Pierce Brosnan, the actor, is 69 today. Brosnan is well-known for his portrayal of secret agent James Bond in four Bond films, including “GoldenEye,” “Tomorrow Never Dies,” “The World Is Not Enough,” and “Die Another Day.” In the same universe, he has also played the character in a number of video games.
Brosnan is a well-known actor who has been in a number of renowned films, including “Mrs. Doubtfire,” “Dante’s Peak,” “The Thomas Crown Affair,” and both “Mamma Mia!” films, among others.
Brosnan was born on May 16, 1953, in Drogheda, Louth, Ireland. At the age of 11, he relocated to London, England, and went on to study at the Drama Centre London. He began his career as a theater actor before moving on to television and cinema, including one of his first breakout appearances in the television series “Remington Steele.” Following that, he achieved additional success in films, eventually being known around the world for his portrayal as James Bond. He has continued to act and has gained critical acclaim, but for many admirers, he will always be 007.
Brosnan has received numerous awards for his work, including two Golden Globe nominations and a plaque on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Despite the fact that he was not actually eligible, he was named an honorary Officer of the Order of the British Empire for his “great contribution to the British cinema industry.”
Let’s take a look back at the actor’s life and work in honor of his birthday.
Pierce Brendan Brosnan is from a humble, working-class family, unlike many actors and actresses who are born into Hollywood dynasties (Drew Barrymore, Ben Stiller, Michael Douglas, etc.). According to Encyclopedia Britannica, Brosnan’s father abandoned the family shortly after his son was born on May 16, 1953 in County Meath, Ireland, and his mother went to work. Brosnan found his interest quickly, and at the age of 15, he chose to pursue his dream of being an actor by joining a theatrical group and enrolling in a course at the Drama Centre of London. Brosnan’s big break came in the early 1980s, when he was cast as a con artist on the NBC crime drama “Remington Steele.”
Brosnan was on Hollywood’s radar as a result of the show’s success, and only four years after the premiere of “Remington Steele,” the Irish actor was cast as the next James Bond. According to Encyclopedia Britannica, Brosnan would have to wait to portray 007 because his NBC contract precluded him from appearing in other productions.
Since then, Brosnan hasn’t slowed down. According to Brosnan’s IMDB page, he’s currently working on a number of projects that have yet to be released, including the upcoming DC Comics film adaptation of “Black Adam,” in which he’ll play the character Dr. Fate. The film “Not Bloody Likely,” based on the true story behind George Bernard Shaw’s “Pygmalion,” the stage play that inspired “My Fair Lady” and “Pretty Woman,” is also in the works but has yet to be released. Brosnan will play British author Bernard Shaw himself.
Four films starring Brosnan are due to hit theaters this year and next, with four more in the works. Brosnan has made it obvious that he will not be retiring anytime soon.
Brosnan’s career as an actor has garnered him a lot of attention, but little is known about his personal life. It hasn’t been without pain, unfortunately. Cassandra Harris, the actor’s first wife, died of ovarian cancer in 1991 after an 11-year marriage. Sean was the couple’s biological son, and Harris had two other children, Charlotte and Christopher, from a previous marriage, whom Brosnan adopted after their original father died.
Sadly, after grieving the loss of his first wife, Brosnan also mourned the death of Charlotte, who died in 2013 from the same illness as her mother.
Brosnan found love again when he least expected it, and he and Keely Shaye Smith have been happily married for nearly 20 years. In 1994, they met in Cabo San Lucas, where Smith was working with actor Ted Danson and Brosnan was vacationing with friends. They linked after catching one other’s attention at a beach party and went on their first date a few days later. They talked and stayed up until three a.m., and they’ve been together ever since. As they say, the rest is history. Dylan, who was born in 1997, and Paris, who was born in 2001, are the happy couple’s two sons.
Brosnan’s personal life has been difficult for him, but he was fortunate to have Smith by his side to support and assist him. While he recognized the importance of grieving, he also saw the importance of continuing to live his life.
Brosnan remarked, “I know what it’s like to be a widower and what it’s like to rediscover love again.”