Pierce Brosnan

(Pierce Brendan Brosnan)

Pierce Brosnan
Pierce Brosnan
  • Born: May 16, 1953
  • Nationality: Irish
  • Profession: Actor, Producer, Environmentalist

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Pierce Brendan Brosnan OBE is an Irish actor, film producer, and activist. Born an Irish citizen, Brosnan is a naturalized American citizen. After leaving comprehensive school at age 16, Brosnan began training in commercial illustration, then went on to train at the Drama Centre in London for three years. Following a stage acting career he rose to popularity in the television series Remington Steele (1982–1987), which blended the genres of romantic comedy, drama, and detective procedural. After the conclusion of Remington Steele, Brosnan appeared in films such as the Cold War spy film The Fourth Protocol (1987) and the comedy Mrs. Doubtfire (1993).

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A man becomes what he dreams. And I dreamed of being in the movies. I was brought up on Steve McQueen, Clint Eastwood, Warren Beatty, and Cary Grant. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Acting allows me to explore new worlds, to discover characters by delving into their lives, and ultimately to become someone else entirely.
Acting for the Indian audience is surely on my bucket list; it may take some time, though. Time
Action films can be like watching paint dry. You can just die in the trailer waiting for them to set up a shot, then you go out for a few minutes or an hour of endurance testing.
Actors have an innate sense of self and humanity, the good ones do, and of being generous of heart and generous of spirit.
As I've gotten older and I've watched people in productions, I go to the theater when I go back to London and see friends in Broadway, I think maybe there might come a time here to get back up there and prove oneself. It's just an itch; it's a nagging itch to go back there. Time
As you get older, there's a loosening of the ties to the ego and the posturing of who you are and how you behave.
Barbara Broccoli was a great friend of my late wife's and continues to be someone who is very gracious with me, my family, and our life. Life ;Families, Children & Parenting
Be good to people, be kind to people, show up, read the lines, hit the mark, and go home.
Being a father is a huge responsibility but a satisfying one.
Being a widower is not that groovy when you lose someone you really love, and you have to go out and date again. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Being an actor in Hollywood involves lots of things beyond acting. Charm really helps.
Being some country lad from the banks of the River Boyne, I never wanted to be wealthy. I was driven by artistic intention.
Cancer is a very sad thing, but you can always take something from every experience.
Cancer is the most pernicious, insidious, disgusting disease of life. Life
Certain projects find you at the right time. Time
Clive Owen would be a fantastic James Bond. Any man who does it will have to weigh his odds - whether he can get in and get out.
Daniel Craig is brilliant as Bond: there is no question about that. But it's a different Bond. It's the cross pollination of 'The Bourne Identity' and 'James Bond;' that kind of style of filmmaking.
Dark comedy is very difficult. You have to bring the audience in and push them away at the same time. Time
Dealing with death is there forever, really, you know, because we all have to face it. Death
Fame is like a big piece of meringue - it's beautiful, and you keep eating it, but it doesn't really fill you up.
For me, acting is doing.
God has been good to me. My faith has been good to me in the moments of deepest suffering, doubt and fear. Religion & God
He's a fantastic actor, Kelsey Grammer. You don't have that kind of career without having a talent, without having something to say and to give to an audience.
I always keep thinking, 'The next role - that's going to be the one that's really going to define me and show them all. I'll transform and disappear, and it will be a revelation.'
I always see myself as a character actor, but Remington Steele was me. I gave up on trying to be any character. I just put myself as me in this world of Remington Steele and the grand pretender.
I always wanted to do a Western.
I am the actor that I am. I do what I do. I've been a 'leading man' playing romantic leads for a long time now. Time ;Romantic
I can still run in a straight line, and I can still throw a punch.
I don't see myself as the Hunk of the Month.
I enjoy the company of my fellow man and woman, and I do not wish to be sequestered away in any type of bubble.
I found a great woman in Keely Shaye. Not if I searched a million times over would I find one as good.
I had a theatre company years ago when I was a young man, and we would do street theater. This guy did a workshop one day on fire eating, and I participated, and it was just one of those party tricks that you learn. My last endeavor doing that was with the Muppets, back in 1995 or something like that. And I haven't done it since.
I had to have some balls to be Irish Catholic in South London. Most of that time I spent fighting. Time
I have had a singing teacher in L.A. for many, many years just to work on my voice as an actor. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I have no desire to look at myself.
I have not had any plastic surgery in any shape or form. No implants. And my hair is not dyed.
I have said to my agents, 'I want to work. I want to play character roles.' Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I have some wonderful suits in my closet, a lovely car, some refined watches.
I held the generous, strong, beautiful hand of my first wife Cassie as ovarian cancer took her life much too soon. Life
I hold Bond dear to my heart. I've traveled the world as an ambassador for that character, and I had a bloody great time doing it. Time
I just find that you can become a very boring person living in L.A. I tell you, living there on a day-to-day basis is vacuous: terribly fake.
I know something about life and being a father and the worries and the fears of bringing up children. Life
I know what it's like to be famous. It's good money and it's great fun. A real kick in the pants. People wave at you and smile at you. You get great tables in restaurants. They send you gifts - beautiful clothes and cars. Money, Coins & Minting
I left school at 15 feeling fairly useless and not really up to scratch in my education. And I still suffer sometimes from that lack of education. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
I like Chekov a lot.
I like dressing in all seasons. Every season has its own character and charm.
I like playing thieves.
I live a pretty domestic and normal life. I make my kids breakfast most mornings, but nothing too elaborate - soft-boiled eggs and oatmeal. Life
I love color. When I paint, I use a lot of color. I love art that has a vibrancy of color and compositions. I adore the Impressionists, and I'm influenced strongly by them as a self-taught artist. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I love George Clooney; I think George is brilliant. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I love 'Maxim,' actually. It's very cool. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I love New York City. The energy, the theatre, the art, the food, the people, the parks and streets. But I could say the same of London or Paris, too. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle ;Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
I love the finer things. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I love the intimacy and the passion and the danger that go into independent filmmaking. Because it comes out of a creative necessity. It comes from people who really want to make a movie and want to make a difference and want to grab an audience by the gullet and show them something different. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I love the ukulele. It's got a beautiful, melodic tone to it. There's something innocent and romantic, and it's just a grand instrument to play. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Romantic
I paint landscapes, figuratives. I painted all my life. In fact, I started as a commercial artist. Life
I realise how precious life is, probably because I've seen how it can be taken away. Life
I ride horses, I love horses, I've owned horses. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I should like to think that we'll find peace on this Earth at some point and come to a collective consciousness of compassion for each other, where we say, 'Enough! Let us live as one!' War & Peace
I think Buddhism is a wonderful philosophy. I've had the good fortune to meet many wonderful teachers from that society. Society
I think if Roman Polanski had asked me to do the phone book, I would have said, 'Yes.'
I think Indian women are very beautiful. They have a sense of elegance and innocence. Women
I think that genetically we're programmed to battle each other.
I think you make the best with what you've got, you know? Sometimes you have very little. And you just always try to rise to higher ground, because you're going to suffer one way or the other, so you just hope that you have strength and perseverance and good friends and faith, some kind of faith, to endure and move on to greener pastures. Hope
I thought 'Moulin Rouge' was inspirational, and 'Jesus Christ Superstar' I loved.
I try to be as disciplined as I possibly can. I try to live a fairly kind of clean life. I do yoga; I cycle and do weights and swim. I do whatever it takes. Life
I use so much of myself in everything I do. I think every actor does because you have no one else to go to but yourself and your own imagination.
I visit London several times a year. It is my home away from home.
I was aware that I was not getting the good acting roles because I was either too handsome, too pretty or whatever. I was being judged in ways that left me nowhere to go. You have to be patient.
I was lucky enough to make four Bond films. It finished in rather shambolic fashion, but I have no bitterness, no resentment.
I was trained as an actor and taught to believe at a very young age that I could be anything and do anything, and then you find yourself painted into a corner by your own image or persona.
I went and met with Tim Burton for the role of Batman. But I just couldn't really take it seriously; any man who wears his underpants outside his pants just cannot be taken seriously.
I went to a Radiohead concert with Mr. Aaron Paul and became instantly hip. He's a great tweeter and took a photograph of the two of us. He said, 'Man, look at this! We've already got 800 hits in five minutes!' So this old dog became hip.
I will forever be a Bond. It's a small group of men who've made this role. Someone said, More men have walked on the moon than have played James Bond.'
I'd been brought up on... American TV: 'Lou Grant,' 'Starsky & Hutch;' 'Gilligan's Island.'
I'd love to do 'The Expendables.' It's just a kick in the pants. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I'd my own insecurities while portraying the role of James Bond.
If I got into a fight in a bar, I'd miss the dude by miles. I wouldn't know how to connect. It would be a comedy.
If I hadn't been an actor, I probably would have been a social worker.
If I knew I could never come back to Ireland, to England, I think I'd fall off the tree.
If you want to do a female version of 'The Expendables,' I'll be in that one.
I'm a journeyman actor.
I'm an actor first and foremost. My producing credentials are just to say, 'Yeah, I love this story and now let's bring the people, the ensemble together,' and I get out of the way. I have no desire to check on schedules and shooting schedules and money and stuff like that. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Money, Coins & Minting
I'm an artist, so I love the graphic design of Instagram. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I'm first and foremost an Irishman, by birth, by nature, by soul, but an American citizen through and through as well. Nature
I'm not a politician or political animal.
I'm one of those guys who believes that you need a strong woman in your life. Life
I'm pretty tried-and-tested in the world of 'suit acting.'
I'm very confident that Nick Hornby always gets it right as a writer. He has the vernacular and passion. He is adroit and dry, and balances humor with the humanity of life. Life ;Humor
In 1981, I borrowed 2,000 pounds - a lot of money back then - paid 50 quid for a seat, packed my own sandwich, and hopped on a plane to America. It was a mighty leap, but one that paid off. A week later, I got a job called 'Remington Steele.' Money, Coins & Minting
Indian cinema is entertaining, and what I love most about it is the songs and dances in the films. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Intrinsically, I'm the same person I was as a young lad, and I think I still have the optimism of life, still the same wants and desires to be good and great about what I do. Life
It always helps to have a bit of prayer in your back pocket. At the end of the day, you have to have something, and for me, that is God, Jesus, my Catholic upbringing, my faith. Religion & God
It never felt real to me. I never felt I had complete ownership over Bond. Because you'd have these stupid one-liners - which I loathed - and I always felt phony doing them.
It's good to like yourself, and that only comes from hard work, from doing. But vanity is dangerous; it can trip you badly. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
It's the ultimate goal every day you wake up, to be happy. At the end of the week, you want to be happy. Happy in love, happy in work, happy in life, happy with yourself. It's pretty simple. Life ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I've been a married man most of my life; that's the way I like it. Life
I've been accused of my publicist of being too confessional... it's probably my Celtic upbringing.
I've been identified with James Bond or Thomas Crown for so long; suave, elegant, sophisticated men in suits. it's like you've been giving the same performance for 20 years.
I've been very fortunate that I've worked since I left drama school in 1976.
I've had my face sliced open one day. Stunt man went one way, and I went the same way and had a few stitches.
James Bond is one of those heroes that all guys feel they could actually be like.
Love cannot burn constantly. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Love is hard. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Love means that everything is right with the world. Love and only love. Love means that you are content within your own heart and in the presence of the person that you love, who fills your day and makes you stronger and wiser, and gives you the confidence to go out into the world. Love is just the most beautiful, joyous feeling. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Movies are somewhat diminished by blockbusters, which are great, but there's not enough choice. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Must whales and dolphins be subjected to deafening noise that will cause more than 3.5 million instances of temporary and/or permanent hearing loss? For species that depend on hearing for survival - to find food, migrate, and communicate - any hearing loss could be catastrophic. As one scientist noted, a deaf whale is a dead whale. Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
My family is my sanctuary. Families, Children & Parenting
My life started on the banks of the Boyne in County Meath. Navan is the name of the town; only me, Mom, Dad. Life ;Families, Children & Parenting
My mother gave me boxing gloves; I wanted boxing gloves. I liked to box. So I still have them. They're still in my bookcase, very old, tattered, and they were cherished.
My mother was the prettiest woman in the town. He was a bit older than her. They made me. And he split.
My religious philosophy is kindness. Try to be kind. That's something worth achieving.
My wife loves Roger Moore.
No one can escape life's pain. That's life. Life
Oh, humiliation is poisonous. It's one of the deepest pains of being human.
Once I found acting and found that I could get away with it and make a living out of it, I was thrilled.
People should be allowed to marry, and gay marriage should be out there. If a man or a woman has a good partner and they love each other with their heart and soul, let them marry. I am very much for gay marriage. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Families, Children & Parenting
Some people have a tendency to get knocked down in this business and sulk and whine, and they just create a rod for their back, really. You have to have broad shoulders and get through it. Business, Commerce & Finance
Some people think my singing is superb. But they're mainly on strong medication and not allowed out much.
Someone like Roman Polanski comes with a lifetime of achievement, cinematically.
Sometimes, I wonder where my place in this town called 'Hollywood' is - and that can give you a really dull headache.
Susanne Bier's work I've always really enjoyed. She's just such a great filmmaker; she's very cool and very sexy - that always helps, too. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
That's it. I've said all I've got to say on the world of James Bond.
The Danes and the Irish have a great simpatico, that's for sure.
The Danish filmmakers are a unique breed of filmmakers, with the Dogme films and Lars von Trier.
The films that I've made with my company Irish DreamTime are close to my heart. 'The Greatest' being one of them, and 'Evelyn' being another.
The fin whale is the second largest whale species on Earth, weighing up to 80 tons.
The forties are very cool and very pastoral. The fifties look like they're pastoral, and then you get a bit more turbulence.
The life of an actor lends itself to emotion, and yet you have to be tough as old boots to stay at the table. Life
The scripts don't come pouring in; I have to fight for every part.
The spy genre is something which, as a fan of movies, a movie geek myself, I just love that cinematic joy that they bring. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
The word 'star' doesn't mean an awful lot to me. 'Good actor' and having the respect of one's peers means more. Respect
There are a lot of funny things that happen in one's life. Life ;Humor
There was a beautiful church where I lived in Navan, taught by the Christian brothers: fierce, angry men, repressed.
There will be time enough some day to work less. Time ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
There's a wonderful stable of directors I've worked with, and work I've done that has dignity and meaningfulness. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
There's always been product placement in Bond movies. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
There's nothing like working with the best actors possible, and if you have a piece of material like, 'Long Way Down' or 'Love Punch,' which allows you to play, then it's just a joy to go to work. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
There's too many people in seats of power who just haven't got a clue what they're doing. They're bean counters, and it just pisses me off because consequently our kids go to see crap movies. Power ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
This man called President Bush has a lot to answer for. I don't know if this man is really taking care of America. This government has been shameful. Government
To be a young Irishman in London and go to the theater to see 'Rosemary's Baby'... it scared the crap out of me.
To my eye, women get sexier around 35. They know a thing or two, and knowledge is always alluring. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Women
Together we are stronger, our voices louder, and the synergy of our actions more powerful. Together we can prevail on the Navy to put commonsense safeguards in place, like requiring its ships to avoid the most sensitive marine mammal habitats and to stop their training exercises during peak migrations.
Turning 60 had an impact on my heart and soul, I must say, because you're dealing with time: past, present, and future. You suddenly realize you've come down the road quite a ways. Time ;Future
We owe it to our children to be better stewards of the environment. The alternative? - a world without whales. It's too terrible to imagine.
When I got the invitation to be part of 'The Ghost' or 'The Ghost Writer,' as it's now known, from Mr. Roman Polanski, my interest level was very piqued. I was very excited and pleased to get such an offer from Mr. Roman Polanski.
When I went to America, I spoke so much about who I was and gave so much away in a confessional, Irish, story-telling way that I suddenly realised I had given up a lot of myself. I had to shut up.
When it comes to whaling, Iceland is an international outlaw. Years of global negotiations and declarations have failed utterly to end its illegal slaughter of whales. It's time to send Iceland a message it can't ignore: trade sanctions. Time
When people don't believe in you, you have to believe in yourself.
When you go through a long illness, certainly one of cancer, there's a certain release from it and relief that it has come to an end, because the suffering can be unbearable, as opposed to an abrupt stop to life when they go out the door and there's a loved one who never comes home because of some accident. Life
With such riches as I have in life, you're always nervous. Being Irish, you're waiting for something to knock it sideways. Life
You always bump into politics in life, and as a man, I'm party to a number of environmental issues that concern me first and foremost, as a man, as a father. Life ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
You can get totally messed up trying to please everyone with what you do, but ultimately, you have to please yourself.
You get tangled up in your own ego of how you're perceived. You can lose your way.
You want to believe in leaders, really believe in leaders. You want what they are saying to be truthful, and you want to trust them. Trust
You're always going to have to prove yourself, because acting is such a capricious game.