|Pierce Brosnan was born on
May 16, 1953 in Ireland. He attended drama school and later starred in
British theater productions. His "big break" came with the 1981 ABC-TV
mini-series The Manions of America, which led to him getting the title
role in the popular long-running detective series Remington Steele, which
debuted in 1982. He moved with his family to Los Angeles, California, where
the Steele was filmed. The series was long-runing and quite successful
for more than 4 seasons. Brosnan 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.
Pierce has had a varied and
extensive film and TV career, playing roles ranging from scientists to
assassins, in films from comedies to dramas.
Brosnan finally received his
cinematic license to kill in 1994 when he was named as the new 007. He
took over the helm of the Bond series in "GoldenEye" which catapulted the
007 back to the top of the box office. He won the Best Actor in a Theatrical
Action Film prize at the 1996 Blockbuster Awards, for his role as James
Bond in GoldenEye. Pierce Brosnan was married to Australian actress Cassandra
Harris from the 1970s until her death in 1991 of ovarian cancer. He has
3 children with Cassandra. In his spare time, he is active in cancer fund-raising
and supporting environmental causes.