Sean Connery Dead at 90: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Catherine Zeta-Jones and More Celebs Honor Actor
By Liz Calvario
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Hollywood and fans are mourning Sean Connery. The legendary actor died peacefully in his sleep at the age of 90, ET confirmed on Saturday.
The Scottish icon's acting career spanned five decades, including an Oscar win for Best Supporting Actor in 1988 for The Untouchables. However, he was best known for his portrayal of James Bond -- after being the first actor to bring the role to the big screen in 1962's Dr. No, he appeared in a total of seven of the spy thrillers.
"Sean Connery was a legend, one of the greatest actors of all time," Arnold Schwarzenegger wrote. "He provided endless entertainment for all of us & inspiration for me. I’m not just saying that because he was a bodybuilder who placed in the Mr. Universe contest! He was an icon. My thoughts are with his family."
Sean Connery was a legend, one of the greatest actors of all time. He provided endless entertainment for all of us & inspiration for me. I’m not just saying that because he was a bodybuilder who placed in the Mr. Universe contest! He was an icon. My thoughts are with his family.
Robert De Niro also told ET in a statement: "I'm very sorry to hear about Sean’s passing. He seemed much younger than 90; I expected -- and hoped -- he’d be with us much longer. See you up there, Sean."
Hugh Jackman also wrote how he grew up idolizing Connery.
Tippi Hedren, who co-starred with Connery in the Alfred Hitchcock 1964 thriller Marnie, also told ET in a statement: "I feel so fortunate to have worked with Sean. I am just so grateful to have had the honor of knowing him as a dear friend. He was a fabulous man and so very talented. He had a great sense of humor and he made our job fun. An elegant man, a brilliant actor and an over all amazing individual . Not to mention extremely attractive."
See how other celebs and fans are honoring late actor:
He was my Dad’s James Bond, so Dad supported Mr. Connery’s career his entire life, always taking me to see any movie his fave actor was in. I have sweet memories of watching Dad watch his movie idol. So Sean Connery’s passing also feels like I’m losing Dad again. RIP, Dr. Jones. pic.twitter.com/8ElVyac1kV
Often, actors fall into categories or “types.” They find themselves being compared to others who display similar attributes. But once in a while, there r those who break the mold & shatter the norm to become a one of a kind. Brando. Nicholson. Connery. Today we lost a one of kind https://t.co/Ho43f26FWn
Every day on set with #SeanConnery 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 . https://t.co/W8MQrFYlJ0
Though all of his Bond instalments are fun and two are among my favs of the series (From Russia With Love & Goldfinger), here are some non Bond Connery films I dearly love; Hell Drivers (a supporting role, but a badass flick), The Frightened City (clearly a dry run for Bond) 2/4 pic.twitter.com/DFpsiIY8nb