Sean Connery is an award-winning actor and director. Thomas Sean Connery was born in Edinburgh, Scotland on August 25, 1930. He started out in show business in the early 1950s in the musical South Pacific. His debut on the big screen came in 1954 with a bit-part in Lilacs in the Spring. After several other movie parts, Connery got the role that shot him to stardom, as James Bond, secret agent 007. Thanks to the successful series that started with Dr. No [Dr. No - 1962], Connery achieved worldwide fame and was adored by millions of female fans. Blessed with brooding good looks, an athletic build, sexual charisma and natural elegance, Connery created an inimitable screen persona. The huge success of the 007 franchise threatened to overshadow Connery's performances in other movies, such as Sidney Lumet's The Hill and Alfred Hitchcock's Marnie [Marnie – 1964].
After playing Bond six times, in 1971 Connery traded in his secret agent persona for other roles. He took a lead part in science-fiction movie Zardoz [Zardoz – 1974] and appeared in adventure movies like The Wind and the Lion, where he played the chief of a Berber tribe and The Man Who Would be King [The Man Who Would Be King – 1975], as a 19th- century former British army officer.
In 1983, Connery returned to play James Bond in Never Say Never Again. In the 1980s, he was cast in the role of the wise and mature master. Prime roles include monk William of Baskerville in The Name of the Rose [The Name of the Rose – 1986], and above all, the veteran police man in The Untouchables [The Untouchables – 1987], for which he won an Academy Award as best supporting actor. He ended the decade with Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade [Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade – 1989], where he played the daredevil archaeologist's father. Despite the relative indifference of critics to some of his later films, Connery is a perennial favorite with moviegoers. In 2000, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.