Pierce Brosnan is a legendary Irish-American actor, film producer, artist, philanthropist and two-time Golden Globe Award nominee known for his rich and extensive career in front of the camera and behind-the-scenes as a producer.
Most recently Brosnan starred in the espionage thriller The November Man for director Roger Donaldson which opened in August and premiered at the Deauville Film Festival. Based on a series of books by Bill Granger, development and pre-production will begin soon on The November Man 2.
Brosnan has been productive recently. He stars in four soon-to-be-released films: No Escape with Owen Wilson due for release March 6, 2015; The Moon and The Sun alongside William Hurt due for release April 10, 2015; Survivor with Milla Jovovich for director James McTeigue; and How To Make Love Like An Englishman with Salma Hayek, Jessica Alba and Malcolm McDowell for director Tom Vaughan.
In 2014 Brosnan starred in A Long Way Down with Aaron Paul, Toni Collette and Imogen Poots, which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in February and opened in June and Love Punch with Emma Thompson, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last September and opened in May.
Prior to that audiences saw Brosnan star in Love Is All You Need for Academy Award winning Danish director Susanne Bier. The film, which premiered to critical acclaim at the Venice Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival, opened in theatres in 2013. In the same year Brosnan also appeared in a cameo in The World’s End with Simon Pegg and Martin Freeman.
Brosnan’s film credits include I Don’t Know How She Does It alongside Sarah Jessica Parker and Greg Kinnear; Salvation Boulevard (2011) with Greg Kinnear, Ed Harris and Jennifer Connelly, Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010) based upon the best-selling novel by Richard Riordan; Roman Polanski’s critically acclaimed film The Ghost Writer (2010) with Ewan McGregor which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and for which Brosnan received the award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Feature Film from the Irish Film and Television Awards; Remember Me (2010) with Robert Pattinson and The Greatest (2010) with Susan Sarandon and Carey Mulligan which premiered to rave reviews at the Sundance Film Festival, the blockbuster film adaptation of the Broadway musical Mamma Mia! (2008) opposite Meryl Streep, Married Life (2007) in which he starred with Rachel McAdams, Patricia Clarkson and Chris Cooper for director Ira Sachs, the Civil War drama Seraphim Falls (2007) in which he starred opposite Liam Neeson, The Matador (2005) for which he received a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture and a nomination for Best Actor in a Lead Role from the Irish Film & Television Academy, John Boorman’s critically acclaimed film from the novel by John LeCarre, The Tailor of Panama (2001), Sir Richard Attenborough’s Grey Owl (1999), Dante’s Peak (1997), Mars Attacks (1996), The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996) alongside Barbra Streisand, Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) with Robin Williams, The Lawnmower Man (1992) and Bruce Beresford’s Mr. Johnson (1990).
In the 1990s, Brosnan reinvigorated the popularity of the Bond legacy in box-office blockbusters Goldeneye (1995), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), The World Is Not Enough (1999) and Die Another Day (2002). Brosnan’s first three Bond films earned over a billion dollars at the international box-office and Die Another Day alone garnered almost a half-billion dollars worldwide.
In addition to his work in front of the camera, Brosnan has always had a passion for the art of filmmaking. Having achieved international stardom as an actor, Brosnan expanded the range of his film work by launching his own production company, Irish DreamTime in 1996, along with producing partner Beau St. Clair.
Irish DreamTime has produced 10 films to date including The November Man (2014), How to Make Love Like an Englishman, The Greatest (2010), Shattered (2007), The Matador (2005), Laws of Attraction (2004), Evelyn (2002), The Thomas Crown (1998), The Match (1999), and The Nephew (1998), The company’s first studio project, The Thomas Crown Affair, was a critical and box-office success and one of the best-reviewed and highest-grossing romantic thrillers. Evelyn, directed by Bruce Beresford, opened to critical acclaim at the Toronto and Chicago Film Festivals and also garnered rave reviews.
Some of Brosnan’s many accolades include the 2014 Robert Graham Visionary Award, the 2007 Golden Kamera Award for his environmental work, a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Chicago Film Festival, the International Star of the Year at the Cinema Expo in Amsterdam, an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from the Dublin Institute of Technology, an Honorary Doctorate from the University College Cork and an Order of the British Empire bestowed by Her Majesty the Queen. Brosnan has also been a UNICEF Ireland Ambassador since 2001 and received the 2011 Caritas award from St. John’s Health Center Foundation for his community service.
Brosnan was born in County Meath, Ireland and moved to London at age 11. At 20, he enrolled in The Oval House and continued his studies at The Drama Center in London. After graduation, Brosnan performed in several West End stage productions including Franco Zeffirelli’s Fulimena and Tennessee Williams’ The Red Devil Battery Sign at the York Theater Royal. Brosnan relocated to Los Angeles in 1982 and immediately landed the role of private investigator Remington Steele on the popular NBC television series of the same name.