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Also Known As: Pierce Brendan Brosnan Died:
Born: May 16, 1953 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Navan, Meath, IE Profession: actor, producer, fire eater, illustrator, painter, assistant stage manager

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Thanks to his casual charm and self-deprecating comedic chops, British actor Pierce Brosnan firmly established himself as a commanding presence with his first introduction to American audiences as the sophisticated, but often inept con man-turned-private investigator, "Remington Steele" (NBC, 1982-87). Almost immediately, there were calls in the media for Brosnan to assume the mantle of James Bond from the aging Roger Moore. But strict contractual obligations for television actors prevented him from departing to take on the role many felt he was born to play. Instead, Timothy Dalton captured the role and Brosnan languished on television in mainly in thriller-of-the-week movies for the next decade. Once free of his contractual obligations and with Dalton a failed experiment as Bond, Brosnan made his first of four appearances as the debonair agent 007 in "Goldeneye" (1995), a high-octane adventure that revamped a franchise thought to be on its last legs. After three more blockbuster Bond films, "Tomorrow Never Dies" (1997), "The World is Not Enough" (1999) and "Die Another Day" (2002), Brosnan was unexpectedly cut lose by producers with little explanation. Brosnan managed to subvert his suave image...

Thanks to his casual charm and self-deprecating comedic chops, British actor Pierce Brosnan firmly established himself as a commanding presence with his first introduction to American audiences as the sophisticated, but often inept con man-turned-private investigator, "Remington Steele" (NBC, 1982-87). Almost immediately, there were calls in the media for Brosnan to assume the mantle of James Bond from the aging Roger Moore. But strict contractual obligations for television actors prevented him from departing to take on the role many felt he was born to play. Instead, Timothy Dalton captured the role and Brosnan languished on television in mainly in thriller-of-the-week movies for the next decade. Once free of his contractual obligations and with Dalton a failed experiment as Bond, Brosnan made his first of four appearances as the debonair agent 007 in "Goldeneye" (1995), a high-octane adventure that revamped a franchise thought to be on its last legs. After three more blockbuster Bond films, "Tomorrow Never Dies" (1997), "The World is Not Enough" (1999) and "Die Another Day" (2002), Brosnan was unexpectedly cut lose by producers with little explanation. Brosnan managed to subvert his suave image with an uproarious performance as a brash hit man in "The Matador" (2005), which not only helped heal his wounds of losing out on Bond, but also allowed him to demonstrate a wider range many before had thought he lacked.

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 Urge (2015)
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 Love Punch (2014)
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 Long Way Down, A (2014)
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 Strange But True (2014)
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 Survivor (2013)
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 Coup, The (2013)
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Raised by grandparents and relatives from age four to 11
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Left County Meath, Ireland for London at age 11
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Joined an experimental theater workshop in London
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Worked as assistant stage manager at the York Theatre Royal in England
1976:
London stage debut, "Wait Until Dark"
1977:
Chosen by Tennessee Williams to create the role of McCabe in the British premiere of "Red Devil Battery Sign"
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Appeared on the London stage in Franco Zeffirelli's production of "Filumena"
1979:
TV debut, "Murphy's Stroke"
1980:
Film debut, "The Long Good Friday"
1981:
Moved from England to America
1981:
American TV debut, starred as Rory O'Manion on the ABC historical miniseries "The Manions of America"
1982:
Starred in the title role of NBC TV series, "Remington Steele"
1984:
Suffered an attack of Bell's Palsy in the dressing room just before going on "The Tonight Show" hosted by Joan Rivers
1985:
Made US film debut in "Nomads"
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Selected by the public in national magazine polls to succeed Roger Moore as James Bond in the popular movie series
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Lost out on the Bond role due to his contractual obligation to "Remington Steele"
1994:
Officially announced as the fifth actor to play James Bond
1995:
First appeared as agent 007 in "Goldeneye"
1997:
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (December 3)
1998:
Produced and acted in "The Nephew"
1999:
Starred in the remake of "The Thomas Crown Affair"
1999:
Reprised Bond in "The World is Not Enough"
1999:
Starred in the title role of "Grey Eagle"
2001:
Had co-starring role as a government operative exiled to South American in "The Tailor of Panama"
2002:
Appeared for his fourth time as Bond in "Die Another Day"
2002:
Starred in "Evelyn"; also produced by Brosnan's own production company, Irish DreamTime
2004:
Co-starred with Salma Hayek and Woody Harrelson in "After the Sunset"
2004:
Announced he will no longer portray James Bond 007
2005:
Starred opposite Hope Davis and Greg Kinnear as a world-traveling assassin in "The Matador"; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor
2007:
Co-starred with Liam Neeson in the western "Seraphim Falls"
2008:
Co-starred in the 1940s period drama "Married Life"
2008:
Cast as one of the potential fathers in the film version of the ABBA musical "Mamma Mia!"
2010:
Cast as Chiron, trainer of heroes, in the film adaptation of "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief"
2010:
Portrayed the former British Prime Minister in Roman Polanski's "The Ghost Writer"
2010:
Produced and starred in the film, "The Greatest"
2011:
Starred opposite Sarah Jessica Parker in "I Don't Know How She Does It"
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Education

Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design: -
Elliott School: -
Drama Centre: - 1975
Dublin Institute of Technology: - 2003

Notes

Brosnan has gained some attention with his work as a painter.

After the success of "The Manions of America" (ABC, 1981), Brosnan garnered a Golden Globe nomination for his next project, portraying Nancy Astor's first husband in the 13-part BBC series, "Nancy Astor" (aired on PBS in eight parts in 1984).

"I was young, frivolous and full of abandon - a hippie with long hair down to my shoulders and a little goatee beard. Why? because I thought I was gay. But no, I'm not gay."

"You have to be as tough as old boots, and you'd better have a pocket full of humor, otherwise you're going to be dead ub tge water, because it's a crazy town--you just have to laugh at it. You always havet o take it seriously. So many people say, 'I'm going to L.A.--it's just a joke,' but you should be saying, 'Hey! I'm going to L.A. It's a great town.' If your going to do it, be proud of it. Don't piss on it. L.A's a cool city. She handles herself well."-Brosnan on what it take to make it in L.A. Interview October 2002

"There's only one actor in the whole world I've got an autograph from," he says, "and that's Roger Moore. My mother took me to Battersea, and I lined up and got his autograph. I was maybe 15 or 16. Even he doesn't know that, and you're the first journalist I've ever told."---Brosnan to GQ October 2002

"It's changed, but I still remain the same. I'm still the same man, I still have the same passions and dreams and desires for acting, trying to get better at this profession. But it has allowed me to form my own company, Irish Dreamtime, and make three movies which I don't think would have happened with such alacrity if I hadn't had Bond in my life. It's allowed me to participate in causes that are close to my heart, it's allowed me to provide for my family in a very fine way. It's been nothing but a joyous ride, really."---Brosnan on how play Bond has changed his life BBCi Films 2003

"That's it," says the actor. "I've said all I've got to say on the world of James Bond."---Brosnan on the rumors that he is done playing James Bond to EW, September 30, 2004.

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wife:
Cassandra Harris. Actor. Born on December 15, 1948 in Sydney, Australia; met in 1970; married in 1977; died in Los Angeles at age 39 on December 28, 1991, after a four-year battle with ovarian cancer; portrayed Bronson's ex-mistress on his TV series, "Remington Steele" (1982-87); began acting onstage as a child; won a drama scholarship and moved to England to join the National Theatre; appeared in the James Bond film "For Your Eyes Only" (1981) and a number of Australian and British stage and TV productions; was featured in Lord Patrick Lichfield's book, "The World's Most Beautiful Women"; briefly married to a fellow architecture student in Australia; second husband was the late record and film producer, Dermot Harris, brother of actor Richard Harris.
wife:
Keely Shaye Smith Brosnan. Environmental journalist, TV correspondent. Award recipient for reporting; produced a program for PBS; met in 1994 when she interviewed him in Mexico; in October 1999, announced plans to marry in May 2000; wedding postponed after son's accident; married in a Roman Catholic ceremony on August 4, 2001 at Ballintubber Abbey in County Mayo, Ireland.

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father:
Thomas Brosnan. Left Brosnan's mother before his first birthday; Brosnan first met his biological father in 1986.
mother:
May Carmichael. Nurse. Moved Brosnan to London at age 4 where he lived with grandparents or relatives while she went to nursing school; were reunited when he was 11.
step-father:
William Carmichael.
step-daughter:
Charlotte Brosnan. Born c. 1972; mother, Cassandra Harris; father, Dermot Harris; studied at RADA; has a daughter named Isabella, born c. 1999.
step-son:
Christopher Brosnan. Born c. 1973; mother, Cassandra Harris; father, Dermot Harris.
son:
Sean William Brosnan. Born on September 13, 1983; mother, Cassandra Harris; involved in a car accident in April 2000 in which he suffered serious injuries.
son:
Dylan Thomas Brosnan. Born on January 13, 1997; mother, Keely Shaye Smith Brosnan.
son:
Paris Beckett Brosnan. Born on February 27, 2001; mother, Keely Shaye Smith Brosnan.
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