Report: Sean Connery Dead At The Age Of 90

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Tommy Beer   Forbes U.S. Staff

Report: Sean Connery Dead At The Age Of 90

Photo: James Bond Twitter 

Legendary Scottish Actor Sean Connery, best known for his iconic portrayal of James Bond, died overnight Friday in the Bahamas at the age of 90, with his family telling the BBC that Connery died peacefully after having been "unwell for some time.”

KEY FACTS

- Connery's son, Jason, told the BBC his father had many family members closeby on Friday. 

- "A sad day for all who knew and loved my dad and a sad loss for all people around the world who enjoyed the wonderful gift he had as an actor," said Jason Connery. 

- Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she was "heartbroken" to learn of Connery's death.

CRUCIAL QUOTE

"Our nation today mourns one of her best-loved sons," Sturgeon said in a statement. "Sean was born into a working-class Edinburgh family and through talent and sheer hard work, became a film icon and one of the world's most accomplished actors."

KEY BACKGROUND

Connery was born in Edinburgh, Scotland on Aug. 25, 1930. His father was a factory worker and lorry driver, his mother a domestic cleaner. Connery joined the Royal Navy as a teenager but was medically discharged three years later due to a duodenal ulcer. He began acting in the 1950s, and legendary career included starring roles in Murder on the Orient ExpressMarnieIndiana Jones and the Last CrusadeThe Rock, and Finding Forrester. In 1988, Connery won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as an Irish-American cop in The Untouchables. However, Connery gained his greatest notoriety for playing British spy James Bond. Connery became the first actor to portray Bond on the big screen in Dr. No in 1962. He would go on to star in a total of seven Bond films (Russia With Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, Diamonds Are Forever and Never Say Never Again). 

TANGENT

People magazine named Connery both the "Sexiest Man Alive" in 1989 and the "Sexiest Man of the Century" in 1999. Connery was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II at Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh in July of 2000. 

SURPRISING FACT

Connery finished in third place in a Mr. Universe competition in London in 1953.

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Tommy Beer   Forbes U.S. Staff

I have had the good fortune of being able to cover the NBA for well over a decade. I’ve had my work published by USA Today, Basketball Insiders, Sports Illustrated, and The New York Times, among other national outlets. I have also been featured as a recurring guest on national radio outlets such as Yahoo! Sports, ESPN Radio and SIRIUS XM. Born and raised, and now based in New York, the Knicks have long been an area of specific concentration. My goal is to provide readers with a nuanced, logical look at the Knicks and the league as a whole.