Scottish actor Sean Connery has turned 80. The James Bond actor celebrated his birthday with friends and family in Washington.
Scottish actor Sean Connery celebrated his 80th birthday on Wednesday. He shot to international stardom as the dashing British agent 007 in the James Bond films, but it was in his later roles that he won worldwide acclaim for his considerable acting talents.
Tall, distinguished and with a throaty voice, the Scottish actor played a series of character roles, and won an Academy Award in 1988 for his portrayal of a tough Chicago cop in "The Untouchables."
At 65, when many actors are slowing down, and despite an earlier bout with cancer of the larynx, Connery was working harder than ever.
For millions of film fans, he will always be remembered as Bond, the character he immortalized in the first Bond film "Dr No" in 1962.
Connery, who grew up in the slums of Edinburgh and once worked as a coffin polisher, played the character created by novelist Ian Fleming in seven Bond films.
The lavishly-produced movies packed with hi-tech gadgetry and spectacular effects broke box office records and grossed hundreds of millions of dollars.