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Sean Connery Fast Facts

By CNN Library
updated 9:32 AM EDT, Thu August 1, 2013

(CNN) -- Here's a look at the life of actor and philanthropist Sean Connery.

Birth date: August 25, 1930

Birth place: Edinburgh, Scotland

Birth name: Thomas Sean Connery

Father: Joseph Connery, a factory hand and truck-driver

Mother: Euphemia (McLean) Connery, a laundress

Marriages: Micheline Roquebrune (May 6, 1975-present), Diane Cilento (November 30, 1962-October 4, 1973, divorced)

Children: with Diane Cilento: Jason (January 11, 1963)

Education: Dropped out of school at age 13

Military service: Royal Navy, 1947-1950

1953 - Connery makes his stage debut in the chorus of the British touring company of the musical "South Pacific".

1955 - He makes his film debut in an uncredited role in the British movie "Lilacs in the Spring".

1961 - Producer Albert "Cubby" Broccoli is searching for someone to play James Bond in his upcoming film and meets Connery.

1962-1983 - Sean Connery is the first James Bond, Agent 007. And plays the character in seven films: "Dr. No" (1962), "From Russia with Love" (1963), "Goldfinger" (1964), "Thunderball" (1965), "You Only Live Twice" (1967), "Diamonds are Forever" (1971) and "Never Say Never Again" (1983).

1967 - Directs and stars in "The Bowler and The Bunnet", a documentary about the Scottish shipbuilding industry's decline.

1971 - Co-founds the Scottish International Education Trust, an organization that provides grants to Scottish students and supports projects that advance Scotland.

April 11, 1988 - Wins the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in "The Untouchables".

1989 - 59-year-old Connery is voted People magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive".

June 7, 1998 - Wins Tony Award as one of three producers of Best Play "Art".

1999 - Is a Kennedy Center Honoree.

July 5, 2000 - Is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, in Edinburgh, Scotland.

2004 - Co-founds, and serves as Honorary Chairman, the U.S. charity Friends of Scotland to promote an interest in Scotland and sustain goodwill between the U.S. and Scotland.

July 2005 - Retires from acting.

June 2006 - Receives the American Film Institute's 34th Lifetime Achievement Award.

August 2008 - Connery releases "Being a Scot," a book that is part autobiography and part Scottish history.

2013 - Is involved in efforts to preserve the environmental resources of the Clifton Bay area of the Bahamas from over development, the Coalition to Protect Clifton Bay. His home on New Providence Island is in Clifton Bay.