Aug 25, 2015
Today is the 85th birthday of actor Sean Connery.
Here are some things you may not have known about him:
Connery was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. His father was a truck
driver and his mother was a cleaning woman. He began bodybuilding
at the age of 18 and according to his official website he finished
third in the 1950 Mister Universe contest. After beginning his
acting career and working in a production of “South Pacific,”
Connery was offered a contract to play soccer for Manchester United
for 25 pounds a week. While working in "South Pacific” he worked
his way up from the chorus to the featured role of Lieutenant Buzz
Adams. His first starring role in a movie came in the Walt Disney
film “Darby O’Gill and the Little People” in 1959.
In 1962, Connery became a superstar after reluctantly agreeing to
star as James Bond in “Dr. No.” He would go on to play 007 in the
next four films, “From Russia with Love,” "Goldfinger,”
“Thunderball” and “You Only Live Twice.” He returned to the role
for 1971’s “Diamonds are Forever” and 1983’s “Never Say Never
Again,” a remake of “Thunderball.” Originally author Ian Fleming
was not a fan of the casting of Connery, saying he resembled an
unrefined, overgrown stuntman. Despite his initial doubts, Fleming
was so impressed he made Bond half Scottish in later novels.
Connery eventually grew tired of being known as James Bond and went
on to appear in such well-received films as “Time Bandits,” “The
Name of the Rose,” and “Highlander” before winning an Academy Award
for best supporting actor for his performance in 1987’s “The
Untouchables.” Other notable Connery films include: “Indiana Jones
and the Last Crusade,” “The Hunt for Red October,” “The Rock,” and
“Finding Forrester.” He retired from acting after 2003’s “The
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.” His most recent appearance was
as a voice actor in the computer-animated film “Sir Billi,” which
has a 0 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Our question: What type of gun is James Bond most associated
Today is also Independence Day in Uruguay and Liberation Day in
Paris. In the United States it is unofficially National Whiskey
Sour Day and National Banana Split Day. It’s the birthday of
American television host Regis Philbin, musicians Elvis Costello
and Gene Simmons and director Tim Burton.
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