DIE ANOTHER DAY
PIERCE BROSNAN (James Bond)
has reinvigorated the popularity of the James Bond legacy since making his debut
as the world famous spy in GoldenEyeâ„¢. He's gone on to make the role
his own, starring in the subsequent blockbuster hits Tomorrow Never Dies
and The World is Not Enough. These three films set records, achieving
combined worldwide boxoffice earnings of well over a billion dollars.
While perhaps best known for playing
suave, sophisticated heroes, Brosnan is also receiving great acclaim for his
performance as a different kind of hero in Bruce Beresford's
soon-to-be-released Evelyn, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival.
Also starring Aidan Quinn, Julianna Margulies, Stephen Rea, and Alan Bates, Evelyn
tells the real-life story of Desmond Doyle, a father who takes his fight to be
reunited with his children all the way to the Irish Supreme Court. Brosnan also
recently earned kudos for his turn in John Boorman's The Tailor of Panama.
Brosnan continues to expand the range
of his work through his own production company, Irish DreamTime, which was
launched in 1998 with his production partner and co-producer Beau St. Clair. The
company's first project was The Nephew, an intimate independent film
that received extensive festival acclaim. Brosnan also produced and starred
opposite Rene Russo in the company's first studio project, The Thomas Crown
Affair, directed by John McTiernan. Evelyn, directed by Bruce
Beresford, is also an Irish DreamTime film.
Born in County Meath, Ireland, in 1953,
Brosnan moved to London at age 11. On leaving school, he worked as a trainee
commercial artist at Ravenna Studios while attending Oval House Theatre at
Kennington Oval, where he explored experimental theater. A fellow employee at
Ravenna introduced Brosnan to theatrical workshops, and he enrolled in a 3-year
course at The Drama Centre in North London.
After completing his training, Brosnan
then went straight into a job as an acting assistant stage manager and repertory
actor at The Theatre Royal, York. Six months later he was selected by the
eminent Tennessee Williams to take on the role of McCabe in the British premiere
of Red Devil Battery Sign. He also starred in other London stage
productions such as Zeffirelli's production of Filumena and Wait
Until Dark at the York Theatre.
In 1981, Brosnan was selected to play
the lead in the American miniseries The Manions of America, which brought
the actor his first U.S. acclaim. This led to his being cast as Remington
Steele, one of the most widely viewed syndicated series of all time,
worldwide. He earned a Golden Globe nomination for his performance in Nancy
Astor, a 13-part television series for the BBC. These successes saw his
subsequent involvement in such top-rated American miniseries as Around the
World in Eighty Days and Noble House.
Brosnan's films include The Fourth
Protocol, The Deceivers, Bruce Beresford's Mr. Johnson, Lawnmower
Man, Love Affair, Dante's Peak, and Sir Richard Attenborough's
Grey Owl. He's also proved himself adept at comedy in such films as Mrs.
Doubtfire, The Mirror Has Two Faces, and Mars Attacks.
In addition to his dynamic film career,
Brosnan, together with his wife Keely Shaye Smith, has been drawn into a
passionate leadership role in environmental issues. They're actively involved
in many conservation organizations
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