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|Sean Connery was
born Thomas Connery, August 25, 1930 in Edinburgh, Scotland. His nicknames were
"Tich" when he was young, then "Big Tam" when he had a growth spurt at
age 12. He had one younger brother, Neil. The Connerys had a difficult life of
poverty, so Sean contributed to the family income as best he could. His first job,
at age 9, was pushing a handcart, delivering milk. He started at 5:00a.m., working
before school. After school, he worked as a butcher's assistant at the local meat
market. Sean left school when he was 13 years old, to work as a milk
(milkman) in the early morning with a horse and cart, finishing at 3:00 p.m.
Then he delivered newspapers in the evening.
had a passion for soccer. At 16, he played for Grove Vale Juniors. He wanted
to buy a motorbike with his savings, but his family said it was too dangerous. So
instead, Sean went out and bought a piano... even though no one in his family had any
telling anyone, Sean, 16, joined the navy to escape his life that was going nowhere.
He signed on for a 7 year stint, with a yearning to see the world. But he was
stifled and frustrated, since he was stationed in Portsmouth, scrubbing decks.
Outside of the navy boxing and soccer teams, there was nothing the service had to
offer. At 19, Sean got an early discharge due to a duodenal ulcer, a Connery family
trait. He gladly left the navy, the only reminders being 2 tattoos on his right
inner forearm, "Scotland Forever" and "Mum and Dad".
went back to Edinburgh, where he held a wide variety of jobs, determined to find the one
career that would last a lifetime. Among these jobs were delivering coal, working in
a steel strip mill, polisher of coffins, digging ditches, bricklaying, bouncer at a dance
hall and a dresser at the King's Theatre (which gave him his first whiff of theatrical
20, Sean was 6'2" but still rather skinny. A friend got him involved in weight
lifting. He bought a motorbike with his navy disability settlement- against his
father's advice- and got around on his own, rather than public transportation. Sean
was ever so popular with the ladies, and had a very active social life. He got a job as a
lifeguard and supplemented his income by modeling; stripped down to a tiny g-string for
the Edinburgh School of Art.
entered the 1953 Mr. Universe contest with a friend in London. Sean won 3rd place,
with a Bronze medal in the Tall Man's Division. While in London, he auditioned for a
part in the play "South Pacific" and got a minor part. He met Maurice
Mickelwhite (now known as
Michael Caine), a fellow struggling actor at a party and they
became friends. While on tour with the play Sean realized how much he enjoyed this
free lifestyle. He was involved with various women; serious about some, including
Julie Hamilton, but nothing ever worked out.
had small parts in various television shows and movies, but 5 years elapsed before he
appeared in his first film for Fox, which had signed him for a 5 year deal. They
loaned him out to other studios. His big break came with his role
Sean Connery was cast as the
first James Bond In the film "Dr. No" in 1962. He won the
role over several other known actors, including Cary Grant, Rex Harrison and Roger
Moore, despite the fact that Sean was not British. Ian Fleming, the writer of the
James Bond novels, was not pleased with the choice and said, "He is not exactly what
I envisioned" as the fictional British agent. But despite the doubts, the film
was a success, which led to 5 more Bond films in the next 5 years.
| Sean's acting
career was at it's peak. Sean Connery eventually decided to leave the
James bond movies. It was becoming increasingly difficult for
the world to separate him from the 007 agent. Sean made "Diamonds
are Forever" in 1971, with the promise of it being his last Bond
role. After several other films including "The Man Who Would
be King", he agreed to make "Never
Say Never Again" in 1987 for the absolute last time starring as
Bond and has kept to his word as of 2000.
Connery was able to escape the Bond image, and go on to be a very
successful film star, cast opposite many attractive women, many much
younger than himself. Sean Connery is loaded with grace, charm, sex
appeal and charisma, no matter what what role he plays.
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Marriage Diane Cilentro 1962 - 1973
They first met in a 1957
show, "Anna Christie" in London. Diane was 24 years old
and was raised in Australia. She decided to marry another man in
had one daughter with him, Giovanna. Sean and Diane married in 1962 and had a
son together, Jason Connery. Diane gave up her
career as an actress
to raise their children. They divorced in 1973, after a 2 year separation,
when Giovanna was 16 and Jason 11 years old. Sean was quoted as
saying, "the film business lends itself towards marriage
Marriage Micheline Roquebrune 1975 - present
Micheline is a
portrait painter who was born in France, but grew up in North Africa. They met at a golf
tournament, where they each won their division. They lived together
for 3 years before tying the knot. Micheline has three children from her
previous marriage. Her son, Stefan, is one year younger than Jason
Connery. Sean and Micheline are both still avid golfers and live in
Marbella, Spain. Cilck
for a link to Micheline's
the Winner Is.....
Place Bronze in the 1953 Mr. Universe Contest, Tall Man's Division,
Award for Best Supporting Actor, 1987, fro portraying an Irish cop in the
movie, "The Untouchables"
"Sexiest Man Alive" in 1989 by People's magazine.
"It'll be all downhill from here," quipped Sean.
Knighthood from British government in 1998, due to his political support
for his native Scotland. In 1999, the decision was reversed.
Facts and Quotes
the Scottish International Education Trust Fund, 1971, and donates
generous amounts of money from his earnings, to help educate young Scots
with varied talent, improve industrial relations between men and
losing his hair at age 21 and has frequently worn toupees in his movies
roles, much to his dislike. "I never did like to wear one
[hairpiece]. I don't like them, they change the sound of my voice,
like wearing earmuffs. The sound reverberates in my
head." He would of preferred to play Bond as a balding hero.
to Spain in 1974 due to British taxes, as a tax exile, since Scotland was
not a tax haven. Can only visit Britain 90 days/year without being
1977 it was discovered that their accountant, Kenneth Richards, was
embezzling money- over 3 million dollars. Richards fled the country
by the time the case was filed. One year later, Richards filed suit
against the Connerys, who in turn filed a counter suit. In the end,
1987, Richards was ordered to pay back 2.8 million. He claimed
bankruptcy and has never paid back a dime.
his return as Bond in "Never Say Never Again", "It's
been a long time since the last one and there's room for two Bonds.
I'll be ten years older and grayer than I was in Diamonds Are Forever, but
Bond's an interesting character. There's a lot more I can do with
him." He broke his arm while rehearsing a fight sequence for
his "positively, definitely, beyond a shadow of doubt, the last
Bond" film, which was originally titled "James Bond of the
Secret Service", then "Warhead". It was Micheline's
suggestion to change the title.
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