Harrison Ford has paid an emotional tribute to his on-screen father in Indiana Jones, the late Sean Connery. The iconic Scottish actor passed away aged 90 at the weekend and the tributes have flooded out as his fellow co-stars remember him.
Connery, who won an Academy Award, two BAFTA Awards and three Golden Globes throughout his illustrious career, shot to fame when he became the first actor to portray the character James Bond in a film which has since been propelled into one of cinema’s most successful franchises. His wife of 45-years, Micheline Roquebrune, has since revealed that the actor had been suffering from dementia and tragically said that he “was not able to express himself” and added that “It was no life for him”. She went on to add that, “at least he died in his sleep and it was just so peaceful.”
Harrison Ford and Sean Connery only worked together once which was on 1989’s Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. The film saw Connery play Henry Jones, Sr. who is Indiana’s father in the movie. “He was my father… not in life… but in Indy 3,” Ford said in his statement before adding, “You don’t know pleasure until someone pays you to take Sean Connery for a ride in the sidecar of a Russian motorcycle bouncing along a bumpy, twisty mountain trail and getting to watch him squirm. God we had fun – if he’s in heaven, I hope they have golf courses. Rest in peace dear friend.”
George Lucas, who co-wrote Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade, has also paid tribute to Connery who he had nothing but superlatives to say about. “Sir Sean Connery, through his talent and drive, left an indelible mark in cinematic history,” Lucas dotingly said.
“His audiences spanned generations, each with favourite roles he played. He will always hold a special place in my heart as Indy’s dad. With an air of intelligent authority and sly sense of comedic mischief, only someone like Sean Connery could render Indiana Jones immediately into boyish regret or relief through a stern fatherly chiding or rejoiceful hug. I’m thankful for having had the good fortune to have known and worked with him. My thoughts are with his family,” Lucas concluded.