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He had a brief relationship with Lynsey De Paul. (

Measured at exactly 6' 2.4" back in his body-building days, he is still the tallest actor to have played James Bond to date, George Lazenby and Timothy Dalton both being exactly 6' 2". (

Turned down Richard Chamberlain's role in "Shogun" (1980) (mini) because he would not act on television. (

Voted Best British Actor of all time in a poll for Sky TV [Feb 2005]. (

Played James Bond in Thunderball (1965). 18 years later, he reprised the role in the film's remake, Never Say Never Again (1983). (

He was voted the 24th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly. (

Ranked #14 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997] (

Parodied on "Saturday Night Live" (1975) by Darrell Hammond. (

Gert G√ľnther Hoffmann was his German voice for years and even though his voice was very low it fitted the charismatic and charming part of Connery perfectly. G.G. Hoffmann died in 1997. The following dubber's deep voice was incredibly equal to Connery's real one...Manfred Wagner died after dubbing two Sean Connery films, First Knight (1995) and The Rock (1996). (

Awarded a Knighthood on New Year's Eve, 1999. Formally knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in an hour-long ceremony at Edinburgh's Holyrood Palace. His wife Micheline and brother Neil were by his side. (5 July 2000) (

Voted 'Sexiest Man of the Century' by People Magazine. [1999] (

Turned down Patrick McGoohan`s role as King Edward I in Braveheart (1995) because he was filming Just Cause (1995).

Received a Bafta Scotland Lifetime Achievement Award at the Cineworld complex in Edinburgh, Scotland. (25 August 2006).

Injured his shoulder in a fall while playing golf. (June 2008).

Said his favorite memory from A Bridge Too Far (1977) was working with Dirk Bogarde, whom he had long admired.

Turned down Richard Chamberlain`s role in "Shogun" (1980) because he would not act on television.

The extraordinary success of Goldfinger (1964), which was released in December 1964, and of 1965`s Thunderball (1965) propelled Connery to the top of Quigley Publications` annual Top Ten Money Making Stars poll in 1965. He remains the only British male star to be the #1 box office star in America.

Has named his personal favorite of his movies and performances as The Offence (1972).

He brought future James Bond, Roger Moore to a press screening in Paris for Diamonds Are Forever (1971).

December 2002: Voted "The Male Celebrity With The Sexiest Voice" in a survey carried out by a mobile phone company. Kylie Minogue topped the female category.

Received a lifetime achievement award at the opening night of the Festa del Cinema, Rome`s inaugural film festival. Connery was presented with the Marco Aurelio award in recognition of "his numerous cinematic endeavours over the years". (13 October 2006).

His father Joseph Connery died of throat cancer at the age of sixty-nine in August 1972.

Connery and Pierce Brosnan have both played King Arthur, the only Bond actors to do so. Connery played Arthur in First Knight (1995), Brosnan provided Arthur`s voice in Quest for Camelot (1998). Additionally, Connery is the only actor to have played both of England`s most famous kings; he played Richard the Lionhearted in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991).

He has never appeared in a "Skiing" James Bond picture. Though Goldfinger came close as it has sequences set in the lower Swiss mountains, all the ski, snow and ice Bond films belong to the other James Bond actors: George Lazenby (On Her Majesty`s Secret Service (1969)); Roger Moore(The Spy Who Loved Me (1977); For Your Eyes Only (1981); A View to a Kill (1985)); Timothy Dalton (The Living Daylights (1987)); Pierce Brosnan (The World Is Not Enough (1999); Die Another Day (2002).

Is the first (and as of 2006 the only) actor that played "James Bond" to win an Oscar.

Presented with the American Film Institute`s Lifetime Achievement Award by his Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) co-star Harrison Ford, who told him, "John Wayne gave us the old West. James Stewart gave us our town. You gave us the world." (8 June 2006)

He pulled out of an interview for the Edinburgh Festival of Politics in August 2006 after George Reid, the presiding officer of the Scottish Parliament, vowed to ask him why he once told a magazine that some women want a "smack". Sir Sean, the Scottish National Party`s most famous supporter, said it was "unacceptable" and it would have compromised the interview.

Turned down the role of Simon Gruber in Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995) due to the diabolical nature of the character. Director John McTiernan, who directed Connery in The Hunt for Red October (1990), said he was the very first choice for that role.

Turned down the role of John Hammond in Jurassic Park (1993). Coincidentally, his Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) co-star, Harrison Ford, was offered the role of Dr. Alan Grant. Not to mention, it would`ve reunited both of them with director Steven Spielberg.

Of his career choices in the `90s (pretty much his last decade in film), The Rock (1996) and Entrapment (1999) are the films he liked the most. On the other hand, The Avengers (1998) was a film he regretted doing at all.

Was the original voice of Tack the Cobbler, the hero of Richard Williams`s animated cult masterpiece The Princess and the Cobbler (1993). In the original version (from the work print and the resulting "Recobbled" fan-restoration), Tack was mute until the very end, when he spoke in Sean Connery`s voice.

His performance as James Bond in the 007 films is ranked #5 on Premiere Magazine`s 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.

Started smoking when he was nine years old.

In 1999 he called on the Scottish parliament to ban all handguns in the country.

Presented with the Marrakech International Film Festival Award in Morocco by his friend and Just Cause (1995) co-star Laurence Fishburne. (8 December 2004)

Announced his retirement in an interview in New York City during the Tartan Week 2006 celebrations. "I have retired for good," he said.

Was delighted to be honored with the American Film Institute`s Lifetime Achievement Award, which he will receive on June 8 2006 in Los Angeles, as he was honored despite his reputation as a harsh critic of the movie industry. "It means a tremendous amount, especially because of some of the things I have said about Hollywood."

Underwent surgery at a New York hospital to remove a tumour from his kidney in January 2006. Connery`s brother Neil said, "As far as I`m led to believe the tumour was benign. He seems to be quite upbeat about it."

Was seriously considered for the role of King Philip of Macedonia in Oliver Stone`s Alexander (2004).

He was presented with a lifetime achievement award at the European Film Awards in Berlin, presented to him by Jean-Jacques Annaud, who directed Connery in Name der Rose, Der (1986). (3 December 2005)

His original idol was Welsh actor Stanley Baker because he played believable tough guys in quality British movies which he produced himself.

The Edinburgh Filmhouse rejected a proposal to rename itself "The Sean Connery Filmhouse" in November 2005 following complaints over Connery`s status as a tax exile.

His accent was the model for the voice of Stratos in the 2002 remake of He-Man & The Masters of the Universe.

Marnie (1964) co-star Tippi Hedren named one of her house cats after him.

Was once stopped for speeding by an officer named Sergeant James Bond.

Terry Gilliam did not intend to cast him as King Agamemnon in Time Bandits (1981), he simply wrote in the screenplay that when Agamemnon took off his helmet he looked "exactly like Sean Connery." To Gilliam`s surprise, the script found its way into Connery`s hands and Connery subsequently expressed interest in doing the film.

Shares his birthday with American director Tim Burton.

Was the original choice to play Sybock in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989). The words in the film "Sha Ka Ree" are a play on his name.

Panama`s President Mireya Moscoso presented him with a Manuel Amador Guerrero award, named after the country`s first president. She said he was given the award for his "talent and versatility." Sir Sean was on a trip to Panama to visit various humanitarian programs conducted by the government. (10 March 2003)

Pulled out of a seven-figure deal for a planned autobiography for the second time, in March 2005. The actor signed a deal in 2004 with ghostwriter Hunter Davies to produce an account of his life from Edinburgh milkman to international film superstar. Six months prior to his hook-up with Davies, Connery also canceled a similar deal with Scottish writer Meg Henderson, who said later: "He isn`t the man I thought he was."

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