Sir Sean Connery is a Scottish actor who has starred in many Hollywood films. He was born August 25, 1930 in Edinburgh, Scotland. He joined the Royal Navy after leaving school, and after being discharged on medical grounds went on to a succession of jobs, including labourer and lifeguard. He competed for Scotland in the Mr Universe competition in 1953, which led to work on the stage, TV, and eventually film.
Connery has long advocated greater independence for Scotland, and has supported the Scottish National Party financially and through personal appearances. Despite being extremely popular throughout the United Kingdom, he was turned down for a knighthood in 1997 and 1998, before the government finally relented and he was made a Knight Bachelor on July 5, 2000.
- Never Say Never Again (1983)
- Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
- You Only Live Twice (1967)
- Thunderball (1965)
- Goldfinger (1964)
- From Russia With Love (1963)
Connery has also appeared in other major films, including
- Finding Forrester (2000)
- The Rock (1995)
- The Hunt for Red October (1990)
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
- The Untouchables (1987) (for which he won an Academy Award for best supporting actor
- Outland (1981)
- The Man Who Would Be King (1975)
- Highlander (19??)
- Zardoz (1973)
- Marny (directed by Alfred Hitchcock), (196?)
He is known for his trademark Scottish accent and his good looks, repeatedly being mentioned as one of the most attractive men alive by magazines despite being considerably older than more conventional sex symbols.