Sean Connery Biography

Sean Connery is a Scottish actor, best known for portraying the iconic role of the spy, ‘James Bond’ in movies. This biography of Sean Connery provides detailed information about his childhood, life, achievements, works & timeline.

Sean Connery
Quick Facts

Birthday: August 25, 1930

Nationality: Scottish

Famous: James Bond Actors

Age: 88 Years, 88 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Virgo

Also Known As: Sir Thomas Sean Connery

Born in: Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, Scotland

Famous as: Actor

Height: 6'2" (188 cm), 6'2" Males


Spouse/Ex-: Micheline Roquebrune (m. 1975), Diane Cilento (m. 1962–1973)

father: Joseph Connery

mother: Euphemia McBain

siblings: Neil (b. 1938)

children: Jason Connery

Personality: ISTJ, ENTJ

City: Edinburgh, Scotland

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Sir Thomas Sean Connery is a Scottish actor, best known for portraying the iconic role of the spy, ‘James Bond’ in movies. He was raised in poverty and started working at an early age to support his family. He had a keen interest in bodybuilding and took part in a bodybuilding competition which changed the course of his life. He was appreciated for his muscular built and was suggested to audition for a role in a musical. He got the part and decided to make acting his profession for the rest of his life. He starred in some minor roles in films and television programs along with his work in theatre. The big break of his life came when he was approached to play the role of a British secret agent, James Bond, in movies based on novels by Ian Fleming. He played it with extreme sophistication and style which made him an overnight star. He was much appreciated for his portrayal of this legendary character and established a tremendous fan following all over the world. Apart from it, he also starred in other productions which were critically as well as commercially quite successful. He is still one of the most charming and charismatic actors in the industry, with a sense of gratitude for his audience, who turned him from an ordinary person to an unforgettable superstar of all times.

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Sean Connery
Childhood & Early Life
  • He was born on August 25, 1930 in Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, Scotland to Joseph Connery, a truck driver and Euphemia McBain, a cleaning woman. He has a younger brother, Neil Connery.
  • His parents were poor and lived in a neighborhood filled with the smell of rubber mills and breweries. As an infant, he used to sleep in a bureau drawer because his parents could not afford a crib for him.
  • He grew up on the streets playing football with the neighborhood boys. In his early years, he was dubbed as the ‘Big Tam’ because of his muscular built and ability to pound his friends.
  • He received his early education from Tollcross Elementary School. He was good at mathematics and also had a keen interest in reading. He used to go for fishing with his brother and skipped school for amusing extracurricular activities.
  • At the age of 13, he quit school to earn money for his family and got a job as a milkman in Edinburgh. After three years, he joined the Royal Navy but was discharged after some time on medical grounds due to his stomach ulcers. Upon returning, he served as a truck driver, laborer, lifeguard and a coffin polisher to support his family.
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  • He had a keen interest in bodybuilding. At the age of 23, he traveled to London and took part in Mr. Universe contest on persuasion of his gym friends. He was suggested by one of his competitors to audition for the stage production of ‘South Pacific’. He gave the audition and was selected for a role of one of the Seabees chorus boys in it.
  • During the production of ‘South Pacific’ at Opera House, Manchester he became friends with Robert Henderson, an American director and actor, who got him parts in Maida Vale Theatre in London.
  • He worked for TV series and movies alongside theatre to make both ends meet. In 1957, he did minor roles in some of the movies including ‘No Road Back’, ‘Action of the Tiger’ and ‘Time Lock’.
  • In 1958, he was offered a major role in ‘Another Time, Another Place’ opposite Lana Turner and later in Robert Stevenson's film ‘Darby O'Gill and the Little People’ in 1959. Both the films were quite successful.
  • In 1961, he was approached for the role of ‘James Bond’ in movies based on Ian Fleming’s best-selling novels, by producers Harry Saltzman and Albert ‘Cubby’ Broccoli. He was reluctant at first but agreed to play the character which eventually made him an icon.
  • He starred in seven Bond films : 'Dr. No' (1962), 'From Russia with Love' (1963), 'Goldfinger' (1964), 'Thunderball' (1965), 'You Only Live Twice' (1967), 'Diamonds Are Forever' (1971) and 'Never Say Never Again' (1983).
  • Alongside Bond movies, he also starred in other critically acclaimed and successful movies which include ‘Marnie’ (1964) , ‘The Hill’ (1965), ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ (1974), ‘The Untouchables’ (1987) and Steven Spielberg’s ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade’ (1989).
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Major Works
  • He was regarded as the quintessential British secret agent for his portrayal of the fictional spy James Bond in movies. He was sleek, smooth and confident in his character and James Bond, as portrayed by Connery, was selected as the third-greatest hero in cinema history by the American Film Institute.
  • He was critically acclaimed for his performance in the 1986 movie ‘The Name of the Rose’ and 1987 film ‘The Untouchables’.
Awards & Achievements
  • He won an ‘Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor’ for his performance in 1987 film ‘The Untouchables.’
  • He won the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films USA in 1995.
  • He won three Golden Globe awards and two BAFTA awards, one of them being a BAFTA Academy Fellowship award.
  • In 1989, he was voted as the ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ and in 1999, ‘The Sexiest Man of the Century’ by the People’s Magazine.
  • In 1999, Connery received a Kennedy Center Honor for Lifetime Achievement and was knighted by the Queen Elizabeth II in July 2000.
  • In 2006, he received the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award.
Personal Life & Legacy
  • In November 1962, he secretly married Diane Cilento, a divorced Australian actress. They had a son, Jason Connery, also an actor. They divorced in 1973 and tabloid rumors suggested the reason was that he had abused her.
  • In 1975, he married Micheline Roquebrune, a French-Moroccan artist. The couple share a similar passion for golf.

1. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)

  (Adventure, Fantasy, Action)

2. Goldfinger (1964)

  (Action, Thriller, Adventure)

3. The Man Who Would Be King (1975)


4. The Hunt for Red October (1990)

  (Thriller, Action, Adventure)

5. The Untouchables (1987)

  (Drama, Thriller, Crime)

6. A Bridge Too Far (1977)

  (War, History, Drama)

7. From Russia with Love (1963)

  (Thriller, Adventure, Action)

8. The Longest Day (1962)

  (Drama, War, Action, History)


Academy Awards(Oscars)
1988 Best Actor in a Supporting Role The Untouchables (1987)
Golden Globe Awards
1988 Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture The Untouchables (1987)
1972 World Film Favorite - Male Winner
BAFTA Awards
1988 Best Actor Der Name der Rose (1986)
MTV Movie & TV Awards
1997 Best On-Screen Duo The Rock (1996)

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