Brosnan was born in Navan, County Meath to Thomas and May Brosnan (when she was 19) and raised by his grandparents after his parents divorced when he was four. He was educated at the local school run by the De La Salle Brothers and then at Elliott School…more
In 2008 Pierce received a Razzie award for 'worst supporting actor' for his role as in the film Mamma Mia!.
Pierce got a lot of criticism for his arguably weak singing voice in the 2008 film version of Mamma Mia! Still, he has a good-natured attitude about it, joking that his kids and their nanny all "cringed" when they first heard him sing.
Pierce has narrated the Thomas and Friends The Great Discovery: The Movie, and in 2008 signed up as the narrator for three years.
Pierce is a strong advocate for women's health care and children's welfare issues. He is the Campaign Chairman for the Entertainment Industry Foundation which supports over 300 charities.
Pierce is well known for his environmental activism and passion about saving marine mammals and other animals. In 1997, he received the Environmental Leadership Award from Mikhail Gorbachev, President of Green Cross International, in recognition of his work.
In November 2007 it was revealed Pierce was being investigated by the police for assaulting a photographer as he left a restaurant with his children.
In 2001, Pierce was made a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Ireland.
The first two films that Pierce saw at the cinema were Goldfinger and Lawrence of Arabia and they were very influential for him. His his favourite Bond movie is From Russia with Love, and his least favourite is On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
Pierce studied acting under drama and dance teacher Yat Malmgren who also coached Sean Connery in the 50's.
Pierce became an American citizen on September 23, 2004, though he will be a dual national, retaining his Irish Citizenship as well.
Pierce received cars along with his salary for his James Bond movies.
Pierce was voted 6th in the Orange 2001 film survey of the Greatest British film actors ever.
Pierce enjoys fishing on the River Towy in Carmarthenshire, South Wales, the same spot former President Jimmy Carter also enjoys.
People Magazine selected Pierce as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the world in 1996.
Pierce owns his own production company called "The Irish DreamTime". Their first release was The Nephew in 1998.
Pierce was honoured by being the first person to receive the Freedom of Navan in Ireland (his hometown) in 1999.
Pierce has a scar on the top right side of his upper lip. This occurred when he was hit by a stunt man when making Tomorrow Never Dies.
Pierce is 6'1" tall.
Pierce: (on filming "Mama Mia") I said 'yes' right away because it meant working with Meryl Streep. Secondly, I saw the show with my family in London, and found it just so wonderfully happy and joyful, and so pitched in time forever in the 1970s. What a kick in the pants, to be able to go off and spend time with Meryl on some Greek island, singing ABBA songs.
Pierce: (during a HIV/AIDS broadcast for UNICEF) We want the world to focus on children whose lives have been devastated by AIDS. The millions of children who are missing their parents; their childhood, their future but most importantly, they are missing YOU. Everyone can make a real difference. Your voice is needed in a global movement that can change their world.
Pierce: (on his son, Christopher) Christopher is still very lost . Shockingly so. I know where he is, but he's having a hard life. I can only have strong faith and believe he will recover. He has tested everybody in this family but none more so than himself. He knows how to get out. He doesn't want to.
You never completely cut them off, but I have cut Christopher off. I had to say, 'Go get busy living, or get busy dying'. He has my prayers.
Pierce (on becoming an American citizen): I want to have a voice. I want to be able to vote for John Kerry. I found a whole new life and identity in America. But, my heart and soul will forever be Irish.
Pierce: The older you get the stronger you have to get. Getting old is not for sissies.
Pierce: This man called President Bush has a lot to answer for. I don't know if this man is really taking care of America. This government has been shameful.
(on life after James Bond)
Pierce: I thought... I can do anything I want to do now. I'm not beholden to them or anyone. I'm not shackled by some contracted image. So there was a sense of liberation.
Pierce: It never felt real to me. I never felt I had complete ownership over Bond. Because you'd have these stupid one-liners - which I loathed - and I always felt phoney doing them.
Pierce: From '86 until the summer of last year, wherever I went, people would say, "You would have made a great James Bond! Weren't you going to be James Bond? You should have been, you could have been, you may have been." Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes. It was like unfinished business in my life. I couldn't say no to it this time around.
Pierce: My mother was the prettiest woman in the town. He was a bit older than her. They made me. And he split.
Pierce: Some people have a tendency to get knocked down in this business and sulk and whine, and they just create a rod for their back, really. You have to have broad shoulders and get through it.
Pierce: I left school at 15 feeling fairly useless and not really up to scratch in my education. And I still suffer sometimes from that lack of education. As an actor, I've got by, I've had employment, I've had the good fortune to be able to work and I just feel blessed. But I do feel I have some bit of talent to create a character or move people, or entertain an audience, and that is very gratifying.
Pierce: For me as the actor that was about to step onto the stage, carrying the baggage that I do of Remington Steele or Thomas Crown or Bond, I think this was a wonderful way of deconstructing all of that, playing with it and turning it on its ear.
Pierce: I was looking forward to making (Bond) edgier and grittier -- and for all of that to go down in one phone call was highly disappointing.
Pierce: Dark comedy is very difficult. You have to bring the audience in and push them away at the same time.
Pierce: We owe it to our children to be better stewards of the environment... The alternative? A world without whales. It's too terrible to imagine.
Pierce: (about Brett Ratner) Brought the tone, and he brought it hard and fast. He picked up and carried Sunset, which was really a small film, and made this popcorn piece. It was kind of wobbly for a while. God, there were times I was cursing him out, cursing the writers out. I don't like it when it gets shaky like that.
Pierce: I had to have some balls to be Irish Catholic in South London. Most of that time I spent fighting.
Pierce: Acting allows me to explore new worlds, to discover characters by delving into their lives and ultimately to become someone else entirely.
Pierce: I'm about to do scene 58 with the lovely Salma Hayek where we roll around on the beach naked and talk about some silly diamond ... and the boys are telling me that the negotiations have stopped. When the message was delivered, it was a body blow. I said, 'What does that mean?' They said, 'We don't know, but they'll call you next Friday - five-thirty'.
(on James Bond)
Pierce: It would have been sweet to go back for a fifth (installment). I was just getting the hang of it, you know? It would have been wonderful to go out there for one last game and pass the baton.