Pierce Brosnan’s BiographyPierce Brosnan is not only one of the most prominent actors to portray secret agent James Bond, but also a modern-day gentleman, an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, and a Hollywood dreamboat, responsible for heartbreak of three generations of admirers of his acting talent. He manages to balance being a loving husband and father of five with his career aspirations: up to this day, Pierce actively works on various projects, including producing documentaries and full-length features, acting, drawing, and writing. Net worth: $200 million.
Childhood: Drogheda – Navan – LondonOne wouldn’t consider the childhood of a future movie star to be a happy one. Pierce was born in a port city Drogheda, Ireland, in May 1953, into a family of a carpenter and a nurse and, to put it mildly, he was not expected. Thomas, Brosnan’s father, couldn’t handle the stress and responsibility that accompanied the birth of a child and abandoned the family when Pierce was still an infant.
Adolescence: England – United StatesAfter leaving school at 16, Brosnan got a taste of independent living: he worked in the circus while training in commercial illustration and photography. While attending a rehearsal for a workshop at the Oval House, he was offered a small role in the production, which he eagerly accepted. The young man was saving up money for his further education and as soon as he had enough, he enrolled at the Drama Centre London. Pierce trained there for three years.
Pierce began to pave his way to television and cinema simultaneously with working in theater as he appeared in small roles in The Carpathian Eagle, The Mirror Crack'd, and The Long Good Friday. His talent and good looks were a determining factor when he was cast in a leading role of Rory O'Manion in a mini-series television drama about the Irish immigrants in the United States, The Manions of America. He had a chance to work with then established actors Simon MacCorkindale, Linda Purl, Peter Gilmore, and Katherine Mulgrew. This project has helped Pierce Brosnan to open the door to international recognition.
Career: United States – HollywoodAfter The Manions of America came out, Brosnan was invited to audition for a starring role in an American television detective series Remington Steele, which he successfully got. This turning point in his career allowed Brosnan to move his whole family to the USA, where he dedicated the next five years to this project. He went on to portray Jean Charles Pommier, a French anthropologist in a horror film Nomads (1986), a KGB officer Major, Valeri Petrofsky, in a Cold War spy film The Fourth Protocol (1987), a chairman, Ian Dunross, in a television miniseries Noble House (1988) and an English Captain William Savage in disguise in an adventure film The Deceivers (1988). Who could have thought that a poor boy, raised in an Irish boarding house, could become so popular?
The actor appeared in an action comedy film After the Sunset alongside Salma Hayek and Woody Harrelson, a Revisionist Western film Seraphim Falls with Liam Neeson and in a mystery thriller Butterfly on a Wheel with Gerard Butler.
Brosnan is still a very much demanded actor, who regularly appears in various films. He starred in an action spy thriller The November Man (2014), a romantic comedy Some Kind of Beautiful (2014), a thriller I.T. (2016), and an action thriller The Foreigner (2017). In the latter one he appeared alongside legendary Jackie Chan.
In 2018, the actor appears as police Detective Malloy in a thriller Spinning Man, Dimitri Belav in an action thriller Final Score, Eli McCullough in western drama television series The Son and reprises his role of Sam Carmichael in a jukebox musical romantic comedy Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. And, although, Pierce received a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actor for the first installment of the franchise, he couldn’t say no to Meryl, who returned for the sequel, just like the rest of the cast.
Pierce Brosnan’s personal lifePierce Brosnan was voted to be the most handsome man in the United States twice, however, the actor himself believes otherwise and states that he could care less about his appearance, but admits that it has helped him a lot throughout his career. He strongly believes that good-looking men are loyal and faithful partners, even if the society begs to differ, which he has proven to be true in his first and second marriage. In 1980, Pierce married Cassandra Harris, whom he met through her stepson. He adopted both Cassandra’s children, Charlotte and Christopher, from her previous marriage and in 1983 was over the moon, when their first and only child together, Sean, was born. The couple took a terrible blow when Cassandra was diagnosed with a malignant tumor. Pierce stated in one of his interviews:
My wife Cassie passed away in December 1991. Cassie has made me the man I am, the actor I am, the father I am. She`s forever embedded in every fiber of my being. When your partner gets cancer, then life changes. Your timetable and reference for your normal routines and the way you view life, all these changes. Because you`re dealing with death. I went through it all, very publicly. I couldn`t work and my life has been worth nothing. I had been painting out of pain, and now the pain sometimes comes through in color.After his wife passed away, Brosnan threw himself into work entirely – he’d keep himself busy for 20 hours every day just so he could numb the pain. The Hollywood starlets declared an open season on the widower, although it was all in vain, Pierce never really paid any attention to their efforts.