sean connery biog.




British Actor
(b. 1930)




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Date of Birth
25 August 1930, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK


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    Sean Connery is Scottish. Perhaps the most famous Scotsman of the 20th century. He's a major supporter of the SNP (Scottish National Party); he's supported a few Scottish football clubs, namely Hearts (Edinburgh) and Rangers (Glasgow); and he's retained his Scottish accent throughout his career. If he bleeds then he bleeds the colour of tartan.

    He lives in the Bahames

    I say that in jest. And, of course, I'm as jealous as hell of Connery. I just hope I come back as his fingerprints the amount of beautiful women they've been over. And what a career! Playing Bond, the sun, the sea, the ... whatever; but imagine playing the ultimate 'English' hero and getting paid for it! What a man!

    Who the hell cares if 'English' is 'Scottish'. The accent adds another dimension to the hero Fleming created.

    He's a great actor to boot. Connery has screen presence and more. Undoubtably he's up there with the Shakesperian stage greats for he knows how to manipulate the camera and make it work for him as they do with a live audience. I suppose what I'm trying to say is that he should at least get the same praise as the luvvies because he strides across the silver screen a giant among pygmies. And that star quality reaches across the universe unlike theatre.

    His features could almost be cut from stone. Permanent. Strong. He is never 'in'-fashion because he is never out of it. His voice is the voice of wisdom, of authority: when it speaks we know he is right and we are wrong.

    Connery is enigmatic. Is he moody? Do the audience really know him? Women would love to know him, unravel the mystery, but he remains beyond the mortals.

    To blokes wanting to pick up girls just get a Connery dvd and watch him. Study him. Take notes on how he moves, what he says, how he says it and what he doesn't say; watch his mannerisms; watch how he is the hunter working at his own pace, getting the woman whenever he feels the time is right, and holding her, spellbound, until he and only he decides it's over. Cruel, maybe, but that is dating. Connery is dangerous and women find that irresistible: they don't know whether he'll still be around in the morning let alone the next date. Watching Connery is a far better bet that buying the greatest dating e-book! Of course you'll never be as successful as Connery as your not, er, Connery. But you can have fun trying.

    So if the only bitchy thing I can say is about where he lives then it shows how small-minded I am and how big Connery is.

    Saying that, I still prefer Roger Moore as Bond but that says more about me than anything else.

    ~ Paul Page, Lenin

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    From his "Scotland Forever" tattoo - on his arm - to his support of educational projects for young Scots, Connery never misses a chance to proclaim his love for the "Auld Country".

    Connery, the eldest of two sons (his brother stil lives in Edinburgh) born to a truck driver and charwoman, grew up in impoverished surroundings in Edinburgh.

    By the age of nine he was helping to support his family with a milkrun.

    After leaving school at 13, he joined the Royal Navy, only to be discharged because of ulcers. The young Connery was back in the labour market and tried his hand at several jobs including labourer and lifeguard.

    He was also a model for art classes and his bodybuilding won him third place in the 1953 Mr Universe contest.

    Connery lapped up this first taste of fame. He took a job in the chorus of South Pacific and progressed to TV work, appearing in the BBC's film Requiem for a Heavyweight, for which he was well reviewed.

    His first big-screen assignment of any note was in 1958 with Lana Turner in Another Time, Another Place.

    But in 1962 came the turning point when he was cast as Ian Fleming's martini-quaffing, lady-killing secret agent James Bond in Dr. No.

    He beat Cary Grant, Rex Harrison, Trevor Howard (TH for Bond??), Patrick McGoohan and Roger Moore to the job, even though it was reported Fleming was not keen on Connery.

    Producer Harry Saltzman later explained his choice. He awarded Connery the part after watching him walk down the street!

    The surprise success of the film led to a string of Bond sequels over the next five years: Goldfinger (1964), From Russia, With Love (1964), Thunderball (1965), and You Only Live Twice (1967).

    But, tired of being typecast as 007, Connery quit the role to devote more time to his family and golf.

    Actor George Lazenby stepped into the Scotsman's shoes for the next Bond movie, On Her Majesty's Secret Service.

    But it received lukewarm reviews and Connery was persuaded to return to the role in 1971's Diamonds are Forever. His commitment was hard won - he demanded, and received, a then-unprecedented salary of $1.25m, plus a percentage of the film's profits.

    With that role, he said he was finished as Bond, although he did return in 1983's Never Say Never Again, a loose remake of Thunderball.

    For many Bond fans, Connery was the one who set the standard - sophistication, good looks, and a dangerous edge that have only recently re-emerged with Pierce Brosnan in the role.

    Brosnan himself makes no secret of the fact that he uses Connery as his 007 template.

    After Diamonds, Connery sought to break out of the Bond straightjacket by accepting roles in such diverse pictures as the science-fiction flick Zardoz (1974) and Sidney Lumet's adaptation of the Agatha Christie whodunnit Murder on the Orient Express (1974).

    He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1987, for his role as the Irish cop Malone in The Untouchables.

    And proving that advancing years are no bar to such things, he was named People magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive" in 1989, as he neared his 60s.

    More conventional leading roles followed in the 1990s with The Russia House, The Hunt for Red October, First Knight (1995), Dragonheart (1996), The Rock (1996) and the 1998 feature-film version of the '60s cult TV classic The Avengers.

    In 1999, he starred in and produced Entrapment, a romantic thriller, also featuring Catherine Zeta-Jones.

    He is fiercely proud of his Scottish background and since the early 1970s his love for Scotland has manifested itself in projects such as the Scottish International Education Trust, an organisation dedicated to helping young Scots obtain an education.

    Although he lives primarily in the Bahamas, he remains active in the movement for Scottish independence, and, more recently, has been vocal in petitioning the Scottish government to issue a ban on all handguns.

    He has been married to French-Moroccan painter Micheline Roquebrune since 1975. He has a son, actor Jason Connery, from his first marriage to Australian-born actress Diane Cilento.

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    Height is 6' 2"

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    Rarely signs autographs. Rumoured that his wife goes through any requests that come through the post and most are binned

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    Fan Mail: c/o Creative Artists Agency 9830 Wilshire Blvd Beverly Hills, CA 90212 USA

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    Knighted in 1999

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