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Posted on 06/09/2006 11:46:39 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
Hollywood's elite gathered Thursday night to pay tribute to Sean Connery, who received The American Film Institute's annual lifetime achievement award.
Directors Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, and actors Harrison Ford, Andy Garcia and Mike Myers were among the stars who cheered on the legendary actor at the ceremony held at the Kodak Theatre.
Myers wore a tuxedo jacket and a kilt to honor the Scottish actor.
"Men want to be him, women want him, and in my case I both want to be him and want him," Myers joked.
"He's extremely professional, very talented and has an amazingly strong presence on the screen," Lucas said from the red carpet.
Connery thanked the audience for "one hell of an evening."
"I got my big break when I was five years old, and it's taken more than 70 years to realize it," he said. "At five I learned to read, and I would not be standing here without the books, plays and scripts."
Connery was launched to stardom in the 1960s and 1970s, playing agent 007, or "Bond, James Bond," as he introduced himself to foes.
He also starred in "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade," "The Hunt for Red October," and "The Untouchables," which earned him an Oscar for best supporting actor.
He is the 34th recipient of the award, the Institute's highest honor for a career in film.
Past recipients include Orson Welles, Bette Davis, Alfred Hitchcock, Sidney Poitier, Elizabeth Taylor, Jack Nicholson, Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, Martin Scorsese, Robert DeNiro, Meryl Streep and George Lucas.
The only James Bond that matters.
"I've got your number, Trebek!"
Yes, he's a great actor, but not a great person. I never will forget back in the '70's during a tv interview that he didn't see anything wrong with hitting a woman.
"That's 'Therapists' Mr. Connery."
His work on Jeapordy was unforgettable.
Yeah, he's really proud of that episode. lol
You're the man now dog!
I loved him in "The Hunt for Red October." One of my favorite movies. Yes, even Alec Baldwin was good in it.
Other than Bond, I think's Sean's best were THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING and THE WIND AND THE LION.
It was shocking to see how high a Scot had managed to rise in the hierarchy of the Soviet Navy.
"I'll 'Swords' for $500, Trebek!"
"That's 'S' Words."
Yadda, yadda, yadda...it was a good movie and you know it.
Yup, both good roles and movies.
He was quite the hunk in his early days, the athletic type.
A good all around actor.
Yeah, and his exec was a Kiwi (Sam Neill)!
It was a great movie.
Didn't he win a Mr Universe contest before going inot acting?
Didn't he win a Mr Universe contest before going into acting?
I loved both those movies!
"One ping, please".
My husband totally agrees...he will watch only the James Bond movies with Sean Connery...Me, I prefer Sean Connery, after he left the James Bond roles, and started doing other roles...I will agree with the others, I just loved him in The Hunt for Red October...he was just great...
At sixteen, he enlisted in the Royal Navy. Like many young men in the Navy, he opted for a tattoo. However, unlike many tattoos, his were not frivolous - his tattoos reflect two of his lifelong commitments: his family and Scotland. After six decades, his tattoos still reflect those two ideas: One tattoo is a tribute to his parents and reads "Mum and Dad," and the other is self explanatory, "Scotland Forever."
After three years of Naval service, a long bout with a stomach ulcer shortened his "naval career". He returned to Edinburgh and seemed to settle into a life of hard work: bricklayer, lifeguard, and coffin polisher. Sean spent much of his free time bodybuilding, a pastime that eventually started his acting career. His hobby of bodybuilding culminated in a bid for the 1950 Mr. Universe title where he placed third.
Shoot...I even like Zardoz...diehard Connery fan...but then I was born on his birthday. He made a great Green Knight in Sword of the Valiant, even if the rest of the movie wasn't all that hot.
He has got the sexiest voice. :) I cried when he died in The Untouchables.
He was 3rd in 1950, not 1050. :)
One Ping Vasilly
We must give this American a wide berth.
Just like a wop to bring a knife to a gunfight.
:) I've seen that movie so many times. I can watch it over and over again. My husband hates it. LOL
It's hysterical that here's an actor with a distinguished career, and the mention of his name only brings references to a SNL skit.
"League of Forgettable Gentlemen" wasn't extraordinary.
Something in here don't take kindly to bullets.
Yeah, like me!
Something = Somethings.
He's on my list! ;)
Nope. But it was fun...Particularly if you had read all the works the characters were drawn from. Very much like a comic book....
I even have a copy of it! Saw it at the theater, read the novel. Strange but interesting...
Post-destruction of society stories (from whatever cause - nuclear, pandemic, whatever) is one of my favorite genres.
oh no....my view of him is now shattered...say it isn't so
Just helping out your collection. ;o)
"Lifetime Achievement Award" - Hollywood's way of saying "nice knowin' ya".
||There is only one James Bond...|
DAMNATION ALLEY... good book but a terrible movie. Jan Michael Vincent as Hell Tanner? Gimme a break.
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