Pierce Brosnan

Actor & producer

Deauville Talent Award 2019 of the 45th American Film Festival

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

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

In the 1990s, he gave new life to 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 earned more than a billion dollars worldwide, while the fourth opus generated nearly half a billion dollars at the global box office.

He also starred in other international successes such as Mrs. Doubtfire by Chris Columbus (1993), Mars Attacks! by Tim Burton (1996), Dante's Peak by Roger Donaldson (1997), Thomas Crown by John McTiernan (1999), The Tailor of Panama by John Boorman (2001), based on John Le Carré, The Matador by Richard Shepard (2005), which earned him a nomination for the Golden Globe for Best Actor, Mamma Mia! by Phyllida Lloyd (2008), The Ghost Writer by Roman Polanski (2010), which allows him to win an acting award at the Irish Film and Television Awards, But how do women do? 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 career, Pierce Brosnan diversified his activities and founded his production company, Irish DreamTime, with his partner Beau St. Clair, in 1996. The company has produced more than ten feature films, including three films presented at Deauville: Thomas Crown (1999), The Matador (2005) and The November Man (2014), as well as Bruce Beresford's Evelyn (2002), Peter Howitt's An Affair of the Heart (2004) and Shana Feste's For the Love of Bennett (2009).

In 2017, Pierce Brosnan played the lead character in the drama series The Son, based on the novel of the same title by Philipp Meyer. This series about the rise and fall of a Texas family was presented at Deauville the following year.

In 2016, the European Film Academy presented him with the European Achievement in World Cinema Award to recognize his impressive career in film. He has won numerous other awards, such as the St. John's Health Center Foundation Caritas Award in 2015 for his commitment to public service, the Forces for Nature Award from the Natural Resources Defense Council in 2011 for his involvement in environmental advocacy, the German Goldene Kamera Award in 2007 for his artistic and philanthropic contributions, an honorary doctorate from the Dublin Institute of Technology in 2003 and another honorary doctorate from the University of Cork. He was also awarded the Order of the British Empire by the Queen of England. For several decades, he has been an ambassador for His Royal Highness Prince Charles' Foundation, which assists disadvantaged youth, and a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Ireland.

In addition to his acting career, Pierce Brosnan is very attached to environmental issues, as is his wife Keely Shaye. They produced last year the documentary Poisoning Paradise by Kelly Shaye Brosnan and Teresa Tico, on pesticide pollution suffered by the natives of Hawaii.

Trained at an art school before embarking on an acting career, he is also an accomplished painter. He paints 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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