I never met Sean Connery, died yesterday at the age of 90, but did cross paths with him. I told this story hear a long while ago, but it's a proper time to bring it up again. Years back, during my very early start in the film industry, what I refer to as my Dark Days, I used to work in public relations, and began in the PR Department at Universal Studios. One evening in 1980 we had our big, All Industry screening of Coal Miner's Daughter. It wasn't a premiere officially, but a lot of celebrities were invited, in large part because the studio had high hopes for the movie (which were well-warranted and came to fruition). It was held at the Motion Picture Academy, and I was there working, and when the screening finally started, I was able to find a seat in the center section, but near the back, on the left center-aisle. At one point, as film was rolling some people near me on the farther left were talking -- and talking -- and it was quite pronounced and annoying. I wasn't quite sure what to do, not knowing protocol as a new and low-level staffer, but then the decision was taken out of my hands. About 10 rows ahead of me, a man turned around towards the noise -- and it was Sean Connery. And with as piercing a look as you could imagine, and in a hiss as blunt as you wouldn't ever want directed at you, everyone in the vicinity heard him snarl at the rude perpetrators -- "SHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!"
It will not shock you to discover that they shhhhhhhhhhhh'd. Immediately.
I posted this before, as well, but it's as good and different a tribute as I suspect there will be. Back in the days when he'd agree to appear on a game show, we have a very young Sean Connery as the Mystery Guest on What's My Line? in 1965. What I always find a treat in these is watching (and listening) to the celebrity put on a fake voice to disguise himself from the panel.