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Pierce Brosnan BiographyPierce Brosnan was born in Naven, County Meath, Ireland on May 16, 1953 and lived in Navan, County Meath until he moved to England, UK at an early age (thus explaining his ability to play men from both backgrounds convincingly). His father left the household when Pierce was a child and although reunited later in life, the two have never had a close relationship. His most popular role is that of British secret agent James Bond. The death, in 1991, of Cassandra Harris, his wife of ten years, left him with three children - Christopher and Charlotte from Cassandra's first marriage and Sean from their marriage. Since her death, he has had two children with his second wife, Keely Shaye Smith.
SalaryDie Another Day (2002): $16,500,000
The World Is Not Enough (1999): $12,400,000
Tomorrow Never Dies (1997): $8,200,000
GoldenEye (1995): $1,200,000
TriviaHe adopted his first wife Cassandra Harris's children, Charlotte Brosnan (b. 1972) and Christopher Brosnan (b. 1973), after their father died in 1986. Owns his own production company, Irish DreamTime. Its first release was The Nephew (1998). Chosen by People magazine as one of the "50 Most Beautiful People" in the world.  Enjoys fishing on the River Towy in Carmarthenshire, South Wales. Jimmy Carter (former American President) also enjoys the same fishing spot. At the Genesis Awards Ceremony, reunited with "Remington Steele" (1982) co-star Stephanie Zimbalist.  His mother, May, was 19 when she gave birth to him. She had married his father, Thomas, on August 16, 1952. However, his parents separated when he was still a baby, and from the age of 4 he was raised by his maternal grandparents, Philip and Kathleen Smith, while his mother went to London to train as a nurse. When he was 6, both grandparents died and he was passed around amongst relatives until Eileen Reilly took him into her lodging house. Finally, when he was 10, his mother was able to take him to her home in Putney, London. While in London, May had met a man, named Bill Carmichael, who had asked her to marry him, but she wanted approval from her son. Pierce gave his approval and the couple were married. From that point on, Bill treated Pierce as his real son and they got along fine. It was Bill who took Pierce to see his first Bond movie, Goldfinger (1964), and it was at that point that decided to take up acting. Voted "Sexiest Man Alive" by People Magazine in 2001. He was voted sixth in the Orange 2001 film survey of greatest British film actors ever. Early in his screen career he portrayed the title role in the TV series "Remington Steele" (1982). His character was a career criminal gone "straight" as a private investigator, with an amazing knowledge of and obsession with classic cinema. In the episode "To Catch a Steele" (original air date 2/11/83, episode 15), Steele equates the case he is working on to The Thomas Crown Affair (1968), starring Faye Dunaway and Steve McQueen. Sixteen years later Brosnan starred in the remake of that movie, The Thomas Crown Affair (1999). After the release of Die Another Day (2002), he was approached by a man in a Dublin bar who asked to shake his hand. He complied and then cracked up when the man said, "That's the closest my hand will ever get to Halle Berry's arse [butt].". Three sons: Sean Brosnan (b. September 13, 1983), Dylan Thomas (b. January 13, 1997) and Paris Beckett (b. February 27, 2001). He also has two adopted children, Charlotte Brosnan (b. 1971) and Christopher Brosnan (b. 1973). Became an American citizen on 23 September 2004 but still plans to keep his Irish citizenship. According to the James Bond tailors in London, he has been both the lightest and heaviest of all the James Bonds. The tailors who fitted him for his Bond films state that in his first Bond movie, GoldenEye (1995), he weighed 164 pounds, making him the lightest actor to play Bond. However, in his fourth Bond movie, Die Another Day (2002), he weighed 211 pounds, making him the heaviest actor to play Bond. Graduated from the prestigious MA program at the Drama Center in London, England. Was considered for the role of Batman/Bruce Wayne in Batman (1989). In 2004, Quentin Tarantino expressed an interest in directing Brosnan in a version of Casino Royale (2006), but was turned down by the Bond producers. Is a fan of "Doctor Who" (1963). Quit smoking cigarettes before the release of Tomorrow Never Dies (1997). Supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. Met his Bond predecessor Sir Sean Connery for the first time at The 76th Annual Academy Awards (2004) (TV), but only for a few minutes. He is a vocal supporter of same-sex marriage, gay adoption, gun control and protecting the environment. Shares two roles with two previous James Bonds. He and Sean Connery have also both played King Arthur. He and David Niven have also both played Phileas Fogg, Niven in Around the World in Eighty Days (1956) and Brosnan in "Around the World in 80 Days" (1989/I). Spent three years studying acting at The Drama Centre, in north London in his early years. Attended Elliot Secondary School, Putney, South London in the 1960s. He's Meryl Streep's close friend. Lives in Malibu, California.
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