Pierce Brosnan Biography

Pierce Brosnan is an actor most famous for his role in the ‘James Bond’ film franchise. This biography of Pierce Brosnan provides detailed information about his childhood, life, achievements, works & timeline.

Pierce Brosnan
Quick Facts

Nick Name: Irish

Birthday: May 16, 1953

Nationality: Irish, American

Famous: Quotes By Pierce Brosnan James Bond

Age: 66 Years, 66 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Taurus

Also Known As: Pierce Brendan Brosnan

Born Country: Ireland

Born in: Drogheda, Ireland

Height: 6'2" (188 cm), 6'2" Males


Spouse/Ex-: Keely Shaye Smith (m. 2001), Cassandra Harris (m. 1980–1991)

father: Thomas Brosnan

mother: Mary May Smith

children: Charlotte Brosnan, Christopher Brosnan, Dylan Brosnan, Paris Brosnan, Sean Brosnan

Ideology: Environmentalists

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education: Drama Centre London, Elliott School, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design

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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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Pierce Brosnan
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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • 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.

1. The Long Good Friday (1980)

  (Mystery, Crime, Drama, Thriller)

2. GoldenEye (1995)

  (Action, Adventure, Thriller)

3. The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)

  (Crime, Romance, Thriller)

4. Evelyn (2002)


5. Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)

  (Family, Comedy, Drama)

6. The Ghost Writer (2010)

  (Thriller, Mystery, Drama)

7. The Foreigner (2017)

  (Mystery, Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller)

8. Butterfly on a Wheel (2007)

  (Thriller, Crime, Drama)

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