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Not so much an actor as a force of nature, Sean Connery (25 August 1930 - 31 October 2020) made his career as the first actor to play James Bond on the big screen. A former body builder (back in the days when that meant 'big and athletic' rather than 'steroid-fuelled and vein-covered') notable for his impressive body hair, effortless masculinity and unique variation on the Scottish accent, Connery's sex-symbol status has proved surprisingly durable despite the ravages of time, the early onset of baldness (he wore a toupee to play Bond - and reputedly wanted to go without for Never Say Never Again), and occasional press stories of misogyny on his part.
He also played Henry Jones Sr., father of Henry "Indiana" Jones Jr. in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Steven Spielberg and George Lucas had wanted to outdo the James Bond films; therefore, James Bond was both metaphorically and literally Indiana Jones's father. Clearly, Badass is genetic.
After starring as Allan Quartermain in the somewhat lacklustre The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen movie, Connery retired from acting. Some suggest that these facts are related, that the film was so terrible that he just gave up; others disagree. He has steadfastly refused to come out of retirement, including refusing a cameo in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. However, he has returned to voice the main character in the Scottish animated film Sir Billi. The film's site is here, and it looks... well... Oh God. *sob*
Connery was a major supporter of Scottish independence (though the fact that he hadn't actually lived there for 50 years tended to undermine this a little). In acting circles, he was particularly famous for Not Even Bothering with the Accent.
Had a dishtinctive way of shpeaking that everyone on airth believesh they can imitate, although Eddie Izzhard (and reportedly Tony Curran) ish particularly good at it.
He is also noted for being parodied on Saturday Night Live's "Celebrity Jeopardy" recurring sketch, thanks to long-time cast member Darrell Hammond, and is considered a highlight to said recurring sketch (though in the earlier Celebrity Jeopardy sketches, that honor went to Norm MacDonald as Burt Reynolds).
Also notable for trying to shoot you in every video store in the world.
There was even a website for things Sean Connery should say, or should have said.
Sean Connery was also notable for the "Rule of Sean Connery," something that he (and few other people) were able to accomplish in their lifetimes.
- Darby O'Gill and the Little People
- The Longest Day
- Dr. No
- From Russia with Love
- The Hill
- You Only Live Twice
- Molly Maguires
- The Anderson Tapes
- Diamonds Are Forever
- Murder on the Orient Express
- The Man Who Would Be King
- The Wind and The Lion
- Robin And Marian
- A Bridge Too Far
- The Great Train Robbery
- Time Bandits
- Never Say Never Again
- The Name of the Rose
- The Untouchables
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
- Family Business
- The Hunt for Red October
- The Russia House
- Rising Sun
- The Rock
- Finding Forrester
- The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen