Sean Connery

Highest Rated: 100% The Hill (1965)
Lowest Rated: 0% Sir Billi (2013)
Birthday: Aug 25, 1930
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
One of the few movie "superstars" truly worthy of the designation, actor Sean Connery was born to a middle-class Scottish family in the first year of the worldwide Depression. Dissatisfied with his austere surroundings, Connery quit school at 15 to join the navy (he still bears his requisite tattoos, one reading "Scotland Forever" and the other "Mum and Dad"). Holding down several minor jobs, not the least of which was as a coffin polisher, Connery became interested in bodybuilding, which led to several advertising modeling jobs and a bid at Scotland's "Mr. Universe" title. Mildly intrigued by acting, Connery joined the singing-sailor chorus of the London roduction of South Pacific in 1951, which whetted his appetite for stage work. Connery worked for a while in repertory theater, then moved to television, where he scored a success in the BBC's re-staging of the American teledrama Requiem for a Heavyweight. The actor moved on to films, playing bit parts (he'd been an extra in the 1954 Anna Neagle musical Lilacs in the Spring) and working up to supporting roles. Connery's first important movie role was as Lana Turner's romantic interest in Another Time, Another Place (1958) -- although he was killed off 15 minutes into the picture. After several more years in increasingly larger film and TV roles, Connery was cast as James Bond in 1962's Dr. No; he was far from the first choice, but the producers were impressed by Connery's refusal to kowtow to them when he came in to read for the part. The actor played the secret agent again in From Russia With Love (1963), but it wasn't until the third Bond picture, Goldfinger (1964), that both Connery and his secret-agent alter ego became a major box-office attraction. While the money steadily improved, Connery was already weary of Bond at the time of the fourth 007 flick Thunderball (1965). He tried to prove to audiences and critics that there was more to his talents than James Bond by playing a villain in Woman of Straw (1964), an enigmatic Hitchcock hero in Marnie (1964), a cockney POW in The Hill (1965), and a loony Greenwich Village poet in A Fine Madness (1966). Despite the excellence of his characterizations, audiences preferred the Bond films, while critics always qualified their comments with references to the secret agent. With You Only Live Twice (1967), Connery swore he was through with James Bond; with Diamonds Are Forever (1971), he really meant what he said. Rather than coast on his celebrity, the actor sought out the most challenging movie assignments possible, including La Tenda Rossa/The Red Tent (1969), The Molly Maguires (1970), and Zardoz (1973). This time audiences were more responsive, though Connery was still most successful with action films like The Wind and the Lion (1974), The Man Who Would Be King (1975), and The Great Train Robbery (1979). With his patented glamorous worldliness, Connery was also ideal in films about international political intrigue like The Next Man (1976), Cuba (1979), The Hunt for Red October (1990), and The Russia House (1990). One of Connery's personal favorite performances was also one of his least typical: In The Offence (1973), he played a troubled police detective whose emotions -- and hidden demons -- are agitated by his pursuit of a child molester. In 1981, Connery briefly returned to the Bond fold with Never Say Never Again, but his difficulties with the production staff turned what should have been a fond throwback to his salad days into a nightmarish experience for the actor. At this point, he hardly needed Bond to sustain his career; Connery had not only the affection of his fans but the respect of his industry peers, who honored him with the British Film Academy award for The Name of the Rose (1986) and an American Oscar for The Untouchables (1987) (which also helped make a star of Kevin Costner, who repaid the favor by casting Connery as Richard the Lionhearted in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves [1991] -- the most highly publicize

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
0% Sir Billi Actor 2013
No Score Yet Ever to Excel Actor 2012
17% The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Executive Producer Allan Quatermain $66.4M 2003
74% Finding Forrester William Forrester Producer $51.4M 2000
No Score Yet The James Bond Story Actor 2000
No Score Yet Hollywood Screen Tests Actor 2000
38% Entrapment Producer Robert `Mac' MacDougal 1999
60% Playing by Heart Paul 1998
5% The Avengers Sir August de Wynter 1998
66% The Rock John Patrick Mason Executive Producer 1996
50% Dragonheart Draco 1996
44% First Knight King Arthur 1995
24% Just Cause Executive Producer Paul Armstrong 1995
10% A Good Man in Africa Dr. Alex Murray 1994
33% Rising Sun Executive Producer John Connor 1993
19% Medicine Man Executive Producer Dr. Robert Campbell 1992
0% Highlander 2: The Quickening Juan Ramirez 1991
51% Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves King Richard 1991
No Score Yet Great Golf Courses of the World - Scotland Himself 1991
75% The Russia House Barley Blair 1990
88% The Hunt for Red October Marko Ramius 1990
38% Family Business Jessie 1989
88% Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Dr. Henry Jones 1989
53% The Presidio Lt. Col. Alan Caldwell 1988
No Score Yet Memories of Me Sean Connery 1988
81% The Untouchables Jim Malone 1987
No Score Yet Happy Anniversary 007 - 25 Years of James Bond Actor 1987
74% The Name of the Rose (Der Name der Rose) William of Baskerville 1986
68% Highlander Ramirez 1986
No Score Yet Sword of the Valiant The Green Knight 1984
No Score Yet James Bond 007: Coming Attractions Actor 1984
66% Never Say Never Again James Bond 1983
17% Five Days One Summer Douglas 1983
38% Wrong Is Right Patrick Hale 1982
89% Time Bandits King Agamemnon 1981
58% Outland Marshal Willian O'Neil 1981
50% Cuba Major Robert Dapes 1979
5% Meteor Dr. Paul Bradley 1979
76% The Great Train Robbery Edward Pierce 1979
No Score Yet The AFI Lifetime Achievement Awards: Alfred Hitchcock Actor 1979
62% A Bridge Too Far Maj. Gen. Roy Urquhart 1977
No Score Yet The Next Man Khalil Abdul-Muhsen 1976
76% Robin and Marian Robin Hood 1976
No Score Yet Arab Conspiracy Actor 1976
96% The Man Who Would Be King Daniel Dravot 1975
75% The Wind and the Lion Mulay el-Raisuli 1975
91% Murder on the Orient Express Col. Arbuthnot 1974
No Score Yet Ransom (The Terrorists) Nils Tahlvik 1974
48% Zardoz Zed 1974
71% The Offence Det. Sgt. Johnson 1973
64% Diamonds Are Forever James Bond 1971
88% The Red Tent Roald Amundsen 1971
74% The Anderson Tapes John Anderson 1971
89% The Molly Maguires Jack Kehoe 1970
40% Shalako Shalako 1968
72% You Only Live Twice James Bond 1967
No Score Yet The Bowler And The Bunnet Director 1967
No Score Yet A Fine Madness Samson Shillitoe 1966
No Score Yet Un monde nouveau Actor 1966
87% Thunderball James Bond 1965
100% The Hill Joe Roberts 1965
97% Goldfinger James Bond 1964
No Score Yet Woman of Straw Anthony Richmond 1964
82% Marnie Mark Rutland 1964
96% From Russia With Love James Bond 1964
96% Dr. No James Bond 1962
No Score Yet The Frightened City Paddy Damion 1962
91% The Longest Day Private Flanagan 1962
No Score Yet Anna Karenina Actor 1961
No Score Yet On the Fiddle Pedlar Pascoe 1961
No Score Yet Macbeth Actor 1961
No Score Yet Hard Drivers Actor 1960
No Score Yet Shakespeare's An Age of Kings Actor 1960
No Score Yet Tarzan's Greatest Adventure O'Bannion 1959
100% Darby O'Gill and the Little People Michael McBride 1959
100% A Night to Remember Titanic Deck Hand 1958
No Score Yet Another Time Another Place Mark Trevor 1958
No Score Yet Time Lock Actor 1957
No Score Yet Action of the Tiger Mike 1957
No Score Yet Hell Drivers Johnny 1957
No Score Yet No Road Back Spike 1957
No Score Yet Lilacs in the Spring (Let's Make Up) Actor 1954

TV

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No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest
  • 2003

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