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Real Name: Pierce Brosnan
Birthday: May 16, 1952
Place of Birth: County Meath, Ireland
Education: Drama Center, England (acting)

 

Biography:

A charismatic and stead-fast comic timing were two of the traits this trendy Irish born leading man brought to his role of the stylish, often inept, investigator Remington Steele on the television series (1982-87). Pierce Brosnan became so adored in this role that he was chosen by viewers as the favored actor to replace the exiting Roger Moore in the James Bond movies. But contractual obligations to "Remington Steele" made him unavailable and the part was handed to Timothy Dalton.

He entered show business as a young teen runaway, working with the circus as a fire eater. He received a more traditional role in a 1975 production of "Wait Until Dark". His theatrical work came from writer Tennessee Williams who chose the young actor to create the role of McCabe in the British production of his "Red Devil Battery Sign". More theater projects followed before his film debut in a character role in the British mafia film, "The Long Good Friday" (1980).

America discovered the performer on television in the miniseries "The Manions of America" (1981) as Rory O'Manion, an Irish immigrant who hits it big in the 19th century United States. This experience lead to his being hired as Remington Steele. He showed up on television specials as well during the shows run and one small feature, "Nomads" (1985), in which he played a French anthropologist. The journey to film actor and sexy celebrity was not easy, but television provided work, and time to polish his skills. He was cast as the odd Phineas Fogg in the miniseries "Around the World in 80 Days" (1989) and viewers fell in love with his character. 

He then appeared as a scientist in the television special, "The Lawnmower Man" (1992), about a simple man who is turned into a genius through the use of computer science. He also played the supporting role of Stu in the successful comedy "Mrs. Doubtfire" along side Robin Williams (1993).

It was not until 1995 that he got the role that would be connected with him for the rest of his life, James Bond, in the film "Goldeneye." The 007 series was trying to compete with other action adventure projects like "Lethal Weapon," "Die Hard" and "Batman". His casting produced a new feel, and his performance as a hard nosed 007 breathed new life into the franchise. The actor returned for several more Bond movies including "Tomorrow Never Dies" (1997), "The World is Not Enough" (2000) and "Die Another Day," in which he and Bond girl Halle Berry brought his best work since the beginning days of the franchise. 

After Bond, the actor went on the appear in "The Mirror Has Two Faces" (1996) and "Mars Attacks" (1996) starring Jack Nicholson, Glenn Close, Sarah Jessica Parker and Natalie Portman, about how the Earth is invaded by Martians with irresistible weapons and a cruel sense of humor. He was then hired and cast as a leading man in the action thriller film "Dante's Peak" next to Tom Hanks (1997) about a doctor who discovers that Dante's Peak, which has recently been named the second most desirable place to live in America, is being threatened by a volcano that hasn't been live for years. 

He then appeared and directed the Irish flick "The Nephew" (1998) and the Scottish  soccer comedy "The Match" (1999). He also received good reviews for his performance as Archie Grey Owl, a 1930's Canadian fur trapper who fights the ways of the Iroquois Indian tribe in "Grey Owl" (1999). His most successful role came in 1998, when he played the title role of the millionaire art bandit in "The Thomas Crown Affair" working alongside leading lady Rene Russo. 

Other roles followed, including "The Tailor of Panama" (2001) with Daniel Radcliffe and Jamie Lee Curtis, about a tailor living in Panama who reluctantly becomes a spy for a British agent. Next was "Evelyn" (2002), the true story of a middle class, bar crawling, newly single Dublin Ireland father who fights to get back custody of his children after his daughter and two sons are placed in Church orphanages by the Irish courts in the 1950s. He also produced the movie under his Irish DreamTime production company. 

Next was a role in the comedy "Laws of Attraction" (2004) next to Julianne Moore, where the two played opposing divorce lawyers who wake up to discover they've gotten married after a romantic,  alcohol induced evening. Returning more to his roots, he next played a jewel thief stressed out with retirement and tempted by one more big heist in "After the Sunset" (2004) that co-starred Salma Hayek and Woody Harrelson, the story of what happens after a master thief achieves his last big score, and the FBI agent who promised he'd capture him is about to do just that.

Also that year was the comedy thriller "The Matador" (2005) about a traveling killer and a corrupt businessman who meet in a hotel in Mexico City in an deal that brings them together in a way neither expected. Next was the dramatic war story "Seraphim Falls" (2006) and then the crime drama "Butterfly on a Wheel" (2007) about a perfect family's interaction, and how it is ruined by a kidnapper's brutally resourceful plot. Brosnan ventured back to romantic comedy in "Married Life" (2007), a period film where an adulterous man plots his wife's death instead of putting her through the humiliation of a divorce. 

The following year was full of blockbusters for the actor, starting with "Mamma Mia!" (2008), the story of a bride-to-be trying to find her real father, told by using hit songs by the popular '70s group ABBA and starring Colin Firth and Meryl Streep. Next was the biographical drama "Caitlin" (2008) about the tempestuous relationship of the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas and his wife Caitlin. Next was the anticipated sequel "The Thomas Crown Affair 2" about billionaire playboy and art thief Thomas Crown who begins a new life of crime: to steal the Kasikci Diamond out of the Topkapki Palace in Istanbul. He finished the year with the family comedy "Vanilla Gorilla" (2009) about a New York girl who befriends Gogo, the world's only living albino gorilla.  

Education
  • Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin, Ireland, 2003
  • The Drama Center, London, England, acting

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