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Sean Connery
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Birth Name: Thomas Sean Connery
Birthdate: August 25, 1930
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Occupations: Actor, Director, Model, Producer
Quote: "I would drink Sean Connery's bath water." --Whoopi Goldberg, Cable Magazine, 1989. "He's 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 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 - on that list of great actors, Sean ranks way high." -director Sidney Lumet, Daily Variety, May 5, 1997
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Claim to Fame: Played James Bond in several of the popular spy movies, starting with 1962's Dr. No

Significant Other(s):
Wife: Diane Cilento, actress; married in 1962; divorced in 1973
Wife: Micheline Roquebrune, painter; French; born in Nice, France; raised in North Africa; married in 1975

Father: Joseph Connery, worked at a rubber factory
Mother: Euphamia Connery
Brother: Neil, former actor; retired from acting and became a plasterer; younger
Son: Jason Joseph Connery, actor; born January 11, 1963; mother, Diane Cilento
Grandson: Dashiell Quinn Connery; born June 1997

This dashing, effortlessly masculine Scottish leading man successfully escaped the profitable straitjacket of James Bond to become one of the most beloved and respected stars of contemporary Hollywood. Sean Connery had been a bodybuilder, model and chorus boy before moving on to repertory, TV and film work in the 1950s. Having dropped out of school at age 13, he spent much of his free time in libraries as he traveled about performing in plays. Connery beat out many far bigger (and more expensive) names to play Ian Fleming's superspy James Bond in "Dr. No" (1962), which made him a major 60s icon. He leavened the inherent violence of the character with his unflappably cool sophistication and humor.

Connery periodically escaped Bondage to tackle a wider range of roles in other features (e.g., Alfred Hitchcock's "Marnie" 1964, "The Molly Maguires" 1970) but most were box-office duds. He did some of his best work over the course of his significant collaboration with director Sidney Lumet: "The Hill" (1965), as a convict in a military prison; "The Anderson Tapes" (1971), as an ex-con masterminding a large-scale heist; "The Offense" (1973), as a London detective who beats a suspect to death; "Murder on the Orient Express" (1974), as part of the all-star ensemble; and "Family Business" (1989), a critical and commercial misfire in which he portrayed the proud patriarch of a criminal clan with Dustin Hoffman and Matthew Broderick as his son (!) and grandson respectively.

Connery attempted to abandon 007 time-and-again but audiences did not at first support his efforts. "Diamonds Are Forever" (1971) marked the beginning of his 12-year absence from Bond pictures. Connery utilized this period to star in a wide range of interesting adventure films including John Boorman's "Zardoz" (1974), John Huston's superior "The Man Who Would Be King" (1975, teamed with offscreen pal Michael Caine), John Milius' "The Wind and the Lion" (1975), Richard Lester's elegiac "Robin and Marian" (1976), and, in a crucial supporting role, Terry Gilliam's "Time Bandits" (1981). A little paunchy, but still handsome and charismatic, Connery donned his toupee and returned to his most celebrated role for the aptly titled "Never Say Never Again" (1983), which proved to be a box-office hit. Connery followed up with the popular fantasy film, "Highlander" and the successful international co-production "The Name of the Rose" (both 1986) before hitting a home run with an Oscar-winning supporting role in Brian De Palma's adaptation of "The Untouchables" (1987). Playing Malone, a sly and crafty old Irish cop, he easily eclipsed Kevin Costner, the film's ostensible leading man. The success of this film placed Connery firmly back on the A-list of modern Hollywood leading men--albeit often in fatherly roles and usually playing older than his actual age. His renewed star shone particularly brightly in Steven Spielberg's third installment in the Indiana Jones series, "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" (1989), as the alternately aloof and irascible father of Harrison Ford.

One of the most sought-after actors in the industry, Connery has kept busy regardless of whether his films hit or miss. That Connery is an audience favorite was confirmed in 1991 with his cameo as King Richard the Lionhearted in "Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves". His appearance in the denouement, as Kevin Costner and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio marry, caused audiences worldwide to cheer enthusiastically, even though Connery was doing nothing particularly heroic. Subsequent credits have included portraying the Russian captain in "The Hunt for Red October" and a London publisher in "The Russia House" (both 1990), and 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. The last marked his debut as an executive producer, a chore he also performed on "Rising Sun" (1993), in which Connery teamed with Wesley Snipes in a police drama with international ramifications. In 1995 and 1996, Connery alternated between medieval epics (as King Arthur in "First Knight" and the voice of Draco the dragon in "Dragonheart") and gritty contemporary action dramas (as a famous lawyer attempting to prove a man innocent of murder in "Just Cause" and a government agent with particular knowledge of Alcatraz in the box-office bonanza "The Rock").

"Lilacs in the Spring" (1954)
"No Road Back" (1956)
"Action of the Tiger" (1957)
"Hell Drivers" (1957)
"Time Lock" (1957)
"Another Time, Another Place" (1958)
"A Night to Remember" (1958)
"Tarzan's Greatest Adventure" (1959)
"Darby O'Gill and the Little People" (1959)
"On the Fiddle" (1961)
"The Frightened City" (1961)
"The Longest Day" (1962)
"Dr. No" (1962)
"From Russia with Love" (1963)
"Goldfinger" (1964)
"Woman of Straw" (1964)
"Marnie" (1964)
"Thunderball" (1965)
"The Hill" (1965)
"A Fine Madness" (1966)
"You Only Live Twice" (1967)
"Shalako" (1968)
"The Molly Maguires" (1970)
"The Red Tent" (1971)
"The Anderson Tapes" (1971)
"Diamonds Are Forever" (1971)
"The Offence" (1973)
"Zardoz" (1974)
"Murder on the Orient Express" (1974)
"Ransom" (1974)
"The Wind and the Lion" (1975)
"The Man Who Would Be King" (1975)
"The Terrorists" (1975)
"Robin and Marian" (1976)
"The Next Man" (1976)
"A Bridge Too Far" (1977)
"The Great Train Robbery" (1979)
"Meteor" (1979)
"Cuba" (1979)
"Outland" (1981)
"Time Bandits" (1981)
"Wrong is Right" (1981)
"G'ole" (1982)
"Five Days One Summer" (1982)
"Never Say Never Again' (1983)
"Sword of the Valiant" (1984)
"Highlander" (1985)
"The Name of the Rose" (1986)
"The Untouchables" (1987) (Oscar, best supporting actor)
"The Presidio" (1988)
"Memories of Me" (1988)
"Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" (1989)
"Family Business" (1989)
"The Hunt for Red October" (1990)
"The Russia House" (1990)
"Highlander II: The Quickening" (1991)
"Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" (1991)
"Medicine Man" (1992)
"Rising Sun" (1993)
"A Good Man in Africa" (1994)
"Just Cause" (1994)
"First Knight" (1995)
"Dragonheart" (1996)
"The Rock" (1996)
"The Avengers" (1998)
"Playing by Heart" (1999)
"Entrapment" (1999)
"Finding Forrester" (2000)

1971: Golden Globe: World Film Favorite (Male)
1987: National Board of Review: Best Supporting Actor, The Untouchables
1987: Golden Globe: Best Supporting Actor, The Untouchables
1987: Oscar: Best Supporting Actor, The Untouchables
1987: BAFTA: Best Actor, The Name of the Rose
1990: NATO: Worldwide Star of the Year
1993: National Board of Review: Career Achievement
1996: Cecil B. DeMille: Lifetime Achievement Award
1997: MTV Movie Award: Best Onscreen Duo, The Rock; award shared with Nicolas Cage
1998: Venice Film Festival Golden Lion Award: Lifetime Achievement
1998: BAFTA Fellowship
1998: Tony: Best Play, Art; shared award; Connery was one of the producers
1999: ShoWest: Lifetime Achievement
1999: Kennedy Center Honors Lifetime Achievement Award

1950: Participated in the Mr. Universe bodybuiding contest
To many, he is the only Bond...James Bond

Dropped out of school at age 13
Learned furniture polishing at a British Legion training school

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