Sean Connery is a retired Scottish actor who is probably best known for his role as Agent 007 in the original James Bond films. Prior to turning his attention towards acting, Connery served in the navy, trained in bodybuilding and was even an avid footballer; he first step foot into the entertainment industry in the 1950’s when he was offered a minor role in a production of South Pacific. Before long, Connery had found himself developing a strong interest in theatre. With encouragement from some of his friends, he eventually made the decision to pursue a career in acting; he landed several minor roles over the next few year. Some of his early projects include Lilacs in Spring (1954), No Road Back (1957), Action of the Tiger (1957) and Time Lock (1957). However despite his screen time, he didn’t get his big break until close to ten years after his debut, when he was cast as the leading protagonist in Dr. No, the first of the James Bond spy films in 1962.
A house-hold name around the world, it’s not surprising that the actor has received an ample amount of awards throughout his six-decade career. Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2000, Sir Sean Connery has won three Golden Globe Awards, two BAFTA Awards, two European Film Awards, two Jupiter Awards, three Laurel Awards as well as an Academy Award amongst numerous others. Besides being a multi-award winner, the actor has also garnered over twenty five nominations for his achievements in the industry, including three for the Golden globe (not counting the ones which he later won) and one for the Satellite Award. One of the most celebrated actors hailing from Scotland, Connery was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Film Institude in 2008ーan event which also confirmed his retirement as an actor. In 1989, he was named the “Sexiest Man Alive” by People Magazine; Connery was also voted by readers to be the “Sexiest Man of the Century” in 1999.
When Connery wasn’t dazzling audience members on screen with his acting, he was involved with other television projects such as documentaries and talk shows. He took part in his first variety show in 1962 when he appeared as a panellist in Juke Box Jury. During the early leg of his career, the actor also starred The Guns of James Bond (1964), The Sun…the Sand…the Hill (1965), Flashes Festival (1965), The Castles of Scotland (1967) and Call It Magic (1975) to name a few. More recently in 2012, the veteran was also involved with Close Up, a documentary centred around silent short films.
So what has the Academy Award-winning actor been up to since his retirement at the beginning of the 2000’s? Has he been working on anything despite his retired status? What happened to Sean Connery? Where is he now in 2016?
Sean Connery’s Upbringing and Early Life
Born on August 25, 1930, in Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, Thomas Sean Connery is the son of Joseph and Euphemia McBain Connery, a factory worker and cleaning maid respectively. Named after his grandfather, Connery has a younger brother named Neil (who was born when he was eight years old) and is of Scottish descent. Growing up, he spent a lot of time engaging in activities such as soccer in his Fountainbridge neighbourhood; known for his tall stature even as a child, Connery was given the nickname “Big Tam” due to his height. A student at Tollcross elementary school during the 30’s, he was exceptional at math. Besides being a model school-goer, the young Connery also loved to readーespecially comic books.
Although he was gifted in academics, Connery eventually left school when he was thirteen, to work full-time as a milkman. After assuming the position for a few years, he later quit to join the Royal Navy; it was then that he received two tattoosーone that reads “Mum and Dad” and another that reads “Scotland Forever” on his arm. However despite having registered or a seven year sting, Connery found himself released prematurely from service after only three years, due to ulcers in his stomach. Returning home, he took up a variety of odd jobs to make ends meet, including working as a model at the Edinburg Art School. It wasn’t long until Connery began to participate in local weight lighting clubs, for which he had undergone body-building training for; he was eventually nominated as “Mr. Universe” in 1950.
As fate would have it, also present at the competition was a local casting director. Having struck a cord with the director, Connery was later invited to join the cast of the musical production, South Pacific. After a single rehearsal for the show, the former body-builder was sold on acting as a career; he subsequently chose “Sean Connery” to be his stage name, as it had reminded him of Shane, his favourite movie hero.