His father left when he was an infant and his mother was forced to look for a good job in another country, leaving him with his grandparents.

As a child, Pierce Brosnan’s father left him, and his mother was forced to move to another country and work hard so their family had money.

The actor eventually moved in with his mother, who supported and encouraged him to pursue his dream of becoming an actor.

Pierce is still a loving son who enjoys giving his mother flowers, walking with her by the hand, and telling her how much he loves her.

Hollywood icon Pierce Brosnan’s suave roles on both small and big screens have given him a reputation as the ultimate gentleman. Interestingly, his onscreen persona mirrors his real identity as a loving son to his mother and a proud father to his five children.

Now 69, Brosnan exudes a captivating charm that transcends action-packed blockbusters and heartwarming films. Fans are still amazed by his talent and how he hasn’t aged at all.

Pierce Brosnan attends the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and The Hollywood Reporter's Celebration of the 2020 Golden Globe Awards season and unveiling of the Golden Globe Ambassadors at Catch on November 14, 2019 in West Hollywood, California. | Source: Getty Images

Born as Pierce Brendan Brosnan on May 16, 1953, in County Meath, Ireland, the Irish-American actor has cemented his place in film history with his iconic portrayal of secret agent James Bond across multiple films.

Despite his enormous success in the glitzy world of showbiz—amassing vast wealth and receiving countless accolades—the charismatic actor’s proudest accomplishment is being a devoted son and father to his remarkable family.

Pierce’s Journey from Solitary Childhood to Stardom
In a 2020 interview, Brosnan disclosed that he grew up as an only child from a “fractured family” and spent most of his childhood in a small Irish town called Navan, under the care of his maternal grandparents.

At the age of four, he was mainly brought up by his grandparents when his mother, Mary May Smith, worked as a nurse, and his absent father, Thomas Brosnan, was a carpenter.

According to Brosnan, his father left when he was an infant and his mother was forced to work as a nurse in London, England, leaving him with his grandparents at the young age of four.

Being an only child, Brosnan faced challenges due to the absence of responsible adults who could provide him with guidance. He and Smith had minimal contact, recalling she only visited him in Navan twice annually.

Ultimately, Brosnan was left to fend for himself when his grandparents passed away. He moved into a lodging house belonging to a woman named Eileen, because his own relatives could no longer provide him with enough space in their place.

The lodging was located in a poor neighborhood, and he shared the upper floor with two men who worked at the mill and the bank. Brosnan recalled:

“The three lodgers stayed in a long room with iron beds with old mattresses. At the end of the room, there was my little bed, with a curtain around it, so the light wouldn’t shine in when the older guys came home.”

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Brosnan not only had to deal with less-than-satisfactory lodging but also with a “strict school” run by Christian brothers. According to him, the brothers behaved rudely toward the students.

He claimed his experience with the school was “ugly” and he only felt shame instead of learning from the brothers, describing them as “dreadful human beings.”

But Brosnan’s life would later change when in 1964, he moved to East Lothian with Smith and her new husband before they relocated shortly to London. Despite moving out of Ireland at a young age, Brosnan felt content with his sweet and joyful reunion with his mom.

However, moving to a new country left him experiencing a huge culture shock. It was a dramatic departure from his Irish hometown, where he had a solitary childhood and received his rural education.

He recalled that he was academically challenged and needed to be more knowledgeable about what he wanted for his career path, as he found himself entangled in the English comprehensive school system.

Pierce Brosnan with his mother Mary May Smith attend the premiere of "The Ghost Writer" during the 60th Berlin International Film Festival at the Berlinale Palast on February 12, 2010, in Berlin, Germany. | Source: Getty Images

Art was a skill he excelled at, and upon leaving school, he carried a portfolio of drawings made from cardboard with him. Subsequently, he secured a position as a trainee commercial artist.

Even though he was a painter for a living, he couldn’t help but think about what other things he could do besides art, and that’s when he unexpectedly stumbled upon the idea of acting.

Brosnan said his new passion was supported by Smith, who encouraged him to follow his dreams, one of which was to make his own movies.

The actor recalled that as a child in Ireland, he was a fan of cowboys and westerns and he admired the late star Sydney Poitier’s film, “The Defiant Ones,” which became his most important film due to its captivating cinematic landscape.

Thus, while at Oval House, an off-West End theater, Brosnan casually walked by a fire-eating class and decided to join the workshop, after which he received an additional three years of training at the London Drama Centre. He said:

“I didn’t know what else to do except for painting. I joined the Oval House theatre and it was a wonderful education.”

Brosnan remembered his first production was an experimental version of “The Little Prince,” in which he played a 12-year-old character even though he was already 18. Since then, he was able to keep a steady job.

In 1975, he worked as an assistant stage manager at the York Theatre Royal, and within a year, Tennessee Williams, an American playwright, discovered him.

By the time the 1980s rolled around, Brosnan had catapulted to stardom in the entertainment industry. His star skyrocketed with his captivating performance in the 1982 TV series, “Remington Steele.”

Brosnan’s career has taken him to London and the United States, but he retains his Irish citizenship. He eventually had his own family, but that does not mean he has forgotten about his mother; instead, he has maintained their bond as time passes.

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