Sir Sean Connery is best known for portraying the character James Bond, starring in seven Bond films between 1962 and 1983. However, Sean Connery was a bodybuilder before he was an actor. Connery began bodybuilding at the age of 18, and from 1951 trained heavily with Ellington, a former gym instructor in the British army. While his official website claims he was third in the 1950 Mr. Universe contest, most sources place him in the 1953 competition, third in the Junior class.
This undated publicity photo provided by United Artists and Danjaq, LLC shows Sean Connery, left, as James Bond in a scene from the 1963 film, "From Russia With Love." Connery, a relatively unknown Scottish actor and former bodybuilder, was cast in the hit movie as Bond.
Before going into acting, Sean had many different jobs, such as a Milkman, lorry driver, a laborer, artist's model for the Edinburgh College of Art, coffin polisher and bodybuilder. He also joined the Royal Navy, but was later discharged because of medical problems. At the age of 23, he had a choice between becoming a professional footballer or an actor, and even though he showed much promise in the sport, he chose acting and said it was one of his more intelligent moves.