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Summary Article: Connery, (Thomas) Sean (1930– )
From The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather Guide

Scottish film actor. He was the first interpreter of James Bond in several films based on the spy thrillers of Ian Fleming, including Dr No (1962), From Russia with Love (1963), and Goldfinger (1964). He enjoyed success as a mature actor in such films as The Name of the Rose (1986; BAFTA for best actor), Highlander (1986), and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989). He won an Academy Award for his supporting performance in the crime thriller The Untouchables (1987). He received recognition for lifetime achievement in the performing arts in the form of a BAFTA (1998), Kennedy Center Honors (1999), and a knighthood (2000).

Connery endows his film roles with grace and wit and, as a mature performer, a degree of worldly wisdom. From Bond to more recent roles, he has conveyed himself on screen as a charismatic masculine adventurer. He starred in several adaptations of thrillers or adventure stories, for example Rudyard Kipling's The Man Who Would Be King (1975), Tom Clancy's The Hunt for Red October (1990), and John le Carré's Russia House (1990). Other films include the Alfred Hitchcock thriller Marnie (1964), the action adventures The Rock (1996), the sentimental drama Finding Forrester (2000), and the comic-book adaptation The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003).

Connery was born in Edinburgh and worked his way into films via modelling and small theatrical parts. His first feature film was No Road Back (1957) and his first major screen role came the following year in Another Time, Another Place.

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