Pierce Brosnan

Actor & producer

Deauville Talent Award 2019 of the 45th Festival of American Cinema

Recognized as one of the greatest actors of his generation, Pierce Brosnan, twice nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Actor, is also a seasoned producer, environmentalist, philanthropist and artist, but also a regular of the Deauville Festival with its fourth participation this year.

Originally from County Meath, Ireland, he moved to London at the age of 11. At 20, he enrolled in a theater school and performed in several plays in the West End. He moved to Los Angeles in 1982 and became known for his interpretation of the private detective Remington Steele in the series The Remington Steele Investigations.

In the 1990s, he breathed new life into the character of James Blond by playing the famous spy in 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). The first three episodes of the saga in which he plays garner more than a billion dollars worldwide, while the fourth installment generates nearly half a billion dollars at the world box office.

He is also showing other international successes such as Mrs. Doubtfire by Chris Columbus (1993), Mars Attacks! by Tim Burton (1996), The Pic de Dante by Roger Donaldson (1997), Thomas Crown by John McTiernan (1999), The Tailor of Panama by John Boorman (2001), after John Le Carré, The Matador Richard Shepard (2005), which earned him a Golden Globe nomination for best actor, Mamma Mia! by Phyllida Lloyd (2008), The Ghost Writer by Roman Polanski (2010), which won him an interpretation prize at the Irish Film and Television Awards, But how do women do it? by Douglas McGrath (2011), The November Man by Roger Donalson (2014) or Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again by Ol Parker (2018).

In addition to his acting profession, Pierce Brosnan diversified his activities and founded his production company, Irish DreamTime, with his partner Beau St. Clair, in 1996. The company produced more than ten feature films, including three films presented in Deauville: Thomas Crown (1999) The Matador (2005) et The November Man (2014), but also Evelyn by Bruce Beresford (2002), A matter of heart by Peter Howitt (2004) and For the love of Bennett by Shana Feste (2009).

In 2017, Pierce Brosnan plays the main character of the drama series The Son, from the novel of the same title by Philipp Meyer. This series on the rise and fall of a Texan family was presented in Deauville the following year.

In 2016, the European Cinema Academy awarded him the European Achievement in World Cinema Prize to reward his impressive career in cinema. He won numerous other distinctions, such as the Caritas Prize of the St. John's Health Center Foundation awarded in 2015 for his commitment to serving the public interest, the Forces for Nature Prize awarded by the Natural Resources Defense Council in 2011 for his involvement in environmental protection, the German Goldene Kamera prize in 2007 for his artistic and philanthropic contribution, an honoris causa doctorate from the Dublin Institute of Technology in 2003 and another honoris causa doctorate from the University of Cork. He also received the Order of the British Empire from the Queen of England. For several decades, he has been the ambassador of the Foundation of His Royal Highness Prince Charles, which helps unemployed young people, and the UNICEF goodwill ambassador for Ireland.

In addition to his acting career, Pierce Brosnan is very attached to the environmental issue, as is his wife Keely Shaye. They thus produced last year the documentary hired Poisoning Paradise by Kelly Shaye Brosnan and Teresa tico, on the pesticide pollution suffered by native Hawaiians.

Trained in an art school before starting a career as an actor, he is also an accomplished painter. He painted many landscapes, but also colorful portraits of his close friends and family, readily citing Picasso, Matisse, Bonnard and Kandinsky as sources of inspiration.


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