floor of the local church. Rural churches sponsored these camps for working-class children from Edinburgh and Glasgow. Thomas' (Sean) camping holiday was cut short by the outbreak of World War II.

    • After his stint in the Royal Navy, he spent much of his free time in Edinburgh bodybuilding. He competed in the 1950 Mr. Universe contest for Scotland. He placed third. This success led to modelling work, minor theatrical roles and chorus appearances.

    • After he left the Navy, he returned to Edinburgh and worked in a series of jobs: bricklayer, lifeguard and coffin polisher.

    • He served in the Royal Navy for three years. He was discharged on medical grounds after a long bout with a stomach ulcer.

    • Like many other young men in the Navy, he received tattoos. Unlike most, his tattoos were serious in nature. They reflect two of the most important parts of his life: family and Scotland. One tattoo reads "Mum and Dad" while the other reads "Scotland Forever."

    • At the age of sixteen, he enlisted in the Royal Navy.

    • As the oldest of two brothers, he worked at menial jobs during his youth. He left school at an early age to work fulltime.

    • He grew up in a working class neighborhood of Edinburgh, Scotland.

    • Neither Sean (Tommy) nor his brother Neil were raised Catholic, even though their father was Catholic.

    • His brother is Neil Connery.

    • His mother, Euphamia "Effie" Maclean, was Protestant.

    • His father, Joseph Connery, was Irish Catholic.

    • His birth name was Thomas Connery. The name "Sean" was later added as a stage name.

    • Despite the popular misconception that Roger Moore was supposed to be a younger replacement for Sean Connery in the James Bond role, Sean Connery is actually about three years younger than Roger Moore.

    • He has played the role of James Bond in seven movies:
      Dr. No (1962), From Russia with Love (1963), Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965), You Only Live Twice (1967), Diamonds Are Forever (1971), and Never Say Never Again (1983).

    • Sean is 6' 2" tall.

    • His awards include 2 Golden Globes, 3 Golden Laurels, a Best Supporting Actor Oscar, an NBR Award, a BAFTA Film Award, an ALFS Award, an American Cinematheque Award, a Cecil B. DeMille Award, a Blockbuster Entertainment Award, and an MTV Movie Award.

  • Quotes

    • Sean Connery: (claiming that the secret to his happy marriage is not being able to speak to his wife in her native language) I don't speak a word of French but often think that what should be a handicap is actually a godsend.

    • (Sean's statement regarding his rumored appearance in the fourth Indiana Jones movie, posted on the official website for the film)
      Sean Connery: [I]f anything could have pulled me out of retirement it would have been an Indiana Jones film. ... But in the end, retirement is just too damned much fun.

    • Sean: (telling the BBC why he left the James Bond film series) One of the reasons I stopped doing it was because I got really fed up with the space stuff and special effects.... I just found it getting more and more influential in the movies.

    • Sean Connery: I have always hated that damn James Bond. I'd like to kill him.

    • Sean Connery: Love may not make the world go round, but I must admit that it makes the ride worthwhile.

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