The Scottish actor Sean Connery, who is best known for his starring role in the James Bond film series, passed away at the age of 90 this week. He passed away at his home in Nassau in the Bahamas, surrounded by family and friends. The cause of death was not announced, but his family said that he had been sick for some time. Regardless of the circumstances, he has lived a long and full life, making it through 90 years on this earth.
Connery rose to stardom through his legendary role as 007 in the first five Bond films but left the series because he wanted to pursue other roles. Later in his career, he worked hard to take on a variety of different roles to set himself apart from the 007 series, and had continued success until his retirement.
His achievements include one Academy Award, two BAFTA Awards, one of which was a BAFTA Academy Fellowship Award), and three Golden Globes, including the Cecil B. DeMille Award and a Henrietta Award. He received a lifetime achievement award in the US with a Kennedy Center Honor in 1999. Connery was knighted in the 2000 New Year Honours for services to film drama.
When Connery received the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award in June of 2006, he confirmed his retirement from acting. In June of 2007, he denied rumors that he would appear in the fourth Indiana Jones film, stating that “retirement is just too much damned fun”.
Connery was knighted by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II in July 2000, but he was also known to be a supporter of Scottish independence.
Connery was polled in a 2004 The Sunday Herald as “The Greatest Living Scot” and in a 2011 EuroMillions survey as “Scotland’s Greatest Living National Treasure”. He was voted by People magazine as both the “Sexiest Man Alive” in 1989 and the “Sexiest Man of the Century” in 1999.