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Sean Connery attends an event in Berlin on Sept. 30, 2003. (Photo credit: Tschiponnique Skupin/Future Image/WENN.com)

Sean Connery turns 86: More than just James Bond


Sean Connery turns 86: More than just James Bond

WATCH: Turning 86 on Aug. 25, Academy Award winner Sean Connery has lived a life that would make even James Bond jealous.

But there's more to the story than just playing 007.

Born Thomas Sean Connery, the Edinburgh native once competed as a bodybuilder. 

But he'd trade barbells for a tux for "Dr. No."

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And if he didn't pull off that, or his six subsequent Bond films, 007 would just be a weak PIN number.

And Daniel Craig would have to find another path to stardom.

And Austin Powers would have no mojo whatsoever.

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His Scottish accent is so charming, it convinced American audiences it doubles as Russian in the "The Hunt for Red October." Or Spanish in "Highlander." Or Irish for his Oscar-winning role in "The Untouchables." And forget being declared Sexiest Man Alive by People magazine in 1989.

In 1999, New Woman magazine named him Sexiest Man of the Century. Sorry, Woodrow Wilson.

We Named the Dog Indiana

Plus, as the dad of the world's most famous archaeologist in "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade," Connery achieved the impossible: He stole scene after scene away from Harrison Ford's title character. And when the elder Jones revealed, "We named the dog Indiana," well, that was pretty much priceless.

Dressed to Kilt

And while tailored suits, Scottish kilts and a laid-back attitude add to Connery's suave nature, he's done his part to make the world a little cooler, too.  As a supporter of Save the Bays, Connery has championed efforts to protect and preserve marine resources in the Bahamas.

He's also been a supporter of Dressed to Kilt, an annual, star-studded fashion show that's fundraised for multiple charities supporting injured military veterans. Charitable beneficiaries included Wounded Warriors, the Paralyzed Veterans of America and the Erksine Hospital.

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You know what else is cool? Connery straight-up retired from major motion pictures in 2005. Not many in show business have the financial means to pull that off, let alone the confidence and overflowing trophy case. His last major film role was Allan Quatermain in 2003's "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen."

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Although he's shied away from the silver screen for more than a decade, Connery has contributed to a couple of projects here and there. In addition to reprising his role of James Bond for the 2005 video game "From Russia with Love," he voiced the title role in the 2012 cartoon "Sir Billi."

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Connery was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2000. According to the BBC, the actor called it "one of the proudest days of my life." But among fans, he'd earned that level of respect before a ceremonial sword was wielded near his shoulders. So, you may continue to address him as Connery. Sir Sean Connery.

Sean Connery turns 86: More than just James Bond

WATCH:  Another August birthday boy who's pretty cool is Robert Redford.  Check out Circa's birthday tributes to him, too.

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