Sean Connery net worth: A look at the late James Bond star's multi-million dollar fortune
Sean Connery turning down the role of Gandalf in 'Lord of the Rings' resulted in the actor missing out on an estimated $450 million payday
Legendary actor Sir Sean Connery passed away peacefully in his sleep at the age of 90. He was at his residence in the Bahamas at the time of his death. Connery, born on August 25, 1930, was best known as the first actor to portray the character, James Bond. Between 1962 and 1983, he starred in seven Bond films like 'Dr. No', 'You Only Live Twice', 'Diamonds Are Forever', and 'Never Say Never Again'. His other popular films also included 'Marnie', 'Murder on the Orient Express', 'The Man Who Would Be King', 'A Bridge Too Far', 'Highlander, 'The Untouchables', 'Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade', 'The Hunt for Red October', 'Dragonheart', 'The Rock', and 'Finding Forrester'.
Before retiring from acting in 2006, Connery's won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in 'The Untouchables', two BAFTA Awards, and three Golden Globes, including the Cecil B. DeMille Award, and a Henrietta Award. He also received a lifetime achievement award with a Kennedy Center Honor in 1999. He was knighted in the year 2000 at the New Year Honours for his services to film drama. A global icon, he was voted by People magazine as the 'Sexiest Man Alive' in 1989, and the 'Sexiest Man of the Century' in 1999.
How much was Sean Connery worth?
According to Celebrity Networth, Connery was worth over a whopping $350 million. He made most of his money from acting in movies, and also by producing. Connery was an executive producer on the 1993 movie 'Rising Sun' which was a huge box-office success. He also executive produced 1996's 'The Rock', and 2003's 'The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen'. He produced the movies 'Entrapment' in 1999, and 'Finding Forrester' the following year. The Scottish actor was famously offered the role of Gandalf in the 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy but turned it down because he didn't understand the script. With a budget of $281 million, the three films were, back then, the most expensive movies of all time. The studio's first choice for Gandalf was Connery and they offered him $10 million for each film along with 15% of the box office. The three movies went on to make $3 billion at the global box office. Connery's 15% would have resulted in an estimated $450 million payday.