Peirce Brosnan
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  • Faith: Christian - Catholic
  • Career: Athlete
  • Birthday:  May 16, 1953

Pierce Brosnan is a film producer and actor. He was the fifth actor to play the fictional secret agent James Bond in the James Bond film series, starring in four movies from 1995 to 2002 and in several video games. After leaving school at 16 years old, Brosnan started training in commercial illustration and went on to attend the Drama Centre in London for three years. After a stage acting career, Brosnan rose to popularity in the TV series “Remington Steele.” After the series ended, he appeared in movies like the Cold War spy movie “The Fourth Protocol” and “Mrs. Doubtfire.” After achieving worldwide fame for his role as James Bond, he took the lead in other major movies, including “Dante’s Peak” and the remake of “The Thomas Crown Affair.”

Since leaving the Bond role, he’s starred in movies like “The Ghost Writer,” “Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief,” “The November Man,” “Mamma Mia!” and its sequel “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,” and “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga.” In 2022, he played Kent Nelson/Doctor Fate in “Black Adam.” Brosnan has received two Golden Globe Award nominations for the miniseries “Nancy Astor” ‘and the film “The Matador.” In 1996, he and Beau St. Clair founded the Los Angeles-based production company Irish DreamTime. He’s also known for his charitable work and environmental activism.

In 1997, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contributions to the film industry and in 2020, he was listed at No. 15 on The Irish Times’ list of the greatest Irish film actors. Brosnan was born in 1953 in Drogheda, County Louth, the only child of May and Thomas Brosnan. He has the same name as his grandfather, whose first name was in honor of his mother, Margaret Pierce. For 12 years, Brosnan lived in Navan, County Meath and said in 1999 that he considers it as his hometown. When Brosnan was an infant, his father abandoned the family, and when he was four years old, his mother moved to London to work as a nurse. From then on, he was largely raised by his maternal grandparents. After their deaths, he lived with an aunt and then an uncle but was later sent to live in a boarding house.

After leaving school at 16, Brosnan decided to be a painter and started training in commercial illustration at Saint Martin’s School of Art in London. While attending a rehearsal for a workshop at the Ovalhouse, he saw a fire eater teaching people how to eat fire and decided to join in. He trained for three years as an actor at the Drama Centre London.

What religion is Pierce Brosnan?

Brosnan was raised in a Catholic family and educated in a local school run by the De La Salle Brothers while serving as an altar boy. He left Ireland in 1964 and went to Scotland to be reunited with his mother and her new husband. Brosnan has expressed disdain for his Christian Brothers education. He said, "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.”

He continued, “God has been good to me. My faith has been good to me in the moments of deepest suffering, doubt and fear. It is a constant, the language of prayer. I might not have got my sums right from the Christian Brothers or might not have got the greatest learning of literature from them, but I certainly got a strapping amount of faith." Bronson still attends Mass, but has also shown interest in Buddhism.

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