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Pierce Brosnan ~ "Remington Steele"

Pierce Brosnan Date of Birth ~ May 16, 1953
Place of Birth ~ Navan, County Meath, Ireland
[Pierce Brosnan Biography from IMDB]

Pierce Brosnan was born in Drogheda, Ireland on May 16, 1953 but moved to England, UK at an early age (thus explaining his ability to play men from both backgrounds convincely). 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 current, and most popular role is that of British Secret Agent, James Bond. The death, in 1991, of his wife Cassandra 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 one son, Dylan Thomas, with longtime companion Keely Shay.

[Pierce Brosnan Biography from Baseline's Encyclopedia of Film]

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. Pierce 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, where he starred opposite Stephanie Zimbalist, made him unavailable and the baton was passed to Timothy Dalton. Pierce 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).

Pierce 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. Pierce 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 (1981).

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. Pierce Brosnan turned up on a number of specials during the series' run and one failed feature, Nomads (1986), in which he played a bedeviled French anthropologist. The transition to film actor proved difficult, but TV offered regular work in telefilms and miniseries. Pierce 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).

Pierce 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). Pierce 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.

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


[Pierce Brosnan Biography from The MoviePeople Database]

Moving to London with his family at an early age, Irish-born actor Pierce Brosnan made ends meet as a commercial illustrator and cab driver before turning to acting full-time. After training at the London Drama Centre, Pierce Brosnan made his West End stage bow in 1976, and appeared in his first film, The Long Good Friday, four years later. American audiences got their first glimpse of the charismatic, muscular young actor in the 1981 network miniseries The Manions of America. The following year, Pierce Brosnan was cast as the suave adventurer hero of the weekly TV series Remington Steele.

The actor's casual panache and his gift for quippery led the producers of the James Bond movies to select Pierce Brosnan as the new Bond upon the departure of Roger Moore in 1986. At the last moment, the canceled Remington Steele was renewed, and Pierce Brosnan was contractually obligated to remain with the program, forcing him to relinquish the James Bond role to the less suitable Timothy Dalton. It later became evident that the renewal of Steele was something of a subterfuge by its producers to keep Pierce Brosnan on their leash. This professional setback was compounded by personal tragedy seven years later when Pierce Brosnan's actress wife Cassandra Harris died after a long illness. Cast in a choice secondary role in the megahit 1993 comedy Mrs. Doubtfire, Pierce Brosnan regained his motion picture bankability, and made his long-awaited debut in the role of James Bond in 1997.


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  4. The Nephew (1998) .... Mr. O'Brady
  5. Quest for Camelot (1998) (voice) .... King Arthur

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