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Not so much an actor as a force of nature, tall, burly Scottish actor Sir Thomas Sean Connery (born August 25, 1930) made his career as the first actor to play James Bond on the big screen, one of many in a long line of Big Damn Heroes that he would play over the course of his career. A former milkman, brick layer, truck driver and body builder (back in the days when that meant 'big and athletic' rather than 'steroid-fuelled and vein-covered') notable for his impressive body hair, effortless masculinity and unique variation on the Scottish accent, Connery's sex-symbol status has proved surprisingly durable despite the ravages of time, the early onset of baldness (he wore a toupee to play Bond - and reputedly wanted to go without for Never Say Never Again), and occasional press stories of misogyny on his part notwithstanding.
Although the Bond films made him a star, after some less than impressive acting ventures, Connery eventually tired of the role and the pressure the franchise put on him, and made not one but two attempts to leave the franchise (barring his return for the unofficial Never Say Never Again), which reportedly angered Bond producer Albert "Cubby" R. Broccoli. Connery continued on, often playing tough guys and the occasional Lovable Rogue. For a time his career was in a rut due to headlining a string of flops, which eventually led to reinventing himself as a Cool Old Guy and Badass Grandpa type, and spent the latter half of his career playing The Mentor to younger heroes, such as Kevin Costner's street smart teacher in The Untouchables for which Connery won an Oscar.
Also played Henry Jones Sr., father of Henry "Indiana" Jones Jr. in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Steven Spielberg and George Lucas had wanted to outdo the James Bond films; therefore, James Bond was both metaphorically and literally Indiana Jones's father. Clearly, Badass is genetic.
After starring as Allan Quartermain in the... some would say polarizing The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen movie, Connery retired from acting. Some suggest that these facts are related, that the film was so terrible that he just gave up. He has steadfastly refused to come out of retirement, including refusing a cameo in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. To date only exceptions have been a Role Reprisal for the 2005 Licensed Game 007: From Russia with Love and the voice of the title character in the low-budged Scottish animated film Sir Billi (the less said of which, the better).
A major supporter of Scottish independence (though the fact that he hasn't actually lived there for 50 years tends to undermine this a little). Particularly famous for Not Even Bothering with the Accent.
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He is currently noted for being parodied on Saturday Night Live's Celebrity Jeopardy recurring sketch, thanks to long-time cast member Darrell Hammond, and is considered a highlight to said recurring sketch (though in the earlier Celebrity Jeopardy sketches, that honor went to Norm MacDonald as Burt Reynolds).
Connery was married to the late Australian actress Diane Cilento from 1962 to 1973, and had one son with her, actor Jason Connery. The marriage did not end well, to put it nicely. Following this failed marriage and her own faltering career as an actress, Cilento said some very nasty things about Connery in her later years, claims and accusations that Connery himself vehemently denied.
Since 1975 Connery has been married to Micheline Roquebrune.
Also notable for trying to shoot you in every video store in the world.
There is even a website for things Sean Connery should say.
He has won an AFI Life Achievement Award, with tributes from Mike Myers (whose James Bond films helped inspire Austin Powers), his later James Bond incarnation Pierce Brosnan, Harrison Ford (his onscreen son), and James Earl Jones.
Sean Connery is also notable for the "Rule of Sean Connery," something that he (and few other people) have been able to accomplish in their lifetimes.
Films starring Sean Connery include:
- Hell Drivers (1957; a small appearance, however, one of the most notable ones in a film full of Retroactive Recognition.)
- Darby O'Gill and the Little People (1959; this Disney studio classic is where Broccoli discovered Connery.)
- The Longest Day (1962)
- James Bond:
- Marnie (1964)
- The Hill (1965)
- The Molly Maguires (1970)
- The Anderson Tapes (1971)
- Zardoz (1974)
- Murder on the Orient Express (1974)
- The Man Who Would Be King (1975)
- The Wind and the Lion (1975)
- Robin and Marian (1976)
- A Bridge Too Far (1977)
- The Great Train Robbery (1979)
- Meteor (1979)
- Time Bandits (1981)
- Outland (1981)
- Highlander (1986)
- The Name of the Rose (1986)
- The Untouchables (1987) - Academy Award winner for Best Supporting Actor
- The Presidio (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) (uncredited)
- Medicine Man (1992)
- Rising Sun (1993)
- First Knight (1995)
- The Rock (1996)
- Dragonheart (1996)
- Entrapment (1999)
- Finding Forrester (2000)
- The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)
- 007: From Russia with Love (2005)
- The Thief and the Cobbler : The Recobbled Cut (2006) - Provides the otherwise mute Tack's sole line, "I love you," cut from the studio-mandated released versions, in which Tack is Suddenly Voiced by a different actor.
- Sir Billi (2013)