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Who is Sean Connery? : Bio, Wiki, Age, Family, Career, Death (James bond actor dies at 90)

Sean Connery: James Bond actor dies aged 90

Sean Connery bio, wiki, age, career, early life, family, death

Actor Sean Connery, the big screen’s first and most revered James Bond, has died, his family said Saturday. He was 90 years old. Connery died peacefully in his sleep at his home in the Bahamas, having been “unwell for some time,” his son said. “A sad day for all who knew and loved my dad and a sad loss for all people around the world who enjoyed the wonderful gift he had as an actor,” said Jason Connery.

Best known for his seven turns as Bond, beginning with 1962’s “Dr. No,” the Scottish-born Connery freed himself from the debonair typecast to play myriad other roles besides agent 007. His decades-long career filled with accolades, including an Oscar, two BAFTA awards, and People magazine’s “Sexiest Man of the Century” in 1999.

Sean Connery age

He died at the age of 90 years old.

Early life

Sean Connery plaque near the site of his birth in Fountainbridge, Edinburgh

Thomas Sean Connery, named Thomas after his grandfather, was born in Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, Scotland, on 25 August 1930. His mother, Euphemia “Effie” McBain McLean, was a cleaning woman. She was born the daughter of Neil McLean and Helen Forbes Ross and named after her father’s mother, Euphemia McBain, wife of John McLean and daughter of William McBain from Ceres in Fife. Connery’s father, Joseph Connery, was a factory worker and lorry driver.

Connery was a keen footballer, having played for Bonnyrigg Rose in his younger days. He was offered a trial with East Fife. While on tour with South Pacific, Connery played in a football match against a local team that Matt Busby, manager of Manchester United, happened to be scouting. According to reports, Busby was impressed with his physical prowess and offered Connery a contract worth £25 a week (equivalent to £703 in 2019) immediately after the game. Connery admits that he was tempted to accept, but he recalls, “I realized that a top-class footballer could be over the hill by the age of 30, and I was already 23. I decided to become an actor and it turned out to be one of my more intelligent moves.”

Career

He landed the role in the James bond without a screen test, after an interview with producers Albert Broccoli and Harry Saltzman, according to Variety. It was a controversial choice at the time, as Connery was an unknown outside Britain.

His effortless delivery of the character’s signature, seminal line: “Bond, James Bond,” propelled him to international stardom.

His stature grew alongside the popularity of the series, and he reprised the role in “From Russia With Love,” “Goldfinger” and “Thunderball,” over the next four years. He also donned the tuxedo for “You Only Live Twice” in 1967, and “Diamonds are Forever” in 1971, and returned to the role in “Never Say Never Again,” in 1983.

His star power cemented, Connery began to earn rich rewards for his roles. Though he was paid only $30,000 for “Dr. No,” by 1964, he received $400,000 for his role as a wealthy widower in Alfred Hitchcock’s “Marnie,” and was soon getting $750,000 a film. By the 1980s, his price tag was regularly over $5 million a role.

Connery told the U.K. Daily Record in August 2010, as he turned 80, that “From Russia With Love” was his favorite Bond movie. “The story was intriguing, and the locations were intriguing,” he said. “It was an international movie in every sense of the word.”

He broke away from Bond for myriad other films, from a soldier-turned adventurer in John Huston’s “The Man Who Would Be King,” in 1975 to a defecting Russian submarine captain in the 1990 Tom Clancy thriller, “The Hunt for Red October.” Other hits included “Murder on the Orient Express,” in 1974, “Highlander” in 1986, and “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” in 1989.

Connery earned a best supporting actor Oscar as a tough Irish cop in Depression-era Chicago in Brian De Palma’s 1987 “The Untouchables.” Though he had once complained about his association with James Bond, by this time, he was at peace with the role, turning to the mic when he arrived on stage to collect his award and saying: “The name’s Connery. Sean Connery.”

His last screen appearance was in 2003’s “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.”

Other awards over his career, included the Kennedy Center Honors in 1999 and the American Film Institute’s lifetime achievement award in 2006 when he announced his retirement.

After retiring to the Bahamas, he spent much of his time golfing. Craig, whose latest Bond film “No Time To Die” has been delayed into next year because of the coronavirus pandemic said Connery will continue to influence actors and film-makers alike for years to come.

“Wherever he is, I hope there is a golf course,” Craig said.

Connery was married to actress Diane Cilento from 1962-73. The couple divorced in 1973 and Cilento died in 2011. Connery is survived by his second wife, painter Micheline Roquebrune, whom he married in 1975; his son by Cilento, actor Jason Connery; his brother, Neil, and a grandson.

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