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Pierce Brosnan
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Birthdate: May 16, 1952
Birthplace: Navan, County Meath, Ireland
Occupation: Actor
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Claim to Fame: Starred in the title role of NBC series Remington Steele (1982-87)

Significant Other(s):
Fiancée: Keely Shaye Smith, environmental journalist, TV news correspondent; met in 1994; engaged October 1999
Wife: Cassandra Harris, actress; met 1970; married 1977; died 1991 at age 39, after a 4-year battle with ovarian cancer

Father: Thomas Brosnan; left the family before Pierce's first birthday; the two reunited in 1986
Mother: nurse; moved Pierce to London at age 4; he lived with relatives while she went to nursing school
Son: Sean William; born 1984; mother, Cassandra Harris
Stepdaughter: Charlotte Harris; born 1972; mother, Cassandra Harris; father, Dermot Harris; Brosnan adopted
Stepson: Christopher Harris; born 1973; mother, Cassandra Harris; Brosnan adopted
Son: Dylan Thomas; born January 13, 1997; mother, Keely Shaye Smith
Son: Paris Beckett; born February 2001; mother, Keely Shaye Smith

Off-hand charm and self-deprecating comic timing were two of the qualities this dashing Irish-born leading man brought to his winning portrayal of the sophisticated, often inept, con man/private investigator Remington Steele on the long-running TV series (NBC, 1982-87) of the same name. Brosnan, a former commercial illustrator who has garnered frequent comparisons to Cary Grant, became so popular in this role that he was selected by readers polled by a national magazine as the favored actor to replace the departing Roger Moore in the highly profitable James Bond series. However, contractual obligations to "Remington Steele" made him unavailable and the baton was passed to Timothy Dalton. Brosnan finally received his cinematic license to kill in 1994 when he was named as the new 007. He proved an elegant yet hard-edged Bond in "GoldenEye" (1995).

Brosnan entered show business as a teen runaway, working with the circus as a fire eater. He gained somewhat more conventional experience as a member of an experimental London theater workshop before making his stage debut in a 1976 production of "Wait Until Dark". Brosnan's theatrical breakthrough came from playwright Tennessee Williams who chose the handsome young actor to create the role of McCabe in the British premiere of his "Red Devil Battery Sign". Additional stage work followed before his film debut in a character turn in the well-received Brit gangster film, "The Long Good Friday" (1980).

America first discovered the slender, dark-haired performer on TV in the miniseries "The Manions of America" (ABC, 1981) as Rory O'Manion, an Irish immigrant who makes it big in 19th century America. This successful exposure lead to his being cast as Steele. Brosnan turned up on a number of specials during the series' run and one failed feature, "Nomads" (1985), in which he played a bedeviled French anthropologist. The transition to film actor proved difficult, but TV offered regular work in telefilms and miniseries. Brosnan was well cast as urbane eccentric Phineas Fogg in a miniseries adaptation of Jules Verne's novel "Around the World in 80 Days" (NBC, 1989). He became a familiar face in made-for-cable thrillers, notably playing special agent Mike Graham in "Alistair MacLean's Death Train" (USA, 1993) and "Alistair MacLean's Night Watch" (USA, 1995).

Brosnan initially found little success in features. He starred in the poorly received Ismail Merchant-produced adventure "The Deceivers" (1988) but received some positive notices for his portrayal of a Russian agent opposite Michael Caine in "The Fourth Protocol" (1987). He enjoyed a measure of popular success playing a scientist in the derivative special F/X fest, "The Lawnmower Man" (1992). Brosnan also played the supporting role of Stu, the other man, in the immensely successful if mild comedy "Mrs. Doubtfire" (1993). His subsequent casting as the English secret agent ensured a renewed career as a feature lead.

The Long Good Friday 1980
The Mirror Crack'd 1980
Murphy's Stroke (British TV) 1980
The Professionals: "Blood Sports" (British TV) 1980
Hammer House of Horror: "The Carpathian Eagle" (British TV) 1980
The Manions of America (6 hour TV miniseries) 1981
Nancy Astor (6 hour TV miniseries on PBS/BBC) 1982
Remington Steele (91 episodes) 1982-87
Nomads 1986
The Fourth Protocol 1987
Noble House (8 hour TV miniseries) 1988
Taffin 1988
The Deceivers 1988
Around the World in 80 Days (TV miniseries) 1989
The Heist (TV movie) 1989
Murder 101 (TV movie) 1991
Mister Johnson 1991
Victim of Love (TV movie) 1991
The Lawnmower Man 1992
Live Wire 1992
Great Golf Courses of the World: Ireland (narrator) 1992
Death Train [aka Detonator] (TV movie) 1993
Entangled 1993
Mrs. Doubtfire 1993
The Broken Chain (TV movie) 1993
Don't Talk to Strangers (TV movie) 1994
Love Affair 1994
Night Watch [aka Detonator II: Nightwatch] (TV movie) 1995
Robinson Crusoe [filmed 1994, European video 1997, unreleased in the US]
GoldenEye - as James Bond 007 - 1995
The Mirror Has Two Faces 1996
Mars Attacks! 1996
Dante's Peak 1997
Muppets Tonight! 1996 (TV appearance)
Tomorrow Never Dies - as James Bond 007 - 1997
The Quest for Camelot [animated - voice of King Arthur] 1998
The Disappearance of Kevin Johnson 1998
The Nephew 1998
The Match 1999
The Thomas Crown Affair 1999
Grey Owl 1999
The World is Not Enough 1999
Dolphins, an Imax movie [narrator] 2000
The Tailor of Panama 2001
"Building the Impossible: The 7 Wonders of the Ancient World" [narrator] 2001
The Human Face [documentary - appearance] 2001
The Simpsons, "House of Whacks" 2001 [tv - voice]
National Geographic special, "Chimps in Crisis" 2002 [tv- narrator]
Evelyn 2002
Die Another Day 2002

Brosnan was married to actress Cassandra Harris from the 1970s until her death in 1991 of ovarian cancer.

Brosnan entered show business as a teen runaway, working with the circus as a fire eater

The Drama Center, London, England; majored in acting; attended three years

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