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Sean Connery, Knighted !

At Last, its Sir Sean! and it is my understanding that the Queen traveled to Scotland for Sean, not the other way around!!!!

The on-again, off-again knighthood has finally come through for "Big Tam".

He was born in Edinburgh on August 25th, 1930, and his real name is Thomas Sean Connery. He came from working class parents to whom he credits his work ethics. He quit school at the age of 13 becoming alternatively a bodybuilder, model and chorus boy before moving on to the repertory theatre. He even did a stint as a milkman.

After placing 3rd in a Mr. Universe contest, Sean succeeded in breaking into film acting.

The rest is history, and a very distinguished history at that, with some 66 movies behind him.

Sean would have been knighted sooner, but for the Scottish Labour Party using all their power against his Knighthood. Lord only knows why. However, he was highly supported by the people of Scotland; the Scottish National Party and the Scottish National Trust.

Mr. Connery spoke often for Scottish devolution, and more independence for Scotland from England, while still remaining an important part of Britain.

He is loved by United States Americans, (who consider him one of their own), which is comprised of many, many Scottish-Americans, and Americans in general. I have not heard from Canada as yet, but I suspect Canada; Australia and New Zealand as well as Scots everywhere in the world are very pleased that his well-deserved Knighthood was not held up any longer. All Scots are smiling with Sean.

When his Knighting was held up by politics, he was ask by the video press, "How do you feel about not being Knighted as expected?" Our Sean answered simply, "It is just a title." Lord, I do love that man! To him, his statements and speeches on devolution, and on Scotland getting some of the money for their own off-shore oil, to take care of the elderly, ill, schools and Scotland in general, were much more important to him than stopping his remarks and speeches. When one video reporter shouted out, "When are you going to put your money in Scotland's banks instead of France's, Mr. Connery?" Sean flashed that bright slightly sarcastic smile and said "When I know the money is used in Scotland and nowhere else". He was applauded by everyone at the newscast, and Sean is admired, royally" (pardon the pun) by the crowd.

Here is a toast to you, Mr. Connery,
Who's like us??
Dam few!!



Connery, Sean, (originally Thomas Connery) 1930 --

Actor, born Thomas Connery on August 25, 1930, in Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, Scotland, the son of a truck driver and charwoman. He has a brother, Neil, born in 1938. Connery dropped out of school at age fifteen to join the British Navy.

Connery is best known for his portrayal of the suave, sophisticated British spy, James Bond, in the 1960s.

After Connery was discharged from British Navy due to ulcers, he worked at a series of odd jobs, including bricklayer, lifeguard, coffin polisher and artist's model. His avocation was bodybuilding, which helped him secure some swimsuit modeling jobs. In 1950, he appeared in the Mr. Universe contest, representing Scotland, and placed third.

His theater debut was in London in 1951, when he landed a part in the chorus of South Pacific. He continued his acting career in repertory theater. In 1954 he started acting in British TV, where he scored a success in the BBC's Requiem for a Heavyweight. The actor moved on to films, playing smaller roles and working up to supporting parts. Connery's first important movie role was in Another Time, Another Place (1958), with Lana Turner. He was also in the Titanic epic A Night To Remember (1958). An impossibly handsome Connery starred in the fanciful Disney production of Darby O'Gill and the Little People (1959). He also appeared in Tarzan's Greatest Adventure (1959) and The Longest Day (1962).

But Connery was still relatively unknown until he was cast as the dangerously suave and virile secret agent, James Bond, in a series of films based on the Ian Fleming adventure novels. He beat out Cary Grant, Rex Harrison, Trevor Howard, Patrick McGoohan, and Roger Moore for the part. The first Bond film was Dr. No (1962), followed by From Russia, With Love (1963), Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965), You Only Live Twice (1967), and Diamonds are Forever (1971).

After he wearied of playing Bond, Connery starred in a series of action films including The Wind and the Lion (1974), The Man Who Would Be King (1975), and The Great Train Robbery (1981). Drawing on his past experience as Bond, he was also effective in political intrigue films, such as The Next Man (1976), Cuba (1979), Hunt for Red October (1990) and The Russia House (1990). In The Offence (1973), he played a troubled police detective. In 1981, he returned as James Bond in Never Say Never Again (1981), many preferred his performance over the much loved Roger Moore, comparison to the earlier films. It was the last of the James Bond series with Connery as the lead.

Connery won a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award and a Golden Globe for his portrayal of the Irish cop, Malone, in The Untouchables (1987), and was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award and a Golden Globe in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), playing Jones' father. Connery produced Medicine Man in 1992, and was executive producer and starred in Rising Sun (1993), Just Cause (1995) and The Rock (1996). He recently produced and starred in Entrapment (1999), a film that involved an on-screen romance with Catherine Zeta-Jones, a woman 40 years younger than Connery.

Connery was married for twelve years to actress Diane Cilento, between 1962 and 1973. The couple had one son, Jason, born in 1963. His current wife is the French-Moroccan painter, Micheline Roquebrune.


1957 Time Lock
1957 Hell Drivers
1957 No Road Back
1958 Another Time, Another Place
1959 Tarzan's Greatest Adventure
1959 Darby O'Gill and the Little People
1961 The Frightened City
1961 Operation Snafu
1962 The Longest Day
1962 Dr. No
1963 From Russia with Love
1964 Woman of Straw
1964 Marnie
1964 Goldfinger
1965 The Hill
1965 Thunderball
1966 A New World
1966 A Fine Madness
1967 You Only Live Twice
1968 Shalako
1970 The Molly Maguires
1971 The Red Tent
1971 Diamonds Are Forever
1971 The Anderson Tapes
1973 The Offence
1973 Zardoz
1974 Murder on the Orient Express
1975 The Man Who Would Be King
1975 The Terrorists
1975 The Wind and the Lion
1976 Robin and Marian
1976 The Next Man
1977 A Bridge Too Far
1979 Cuba
1979 The Great Train Robbery
1979 Meteor
1981 Time Bandits
1981 Outland
1982 Wrong Is Right
1982 Sword of the Valiant
1982 Five Days One Summer
1983 Never Say Never Again
1986 Highlander
1986 The Name of the Rose
1987 The Untouchables
1988 The Presidio
1988 Memories of Me
1989 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
1989 Family Business
1990 The Russia House
1990 The Hunt for Red October
1991 Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
1991 Highlander II: The Quickening
1992 Medicine Man
1993 Rising Sun
1994 A Good Man in Africa
1995 First Knight
1995 Just Cause
1996 The Rock
1996 Dragonheart
1998 The Avengers
1998 Playing by Heart
1999 Entrapment

{Thanks to Hollywood fan clubs for the biography and film info.} And

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