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Pierce Brosnan is an actor most famous for his role in the ‘James Bond’ film franchise

InformationDetail
BirthdayMay 16, 1953
NationalityIrish, American
FamousJames Bond, School Dropouts, Environmentalists, Film & Theater Personalities, Actors
IdeologiesEnvironmentalists
Nick namesIrish
SpousesKeely Shaye Smith, Cassandra Harris
Known asPierce Brendan Brosnan
Childrens Charlotte Brosnan, Christopher Brosnan, Dylan Brosnan, Paris Brosnan, Sean Brosnan
Universities
  • Drama Centre London
  • Elliott School
  • Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design
Birth PlaceDrogheda, Ireland
Born CountryIreland
ReligionRoman Catholic
Height188cm
GenderMale
FatherThomas Brosnan
MotherMary May Smith
Net Worth$80 million as of May 23,2017
Sun SignTaurus
Born inDrogheda, Ireland

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Who is Pierce Brosnan?

Best known to his fans as the strikingly handsome and stylish secret agent James Bond, Pierce Brosnan is a versatile actor turned film producer. He decided to become an actor as a teenager and graduated from the Drama Centre. He started out as a theatre artist and was highly appreciated for his role in ‘The Red Devil Battery Sign’. He entered the world of television following his successful theatre stint. He caused a stir with his leading role in the television mini-series ‘Manions of America’ and his popularity received a further boost when he played the title role in the detective series ‘Remington Steele’. Buoyed by his rising fame he started taking up supporting roles in Hollywood films which soon paved the way for more substantial roles. His dapper good looks and charming personality had many industry insiders commenting that he would be a suitable choice to play the detective agent James Bond. Brosnan made his first appearance as James Bond in ‘GoldenEye’ and was widely considered to be an improvement over his predecessor, Timothy Dalton. He reprised the role in three more films in the franchise. After playing Bond, his popularity reached great heights and he appeared in and produced several mainstream films afterwards.

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Childhood & Early Life

He was born to a carpenter father, Thomas and his wife Mary May Smith in Ireland. His father abandoned the family when Pierce was just a baby.

His mother left him in the care of her parents and went to London to train as a nurse.

He spent his childhood being shuttled between the homes of different relatives after the death of his grandparents.

He was reunited with his mother when he was 11. His mother, now remarried to William Carmichael took her son to London.

He attended Elliot School. After leaving school he went to Saint Martin’s School of Art to study commercial illustration.

He later decided he wanted to become an actor and joined the Drama Centre London from where he graduated in 1975.

Career

He found employment as an acting assistant stage manager at the York Theatre Royal in 1975. He was chosen by playwright Tennessee Williams for the role of McCabe in ‘The Red Devil Battery Sign’. His performance was critically appreciated.

All through the 1970s and early 1980s he made minor appearances in television and films.

After moving to the U.S., he was cast in the television series ‘Remington Steele’ in 1982. The series was very successful and ran for five seasons till 1987. Pierce Brosnan’s good looks and sophistication earned him considerable attention.

In 1987, he appeared in the Cold War spy film ‘The Fourth Protocol’ which also featured Michael Caine. The story focused on a clause of the 1968 East-West agreement to halt nuclear proliferation.

He portrayed Phileas Fogg in the 1989 three-part television miniseries ‘Around the World in 80 Days’. The series was loved by the audience and got three Emmy nominations.

During the early 1990s he appeared in several television films including ‘Murder 101’ (1991) and ‘Death Train’ (1993).

In 1993, he played a supporting role in the comedy film ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ which went on to become a huge commercial hit.

In 1994, he was offered a contract for playing the secret agent James Bond in three movies with the option of a fourth one.

His first James Bond movie ‘GoldenEye’ released in 1995 went on to become one of the most successful Bond movies till that time.

His second Bond movie ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’ (1997) was about the agent’s attempt to prevent a media mogul from manipulating world events to start World War III.

He reprised the role of James Bond in ‘The World Is Not Enough’ (1999). The movie’s plot revolved around the murder of a billionaire by a terrorist.

In 2002, he appeared in his last Bond movie, ‘Die Another Day’. The film which marked the franchise’s 40th anniversary was also one of the highest grossing Bond movies till that date.

He co-starred with Greg Kinnear in the 2005 dark comedy ‘The Matador’. The film’s unique themes and Brosnan’s performance earned favourable reviews.

In 2010, he starred as Adam Lang in ‘The Ghost Writer’, a political thriller directed by Roman Polanski. The film won several cinematic awards.

His more recent works include ‘Bag of Bones’ (2011), ‘Love Is All You Need’ (2012), and ‘The World’s End’ (13).

Major Works

He is best known for portraying James Bond in four movies of the James Bond films franchise. With his polished good looks, sophistication and charming personality, he was regarded as the best fit for playing the legendary fictional character.

Awards & Achievements

He won the Saturn Award for Best Actor for playing James Bond in ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’ in 1997.

He was given the Empire Award for Best Actor for his role in ‘The World is Not Enough’ in 2000.

Personal Life & Legacy

He married actress Cassandra Harris in 1980 and adopted her two children from a previous marriage. The couple also had a son together. Their happy married life was cut short by Cassandra’s untimely death from cancer in 1991.

He married Keely Shaye Smith in 2001. They have two children together.

He has been an Ambassador for UNICEF Ireland since 2001. He is a strong supporter of same-sex marriage.

Trivia

This famous actor is also an artist who paints to raise money for charitable causes.

He was named ‘Best dressed Environmentalist’ in 2004 by the Sustainable Style Foundation.

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Pierce Brosnan biography timelines

  • // 16th May 1953
    He was born to a carpenter father, Thomas and his wife Mary May Smith in Ireland. His father abandoned the family when Pierce was just a baby.
  • // 1964
    He was reunited with his mother when he was 11. His mother, now remarried to William Carmichael took her son to London.
  • // 1975
    He later decided he wanted to become an actor and joined the Drama Centre London from where he graduated in 1975.
  • // 1975
    He found employment as an acting assistant stage manager at the York Theatre Royal in 1975. He was chosen by playwright Tennessee Williams for the role of McCabe in ‘The Red Devil Battery Sign’. His performance was critically appreciated.
  • // 1980 To 1991
    He married actress Cassandra Harris in 1980 and adopted her two children from a previous marriage. The couple also had a son together. Their happy married life was cut short by Cassandra’s untimely death from cancer in 1991.
  • // 1982 To 1987
    After moving to the U.S., he was cast in the television series ‘Remington Steele’ in 1982. The series was very successful and ran for five seasons till 1987. Pierce Brosnan’s good looks and sophistication earned him considerable attention.
  • // 1987
    In 1987, he appeared in the Cold War spy film ‘The Fourth Protocol’ which also featured Michael Caine. The story focused on a clause of the 1968 East-West agreement to halt nuclear proliferation.
  • // 1989
    He portrayed Phileas Fogg in the 1989 three-part television miniseries ‘Around the World in 80 Days’. The series was loved by the audience and got three Emmy nominations.
  • // 1993
    In 1993, he played a supporting role in the comedy film ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ which went on to become a huge commercial hit.
  • // 1994
    In 1994, he was offered a contract for playing the secret agent James Bond in three movies with the option of a fourth one.
  • // 1995
    His first James Bond movie ‘GoldenEye’ released in 1995 went on to become one of the most successful Bond movies till that time.
  • // 1997
    His second Bond movie ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’ (1997) was about the agent’s attempt to prevent a media mogul from manipulating world events to start World War III.
  • // 1997
    He won the Saturn Award for Best Actor for playing James Bond in ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’ in 1997.
  • // 1999
    He reprised the role of James Bond in ‘The World Is Not Enough’ (1999). The movie’s plot revolved around the murder of a billionaire by a terrorist.
  • // 2000
    He was given the Empire Award for Best Actor for his role in ‘The World is Not Enough’ in 2000.
  • // 2001
    He married Keely Shaye Smith in 2001. They have two children together.
  • // 2002
    In 2002, he appeared in his last Bond movie, ‘Die Another Day’. The film which marked the franchise’s 40th anniversary was also one of the highest grossing Bond movies till that date.
  • // 2005
    He co-starred with Greg Kinnear in the 2005 dark comedy ‘The Matador’. The film’s unique themes and Brosnan’s performance earned favourable reviews.
  • // 2010
    In 2010, he starred as Adam Lang in ‘The Ghost Writer’, a political thriller directed by Roman Polanski. The film won several cinematic awards.

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Pierce Brosnan's FAQ

  • What is Pierce Brosnan birthday?

    Pierce Brosnan was born at 1953-05-16

  • Where is Pierce Brosnan's birth place?

    Pierce Brosnan was born in Drogheda, Ireland

  • What is Pierce Brosnan nationalities?

    Pierce Brosnan's nationalities is Irish,American

  • What is Pierce Brosnan ideologies?

    Pierce Brosnan's ideologies is Environmentalists

  • What is Pierce Brosnan nick names?

    Pierce Brosnan's nickNames is Irish

  • Who is Pierce Brosnan spouses?

    Pierce Brosnan's spouses is Keely Shaye Smith, Cassandra Harris

  • Who is Pierce Brosnan childrens?

    Pierce Brosnan's childrens is Charlotte Brosnan, Christopher Brosnan, Dylan Brosnan, Paris Brosnan, Sean Brosnan

  • What was Pierce Brosnan universities?

    Pierce Brosnan studied at Drama Centre London, Elliott School, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design

  • What is Pierce Brosnan's religion?

    Pierce Brosnan's religion is Roman Catholic

  • How tall is Pierce Brosnan?

    Pierce Brosnan's height is 188

  • Who is Pierce Brosnan's father?

    Pierce Brosnan's father is Thomas Brosnan

  • Who is Pierce Brosnan's mother?

    Pierce Brosnan's mother is Mary May Smith

  • What is Pierce Brosnan's sun sign?

    Pierce Brosnan is Taurus