Legendary actor Sean Connery has passed away at the age of 90, his family confirms. The Oscar-winner, who played James Bond in the first five 007 films, passed away in his sleep.
Sean Connery, best known as the original James Bond, has passed away at the age of 90, according to BBC News. The Scottish actor died in his sleep while vacationing in the Bahamas, his family confirmed to the network, noting that he had “been unwell.” No further details have been revealed at this time; has reached out to his rep for comment.
Sean was born in Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, Scotland asThomas Sean Connery on August 25, 1930. His family was extremely poor so Sean left school at only 13 to start working. He joined the Royal Navy for three years at the age of 16, and left after developing stomach ulcers. Sean began working out to be a bodybuilder and this inspired him to be an actor. With that, he dropped his first name and became Sean Connery.
He starred in Another Time, Another Place with the famed Lana Turner. Then in 1961, Sean was cast in Dr. No – the first James Bond movie. The character was originally created by writer Ian Fleming and made famous in his spy series. Sean reprised the role From Russia With Love (1963), Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965), You Only Live Twice (1967), Diamonds Are Forever (1971) and Never Say Never Again (1983). The series was a smashing success and when Sean stepped down, Roger Moore took over as Bond.
Besides his notable career as James Bond, Sean also starred in the Alfred Hitchcock class Marnie with Tippi Hedren. In 1987, he won an Academy Award in the Best Supporting Actor category for The Untouchables. He worked with other Hollywood legends like Audrey Hepburn on Robin and Marian in 1976 and the all-star cast of Murder on the Orient Express, which included Lauren Bacall, Albert Finney, and Ingrid Bergman. He continued to make hits well into his later years including co-starring as Harrison Ford‘s father in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. He’s also remembered for his famed performance in The Hunt For Red October.
Sean was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2000. He married Diane Cilento in 1962 in Gibraltar. The pair later divorced in 1973 after the birth of their son, Jason Connery. Sean later married Micheline Roquebrune, again in Gibraltar in 1975.