Pierce Brosnan is an Irish-American actor who is best known for starring as James Bond in the movie GoldenEye, The World Is Not Enough, Tomorrow Never Dies, and Die Another Day.
Early life of Pierce Brosnan
The famous Hollywood actor and producer aka Pierce Brosnan we know today had his own personal struggles back in his early days. When Pierce was still young, his father Thomas Brosnan abandoned him and his family.
Then, his mother left him under the care of his grandparents and went to London to train as a nurse to support him financially. Later his mother married Bill Carmichael and took her son to her home in Putney, London. It was indeed Bill who helped Pierce get his first role in his first Bond movie, Goldfinger.
Brosnan Married Twice After First Wife's Death
Pierce Brosnan endured lots of up and down throughout his marital life. Brosnan was married for the first time in December 1970 to his first wife, Cassandra Harris. Brosnan and Harris shared a home in Wimbledon where the couple lived together until the actress passed away at the young age of 43 in December 1991.
Brosnan's first wife was also an actress from Australia who appeared in For Your Eyes Only, The Greek Tycoon, and Rough Cut. Unfortunately, she was later diagnosed with ovarian cancer that eventually drove her to death.
In addition, the husband-wife had adopted Cassandra's kids from her previous marriages including daughter Charlotte Brosnan (b.1971, d 2013) and son Christopher Brosnan(b. 1972). They also shared one son together named Sean Brosnan who they welcomed in 1973.
Following Cassandra's death, Brosnan then met American journalist and former model Keely Shaye Smith. Life united the then-widower with Smith at a Mexican bar in 1994.
Pierce and Keely tied the knot six months after their son, Paris Brosnan's arrival in 2001, at a fairytale wedding in Ireland. The couple has two children together in total, including Dylan Brosnan and Paris. Their first child, Dylan Thomas Brosnan was born in 1997, and Paris Beckett was born four years later.
Despite all the happiness, tragedy hit again in 2013 when Brosnan lost his daughter Charlotte Emily from the same illness that claimed Cassandra. Charlotte was just 41. Shaye Smith certainly helped Pierce with coming to terms with his losses. The couple is very happy with each other and there is no rumor of them getting separated.
Career & Net Worth of Pierce Brosnan
Best known to his fans as the stylish secret agent James Bond, Pierce Brosnan who was passionate about performing since his young days is an actor-turned-film producer. Brosnan started out as a theatre artist. He entered the world of television following his successful theatre stint.
Brosnan then caused a stir with his leading role in the television mini-series ‘Manions of America’ and his popularity increased when he played the title role in the detective series, Remington Steele (1982–87), Dante's Peak, and The Thomas Crown Affair.
And, for his first appearance as James Bond in ‘GoldenEye’, he earned major appreciation for his performance. He reprised the role thrice in the film franchise. After starring in the Bond movie four films between 1995 and 2002, his popularity skyrocketed to a greater height.
Net Worth of Pierce Brosnan
Pierce Brendan Brosnan mostly earns from his acting career. He has appeared in numerous movies and tv shows to date, notably for appearing as James Bond. He has also produced several films. In his prime, he endorsed numerous brands and earned quite a fortune from his endorsements as well. His net worth is estimated at $200 Million. Brosnan also owns a property in Malibu worth to be $100 million.
Pierce earned $4 million for Goldeneye which is equivalent to $7 million today. Not to mention, Brosnan is expected to have made $48 million from his roles as James Bond.
Brosnan also owns a home in Santa Monica he purchased at $2.4 million along with other properties on the Hawaiian island where his high-profile neighbors include Bette Midler, Mark Zuckerberg, and Ben Stiller.
Pierce Brosnan: Quick Facts
- Born in Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland.
- Graduated from the ‘Drama Centre.’
- His mother's name is May (Smith) who was a nurse and his father Thomas was a carpenter.
- Pierce Brosnan is also an environmental activist and donated $100,000 to replace a playground in Kauai in 2007.
- He has a blue-colored eye while his hair color is black.
- He was raised Catholic and served as an altar boy.
- Made his film debut as Edward O'Grady in the 1979 TV movie Murphy's Stroke.
- In 1996, along with Beau St. Clair, Brosnan formed Irish DreamTime, a Los Angeles-based production company.
- Since playing Bond, he appeared on The Matador, Mamma Mia!, and The Ghost Writer.
- Provided his voice and likeness to Bond in the 2004 video game James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing.
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