Recognized internationally as one of the most dashing and skilled dramatic actors in Hollywood today, Golden Globe Award nominee PIERCE BROSNAN (Sam) received a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture for his role as Julian Noble in the critically acclaimed film The Matador in 2005. Additionally, he received a nomination for this performance for Best Actor in a Lead Role from the Irish Film & Television Academy Awards.
Most recently, Brosnan starred with Chris Cooper and Patricia Clarkson in Married Life for director Ira Sachs. The film is a 1940s-set drama about a married man who cheats and, to spare his wife the shame of a divorce, plots to kill her.
In addition to his work in front of the camera, Brosnan has always had an interest in the art of filmmaking. Having achieved international stardom as an actor, Brosnan expanded the range of his film work by launching his own production company, Irish DreamTime, in 1996, along with producing partner Beau St. Clair.
Apart from The Matador, Irish DreamTime has produced five other films to date: The Nephew (1998), The Thomas Crown Affair (1999), Evelyn (2002), Laws of Attraction (2004) and Shattered (2007). The company’s first studio project, The Thomas Crown Affair, was a critical and box-office success and one of the best-reviewed and highest-grossing romantic thrillers in years. Evelyn, directed by Bruce Beresford, opened to critical acclaim at the Chicago and Toronto international film festivals and also garnered rave reviews. Laws of Attraction, a romantic comedy that teamed Brosnan with Julianne Moore, focused on duelling divorce attorneys who fall in love. Shattered is a psychological thriller in which Brosnan stars with Maria Bello and Gerard Butler.
Upcoming projects for Irish DreamTime include the second instalment of The Thomas Crown Affair.
Perhaps best known worldwide as James Bond, Brosnan reinvigorated the popularity of the Bond legacy in box-office blockbusters such as GoldenEye (1995), Tomorrow Never Dies (1999), The World Is Not Enough (1999) and Die Another Day (2002). Brosnan’s first three Bond films earned more than a billion dollars at the international box office and Die Another Day alone garnered almost a half-billion dollars worldwide.
In addition to his four Bond films, three other Brosnan films—The Thomas Crown Affair, Dante’s Peak (1997) and The Lawnmower Man (1992), combined, have earned hundreds of millions of dollars internationally, cementing him as one of the world’s most-bankable stars.
Brosnan’s other film credits include the Civil War drama Seraphim Falls (2007), in which he starred opposite Liam Neeson; John Boorman’s critically acclaimed film from the John le Carré novel, The Tailor of Panama (2001); Bruce Beresford’s Mister Johnson (1990); and Sir Richard Attenborough’s Grey Owl (1999). In addition to The Matador, Brosnan has also shown his comedic skills in such films as Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) and Mars Attacks! (1996). He also had a supporting role alongside Barbra Streisand in The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996).
Some of his many accolades include the 2007 Golden Camera Award for his environmental work, a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2002 Chicago Film Festival, the International Star of the Year at the Cinema Expo International in Amsterdam, an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from the Dublin Institute of Technology, an Honorary Doctorate from the University College Cork and an Order of the British Empire bestowed by Her Majesty the Queen.
Brosnan was born in County Meath, Ireland, and moved to London at age 11. At 20, he enrolled in drama school and while in London, performed in several West End stage productions including Franco Zeffirelli’s Fulimena and Tennessee Williams’ The Red Devil Battery Sign at the York Theatre Royal. Brosnan relocated to Los Angeles in 1982 and immediately landed the role of private investigator Remington Steele on the popular ABC television series of the same name.