Neil Connery

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Neil Connery
Born Neil Niren Connery
(1938-01-01)1 January 1938
Edinburgh, UK
Died 10 May 2021(2021-05-10) (aged 83)
Edinburgh, UK
Nationality Scottish
Occupation Actor, plasterer
Years active 1967–1996
Spouse(s) Eleanor Connery
Children 2
Family Sean Connery (brother)
Jason Connery (nephew)

Neil Niren Connery (1 January 1938 – 10 May 2021)[1][2][3][4] was a Scottish actor and the younger brother of actor Sean Connery.[5]

Biography

Connery was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, on 16 December 1938.[4] He was brought up at No. 176 Fountainbridge, a block which has since been demolished.[6] His mother, Euphemia McBain "Effie" McLean, worked as a cleaner. She was born the daughter of Neil McLean, from Edinburgh, Midlothian, and wife Helen Forbes Ross, from Aberfeldy, Grandtully, Perth and Kinross, daughter of John Forbes Ross and wife Mary Reilly, of some Irish ancestry, and paternal granddaughter of James Ross and wife Christina Tullock, and named after her father's mother, Euphemia McBain, wife of John McLean, son of John McLean and wife Janet Mathieson, and daughter of William McBain, from Ceres, Fife, and wife Mary Gourlay.[7][8][9] Connery's father, Joseph Connery, was a factory worker and lorry driver, son of Thomas Connery, an Irish Traveller, son of James Connery, a poor Catholic who moved from Ireland to Scotland at the turn of the 20th century, became a labourer and died of bronchitis in 1914, and wife Elizabeth McPhillips, both Irish, usually said to have roots in Wexford, County Wexford, Leinster,[10] and wife Jeannie Lawson "Jean" McNab, daughter of John McNab and wife Jeanie Allison and paternal granddaughter of George McNab and wife Elizabeth Reid.[11][12]

Two of his paternal great-grandparents moved to Edinburgh from Wexford, Ireland in the mid-19th century,[13] with his great-grandfather, James Connery, being an Irish Traveller.[14] His maternal great-grandparents were native Scottish Gaelic speakers from Fife and Uig on Skye.[15][16] His father was a Roman Catholic, and his mother was a Protestant.

Connery had a modest upbringing in a deprived area of Edinburgh. Throughout his acting career, he has appeared in several films. He died on 9 May 2021, aged 82, from a short illness; seven months after his older brother.

Career

Connery's film debut was in O.K. Connery (1967), a James Bond-inspired film.[17] The film was retitled Operation Kid Brother in the United States and is also known as Operation Double 007. It became known for having a number of the original James Bond series actors appearing as similar characters. OK Connery was featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1998) under its alternative title, Operation Double 007.[18]

In 1969, Connery appeared in the science fiction film The Body Stealers, also known as Thin Air, where he played Jim Radford, an investigator trying to figure out why paratroopers are disappearing in mid-air.[19]

In 1980, Connery appeared as a guest star in the British TV Series Only When I Laugh. He played the Neil Niren MD – CT character, in the 7th episode ("Last Tango") from the second season.

In 1984, Connery once again capitalised on his brother's fame in the Hong Kong action comedy film Aces Go Places 3 and made a comeback on the big screen as Mr. Bond.[20]

For most of his life, Connery worked as a plasterer, until an accident in 1983 ended his career. He was married to Eleanor, with whom he has two daughters.[21]

Filmography

References

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  2. https://www.thenational.scot/news/19297462.sean-connerys-younger-brother-neil-dies-age-83/
  3. https://jamesbond007.se/eng/memoriam/neil_connery_1938_2021
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  21. "Sean brother faces jail for drink-driving". The Scotsman. 5 July 2002. Archived from the original on 4 August 2016. Retrieved 16 February 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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