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Pierce Brosnan talks to Esquire Magazine about being Abandoned by his Father and Losing his Wife & Daughter to Ovarian Cancer



Hollywood star actor and producer Pierce Brosnan gets candid with Esquire Magazine. He talks about his father abandoning his family when he was young, his mother moving to London to find work leaving him in the hands of relatives and eventually boarding school, which planted the seed for his career.

He recalls meeting his father when he was 31.

“I only met Tom the once. It was in 1984. I had a Sunday afternoon with him, he told a story about this and that, had a few pints of Guinness, and we said goodbye. I would have loved to have known him. He was a good whistler and he had a good walk…. That’s as much as I know about him.”

Pierce lost his first wife, Cassandra, to ovarian cancer in 1991 and their daughter, Charlotte, to the same disease in 2013. A year ago, ovarian cancer also claimed the life of his producing partner, Beau Marie St. Clair. “I don’t look at the cup as half full, believe me,” Brosnan says. “The dark, melancholy Irish black dog sits beside me from time to time.

Yet he’s been able to find calmness. Brosnan is a prolific painter, and he is learning to appreciate downtime. “My days are full in a leisurely sort of way,” he says. “This morning I worked out, read The New York Times, enjoyed watching my wife (He got remarried in 2001, to Keely Shaye Smith, a television personality turned environmental activist and documentarian) in the editing room, then came to meet you.”

When he’s not filming, he splits his time between what he considers his greatest indulgences: the two houses he owns with his wife in Malibu and Hawaii. “You don’t need a big home,” he says. “You need a good table to sit at, a good bed to sleep in, a view, and a great bottle of wine.”

Pierce Brosnan & Keely Shaye Smith

The article appears in the April 2017 issue of Esquire Magazine

Photo Credit: Getty Images| Charley Gallay, Michael Kovac


  1. Beard gang

    April 6, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    Oshey November man…baddest 007 ever!
    I like his thoughts about what a home is… nice!

    • Phoebe

      April 6, 2017 at 10:44 pm

      I agree, best Bond ever!

    • Manny

      April 8, 2017 at 1:41 am

      No way!!!!
      Sean Connery for the money

  2. Aunty

    April 6, 2017 at 11:31 pm

    Oh dear. This man has been through a lot.
    People really go through a lot of pain and sadness. Celebrities included. I hope we would all be kinder to one another because we don’t know what battles they face.

  3. Chynwa

    April 7, 2017 at 11:00 am

    I love him even more. Quite sad @his wife and daughter

  4. Ms. Elejowewe

    April 7, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    Ovarian Cancer, the real silent killer, Please ladies ensure to get regular Pap smears. Early detection is key to fighting this horrible disease. In most cases, it gives no real peculiar sign. Often times masked as a Fibroid.

    • Someone

      April 8, 2017 at 12:05 am

      Pap smears don’t detect ovarian cancers.

    • Manny

      April 8, 2017 at 1:38 am

      Ms Elejowewe you’re mixing up cervical and ovarian

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