The Scottish actor will be best remembered for his performances in James Bond, the British spy series that has spanned six decades and become a global phenomenon. His final Bond film was Never Say Never Again (1983).
Despite starring in seven James Bond films, he also had memorable roles, like playing Indiana Jones's dad in The Last Crusade, a former spy in Michael Bay's 90's action classic The Rock and the cold war Submarine thriller The Hunt For Red October.
The late Sean Connery may have played many iconic characters during his lengthy, award-winning career, but Lord of the Rings" beloved wizard Gandalf ended up being the one that got away - as he turned the role down because he didn't "understand' it.
MGM Studios said Sir Sean's "portrayal of James Bond remains one of cinema's greatest contributions". In a 1965 interview with Playboy magazine, Connery was asked about a scene in which Bond hits a woman.
She said on Twitter: "I'm incredibly saddened to hear of Seans passing. I extend my condolences to his family and friends".
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Despite his love of Scotland, SNP supporter Sean Connery was a tax exile for decades in Marbella, Spain, and in the Bahamas. However, he spent much of his post-Bond film career in ensemble casts. In The Man Who Would Be King, Connery scored perhaps his greatest role as Daniel Dravot, an adventurer who travels to the Middle Eastern country Kafiristan, where the locals believe him to be a god and make him king. Indeed his non-Bond roles demonstrate just how versatile an actor Connery was.
He won an Academy Award for his portrayal of a tough Chicago cop in 1987's The Untouchables.
Connery's last film was The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen in 2003, an experience said to be so unpleasant, it convinced him it was time to retire from the big screen.
Whether you think of him as James Bond, Dr. Henry Jones Sr., or the Scottish guy who attacks the letter "s" as though it offended him, you know Sean Connery. Could Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn have had their portable breathing devices in The Phantom Menace if Sean Connery didn't have something even slicker in Thunderball first? In 2000, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth, a moment he called, "one of the proudest days of my life". I saw the movie.
He was first married to Australian actress Diane Cilento, but was divorced in 1975 amid allegations that he had been violent towards her and was unfaithful.
Connery is survived by his wife Micheline, son Jason, and brother Neil. I met him once and he was gracious and attractive.