Sir Sean Connery died October 31, 2020 at the age of 90 at his home in the Bahamas. His wife reported that Sir Sean died peacefully in his sleep surrounded by family. Son Jason added that his father had been ill for quite some time.
The Oscar Award winning actor is best known for his seven roles as British Secret Agent James Bond; but Sir Sean appeared in over 90 film and television productions along with over 100 appearances of himself. The original Bond, Sir Sean set the standard for all of those who came after him including Sir Roger Moore, Pierce Brosman, and current Bond Daniel Craig.
Sir Sean made his James Bond film debut in 1962 in “Dr. No”; he went on to portray the super spy in “Thunderball”, “From Russia with Love”, “Goldfinger”, “You Only Live Twice”, and “Diamonds are Forever” in 1971. He returned in 1983 for his final role as Bond in “Never Say Never Again”.
In the 1967 version on “Casino Royale”, James Bond was played by Peter Sellers and in 1969 George Lazenby played Bond in “OnHer Majesty’s Secret Service”.
Feeling too type cast and not taken seriously as an actor, Sir Sean turned his back on the Bond films; but despite the thoughts of the critics, he continued to act with a long and successful career.
Other iconic roles include the father of Indiana Jones in “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”, the captain of the Russian submarine in “The Hunt for Red October”, the immortal Ramirez in the film “Highlander II: The Quickening” with Christopher Lambert, and that of King Richard in “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves”.
In 1987, he was awarded the Academy Award for his role as a Chicago policeman in “The Untouchables”.
His acting career began on the London stage in “South Pacific” before turning to the screen. He made his film debut in 1954 in an uncredited role in “Let’s Make Up”. His first credited role came in the television series “Dixon of Dock Green” in 1956.
Other roles include “The Molly Maguires”, “The Man Who Would Be King”, “Robin and Marian”, “Gawain and the Green Knight”, “The Presidio”, “The Russia House”, “Medicine Man”, “Rising Sun”, King Arthur in “First Knight”, and his final role in 2012 in “Sir Billi”.
At the age of 59, he was named the “Sexiest Man Alive” by “People” Magazine.
Along with his Academy Award, Sir Sean has been awarded Commander of the Order of Arts and Literature by France, is a Kennedy Center Honouree, was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Film Institute, and has been knighted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
He was born Thomas Sean Connery on August 25, 1930 in Edinburgh, Scotland the oldest of two boys. He left school at age 13 to help support the family. Before turning his hand to acting, Sir Sean held numerous jobs including a milkman, laborer, steel bender, cement mixer, bricklayer, and served three years in the Royal Navy before being discharged with stomach ulcers.
He is survived by his second wife of 45 years Micheline, sons Jason and Stefan, and brother Neil.
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