Sean Connery's Son Jason Looks Eerily Like His Late Father
Nov 30, 2020 by apost team
Sean Connery has won many hearts across the globe with his iconic portrayal of James Bond, so when his passing was announced this October, the news came as a shock to many. His mark forever engraved in Hollywood, his son, Jason Connery, is now carrying on his legacy as a successful actor and director – and looks eerily like his late father.
Needing no introduction as the first, and often the most beloved portrayal of special agent 007 James Bond in the film franchise, a role he played for seven movies, Sean Connery was also a revered actor beyond the Bond franchise. Appearing in such movies as The Untouchables, Highlander, and more, he was celebrated for his acting, earning an Academy Award, two BAFTAs, and three Golden Globes in his lifetime. In 2000, the Scotsman was knighted by the Queen in an investiture ceremony in Edinburgh. Connery was touted by People magazine as the "Sexiest Man Alive" in 1989 and once again in 1999 as the "Sexiest Man of the Century".
Thomas Sean Connery was born on August 25, 1930, in Fountainbridge, Scotland. Although he was known as "Tommy" as a youngster, he soon went by his middle name, "Sean." When he was 16, the late actor decided to join the Royal Navy, where he got two very symbolic tattoos. The first reads "Mum and Dad" and the second, "Scotland Forever."
Following his dismissal from the army, Connery tried various lines of work before pursuing acting as his main passion. He began to get regular film work, but his breakthrough came when he landed the lead role in the 1962 James Bond Film, "Dr. No." In 1987 Sean won the most prestigious film award: an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for The Untouchables.
Amongst numerous acting accolades, Sean Connery was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2000 for services to drama. When Connery received the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award on June 8, 2006, he revealed he would be retiring from acting, after which he would only occasionally take up voice roles. While the actor had generally shied away from the public eye since then, he remained an iconic name in showbiz whose legacy crossed generations. So when his sudden death was announced in October, the whole world went into shock.
Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli wrote via Twitter:
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“We are devastated by the news of the passing of Sir Sean Connery. He was and shall always be remembered as the original James Bond whose indelible entrance into cinema history began when he announced those unforgettable words — ‘The name’s Bond… James Bond’ — he revolutionized the world with his gritty and witty portrayal of the sexy and charismatic secret agent. He is undoubtedly largely responsible for the success of the film series and we shall be forever grateful to him.”
On October 31, 90-year-old actor Sean Connery passed away in his sleep while at his home in Nassau, The Bahamas, where he had lived with his wife Micheline Roquebrune since the 1990s. The world has been in mourning since, with an outpouring of stars and fans alike posting to social media in honor of the Scottish actor.
Sam Neill, Connery's co-star in the film. “The Hunt for Red October,” tweeted,
“Every day on set with Sean Connery was an object lesson in how to act on screen. But all that charisma and power- that was utterly unique to Sean. RIP that great man, that great actor.”
His widow later revealed that the late actor was struggling with dementia in his final few months. Speaking with the Mail on Sunday, as reported by France 24, Roquebrune said: "He had dementia and it took its toll on him. He got his final wish to slip away without any fuss."
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"It was no life for him. He was not able to express himself latterly," she added.
His only child, Jason Connery, was born in London on January 11, 1963, and after his parents' divorce, he primarily lived with his mother, actress Diane Cilento, in London. As the boy grew, he began following his parents' footsteps in the entertainment industry, taking up roles in theater before moving on to b-list movies and TV roles, including a role in the ITV TV series, Robin of Sherwood in 1986. He directed his first film, Pandemic, in 2008, which marked the start of his directing career. His most successful directorial film came in 2016 when he directed "Tommy's Honour." The film opened the 2016 Edinburgh International Film Festival and won Best Feature Film at the 2016 British Academy Scotland Awards.
Despite Jason establishing a career in showbusiness without his famous father's help, it was difficult for him to step out of his shadow – "I realize that I'm always going to be compared to my father," Jason told the LAtimes in 1990, according to the Sun. "There are innuendoes all the time. Should I spend my whole life justifying myself?"Roberto Ricciuti/ Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
While filming the made-for-TV film Bullet for Beijing in 1995, Jason met his future wife, Mia Sara. The two got hitched in the following year and had one son, Dashiell Quinn Connery, before divorcing in 2002. In a 2004 interview with the Sunday Times, Jason got candid about his relationship with his father and how he saw parallels in his marriage with that of his parents, saying: "My divorce was a really difficult thing for me, a shock," he said. "I suddenly saw all the parallels between my dad, my mum and me, because they were both actors — like my ex and I."
Somewhat bittersweet is that Sean Connery's last photo to be uploaded on social media is one with his Jason and his partner, Fiona Ufton. Ufton posted the photo on her Twitter account on August 25, which was Connery's 90th birthday. Today, Jason Connery continues to direct films, with his latest being Byrd and the Bees and Of Corset's Mine, both still in post-production.
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