Date of Birth 25 August 1930, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK Birth Name Thomas Sean Connery Height 6' 2½" (1.89 m) Thomas Sean Connery was born in Edinburgh on 25 August 1930. His father, Joseph Connery, was a Roman Catholic of Irish descent with roots in County Wexford, Ireland, while his mother, Euphamia "Effie" Maclean, was a Protestant. He claims he was called by his middle name Sean long before he became an actor, explaining that he had an Irish friend named Seamus and those who knew them both decided to call him by his middle name whenever he was with Seamus, and it stuck. His first job was as a milkman with St. Cuthbert's Co-operative Society. He then joined the Royal Navy but was later discharged on medical grounds (Stomach Ulcer). He briefly returned to the Co-op, then went on to a succession of jobs, including truck driver, labourer, artist's model for the Edinburgh College of Art and lifeguard. Under the name Thom Connery, he placed third in the tall man's division of the 1953 Mr. Universe contest. Another competitor, Johnny Isaacs, suggested that he try out for a stage production of South Pacific, which led to work on the stage, TV, and eventually in films. One prominent television role came in Rudolph Cartier's 1961 production of Anna Karenina for BBC Television, in which Connery co-starred with Claire Bloom.