Sir Sean Connery had humble beginnings as the son of a cleaned and a lorry driver from Edinburgh, Scotland. At 12 years old, Connery quit school to get a job as a milkman. By age 23, he was set to become a professional footballer or an actor. Obviously, he chose the latter.
After a handful of minor roles on British TV and film, Connery scored his big break as James Bond. His James Bond movies grossed $2.2 billion and gained him other roles in different blockbusters. In 2000, he was knighted for Services to Film Drama. With a career spanning more than six decades, Connery ultimately retired in 2012 and passed away in 2020 at 90 years old.
Richard Dean Anderson (born 1950)
In the 1980s MacGyver was the coolest guy on television. A government spy and a genius of all trades, the TV character became a household name. Richard Dean Anderson played the original MacGyver. The TV series of the same name hit the airwaves on ABC in 1985 and ran until 1992.
Anderson began his career on the daytime soap "General Hospital", and starred on the show from 1976 to 1981. In other work, he joined the Stargate franchise and played on three of its films. His charity work has focused on environmental causes like clean water. He’s also been an active supporter of Challengers Boys and Girls Club. He received an award for his help with the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Betty White (born 1922)
Betty White has charmed audiences her whole life. Her sweet and innocent demeanor is inevitably sliced by a laser-tongue remark that leaves people in hysterics. With a career spanning over 80 years, White has been recognized by many awards, but she is also part of television history. In the early 1950s, she became one of the first women producers.
The smash-hit "Golden Girls" became the most successful show White has starred in. Known for saying, “Retirement is not in my vocabulary,” she sure lives up to it. In 2010, at 88 years old, she hosted "SNL" and brought in the best ratings of the season as the oldest person ever to host the show. Yet, in December of 2021, she took her last breath. She's the type of person we will never forget.
Ann-Margret (born 1941)
Ann-Margret was born Ann-Margret Olsson in a small town in Sweden. On the day her family migrated to the U.S. in 1946, her father took her to Radio City Music Hall. This is where she became interested in performance arts. However, it was George Burns who discovered her talent and introduced her to show business.
She became an American sex symbol after her role in "Viva Las Vegas". She also had a two-year-long affair with Elvis Presley. Ann-Margaret was nominated for an Academy Award for the films "Carnal Knowledge" and "Tommy". She continues to work to this day, with features in "Madmen", "The Kominsky Method", and a regular role on "Happy!"
Richard Simmons (born 1948)
Richard Simmons was a huge 1980s celeb born to show business parents in New Orleans, Louisiana. He became a health nut and owner of a fitness club after he managed to go from an obese 268-pound teen to dropping an astounding 123 pounds. By the 1960s, he launched a career as a motivational fitness advisor with his show, "The Richard Simmons Show".
He was one of the pioneers of group exercise on TV, long before yoga was a thing. His approach gradually went out of style until he ultimately went into seclusion from public life. In November 2016, his fitness gym closed. He’s now in his 70s and keeping a low profile.