Pierce Brosnan

Actor & Producer

Deauville Talent Award 2019

Pierce Brosnan is an actor, film producer, environmentalist, philanthropist, artist 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. He is also a regular guest of the Deauville American Film Festival, visiting for the fourth time this year.

Born in County Meath, in Ireland, he 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, he 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. He 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.

In the 1990s, Brosnan reinvigorated the popularity of the Bond legacy in box-office blockbusters GoldEneye by Martin Campbell (1995), Tomorrow Never Dies by Roger Spottiswoode (1997), The World Is Not Enough by Michael Apted (1999) and Die Another Day by Lee Tamahori (2002). Brosnan's first three Bond films earned over a billion dollars at the international box-office and the fourth opus alone garnered almost a half-billion dollars worldwide.

Brosnan's film credits also include many other worldwide successes such as Chris Columbus's Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), Tim Burton's Mars Attacks! (1996), Roger Donaldson's Dante's Peak (1997), John McTiernan's The Thomas Crown Affair (1999), John Boorman's critically acclaimed film from the novel by John Le Carré, The Tailor of Panama (2001); Richard Shepard's The Matador (2005) for which he received a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actor; the film adaptation of the Broadway hit Mamma Mia! directed by Phyllida Lloyd (2008); Roman Polanski's critically acclaimed film The Ghost Writer (2010) for which he received the award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role from the Irish Film and Television Awards; Douglas McGrath's I Don't Know How She Does It (2011), Roger Donalson's The November Man (2014), and Ol Parker's Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018), the sequel to the blockbuster film Mamma Mia!. In 2017, Brosnan starred alongside Jackie Chan in the action thriller, The Foreigner directed by Martin Campbell; the mystery thriller Spinning Man by Simon Kaijser, with Guy Pearce & Minnie Driver, appeared with Jeff Bridges and Kate Beckinsale in the Marc Webb directed drama, The Only Living Boy In New York.

In addition to his work in front of the camera, Brosnan has always had a passion for the art of filmmaking and expanded the range of his film work by launching his own production company, Irish DreamTime in 1996, along with producing partner Beau St. Clair. The producing company has produced more than ten films to date including three of them premiering at the Deauville American Film Festival: The Thomas Crown Affair (1998), which was a critical and box-office success and one of the best-reviewed and highest-grossing romantic thrillers in years, The Matador (2005), and The November Man (2014), but also Bruce Beresford's Evelyn (2002), Peter Howitt's Laws of Attraction (2004), and Shana Feste's The Greatest (2010).

In 2017, Brosnan starred in AMC's dramatic new series The Son, based on the Philipp Meyer novel of the same name about the rise and fall of a Texas oil family, which was screened at Deauville. He recently returned for the second and final season of the series.

In 2016, the European Film Academy presented Brosnan with the honorary European Achievement in World Cinema Award. Some of his other accolades include the 2015 Forces for Nature Award bestowed by the Natural Resources Defense Council for his environmental work, the 2011 Caritas Award from St. John's Health Center Foundation for his extensive community service, and the 2007 Golden Kamera Award for his artistic and philanthropic contributions. In 2003, he was awarded an Honorary Arts Doctorate 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 Queen Elizabeth II. For over two decades, Brosnan has been an ambassador for His Royal Highness Prince Charles The Prince's Trust as well as an Ambassador for UNICEF Ireland. Brosnan also serves as Campaign Chairman for the Entertainment Industry Foundation.

In addition to his stellar film career, Brosnan, along with his wife Keely Shaye, have been drawn into a passionate leadership role in numerous environmental issues. Most recently, the two worked together on the documentary film Poisoning Paradise directed by Keely Shaye Brosnan and Teresa Tico, which they co-produced. The film takes audiences on a journey to the seemingly idyllic world of Native Hawaiians, whose communities are surrounded by experimental test sites for genetically engineered seed corn and pesticides.

Exhibiting another side of his artistic talent, Brosnan is an avid painter. The actor, who went to art school and trained as a commercial artist, has painted numerous landscapes as well as colorful portraits of friends and family. He cites Picasso, Matisse, Bonnard and Kandinsky as influences on his work. Most recently, one of Pierce's original paintings depicting singer Bob Dylan, was auctioned off for $1.4 million at the 25th annual gala amFAR Cannes charity event, Cinema Against AIDS.

Upcoming, Brosnan will be seen in the action thriller The Misfits alongside Tim Roth for director Renny Harlin, John Lee's horror film False Positive alongside Ilana Glazer & Justin Theroux, and David Dobkin's comedy Eurovision with Will Ferrell & Rachel McAdams.