Scottish actor, Sean Connery famously known for playing the role of James Bond, has died at the age of 90.
Sir Sean died peacefully in his sleep, while in the Bahamas, having been “unwell for some time”, his son said.
“I was heartbroken to learn this morning of the passing of Sir Sean Connery. Our nation today mourns one of her best loved sons,” said Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. “Sean was a global legend but, first and foremost, he was a patriotic and proud Scot.”
Connery was raised in near poverty in the slums of Edinburgh and worked as a coffin polisher, milkman and lifeguard before his bodybuilding hobby helped launch an acting career that made him one of the world’s biggest stars.
Connery, who was awarded a knighthood in 2000 for his contribution to the arts, will be remembered first as British agent 007, the character created by novelist Ian Fleming and immortalised by Connery in films starting with “Dr No” in 1962.
His acting career spanned five decades and he won an Oscar in 1988 for his role in “The Untouchables”.
Sir Sean’s other films included “The Hunt for Red October”, “Highlander”, “Indiana Jones” and the “Last Crusade” and “The Rock”.
Connery leaves behind his wife of 45 years, Micheline Roquebrune, and a son, Jason, who he had with first wife Diane Cilento.