Sean Connery (1930-) b. Edinburgh, Scotland.
Among a number of distinguished roles, including Vronsky in an adaptation of Anna Karenina and Hotspur in The Age of Kings, Connery played the demanding lead role of the derelict boxer in a live BBC version of Rod Serling’s Requiem for a Heavyweight (1957), a role created by Jack Palance in one of the key plays of American live television drama.
The James Bond franchiese however, made Connery a star, and the association was so strong that he could have been trapped in the part. Always unpretentious as an actor, he seemed destined to play interesting variations on the theme of sardonic sexuality. What is remarkable, however, is the increasing depth that his basic persona has acquired with age. Always good to look at, with enough irony to translate good looks into playful sexual danger, his later screen presence has developed the contours of a landscape embedded with history. Since Robin and Marian (1976), and increasingly in films like Highlander (1986), The Name of the Rose (1986), The Untouchables (1987) and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989).
After success as an ex-con in Michael Bay’s action film The Rock (1996), Connery’s golden touch deserted him and he appeared in notable turkeys The Avengers (1998) and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003).