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Harrison Ford reflects on moments with Sean Connery, his ‘Indiana Jones’ dad

Ford, George Lucas, and two iterations of James Bond pay tribute to the late Scottish actor

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Harrison Ford, left, and Sean Connery star in “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.”

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After it was announced that the beloved actor Sean Connery died on Saturday, friends, fans and family members were quick to share their feelings regarding the sad news.

One of those friends — and an on-the-screen family member — was Harrison Ford, who acted alongside Connery in the third installment of the “Indiana Jones” series in which the late actor played Ford’s father.

Here’s what Ford told Variety:

He was my father … not in life … but in ‘Indy 3’...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.

Ford wasn’t the only member of the “Indiana Jones” team who commented on Connery’s passing. George Lucas, the creator of the legendary series, also honored Connery in a statement, per Variety.

Sir Sean Connery, through his talent and drive, left an indelible mark in cinematic history. His audiences spanned generations, each with favorite 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.

While the actor’s role as Henry Jones in “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” was certainly popular, Connery was most widely known for his turn as James Bond. He played the British special agent in seven films spanning from 1962 to 1983.

Several actors who shared the 007 mantle with Connery also released statements eulogizing the late actor.

Daniel Craig, the current James Bond, said of Connery in a statement:

It is with such sadness that I heard of the passing of one of the true greats of cinema ... Sir Sean Connery will be remembered as Bond and so much more. He defined an era and a style. The wit and charm he portrayed on screen could be measured in mega watts; he helped create the modern blockbuster. He will continue to influence actors and film-makers alike for years to come. My thoughts are with his family and loved ones. Wherever he is, I hope there is a golf course.

Pierce Brosnan, who also played the British spy from 1995 to 2002, posted the following message on his Instagram account:

Sir Sean Connery, you were my greatest James Bond as a boy, and as a man who became James Bond himself ... You cast a long shadow of cinematic splendor that will live on forever. You led the way for us all who followed in your iconic foot steps. Each man in his turn looked to you with reverence and admiration as we forged ahead with our own interpretations of the role ... You were mighty in every way, as an actor and as a man, and will remain so till the end of time. You were loved by the world, and will be missed. God bless, rest now, be at peace.

In addition to playing both James Bond and Henry Jones, Connery starred in a wide range of films including “The Man Who Would Be King,” “Time Bandits” and “The Hunt for Red October.” His role as Jim Malone in “The Untouchables” in 1987 earned him an Oscar for best supporting actor at the 60th Academy Awards ceremony.

In 2000, the Scottish actor was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. Connery’s final acting role came in 2003 when he played Allan Quartermain in “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.”

After retiring from film, the actor spent much of his free time enjoying the weather at his lavish estate in the Bahamas.