Sean Connery Dies: He Invented the Action Hero and Embodied the ’60s Sexual Revolution

Sean Connery, the Scottish actor who embodied the Sexual Revolution of the 1960s as cinema’s debut James Bond, has died at 90.

In a 45-year career that covered many genres, Connery proved, as much as anyone, that entertainment value and artistic quality could go hand-in-hand.

Who else could claim they’d worked with Alfred Hitchcock and Michael Bay, John Huston, and Gus Van Sant? Connery did — and he originated the most popular action hero of all time.The list of plaudits Connery received in his lifetime span a wide spectrum.

He won an Academy Award, for playing a hard-edged cop in “The Untouchables,” received the Kennedy Center Honor, and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.

But his acclaim went to even greater extremes: Scottish newspaper The Sunday Herald called him “The Greatest Living Scot” while People Magazine didn’t just vote him “Sexiest Man Alive” in 1989 but “Sexiest Man of the Century” a decade later.

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