Sean Connery is one movie star who needs no introduction!! The actor, who played James Bond in seven movies from 1962 to 1983, is one of the most recognizable faces on this planet. He hails from Scotland, Great Britain; and has been voted from time to time as “The Greatest Living Scot” and “Scotland’s Greatest Living National Treasure”. Known for his persuasive charm, tall frame that exudes manliness and polished glib tactful style of the legendary James Bond, he was voted as the “Sexiest Man Alive” in 1989 by People magazine, and in 1999, he was voted as the “Sexiest Man of the Century”. Read on to know more about Sean Connery.
Sean Connery Biography and Family
Sean Connery was born on 25th August 1930 in Edinburg, Scotland to Euphemia McBain and Joseph Connery. He had very humble roots as his father was a factory worker and his mother was a cleaning woman. He was named after his grandfather, and was called Thomas Sean Connery. He was known by his nickname Tommy. He had a younger brother Neil Connery. He had rapid physical growth in his teens and height of 6’2” made people call him Big Tam.
Connery began his career as a milk delivery man in Edinburg. He then joined the Navy. After his release from the Navy on medical grounds, he joined back the milk delivery, and then became a lorry driver. He later took up several odd jobs like a life-guard, model for artists and painters, and even a coffin polisher.
Meanwhile, Connery had begun body-building from the age of 18 and during the early Fifties won several awards at the Mr. Universe contests. He was also an avid footballer and was even considered for a contract with Manchester United. He turned down the offer for a career in acting. He started backstage at the King’s Theatre and landed a small role as a chorus boy. Then he got a minor role, where he performed so well that he was promoted to a more prominent role.
In 1954 he met Michael Caine and both became good friends. Another actor Robert Henderson helped him get roles in Maid vale Theatre in London. He had also begun getting roles as extra in films. He got a role in a play based on Agatha Christie’s mystery novel, which later helped him get many good substantial roles in plays at the Oxford Theatre.
During this time he got the role of a boxer in a TV series. This landed him several assignments in many different TV series. He started playing lead roles in popular TV series including one for BBC TV. During 1957 he got his first major movie role in No Road Back which was followed by several TV movies such as Anna Christie, Macbeth and Anna Karenina.
He then started getting bit roles in movies till he landed a major role in 1958 in the movie “Another Time, Another Place” opposite Lana Turner. During the filming he received threats from gangsters. In 1959 he got a leading in a Walt Disney Productions film “Darby O’Gill and the Little People” which won him rave reviews. In 1961 he did The Frightened City and in 1962 he appeared in The Longest Day,
Sean Connery’s biggest and legendary break came when he accepted the role to play James Bond Secret agent 007. He started with “Dr. No” in 1962. Since then, as they say, is history. Connery never looked back. Next year in 1963, he did “From Russia with Love”. In 1954 came “Goldfinger”, and in 1965 “Thunderball”. “You Only Live Twice” was released in 1967. After a break of four years, “Diamonds Are Forever” came in 1971.
Later after his sixth Bond movie, the franchisee of James Bond changed the actor. The last Bond movie in which Sean Connery acted, came much later in 1983, “Never Say Never Again”. All these seven James Bond movies created Box Office history and were very popular even with young kids. Ian Fleming, the author of James Bond books was very impressed with Sean Connery. Sean Connery owes his outstanding success and fame to the producers of James Bond movies Albert Broccoli and the Director Terence Young.
Sean Connery was never too happy or satisfied with only doing James Bond roles. While working for James Bond movies he took up other assignments. He starred in Alfred Hitchcock movies “Marnie” and “The Hill” in 1964 and 1965 respectively. He also played a prominent role in “Murder on the Orient Express” which was released in 1974. His “The Man Who Would Be King” and “The Wind” were released in 1975. His 1977 movie “A Bridge Too far” won several awards. He acted in the film “Time bandits” in 1981.
He got a BAFTA award for his movie “The Name of the Rose” in 1986. Same year he was applauded for his role as a mentor in “The Highlander”. The following year, he won critical acclaim for his role in “The Untouchables” in 1987 and won the Academy Award, which was his first and only Academy award.
In 1989 he gave the big hit movie “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”. Next year in 1990 he gave an outstanding performance in “The Hunt for Red October”. His other movie that year was “The Russia House”. The thunderously successful “The Rock” was released in 1996. That year, he gave his voice to the movie “Dragonheart”. His “Entrapment” in 1999 was also a huge hit.
Later he went on to give great movies like “First Knight” (1995), “Just Cause” (1995), “The Avengers” (1998), “Finding Forrester” (2000) and “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” (2003). In the last name movie, the renowned Indian actor Naseeruddin Shah shared screen space with him. He is a recipient of the Crystal Globe for his outstanding artistic contribution to world cinema.
He chose to retire from cinema, despite getting several lucrative offers. Sean Connery announced his confirmed retirement after receiving the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. Connery continued to give his voice to several projects such as the animated short Sir Billi the Vet; and a new video game version of his Bond film From Russia with Love.
Connery was married to actress Diane Cilento in 1962 from whom he has a son, actor Jason Connery. They divorced in1973. In 1975, he got married to Micheline Roquebrune. Sean Connery is a good golf player and 1st Dan in Kyokushin Karate. Connery was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2000.
Sean Connery Net Worth in year 2017 is approximately $370 Million US Dollars
Sean Connery’s net worth in 2017 is estimated to be more than $370 millions. This wealth comes from his 50 years of Hollywood career. He could have earned more than twice had he not been choosy about the roles he accepted.
Sean Connery Assets
The James Bond star owns a huge collection of expensive cars which include BMW’s, Aston Martin and Porsche.
Sean Connery owned the Domaine de Terre Blanche in the South of France, which was sold in 1999 to a German billionaire for an undisclosed sum.
Connery also owns a villa in Kranidi, Greece, where his neighbour is King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, with whom he shares a helipad.
His mansion in Bahamas, where he lives now, is valued at more than $30 million. It is a beautiful 3 storey cliff-side mansion with a total area of 7,000 square meters. The luxurious villa has swimming pools and provides amazing views of the sea.
Connery also owns a film production company called Fountainbridge Films, which is named after the locality in Edinburgh where he was born.
Sean Connery Business Model
Sean Connery’s business model is simple. He is an actor par excellence and works in movies that suit his personal belief and tastes. Apart from working for the James Bond franchisee films, he has also worked in several other movies of different producers. He is also a much sought after voice-over artist who has lent his deep sombre voice in several block-buster movies in which the characters were animated. Sean Connery has also endorsed a number of top brands in the world, like Louis Vuitton and Citroen among many others.
Sean Connery has formally retired from film acting. He is more than 86 years old now. He has confirmed his decision on a number of occasions when asked by his fans and media. He has become a social recluse who likes to stay away from the limelight. He has not made any public appearance, of late.
He has reiterated time and again that he is enjoying his private time and does not want to take up any new assignments. He loves playing golf in his spare time. He lives in Bahamas in his palatial house with his wife Micheline Roquebrune, and his son and grandson visit him often.