Pierce Brosnan, the fifth man to portray the James Bond character in the James Bond: 007 Series is a man whose life story is one associated with grief yet, he has remained a fighter like the characters he portrays in his movies. Brosnan is an Irish-born American actor, environmentalist and philanthropist who has received nominations and awards for his contribution to Hollywood.
Read on to see more about his wife, how she died, daughter, awards, bio and net worth.
Short Bio of Pierce Brosnan (Age)
Pierce Brosnan was born Pierce Brendan Brosnan on May 16, 1953, in our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda, Ireland. His father Thomas Brosnan worked as a carpenter and his mother, May Smith was a Nurse. He attended a local school in Ireland before moving to London when his mother remarried. In London, he attended Elliott School, Putney, South West London and then Saint Martin’s School and Drama Centre in London, to harness his acting skills. He also worked at the York Theater Royal.
He was made an honorary Officer of the Order of the British Empire in July 2003 This was done by Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of his “contribution to the British film industry”. This explains the letters “OBE” that are often found after his name. In 2002 and 2003, he received honorary degrees from the Institute of Technology, Dublin and the University College Cork, respectively. Brosnan is a dual citizen of both the United States and Ireland. He obtained the US citizenship on September 23, 2004.
Pierce Brosnan’s Family, Parents
Pierce Brosnan’s father abandoned him and his mother as an infant. He lived in Navan in County Meath and attended St. Anne’s primary school Navan. Due to the hardship they faced, his mother moved to London to work as a nurse, leaving him behind with his grandparents (her parents) Philip and Kathleen Smith. After their death, he lived with his aunt and then his uncle. He was later sent to a boarding house. His mother would visit him twice in a year and after she got re-married, took him with her to London. Brosnan bonded with his step-dad, William Carmichael and shared a loving relationship with him. He was indeed a man surrounded by family. He met his biological father for the first time in public while shooting a movie and recalls being disappointed he was not as tall as he had imagined.
About His Wife, Son, Daughter
Pierce Brosnan met his first wife, Australian actress, Cassandra Harris in 1977 and dated her for three years before they eventually got married on December 27, 1980. They had such a lovely life and family together and in September 1983, they welcomed their only biological child, Sean Brosnan. Cassandra, however, had two children from her previous marriage to Dermot Harris and upon Harris’s death in 1986, Brosnan and his wife, Cassandra adopted the children – Charlotte and Christopher who took up Brosnan as their surname. In 1987, Cassandra was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, the same deadly disease that had claimed the life of her mother. Brosnan stayed by his wife during those trying times and returned back to painting because it made his wife happy and lively but on December 28, 1991, after celebrating their 11 years of marriage and at age 43, Cassandra died. She finally lost a four-year-long battle to ovarian cancer, leaving their son, Sean, who was eight at the time, Charlotte and Chris who were teenagers with a devastated Brosnan who resorted to cocaine and other hard drugs for some time to help him handle the pain he felt at the time. His adopted kids, Charlotte and Chris also struggled with substance abuse as a result of their mother’s death. But Brosnan fought with them while also standing by them through their rehabilitation process.
Three years after the loss of his wife, Brosnan met Keely Shaye Smith, a journalist and broke the oath he made to himself never to fall in love again or remarry. They began dating and he got married to her in 2001 at Ballintubber Abbey, Ireland, after a very long time together. They had two sons – Dylan and Paris Brosnan – together. Shaye provided the support he needed and encouraged him to grief instead of finding ways to hide his pain. But death was not done! On June 28, 2013, Charlotte also died of ovarian cancer, the same disease that took her mother and at one year less the same age her mother died. Upon her death, Brosnan confessed to having become accustomed to grief. Charlotte died, leaving her husband and two children. Sean Brosnan is now married with a daughter while Dylan Brosnan and his brother, Paris are runway models.
How Tall Is Pierce Brosnan? Height
Brosnan is clearly older in terms of age even though he is still as charming as ever. His popularity can also be attributed somewhat to his handsome looks combined with his acting dexterity. He is 6ft 2in (188 cm) tall and his muscular features are still intact despite his age. Brosnan’s shoe size is 11 (US) and he now weighs 88 kg (194 lbs). His eye colour is blue, his hair colour is dark brown and his body measurements are 42-15-34 inches (chest-biceps-waist).
What’s His Net Worth?
Pierce Brosnan, popularly known for his role as agent 007, has starred in many films but it is his role as James Bond that brought him into the limelight. In 1995, he became the fifth actor to play the character ‘James Bond’ in the EON Productions James Bond film series. His successor on the series is Daniel Craig. He still receives royalties for providing his voice for the James Bond video game. He also has been painting ever since his first wife’s death and selling the paintings for charity donations. He also has several endorsement deals including one with the watchmaker, Speake-Marin. With an annual income of $7 million, his net worth is estimated to be $80 million.