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Was offered the role of Robert Elliott by Brian De Palma in Dressed to Kill (1980) and was enthusiastic about it, but declined on account of previously acquired commitments.

In 1953, he entered the Mr. Universe contest, finishing third in the tall man`s division.

He was voted People magazine`s "Sexiest Man Alive" in 1989.

Father of Jason Connery.

Wears a toupee in all the James Bond movies. He started losing his hair at the age of 21. Privately and in most other movies, he wears none.

He has two small tattoos on his right arm. One says "Scotland forever", the other "Mum and Dad." He got them when he enlisted in the British Navy at the age of 16.

Took dancing lessons for 11 years. His teacher was the Swedish dancer Yat Malmgren.

Had radiation therapy for an undisclosed throat ailment in 1993. In a February 1995 interview with Entertainment Weekly, Connery said the treatment had been to remove benign tumors from his vocal chords after he found himself losing his voice while filming Rising Sun (1993).

Donated his salary from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) to charity.

Formerly worked as a coffin polisher.

Brother of Neil Connery.

Formerly worked as a milk delivery man.

Major contributor to the Scottish National Party (SNP). This was stopped for a while when the ruling Labour government said people living outside of the United Kingdom would not be allowed to donate money to British political parties.

Said in an interview that during the filming of Never Say Never Again (1983), he was taking martial arts lessons and in the process angered the instructor who in turn broke his wrist. Connery stayed with the wrist broken for a number of years thinking it was only a minor pain... the instructor was Steven Seagal.

Recipient of 22nd Annual Kennedy Center Honors for lifetime contribution to arts and culture, presented by President Bill Clinton in Washington, D.C. on December 5, 1999.

Used to live in Marbella, Spain, near a golf course where he played daily when not filming. He left following disagreements with the local press, and now resides in the Bahamas where he plays golf much less frequently.

He has his own film production company (Fountainbridge Films). Fountainbridge is an area of Edinburgh where he was born.

He was awarded Knighthood of the British Empire in the 2000 Queen`s Millennium Honors List for his services to Film Drama. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in an hour-long investiture ceremony at Edinburgh`s Holyrood Palace in Scotland on July 5, 2000 accompanied by his wife, Micheline, and brother, Neil, were by his side.

Noted to be one of James Bond`s favorite actors in the novel "Scorpius." Connery previously played James Bond in seven films.

Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#7). [1995]

Grandson, Dashiell Quinn, born. [1997]

Gert Günther 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. `Gert Gunther 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).

He joined the Merchant Navy as a teenager but stomach ulcers forced him to leave. He received a disability pension for a period after this.

After his service with the Merchant Navy, he worked as a nude model for Edinburgh art students.

During his time as a milkman, Connery delivered to Fettes School in Edinburgh - the same school which James Bond attended in Ian Fleming`s novels following his expulsion from Eton.

Received the Freedom of the City of Edinburgh in 1991.

Was paid a huge sum to return as James Bond for Diamonds Are Forever (1971), setting a record. It was donated to his Scottish charity.

Caused an uproar in a December 1987 interview with Barbara Walters in which he said it was OK to hit a woman if they deserved it or needed it to keep them in line. He had said similar things in a November 1965 interview with Playboy magazine.

He is a life-long supporter of (Glasgow) Celtic Football Club, but attends the occasional Rangers game because he is a close personal friend of David Murray, the Rangers owner.

He ranked first among the Male British movie actors in the Orange Film Survey of 10,000 voters.

Actress Mia Sara is his ex-daughter-in-law.

Received the honorary degree of DLitt from St Andrews University in 1988.

Turned down the role of Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings series (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002), and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)) because he didn`t want to film down in New Zealand for 18 months, and could not understand the novels.

Declared in March 2003 that he would not return home until Scotland is an independent country. He believes this can still happen during his lifetime.

Parodied on "Saturday Night Live" (1975) by Darrell Hammond, most famously as a bumbling contestant on the TV game show "Jeopardy!" (1984).

His favorite Bond film is From Russia with Love (1963).

Has played four kings: `King` Daniel Dravot in The Man Who Would Be King (1975), King Agamemnon in Time Bandits (1981), King Richard in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) and King Arthur in First Knight (1995).

Whilst filming Playing by Heart (1998) he loved playing and even made a friendship with three and a half year old Piper Maru Anderson; daughter of an actress Gillian Anderson who played Meredith (a daughter of Sean`s character).

According to a poll, conducted by British film magazine Empire, he created the worst accent in the history of cinema in the movie The Untouchables (1987).

Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond, originally did not like him being cast as Bond for Dr. No (1962) because he felt that he was too "unrefined". The actor whom Fleming embodied Bond in Fleming`s mind was `Cary Grant (I)`. Fleming later changed his mind and admitted he was ideally cast in the role.

Turned down the role of the Architect in The Matrix Reloaded (2003) and The Matrix Revolutions (2003).

Won the role of James Bond after producer Albert R. Broccoli attended a screening of Sean in Darby O`Gill and the Little People (1959). He was particularly impressed with the fistfight Sean has with a village bully at the climax of the film. Cubby later had his wife, writer Dana Broccoli, see the film and she confirmed his sex appeal.

He and his son, actor Jason Connery, have both played Robin Hood. Sean played an aging Robin Hood opposite Audrey Hepburn in Robin and Marian (1976). Jason played Robin Hood, AKA: Robert of Huntingten, in the television series "Robin of Sherwood" (1984). Jason also played Ian Fleming in the television movie The Secret Life of Ian Fleming (1990) (TV). Fleming was the author of the James Bond novels that made Sean famous in 1962.

Connery received excellent notices for his 1961 TV portrayal of Macbeth and longed to make a film of "The Scottish Play." His plans for a film in the early 1970s were terminated by the production of the 1971 Roman Polanski-Kenneth Tynan film of the play.

Had a difficult time getting work after he abandoned the James Bond role a second time after Diamonds Are Forever (1971) for which he received a record salary. Director John Boorman thus was able to hire him very cheaply for his low-budget production of Zardoz (1974).

Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli, the original producers of the James Bond films, cast him because they liked how he was a big, tough-looking man who nonetheless moved gracefully ("like a cat").

Premiere Magazine ranked him as #36 on a list of the Greatest Movie Stars of All Time in their Stars in Our Constellation feature (2005).

Had cataracts removed from both eyes in 2003.

Played James Bond in Thunderball (1965). 18 years later, he reprised the role in the film`s remake, Never Say Never Again (1983). He is the only Bond actor to appear in both an official and non-official EON production.

Turned down the title role in the original The Thomas Crown Affair (1968), which he later admitted was a huge mistake on his part.


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