Before They Were Stars: Sean Connery Competes for Mr. Universe in 1953

Obviously, Arnold Schwarzenegger is the ultimate example of a bodybuilder successfully transitioning into the world of cinema, but another iconic actor paved the way for him. You might not have guessed this from looking at him, but over a decade before he became 007, Sean Connery competed as a professional bodybuilder. His peak of success in that field was finishing third in the 1953 Mr. Universe competition. Since this happened so many years ago, it’s unlikely that any footage exists, but someone was kind enough to assemble a montage of muscular Sean Connery photos from the competition.

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