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Oscar winner Sean Connery, James Bond star, dies at the age of 90

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Long considered one of the best actors to portray the legendary spy, Connery was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2000 and celebrated his 90th birthday in August. His death was confirmed by his family, who said the actor "died peacefully in his sleep amid the family" in the Bahamas. It is believed that he was unwell for some time. His last acting role was in Stephen Norrington's "The League of Extraordinary Gentleman" (2003).

<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "Connery was a crowd favorite and one of the crowd for more than 40 years Most Reliable and Distinctive Lead Actor on Screen The actor was recently voted Best James Bond Actor in a UK August Radio Times poll with over 14,000 votes and Connery receiving 56% of the vote. Worldwide honors poured in for Connery on Saturday after the news of his death. "data-reactid =" 26 "> Connery has been a crowd-pleaser for more than 40 years and one of the screen's most trusted and iconic leading actors, the actor was recently voted Best James Bond Actor in the Radio Times UK poll in August More than 14,000 votes and Connery 56 percent of the vote. Connery received worldwide honors on Saturday after news of his death.

In a statement, Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said Connery "was and will be the original James Bond, whose indelible entry into cinema history began when he uttered the unforgettable words," The name & # 39; s Bond … James Bond "announced.

“He revolutionized the world with his gritty and hilarious portrayal of the sexy and charismatic secret agent. He is undoubtedly largely responsible for the success of the series, and we will be forever grateful to him, "said the producers.

Connery, who made his debut in the first Bond film, “Dr. No ”(1962) – also surpassed Ian Fleming's sexy agent 007 and had a long and mature career in such films as“ The Wind and the Lion ”(1975),“ The Man Who Would Be King ”(1975). 1975) and "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" (1989).

His role as the tough Irish cop in Chicago during the Depression in Brian De Palma's "The Untouchables" (1987) earned him an Oscar for supporting actor.

Even as he entered his seventh decade, Connery's star power remained so strong that he was constantly in demand and well paid. In 1999, he was voted People's Sexiest Man of the Century, and from his 007 days to Entrapment (1999), opposite the much younger Catherine Zeta-Jones, his film roles more than justified the choice. Age only seemed to increase his sex appeal and manhood.

In his early career, his physique was his most important asset as he modeled and recorded acting jobs where he could. In 1956 he landed the role of a battered prize fighter in the BBC production of "Requiem for a Heavyweight". He became popular with the entertainment community, and his first film was "No Road Back," a 1956 B-crime thriller. He seemed doomed to kill the aging leading characters as he did Lana Turner in "Another Time, Another Place" or roles that emphasized his appearance, like "Tarzan's Great Adventure" in 1959.

It was easy to get rid of him in films like "Darby O'Gill and the Little People", but his Count Vronsky to Claire Bloom's Anna Karenina at the BBC earned him some respect and the kind of attention it needed to be Bringing him to the top of the world The Daily Express reader poll asked for the ideal James Bond.

After an interview with producers Albert Broccoli and Harry Saltzman, he landed the role without a screen test, according to Saltzman. It was a controversial decision at the time as Connery was unknown outside of the UK. But in 1962, "Dr. No," the first Bond film made him an international star.

His stature grew with the increasingly popular sequels "From Russia With Love," "Goldfinger," and "Thunderball," which arrived over the next four years. Bond gave Connery a license to earn; He received only $ 30,000 for “Dr. No ", but $ 400,000 for Alfred Hitchcock's" Marnie "and soon $ 750,000 per film.

However, his initial efforts to break out of bond form proved unsuccessful. Films like "A Fine Madness", "Shalako" and "The Molly Maguires" were well-intentioned attempts that Connery as Bond did not tear out of the public eye. He left the Bond franchise after 1967 "You Only Live Twice" but was recruited for 1971 "Diamonds Are Forever". He looked old for the role and the show seemed tired, so he left Bond behind – though the money would put him back one last time for "Never Say Never Again" in 1983.

With the science fiction film "Zardoz" he made a big mistake and his career seemed to be failing.

But he bounced back with a supporting role in "Murder on the Orient Express" in 1974 and the following year with "The Wind and the Lion" and "The Man Who Be King," two brave adventures with a mature, salty and pepper-bearded man Connery. "Robin and Marian" (1976) alongside Audrey Hepburn was not a popular hit, but critics hailed it and the film cemented Connery's reputation as a versatile, serious film actor.

In the late 1970s there were other missteps like "Meteor", "One Bridge Too Far" and "Cuba". But he met in Terry Gilliam's "Time Bandits". It was only after his last Bond film that his reputation as a box office star caught up with his critical reputation, largely thanks to two great global hits: "Highlander," which was not a huge success in the US, and "The Name of the Rose," which was also abroad was much more popular.

BAFTA awarded him a Best Actor Award for "Name of the Rose" and he received his Oscar for "The Untouchables". After that, he was immediately given the green light if he agreed to take on a role, even if some of them, like The Presidio and Family Business, weren't that hot.

The pairing of Connery and Harrison Ford as father and son in the third "Indiana Jones" film was an inspired move, and the film grossed nearly half a billion dollars worldwide.

Meanwhile, "The Hunt for Red October", in which Connery played a defected Soviet sub-captain, was a great success in 1990.

He was so popular in the 1990s that his uncredited appearance as King Richard in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves became one of the highlights of the film.

He was still a force to contend with in the overseas market, as "Highlander 2", "Medicine Man", "Rising Sun", "Just Cause" and "First Knight" demonstrated over the next few years. His salary was regularly $ 5 million and more.

One setback was a battle with throat cancer in the early 1990s, but Connery bounced back with a burst of activity. He played "The Rock" with Nicolas Cage as the actioner in 1996 and played a character who was more than a little shaped by his history as James Bond. In 2000, he played an entirely different role and received positive reviews for "Finding Forrester," in which he played a reclusive writer who bonds with a young black basketball player who is an aspiring writer himself.

Nonetheless, he played action roles long after his 70th birthday and in 2003 played the legendary adventurer Allan Quatermain in "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen". He announced his retirement in 2005. In the same year he voiced a James Bond video game. Then he played a different voice, played the title character in the animated short film "Sir Billi the Vet" and repeated the role in 2010 for "Sir Billi", "which he also produced extensively.

Thomas Sean Connery was born in the slums of Edinburgh on August 25, 1930 of Irish descent. Poverty deprived him of an education and as a teenager he had left school and worked as an unskilled worker.

He was drafted into the Royal Navy at the age of 17, but discharged three years later for a serious ulcer case.

He returned to Edinburgh and worked in various professions, including as a lifeguard. He started bodybuilding and took third place in the Mr. Universe competition in 1950.

After moving to London he found out about an opening with the South Pacific choir. He took a crash dance and singing class and surprisingly ended up in the role he stayed in for 18 months. He was "addicted", he said, but spent several years paying for his posts in small repertoire firms in and around London before someone else became addicted to him.

Devoted to his native Scotland, Connery used his stature to push for the restoration of a Scottish Parliament. When the body came back together in 1999, 296 years after its last session, Connery was invited to address for the first session, where he was greeted with a thunderous ovation. When he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II the next year – an honor he described as "one of the proudest days of my life" – he asked for the investiture to be held in Edinburgh.

Connery published his autobiography "Being a Scot" in 2008, which he co-authored with Murray Grigor. In addition to his knighthood and Oscar, he has received many recognitions over the course of his long career, including the Kennedy Center Honors in 1999 and the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006.

Connery was married to actress Diane Cilento from 1962 to 1973. The couple divorced in 1973 and Cilento died in 2011. Connery is survived by his second wife, the painter Micheline Roquebrune, whom he married in 1975. his son from Cilento, actor Jason Connery; and a grandson from Jason's marriage to actress Mia Sara.

According to his family, there will be "a private ceremony followed by a memorial that has yet to be planned after the virus ends".

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