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Sean Connery, the actor known for playing British super-spy James Bond, died on October 31. He was 90.
His death was reported by the BBC, citing the actor’s family.
Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, Connery joined the British Royal Navy in 1946 at the age of 16. He then began a career in theater, starting out doing backstage work before landing a chorus role in a production for the musical South Pacific.
After landing various roles on television, he made his film debut in the 1957 film No Road Back, though his breakthrough role as James Bond would come years later, in 1962 – the first actor to portray the character on screen.
He appeared in 7 James Bond films, and later starred in movies such as Marnie, Highlander, The Hunt for Red October, and The Untouchables – which won him the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1988.
He received a Kennedy Center Honor in 1999, and a knighthood in 2000.
Tributes immediately began pouring in for Connery who was considered one of the greatest movie stars of his generation.
“How infinitely sad to hear the news Sir Sean Connery has passed away,” stated a message on the Twitter account maintained for fellow Bond actor Roger Moore who died in 2017.
“He and Roger were friends for many decades and Roger always maintained Sean was the best ever James Bond. RIP.” – with reports from Agence France-Presse/ Rappler.com