'''Pierce Brosnan''' (born May 16, 1953) is an Irish actor, working since the late '70s/Early '80s.

Born in [[{{UsefulNotes/Ireland}} County Louth]], Brosnan spent the first eleven years of his life in Navan, County Meath. Brosnan was an only child. His mother worked in [[{{UsefulNotes/London}} London]] as a nurse to provide for him, seeing him only once or twice a year. His biological father abandoned the family when Brosnan was a baby, so he was raised by various relatives and at a boarding house. By the age of eleven, Brosnan moved out of Ireland to live with his mother and her new husband, first living in Scotland and then going on to live in London, where Brosnan would live until his late twenties (losing his natural Irish accent in the process). One of the first films his new step-father took him to see was ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}'', which left an indelible impression on him.

One of Brosnan's [[RetroactiveRecognition first film roles]] was as an IRA hitman in the film ''Film/TheLongGoodFriday''. Following this and several other small roles, including the film ''[[Literature/TheMirrorCrackdFromSideToSide The Mirror Crack'd]]'' alongside Creator/ElizabethTaylor and Rock Hudson, and a small part in an episode of ''Series/HammerHouseOfHorror'', Brosnan moved to America to pursue a film career, eventually landing the lead role in ''Series/RemingtonSteele''.

Throughout his tenure on ''Series/RemingtonSteele'', Brosnan was often thought of as the perfect actor to play James Bond. He was offered the role twice, first in 1986 for ''Film/TheLivingDaylights'', which he had to turn down due to contractual obligations. The second time for ''Film/{{GoldenEye}}'', which ended up being the first of four times he would play the character, to great acclaim. His first wife Cassandra Harris played Countess Liesl van Schlaf in ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'', saying even then that he'd be perfect as Bond. Sadly, she didn't live to see it happen, passing away in 1991.

Brosnan seems to particularly like playing flawed spies and thieves, but he has played a variety of roles, not always with the suave sophistication he is noted for. Many sources have referred to him as a next generation Creator/CaryGrant, alongside Creator/GeorgeClooney.

He has an honorary OBE for his contribution to the British Film Industry, however he's ineligible to receive the full OBE honour as he's not a citizen of the Commonwealth realms. (Despite having lived in England for nearly twenty years, he never applied for citizenship there.) Brosnan became an American citizen in 2004.

!!Partial Filmography:
* ''Film/TheLongGoodFriday'': Brosnan's first film role.
* ''Series/RemingtonSteele'': His first StarMakingRole.
* ''Film/TheLawnmowerMan''
* ''Film/MrsDoubtfire''
* ''Film/JamesBond'' in four films:
** ''Film/{{GoldenEye}}'': His second StarMakingRole
** ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies''
** ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough''
** ''Film/DieAnotherDay''
* ''Film/MarsAttacks''
* ''Film/DantesPeak''
* ''Film/TheThomasCrownAffair1999''
* ''Film/TheTailorOfPanama''
* ''Film/AfterTheSunset''
* ''Film/SeraphimFalls''
* ''Theatre/MammaMia''--the film
* ''Film/TheGhostWriter''
* ''Film/RememberMe''
* ''Film/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians''
* ''[[Film/TheWorldsEnd The World's End]]''
* ''Film/TheNovemberMan''
* ''Film/NoEscape''
* An unnamed Creator/JackieChan project based on the novel ''The Chinaman''
!!Tropes relating to Pierce Brosnan and his work:
* AntiHero: James Bond. Brosnan also has a tendency to play loveable rogues.
* AwesomeMcCoolName: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqp0M_89JRU According to Jimmy Kimmel]], Pierce Brosnan is the best name ever. Other people in the media have noted that the actor's name sounds just as cool, masculine and sexy as James Bond.
* BadassGrandpa: He was 60 years old during the filming of ''Film/TheNovemberMan'', and he's still convincing as an [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jREIRTyj9Mk action hero]].
* ChickMagnet: He attracts the ladies even when he doesn't intend to. [[http://www.theguardian.com/film/2002/jan/13/features.magazine In this interview]], a journalist asks Brosnan which gender approaches him the most among his fans, and his firm response is, "Oh women, definitely." Moreover, he and his first wife told ''TV Guide'' in an article that was published on June 9, 1984 that being a sex symbol can be very unpleasant at times because of the constant stream of unwanted attention.
-->'''Pierce Brosnan''': [Hollywood] is a pretty fast town and the women are terrible. Some actresses do this whole number, proposition me, right in front of my wife, and sometimes I am just so naïve that I don't get it until maybe 10 minutes later. I cannot believe the gall of these people.\\
'''Cassandra Harris''': These women are horrible. They try to use me to become friendly with Pierce. Or else, they just cut me dead, and only want to speak to him. Sometimes I feel like bursting into tears.
** Brosnan inadvertently turned his ''Film/MammaMia'' co-star Creator/MerylStreep into one of his avid fangirls because she impulsively ''ripped his shirt off'' while they were filming a scene even though it was ''not'' part of the script! Even a consummate professional like Streep couldn't keep her hands off Pierce's CarpetOfVirility.
* DisappearedDad: His own father up and left the family when Brosnan was just a baby. They didn't meet until ''Series/RemingtonSteele'' came to Ireland for a shoot. Incidentally, Brosnan is just the opposite of this, not only being there for his own biological children but adopting and raising his late wife's children as well.
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: Numerous heterosexual male journalists who have interviewed Brosnan have acknowledged that he is very handsome in their articles.
* FakeBrit: To the point of Typecasting, even before he played Film/JamesBond.
* IAmNotSpock: Even before he was cast as James Bond, he was highly identified with the character of Remington Steele.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: While Brosnan's accent is noticeably an English-Irish hybrid, he has a tendency to pronounce the letter 'R' the Irish way (i.e. 'Orr' instead of 'Are'). This is noticeable in ''Series/RemingtonSteele'', where Brosnan says RKO as 'Orr-Kay-Oh'. He was thankful that Creator/JohnCleese had been promoted from R to Q for ''Film/DieAnotherDay'', as he was fearful of this trope.
* ScrewedByTheNetwork: Brosnan first got offered the Bond role in 1986 with ''Film/TheLivingDaylights''. He did a screen test and a lot of promotional materials for the film, as well as a gunbarrel sequence but ultimately he had to give up the role when NBC, looking to capitalise on his new-found success, renewed ''Series/RemingtonSteele'' for a fifth season. Rather than let NBC ride on EON's coattails, they simply refused to let Brosnan be Bond. Fortunately it worked out for the best, as Creator/TimothyDalton won the part (EON had been trying to get him since 1968) and Brosnan eventually got the part for ''Film/{{GoldenEye}}''.
* TallDarkAndHandsome: Before the reboot of the ''Film/JamesBond'' movies, being this trope was essential to play the iconic spy. Of all the actors who have portrayed 007, Brosnan looks the most like the character as Ian Fleming described him (black hair that falls into a comma over the right eye, cold blue eyes). ''People'' magazine chose the actor as "[[http://static.celebuzz.com/uploads/2012/11/15/Pierce-Brosnan-Sexiest-Man-People-Magazine11_26_01_300x4001.jpg The Sexiest Man Alive]]" in 2001.
* VillainProtagonist: Brosnan also has a tendency to play not-so-loveable rogues. Notably, in ''Film/TheTailorOfPanama'', he got to play something of an Anti-Bond, as Osnard is Bond taken UpToEleven.