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Connery tops bad film accent poll

Connery was named the actor with the worst movie accent of all time.

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1. Sean Connery, "The Untouchables" (1987) 
2. Dick Van Dyke, "Mary Poppins" (1964) 
3. Brad Pitt, "Seven Years In Tibet" (1997) 
4. Charlton Heston, "Touch of Evil" (1958) 
5. Heather Graham, "From Hell" (2001) 
6. Keanu Reeves, "Bram Stoker's Dracula" (1992) 
7. Julia Roberts, "Mary Reilly" (1996) 
8. Laurence Olivier, "The Jazz Singer" (1980) 
9. Peter Postlewaite, "The Usual Suspects" (1995) 
10. Meryl Streep, "Out of Africa" (1985) 
-- Source: Empire Magazine 

LONDON, England -- Oscar winner Sean Connery has been named the actor with the worst film accent of all time in a UK magazine poll.

Movie experts gave his attempt to play an Irish cop in the 1987 film "The Untouchables" -- which hardly concealed his strong Scottish burr -- top place in the poll by Empire movie magazine.

Connery won an Academy Award for best supporting actor and a Golden Globe in 1988 for his performance as Jim Malone in the film.

Edinburgh-born Connery is well-known for making every accent he imitates sound the same, says the magazine.

"Whether he's a Russian sub captain ('The Hunt for Red October') or even an English king ('First Knight' and 'Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves'), always that baritone Highland burr remains," the August edition of the magazine said.

The much-mocked performance beat Dick Van Dyke's attempt at an east London cockney accent in the movie "Mary Poppins."

Olly Richards from Empire said the ability to emulate an accent enables actors to show their abilities.

"Putting on a foreign lilt appeals to a star's vanity, giving them the opportunity to inhabit someone a million miles from themselves and prove that they are more than a pretty face," he said.

"Sadly in most cases it does the exact opposite," he added.

Last year Connery -- famous for his stint as British secret agent James Bond -- beat Ewan McGregor and Jude Law to be named Britain's sexiest actor in a poll by movie channel FilmFour.

Other actors to top the bad-accent poll include the late Lord Laurence Olivier. The three-time Oscar winner and star of "Marathon Man" and "A Bridge Too Far" made it on the list for his "end-of-the-pier Jewish" accent in the 1980 remake of "The Jazz Singer."

"Matrix" star Keanu Reeves also made the list for "Bram Stoker's Dracula."

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