Acting legend Sir Thomas Sean Connery passed away on October 31st, 2020 at the age of ninety.
RIP Sean Connery
Connery’s career spanned over fifty years, although he may be most known for his role as the original James Bond, starring in seven Bond films between 1962 and 1983.
Connery was born in Edinburgh, Scotland on August 25th, 1930. His younger brother Neil was born eight years later.
When Connery was sixteen, he joined the Royal Navy and was later assigned as an Able Seaman before he was discharged on medical grounds at the age of nineteen due to an ulcer. Before jumpstarting his acting career, he worked various jobs as a cab driver, a lifeguard, a labourer, an artist’s model, and a coffin polisher.
In 1951, to make more money, he began helping out backstage at the King’s Theater in Edinburgh and landed a small part in the musical South Pacific. He continued appearing in theater throughout the 1950s until he started snagging film roles later that decade, such as Another Time, Another Place in 1958 and Darby O’Gill and the Little People in 1959.
However, his breakthrough performance as James Bond heightened him to celebrity status. He played 007 in Dr. No (1962), From Russia with Love (1963), Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965), and You Only Live Twice (1967), and, later in 1971, Diamonds Are Forever.
Despite Connery’s success with the role, he grew tired of playing Bond. He also starred in films such as Alfred Hitchcock’s Marnie (1964) and Sidney Lumet’s The Hill (1965). After multiple films throughout the 1970s, he played Bond as an aging agent 007 in 1983’s Never Say Never Again.
One of his other important roles was as Indiana Jones’ father in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), which he received a Golden Globe Award nomination for. He continued acting for the next two decades before retiring in 2006.
Connery died in his sleep, having been unwell for some time. He is survived by his wife Micheline and his son Jason, who is also an actor.