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The eldest of two sons, born August 25, 1930 in Edinburgh, Scotland to a truck driver father and charwoman mother living in Edinburgh, Scotland. Thomas Sean Connery started helping support the family by delivering milk at the age of 9. He eventually left school at the age of 13, taking various blue-collar jobs. At 15, Connery enlisted in the British Royal Navy for what was to have been a 12-year stint. However, illness made him leave after a few years. Connery occupied his off-work hours by bodybuilding. His efforts to develop his physique led to his participation in the 1950 Mr. Universe title, winning third place.
While in London, Connery auditioned for and won a part as a singing sailor in the chorus of a yearlong touring production of South Pacific, going by the name Sean Connery. He was involved in small roles in feature films at this time as well. His first big-screen role was in the 1958 Lana Turner film Another Time, Another Place.
Connery became a major player in a film when he took on the role superspy James Bond in 1962's Dr. No. Producer Harry Saltzman awarded Connery the plum part of agent 007 on the basis of a single interview and after watching him walk down the street. Connery’s rugged and charming portrayal of this super spy brought him international fame and led to other 007 films.
Wanting to break from his 007 role, he began to take roles in various films, showcasing his acting abilities. Connery just seemed to be getting better and better with age. In fact, People named the 60-year-old actor 1989's Sexiest Man Alive.
His role in the 1987 film The Untouchables garnered him a Best Supporting Actor Oscar. He began to act in other blockbuster films in the late 80s and early 90s.
In the mid '90s, Connery divided his time between the middling medieval tales First Knight (1995) and Dragonheart (1996) and the more successful contemporary action dramas Just Cause (1995) and The Rock (1996).
As for upcoming projects, he has signed a first-look, multi-year deal with Sony Pictures Entertainment under which he will produce and perhaps star in several films through his Fountainbridge Films production company. Also in various stages of development are sequels to some of Connery's most popular outings – Time Bandits, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and The Rock – and it is even possible that he will make a return engagement as James Bond.
Connery has been married to French-Moroccan painter Micheline Roquebrune since 1975. He has a son, actor Jason Connery, from his first marriage to Australian-born actress Diane Cilento.
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