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Pierce Brosnan

Pierce BrosnanAKA Pierce Brendan Brosnan

Born: 16-May-1951 [1]
Birthplace: Navan, County Meath, Ireland

Gender: Male
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor

Nationality: Ireland
Executive summary: Remington Steele, James Bond

Pierce Brosnan is an Irish actor who first came to American living rooms as Remington Steele, playing the imposter of a fictitious detective who flirted with Stephanie Zimbalist for five seasons. After the series ended, he played James Bond in four popular 007 films.

Most biographies list Brosnan as being born in 1953, but he has occasionally confided to friends that he is two years older than that. His father deserted the family when Brosnan was an infant, and his mother went to nursing school, leaving young Pierce in the care of assorted friends and family for several years. As a young man, Brosnan began his acting career in the theater, working in London's West End. One of his first film parts was a tiny role in 1980's The Mirror Crack'd with Elizabeth Taylor and Rock Hudson, and directed by the longtime Bond-flick director Guy Hamilton.

Brosnan eventually met and married a Bond girl, Cassandra Harris, who appeared in Roger Moore's For Your Eyes Only as well as several episodes of Remington Steele. She had gotten the last name Harris some years earlier, when she married the brother of actor and left-the-cake-out-in-the-rain singer Richard Harris. When Cassandra Harris died of ovarian cancer in 1991, Brosnan adopted her two children. Brosnan's father also resurfaced when Brosnan became a star with Remington Steele.

Brosnan was originally offered the role of Bond in 1986, for The Living Daylights, but the makers of Remington Steele would not release him from his contract. He made six more episodes of Steele before the series was cancelled, then snagged the role of Bond almost a decade later with GoldenEye in 1995, when Timothy Dalton was let loose. Brosnan's last turn as Bond came with Die Another Day, in 2002.

While not wearing the Bond tuxedo, his successful films include The Tailor of Panama, After the Sunset, and the 1999 remake of The Thomas Crown Affair. His flops include the silly volcano film Dante's Peak, and the remarkably unromantic romantic comedy Laws of Attraction with Julianne Moore.

In May 2003, Brosnan bought a $1,000 bong from the Dementia head shop in Malibu, California. In 2004, he took the test, swore the oath, and became an American citizen. His son Christopher has been arrested at least twice on charges of petty theft.


[1] David Thomson, The New Biographical Dictionary of Film (2004). Also "Brosnan's Life Behind Bond", BBC, 4 August 2001. Printed sources give 1951, 1952, or 1953 variously.

Father: Thomas Brosnan
Mother: May Smith
Wife: Sandra Colleen Waites Harris ("Cassandra", m. 27-Dec-1977, d. 28-Dec-1991 ovarian cancer)
Son: Christopher Harris (b. 1973 to Harris and Dermot Harris, adopted by Brosnan after her death)
Daughter: Charlotte Harris (b. 1972 to Harris and Dermot Harris, adopted by Brosnan after her death, d. 28-Jun-2013)
Son: Sean William Brosnan (b. 13-Sep-1983, with Harris)
Wife: Keely Shaye Smith (former TV reporter, m. 4-Aug-2001)
Son: Dylan Thomas Brosnan (b. 13-Jan-1997, with Smith)
Son: Paris Beckett Brosnan (b. 27-Feb-2001, with Smith)

    High School: Elliott Comprehensive School, London, England

    Environmental Media Association Board of Directors
    Sea Shepherd Conservation Society Media and Arts Advisory Board
    Hollywood Walk of Fame 7021 Hollywood Blvd.
    Endorsement of Visa
    Endorsement of Cuervo Tequila 1987
    Naturalized US Citizen 2004
    Irish Ancestry
    James Bond
    Risk Factors: Bell's Palsy

    TELEVISION
    Remington Steele Remington Steele (1982-87)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    Love Is All You Need (2-Sep-2012)
    Bag of Bones (11-Dec-2011)
    I Don't Know How She Does It (15-Sep-2011) · Jack Abelhammer
    Salvation Boulevard (24-Jan-2011) · Dan Day
    Remember Me (1-Mar-2010)
    The Ghost Writer (12-Feb-2010) · Adam Lang
    Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (10-Feb-2010) · Mr. Brunner
    The Greatest (17-Jan-2009)
    Mamma Mia! (30-Jun-2008)
    Married Life (12-Sep-2007)
    Butterfly on a Wheel (10-Feb-2007)
    Seraphim Falls (13-Sep-2006) · Gideon
    The Matador (2-Sep-2005)
    After the Sunset (10-Nov-2004)
    Laws of Attraction (4-Apr-2004) · Daniel Rafferty
    Die Another Day (18-Nov-2002) · James Bond
    Evelyn (9-Sep-2002)
    The Tailor of Panama (11-Feb-2001) · Osnard
    The World Is Not Enough (8-Nov-1999) · James Bond
    Grey Owl (10-Sep-1999)
    The Match (13-Aug-1999)
    The Thomas Crown Affair (27-Jul-1999) · Thomas Crown
    The Nephew (4-Sep-1998)
    Quest for Camelot (15-May-1998) [VOICE]
    Tomorrow Never Dies (19-Dec-1997) · James Bond
    The Disappearance of Kevin Johnson (25-Jul-1997) · Himself
    Robinson Crusoe (12-Jun-1997) · Robinson Crusoe
    Dante's Peak (7-Feb-1997) · Harry Dalton
    Mars Attacks! (13-Dec-1996) · Donald Kessler
    The Mirror Has Two Faces (15-Nov-1996) · Alex
    GoldenEye (17-Nov-1995) · James Bond
    Night Watch (4-Oct-1995)
    Love Affair (21-Oct-1994)
    Don't Talk to Strangers (11-Aug-1994)
    The Broken Chain (12-Dec-1993)
    Mrs. Doubtfire (24-Nov-1993) · Stu
    Death Train (14-Apr-1993)
    Entangled (1993)
    Live Wire (3-Sep-1992)
    The Lawnmower Man (6-Mar-1992) · Lawrence Angelo
    Victim of Love (5-May-1991) · Paul Tomlinson
    Murder 101 (20-Mar-1991)
    Mister Johnson (8-Sep-1990)
    The Heist (16-Sep-1989)
    Around the World in 80 Days (16-Apr-1989)
    The Deceivers (2-Sep-1988)
    Taffin (26-Feb-1988)
    Noble House (21-Feb-1988)
    The Fourth Protocol (28-Aug-1987)
    Nomads (7-Mar-1986) · Pommier
    The Long Good Friday (Nov-1980) · 1st Irishman


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