Sean Connery
Oscar-winning Scottish actor
Sean Connery
Sir Thomas Sean Connery Kt. is a Scottish actor and producer who has won an Academy Award, two BAFTA Awards (one of them being a BAFTA Academy Fellowship Award) and three Golden Globes. Connery is best known for portraying the character James Bond, starring in seven Bond films between 1962 and 1983. In 1988, Connery won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in The Untouchables.
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Zsa Zsa Gabor's Best Quotes About Love, Marriage And Divorce
Huffington Post - 2 months
Zsa Zsa Gabor, who died Sunday at the age of 99, was arguably more famous for her many marriages and divorces than she was for her acting career. The wife of eight husbands (well, nine if you count the union that lasted only one day before it was annulled), Gabor unapologetically loved, lost and left throughout her lavish life.  Correction. pic.twitter.com/SbYXxxjXON — Letters of Note (@LettersOfNote) December 18, 2016 “Every girl should be married at least once in her life. It’s a must,” Gabor wrote in her 1970 book, “How to Catch a Man, How to Keep a Man, How to Get Rid of a Man.”  Gabor would know. In her lifetime, she wed a Turkish diplomat, a hotelier, an English actor, a Mexican actor, a Beverly Hills investor, a Texas socialite, an inventor, a divorce lawyer and even the adopted son of German royalty, who finally gave Gabor the one title she seemed destined to have: princess. The star was adored by fans for her witty one-liners and her openness to dis ...
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Zsa Zsa Gabor, Actress And Glamour Icon, Dead At 99
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Zsa Zsa Gabor has died at the age of 99. The actress and socialite died of a heart attack, according to TMZ. At her peak, Gabor was one of the most famous women in the world. Known for her unapologetically lavish lifestyle and bombshell image, she was in the public eye for more than six decades. Though Gabor withdrew from the limelight in her later years, she remained an enduring figure of old Hollywood glamour.  The daughter of a soldier and a European jewelry heiress, Sari Gabor was born on Feb. 6, 1917, (her birth year has been disputed throughout her career) in Budapest, Hungary. Gabor, who began referring to herself as Zsa Zsa in childhood, was discovered by the famous opera singer Richard Tauber in 1934, setting her on a path toward superstardom.  Although Gabor made her mark on the silver screen with roles in “Lovely to Look” (1952), “Moulin Rouge” (1952), “Death of a Scoundrel” (1956), “Queen of Outer Space” (1958) and Orson Welles’ “Touch of Evil” (1958), her foremo ...
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Stephen Colbert: Vladimir Putin's Reported Reason For Russia Hacking The Election Is 'Lame'
Huffington Post - 2 months
Stephen Colbert mocked Russian leader Vladimir Putin on Thursday over the reported reason behind allegations he directly interfered in the U.S. presidential election. The “Late Show” host said that Putin’s alleged personal vendetta against Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton over her 2011 call for an investigation into fraud and intimidation in Russia’s parliamentary elections was “lame.” “There are so many better reasons to get revenge on America,” Colbert said. “Economic sanctions, NATO expansion, Sean Connery’s accent in ‘The Hunt for Red October.’” Colbert also examined President-elect Donald Trump’s latest cabinet picks ― including the rumored choice of movie star Sylvester Stallone for a top arts role. And he explored why so many singers are reluctant to perform at Trump’s inauguration. Check out the full monologue in the clip above. type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related Coverage + articlesList=584fbacfe4b0e05aded5ac6b,584275 ...
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Soundcast Reviews: <i>Wooden Overcoats</i>, <i>Gilbert Gottfried</i> & <i>Two Beers In</i>
Huffington Post - 4 months
Wooden Overcoats S2E1: The Ghost of Piffling Vale The delightfully funny and fast-paced soundcast sitcom Wooden Overcoats is back. It's been months since its first season concluded but given the rich production value and the tight writing, Season 2 looks to be worth the wait if the kickoff episode is any indication. Things pick up essentially where they left off -- Rudyard Funn and Eric Chapman, owner/undertakers of two rival funeral homes are competing for the dying denizens of the tiny Channel island village of Piffling Vale, which is scarcely big enough to support one of them. Rudyard's sister, Antigone, has been made a partner in the business; their way-over-qualified assistant Georgie is still...assisting. And the whole series of misadventures is narrated by Madeline, the mouse with dreams of publishing her memoirs. The episode that opens the second season is Halloween-appropriate, in that the sitcom-wacky plot involves Rudyard and his staff having to put on a séance i ...
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The man who photographed the most iconic stars of the 1960s
CNN - 6 months
Terence Donovan's subjects were some of the most celebrated icons of the 1960s. Sean Connery, Jimi Hendrix and Twiggy are some of the faces in his latest book.
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Melissa Duren, Sean Conner
NYTimes - 6 months
The bride is the managing director of a public relations firm. The groom focuses on business development for a staffing and recruitment agency.
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License To Thrill!
Huffington Post - 7 months
007 Tips To Dress Like Bond! There's been a sudden drop in the Bond market! No, you won't read about it on the financial page -- this one involves Night Manager star Tom Hiddleston, who'd been considered the favorite to succeed Daniel Craig in the iconic role of James Bond, secret agent 007. But Taylor Swift's latest beau appears to be officially out of the running, according to spy thriller writer Frederick Forsyth -- who claims producer Barbara Broccoli won't choose Hiddleston to succeed Daniel Craig in the much-coveted role. Hollywood is certainly shaken, not stirred over the continuing speculation about the next James Bond, with candidates ranging from Idris Elba to -- believe it or not -- Robbie Williams! Although Idris gets Director Stephen Spielberg's vote the Luther star hinted he may not be right for the part. "I think I am too old for that -- running around in cars and ladies and martinis," he laughed. Who knows, Daniel Craig may even return for one more ...
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Explorer: In the Bahamas, Scuba Diving With James Bond’s Trainer
NYTimes - about 1 year
Exploring sunken ships off the coast of the New Providence and Bimini with the man who taught Sean Connery how to scuba dive.
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Not All of New York Has Vanished: A Few Remaining Treasures That You Should Know About, Installment I
Huffington Post - about 1 year
It's easy to walk through Manhattan today and be despondent. Passing by all the banks and drug stores and chain stores that occupy the spaces where your favorite bars, clubs, boutiques, and restaurants used to be it's easy to draw the conclusion that everything you came to New York for, everything that made it incredible, is gone. But the fact is that it's not all gone. There are a few treasures that have held on. I have a small roster of independently owned businesses that I have patronized for 10 to 20 years that still exist and are each, in their own way, incredible and a little piece of New York that's left. Like iconic Chelsea businesses I've written about before - such as the world-renowned men's clothing boutique Camouflage on 8th avenue (now a Subway sandwich and Verizon store) and Alan's Alley Video (which is still vacant two years after eviction) -- each one has been essential to my New York experience. These business that I feature here -- as well as others I will featu ...
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<em>Spectre</em>'s Smashing Success Belies All the Nay-Saying
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Ever since last year's Sony hack revealed concerns about Spectre's budget, screenplay and purportedly future Bond casting, the follow-up to Skyfall, the 50th anniversary Bond film and biggest British film in history, has been a marked movie. Doubts about its late-starting production, some edgy remarks about the role from star Daniel Craig, and a surprising round of some slagging reviews preceded its November 6th North American launch. (It opened in the UK and some other nations a week earlier.) But surveys of actual film-going audiences gave high ratings to the film -- which, on balance, is terrific though not as good as Skyfall -- and Spectre has proved to be another huge hit, as well as a very entertaining and satisfying film experience. Coming out of Thanksgiving weekend, Spectre has taken in $750 million at the box office worldwide, easily moving it into profit no matter which estimate of the costs of making and marketing the film is correct. Since Spectre will continue to ...
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Spectre</em>'s Smashing Success Belies All the Nay-Saying
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Ever since last year's Sony hack revealed concerns about Spectre's budget, screenplay and purportedly future Bond casting, the follow-up to Skyfall, the 50th anniversary Bond film and biggest British film in history, has been a marked movie. Doubts about its late-starting production, some edgy remarks about the role from star Daniel Craig, and a surprising round of some slagging reviews preceded its November 6th North American launch. (It opened in the UK and some other nations a week earlier.) But surveys of actual film-going audiences gave high ratings to the film -- which, on balance, is terrific though not as good as Skyfall -- and Spectre has proved to be another huge hit, as well as a very entertaining and satisfying film experience. Coming out of Thanksgiving weekend, Spectre has taken in $750 million at the box office worldwide, easily moving it into profit no matter which estimate of the costs of making and marketing the film is correct. Since Spectre will continue to pla ...
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Sean Connery's wife ordered to stand trial in Spain fraud case
Yahoo News - about 1 year
Sean Connery's wife has been ordered to stand trial in Spain for her alleged part in a multi-million-euro fraud that could see her jailed for more than two years, judicial authorities said. Micheline Roquebrune, wife of the 85-year-old film star best known for his portrayal of James Bond, could also be fined 23 million euros ($24.4 million) if found guilty of involvement in an alleged operation that defrauded the state, the Supreme Court of the southern region of Andalucia said. The case is part of the so-called "Goldfinger" investigation into "an urban development operation linked to a plot of land in which the villa of the Connery's was located," the court added on Thursday.
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What’s a ‘Simon sisters sandwich’?
Fox News - over 1 year
Simon says you should ask Sean Connery
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And The Sexiest Man Alive Over Age 50 Is ...
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Like a fine wine, we know darn well that men also improve with age. So on the day People Magazine announced that soccer star David Beckham, 40, was its Sexiest Man Alive, we asked our Huff/Post50 Facebook followers which men over 50 they really thought deserved the title. Sorry David, but we are done bending it like you. (The movie! It's a reference to the movie, you dirty minds!) Here's who topped the post-50 charts: 1. Sean Connery Connery actually remains the oldest man to earn the People Magazine title. He was 59 when it was bestowed on him in 1989. And his reaction? "For once, I'm speechless," he said. "It'll all be downhill from here!'' Sorry 007, but we beg to disagree. You look better than ever! 2. George Clooney Many Clooney fans among us, many indeed. Some even remember when he was Dr. Doug Ross on television's ER. Clooney has twice been named as People's sexiest man alive (1997 and 2006) but we can't get enough of a good thing. Clooney is rocking it at 54. ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Sean Connery
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2010
    Age 79
    In 2010 he made an appearance at the Edinburgh Film Festival.
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    In 2010, a bronze bust sculpture of Connery was placed in the capital city of Estonia.
    More Details Hide Details In the film Transformers: Dark of the Moon, the character Sentinel Prime's features were mostly based on Connery. When Leonard Nimoy was to voice the role, however, the effects were altered to incorporate Nimoy's acting as well.
    In 2010, he reprised his role in an expanded 80-minute version of Sir Billi, serving also as executive producer.
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  • 2003
    Age 72
    In response to accusations that he is a tax exile, Connery released documents in 2003 showing that he had paid £3.7 million in UK taxes between 1997/98 and 2002/03.
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  • 2001
    Age 70
    His funding of the SNP ceased in 2001, when the UK Parliament passed legislation that prohibited overseas funding of political activities in the UK.
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  • 2000
    Age 69
    Connery was knighted by Elizabeth II in Edinburgh in July 2000.
    More Details Hide Details He had been nominated for a knighthood in 1997 and 1998, but these nominations were vetoed by Donald Dewar due to Connery's political views. Sean Connery has a villa in Kranidi, Greece. His neighbour is King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, with whom he shares a helicopter platform. Michael Caine (who co-starred with Connery in The Man Who Would Be King (1975), which saw the double act receive critical acclaim) is among Connery's closest friends. Connery is a member of the Scottish National Party (SNP), a centre-left political party campaigning for Scottish independence from the United Kingdom, and has supported the party financially and through personal appearances.
  • 1999
    Age 68
    A keen golfer, Connery owned the Domaine de Terre Blanche in the South of France for twenty years (from 1979) where he planned to build his dream golf course on the of land, but the dream was not realised until he sold it to German billionaire Dietmar Hopp in 1999.
    More Details Hide Details He has been awarded the rank of Shodan (1st dan) in Kyokushin karate.
  • 1998
    Age 67
    In 1998, Connery received a BAFTA Academy Fellowship Award.
    More Details Hide Details Connery's later films included several box office and critical disappointments such as First Knight (1995), Just Cause (1995), The Avengers (1998), and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003), but he also received positive reviews, including his performance in Finding Forrester (2000). He also received a Crystal Globe for outstanding artistic contribution to world cinema. Connery stated in interviews that he was offered a role in The Lord of the Rings series, declining it due to "not understanding the script." CNN reported that the actor was offered up to 15% of the worldwide box office receipts to play Gandalf, which had he accepted, could have earned him as much as $400 million for the trilogy. Connery's disillusionment with the "idiots now making films in Hollywood" was cited as a reason for his eventual decision to retire from film-making.
  • 1996
    Age 65
    In 1996, he voiced the role of Draco the dragon in the film Dragonheart.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1983
    Age 52
    After his experience with Never Say Never Again in 1983 and the following court case, Connery became unhappy with the major studios and for two years did not make any films.
    More Details Hide Details Following the successful European production The Name of the Rose (1986), for which he won a BAFTA award, Connery's interest in more commercial material was revived. That same year, a supporting role in Highlander showcased his ability to play older mentors to younger leads, which would become a recurring role in many of his later films. The following year, his acclaimed performance as a hard-nosed Irish-American cop in The Untouchables (1987) earned him the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, his sole nomination throughout his career. Fellow nominees included Morgan Freeman and Denzel Washington, both of whom would go on to win the award. His subsequent box-office hits included Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), in which he played Henry Jones, Sr., the title character's father, The Hunt for Red October (1990) (where he was reportedly called in at two weeks' notice), The Russia House (1990), The Rock (1996), and Entrapment (1999).
  • 1982
    Age 51
    In 1982, Connery narrated G'olé!, the official film of the 1982 FIFA World Cup.
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  • 1981
    Age 50
    In 1981, Connery appeared in the film Time Bandits as Agamemnon.
    More Details Hide Details The casting choice derives from a joke Michael Palin included in the script, in which he describes the character removing his mask as being "Sean Connery — or someone of equal but cheaper stature". When shown the script, Connery was happy to play the supporting role.
  • FORTIES
  • 1972
    Age 41
    Connery shared a Henrietta Award with Charles Bronson for "World Film Favorite – Male" in 1972.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1965
    Age 34
    During the filming of Thunderball in 1965, Connery's life was in danger in the sequence with the sharks in Emilio Largo's pool.
    More Details Hide Details He had been concerned about this threat when he read the script. Connery insisted that Ken Adam build a special Plexiglas partition inside the pool, but, despite this, it was not a fixed structure and one of the sharks managed to pass through it. He had to abandon the pool immediately. In 2005, From Russia with Love was adapted by Electronic Arts into a video game, titled James Bond 007: From Russia with Love, which featured all-new voice work by Connery as well as his likeness, and those of several of the film's supporting cast. Although Bond had made him a star, Connery eventually tired of the role and the pressure the franchise put on him, saying "am fed up to here with the whole Bond bit" and "I have always hated that damned James Bond. I'd like to kill him". Michael Caine said of the situation, "If you were his friend in these early days you didn't raise the subject of Bond. He was, and is, a much better actor than just playing James Bond, but he became synonymous with Bond. He'd be walking down the street and people would say, "Look, there's James Bond." That was particularly upsetting to him." While making the Bond films, Connery also starred in other acclaimed films such as Alfred Hitchcock's Marnie (1964) and The Hill (1965). Apart from The Man Who Would Be King and The Wind and the Lion, both released in 1975, most of Connery's successes in the next decade were as part of ensemble casts in films such as Murder on the Orient Express (1974) with Vanessa Redgrave and John Gielgud and A Bridge Too Far (1977) co-starring Dirk Bogarde and Laurence Olivier.
  • 1962
    Age 31
    Connery was married to actress Diane Cilento from 1962 to 1973.
    More Details Hide Details They had a son, actor Jason Connery. Connery has been married to Moroccan-French painter Micheline Roquebrune (born 1929) since 1975.
  • 1961
    Age 30
    He also had a prominent television role in Rudolph Cartier's 1961 productions of Adventure Story and Anna Karenina for BBC Television, in the latter of which he co-starred with Claire Bloom.
    More Details Hide Details Connery's breakthrough came in the role of British secret agent James Bond. He was reluctant to commit to a film series, but understood that if the films succeeded, his career would greatly benefit. He played 007 in the first five Bond films: Dr. No (1962), From Russia with Love (1963), Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965), and You Only Live Twice (1967) – then appeared again as Bond in Diamonds Are Forever (1971) and Never Say Never Again (1983). All seven films were commercially successful. James Bond, as portrayed by Connery, was selected as the third-greatest hero in cinema history by the American Film Institute. Connery's selection for the role of James Bond owed a lot to Dana Broccoli, wife of producer "Cubby" Broccoli, who is reputed to have been instrumental in persuading her husband that Sean Connery was the right man. James Bond's creator, Ian Fleming, originally doubted Connery's casting, saying, "He's not what I envisioned of James Bond looks", and "I'm looking for Commander Bond and not an overgrown stunt-man," adding that Connery (muscular, 6' 2", and a Scot) was unrefined. Fleming's girlfriend told him that Connery had the requisite sexual charisma, and Fleming changed his mind after the successful Dr. No première. He was so impressed, he created a half-Scottish, half-Swiss heritage for Bond in the later novels.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1959
    Age 28
    In 1959, Connery landed a leading role in Robert Stevenson's Walt Disney Productions film Darby O'Gill and the Little People (1959) alongside Albert Sharpe, Janet Munro, and Jimmy O'Dea.
    More Details Hide Details The film is a tale about a wily Irishman and his battle of wits with leprechauns. Upon the film's initial release, A. H. Weiler of the New York Times praised the cast (save Connery whom he described as "merely tall, dark, and handsome") and thought the film an "overpoweringly charming concoction of standard Gaelic tall stories, fantasy and romance." In his book The Disney Films, film critic and historian Leonard Maltin stated that, "Darby O'Gill and the Little People is not only one of Disney's best films, but is certainly one of the best fantasies ever put on film."
  • 1958
    Age 27
    In 1958, he had a major role in the melodrama Another Time, Another Place (1958) as a British reporter named Mark Trevor, caught in a love affair opposite Lana Turner and Barry Sullivan.
    More Details Hide Details During filming, star Lana Turner's possessive gangster boyfriend, Johnny Stompanato, who was visiting from Los Angeles, believed she was having an affair with Connery. He stormed onto the set and pointed a gun at Connery, only to have Connery disarm him and knock him flat on his back. Stompanato was banned from the set. Connery later recounted that he had to lie low for a while after receiving threats from men linked to Stompanato's boss, Mickey Cohen.
  • 1957
    Age 26
    Later in 1957 Connery appeared in Terence Young's poorly received MGM action picture Action of the Tiger opposite Van Johnson, Martine Carol, Herbert Lom and Gustavo Rojo; the film was shot on location in southern Spain.
    More Details Hide Details He also had a minor role in Gerald Thomas's thriller Time Lock (1957) as a welder, appearing alongside Robert Beatty, Lee Patterson, Betty McDowall and Vincent Winter, which commenced filming on 1 December 1956 at Beaconsfield Studios.
    In April 1957, Rakoff, after being disappointed by Jack Palance, decided to give the young actor his first chance in a leading role and cast Connery as Mountain McLintock in BBC TV's outstanding production of Requiem For a Heavyweight which also starred Warren Mitchell and Jacqueline Hill.
    More Details Hide Details He then played a rogue lorry driver Johnny Yates in Cy Endfield's Hell Drivers (1957) alongside Stanley Baker, Herbert Lom, Peggy Cummins and Patrick McGoohan.
    In the spring of 1957, Connery hired agent Richard Hatton who got him a role as Spike, a minor gangster with a speech impediment in Montgomery Tully's No Road Back alongside Skip Homeier, Paul Carpenter, Patricia Dainton and Norman Wooland.
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  • 1956
    Age 25
    In 1956, Connery appeared in the theatrical production of Epitaph, and played a minor role as a hoodlum in the "Ladies of the Manor" episode of the Dixon of Dock Green.
    More Details Hide Details This was followed by small television parts in Sailor of Fortune and The Jack Benny Program.
  • 1954
    Age 23
    Henderson urged him to take elocution lessons and got him parts at the Maida Vale Theatre in London, and he had already begun pursuing a film career, playing an extra in Herbert Wilcox's 1954 musical Lilacs in the Spring alongside Anna Neagle.
    More Details Hide Details Although Connery had secured several roles as extras, he was struggling to make ends meet, and was forced to accept a part-time job as a babysitter for journalist Peter Noble and his actress wife Mary, which earned him 10 shillings a night. He met Hollywood actress Shelley Winters one night at Noble's house who described Connery as "one of the tallest and most charming and masculine Scotsmen" she'd ever seen, and later spent many evenings with the Connery brothers drinking beer. Around this time Connery was residing at TV presenter Llew Gardner's house. Henderson landed Connery a role in a £6 a week Q Theatre production of Agatha Christie's Witness for the Prosecution, during which he met and became friends with fellow-Scot Ian Bannen. This role was followed by Point of Departure and A Witch in Time at Kew, a role as Pentheus opposite Yvonne Mitchell in The Bacchae at the Oxford Playhouse, and a role opposite Jill Bennett in Eugene O'Neill's production of Anna Christie. During his time at the Oxford Theatre, Connery won a brief part as a boxer in the TV series The Square Ring, before being spotted by Canadian director Alvin Rakoff who gave him multiple roles in The Condemned, shot on location in Dover in Kent.
    During the production of South Pacific at the Opera House, Manchester over the Christmas period of 1954, Connery developed a serious interest in the theatre through American actor Robert Henderson who lent him copies of the Henrik Ibsen works Hedda Gabler, The Wild Duck, and When We Dead Awaken, and later listed works by the likes of Marcel Proust, Leo Tolstoy, Ivan Turgenev, Bernard Shaw, James Joyce, and William Shakespeare for him to digest.
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    Connery first met Michael Caine at a party during the production of South Pacific in 1954, and the two would later become close friends.
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  • 1951
    Age 20
    Looking to pick up some extra money, Connery helped out backstage at the King's Theatre in late 1951.
    More Details Hide Details He became interested in the proceedings, and a career was launched. During a bodybuilding competition held in London in 1953, one of the competitors mentioned that auditions were being held for a production of South Pacific; and Connery landed a small part as one of the Seabees chorus boys. By the time the production reached Edinburgh, he had been given the part of Marine Cpl Hamilton Steeves and was understudying two of the juvenile leads, and his salary was raised from £12 to £14–10s a week. The production returned the following year out of popular demand, and Connery was promoted to the featured role of Lieutenant Buzz Adams, which Larry Hagman had portrayed in the West End. While in Edinburgh, Connery was targeted by the notorious Valdor gang, one of the most ruthless gangs in the city. He was first approached by them in a billiard hall on Lothian Street where he prevented them from stealing from his jacket and was later followed by six gang members to a 15 ft high balcony at the Palais. There Connery launched an attack single-handedly against the gang members, grabbing one by the throat and another by a biceps and cracked their heads together. From then on he was treated with great respect by the gang and gained a reputation as a "hard man".
  • TEENAGE
  • 1950
    Age 19
    While his official website claims he was third in the 1950 Mr. Universe contest, most sources place him in the 1953 competition, either third in the Junior class or failing to place in the Tall Man classification.
    More Details Hide Details Connery stated that he was soon deterred from bodybuilding when he found that the Americans frequently beat him in competitions because of sheer muscle size and, unlike Connery, refused to participate in athletic activity which could make them lose muscle mass. 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 immediately after the game. Connery admits that he was tempted to accept, but he recalls, "I realised 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."
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1930
    Born
    Thomas Sean Connery, named Thomas after his grandfather, was born in Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, Scotland on 25 August 1930.
    More Details Hide Details His mother, Euphemia McBain "Effie" (née McLean), was a cleaning woman, and his father, Joseph Connery, was a factory worker and lorry driver. His paternal grandfather's parents emigrated to Scotland from Ireland in the mid-19th century. The remainder of his family was of Scottish descent, and his maternal great-grandparents were native Scottish Gaelic speakers from Fife (unusually, for a speaker of the language) and Uig on the Isle of Skye. His father was a Roman Catholic, and his mother was a Protestant. He has a younger brother, Neil (b. 1938). Connery has said that he was called Sean, his middle name, long before becoming an actor, explaining that when he was young he had an Irish friend named Séamus and that those who knew them both had decided to call Connery by his middle name whenever both were present. He was generally referred to in his youth as "Tommy". Although he was small in primary school, he grew rapidly around the age of 12, reaching his full adult height of at 18. He was known during his teen years as "Big Tam", and has stated that he lost his virginity to an adult woman in an ATS uniform at the age of 14. Connery's first job was as a milkman in Edinburgh with St. Cuthbert's Co-operative Society. He then joined the Royal Navy, during which time he acquired two tattoos, of which his official website says "unlike many tattoos, his were not frivolous—his tattoos reflect two of his lifelong commitments: his family and Scotland....
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