Neil Connery Biography

Neil Connery is a retired Scottish actor, better known as legendary actor Sir Sean Connery’s younger brother. Check out this biography to know about his childhood, family, personal life, career, and achievements.

Quick Facts

Birthday: January 1, 1938

Nationality: Scottish

Famous: Actors Scottish Men

Age: 82 Years, 82 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Capricorn

Also Known As: Neil Niren Connery

Born Country: Scotland

Born in: Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Famous as: Actor

Height: 6'1" (185 cm), 6'1" Males

Family:

Spouse/Ex-: Elinor Connery

father: Joseph Connery

mother: Euphemia McLean

siblings: Sean Connery

City: Edinburgh, Scotland

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Neil Connery is a retired Scottish actor, better known as legendary actor Sir Sean Connery’s younger brother. Born during the Great Depression, Neil was raised in the midst of poverty and crisis. However, he was blessed with an older brother who took the reigns of the household at a young age, supporting the family when their father could not. Neil followed in his brother’s footsteps all his life but could not replicate his success. Be it getting into the army (Sean Connery had served in the ‘Royal Navy’ for 3 years) or creating a ‘Bond’-like persona in his debut film, Neil could never escape Sean’s shadow. Sean shielded Neil from the hardships of being raised in a poor family, making sure Neil did not have to give up on the essential experiences in life. It was only fitting that when it came to stepping into the world of cinema, Neil’s first performance was in ‘O.K. Connery,’ an Italian spin-off of the English ‘James Bond’ franchise (which starred his brother). It is believed that the uncanny similarity between Neil and Sean Connery’s voices, earned Neil his role in ‘O.K. Connery’.

Childhood & Early Life
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Career
  • After Sir Sean Connery’s first ‘Bond’ movie released in 1962, it was Neil’s opportunity to take the plunge. The original ‘Bond’ director Terence Young had heard Neil Connery during a radio interview. He had immediately caught Young’s attention due to the uncanny resemblance of his voice to his actor brother’s.
  • When Italian director Alberto De Martino came looking for someone to play the great British spy’s brother, Terence Young suggested Neil Connery for the part. Neil ultimately played ‘Dr. Neil Connery’ in ‘O.K. Connery’ (1967). The film was renamed in the US as ‘Operation Kid Brother.’ Ironically, Neil could not dub the movie in his voice due to some medical reasons. Thus, an American voice artist was asked to lend his voice to Neil’s character. Even though the movie received negative reviews from all quarters, it is considered to be the oddest ‘Bond’ spoof among a wide array of similar movies. It had a number of actors from the original ‘James Bond’ movies, such as Adolfo Celi, Daniela Bianchi, Anthony Dawson, and Lois Maxwell, playing their original ‘Bond’ characters, which was unusual for a cast in a spin-off.
  • In the next few years, Neil was cast in the British science fiction ‘The Body Stealers’ (1969) and in the British sitcom ‘Only When I laugh’ (1980). He was cast in yet another spy movie, ‘Aces Go Places 3,’ in 1984, which became his swan song. It is reported that he worked as a plasterer after his acting career was cut short due to an unfortunate accident.
  • Years later, in 1997, ‘O.K. Connery’ was featured in one of the episodes of ‘Mystery Science Theatre 3000,’ under an alternative name, ‘Operation Double 007.’
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Family & Personal Life
  • He is married to Eleanor Connery and has two daughters. His mother passed away in 1985. Neil has a nephew, Jason Connery, who is also part of the entertainment industry.
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