Date of Birth : Aug 25th 1930
Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and grew up in a two room flat. As a child, to earn extra money for his family he worked delivering milk in the mornings and papers in the evenings. He continued working odd jobs, from lifeguarding to coffin polishing. After three years in the navy, he played football (soccer) semi-professionally. But it was his hobby of weightlifting that pushed him into the spotlight. Connery represented Scotland in the Mr. Universe pageant and shortly thereafter began to model. He eventually caught the acting bug and entered the theater, later touring with South Pacific.
Connery first hit the big screen in Lilacs in the Spring, in 1954. His American film debut came in 1959 in Tarzan’s Greatest Adventure and he next starred Darby O’ Gill and the Little People, also released in 1959. Connery’s bit part in the World War II epic The Longest Day – a role that could have been lost among the film’s star-studded cast – instead helped lead him to eventual superstardom.
Producers Harry Saltzman and Albert R. ‘Cubby’ Broccoli were looking to cast the role of Ian Fleming’s renowned British secret service agent, James Bond. Saltzman may have recognized Connery’s refined disposition, but it was Broccoli who glanced out the window and noticed Connery slinking down a street in London, like a panther. It was then that he knew he had found Bond. And though Ian Fleming’s image of his famed creation may not resemble Sean Connery, to the world Sean Connery soon would be James Bond.