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How Old Is Pierce Brosnan? - The Actor Once Shared Advice on Aging

Edduin Carvajal
May 16, 2022
04:50 P.M.
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"Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again" star, Pierce Brosnan, looks ageless as Dr. Fate in the upcoming Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's superhero film "Black Adam."


On May 14, 2022, Irish actor Pierce Brosnan uploaded a photo on Instagram from the "Black Adam" set that reminded his followers why he was named People's Sexiest Man Alive in 2001.

Best known for starring as James Bond in four movies of the Bond film franchise, Brosnan looked youthful in the image, even with his almost entirely silver beard and hair. His post got people wondering about Pierce Brosnan's age and his secret to looking ageless.

Pierce Brosnan on February 12, 2010 in Berlin, Germany | Source: Getty Images



Born in Ireland on May 16, 1953, the 69-year-old actor had a challenging upbringing. His father, Thomas, left the family household when Brosnan was an infant, so his mother, May, and grandparents, raised him in County Meath, Ireland.

May knew that she needed to do something drastic if she wanted to give her son a good life, so she moved to England to work as a nurse. She would only visit Brosnan once or twice a year, so the actor described his childhood as "solitary."

Pierce Brosnan on September 6, 2019 in Deauville | Source: Getty Images


Things got even more complicated when Pierce Brosnan's grandparents died. He briefly lived with an aunt before moving in with an uncle. When they could no longer have him at their respective homes, he moved to the home of a woman named Eileen.

Brosnan shared a room with two of Eileen's lodgers – both grown men with jobs. When he was ten, May finally passed her finals and could take him to London with her. Still, May worked full-time, so Brosnan spent most of his time under a neighbor's care.

His life changed at 18 when a friend invited him to a theater club. He joined it and discovered acting was his passion. In 1980, after going to a drama school for three years, Brosnan began getting roles on TV and in films. The rest is history.



With over 100 acting credits under his belt, Pierce Brosnan is one of Ireland's most successful artists. He has his impressive acting skills and good looks to thank for his achievements.

[Pierce Brosnan's first wife] died of cancer in December 1991.


Even though Brosnan is 69, he maintains a youthful look. He revealed that if people wanted to prepare for aging, they should "love and work." He explained:

"Be grateful that you have a partnership, or a friendship, or a few friends. And just get on with life. I don't know any other way."


Brosnan looks ageless even with his silver beard. However, his wife, Keely Shaye Smith, only "tolerates it" and prefers his fully-shaved face.

Although the "Black Adam" actor knows that his looks and height are blessings, he doesn't take his sex-symbol status too seriously. Instead, he considers he has to keep redefining himself regularly.



Speaking of Pierce Brosnan's wife, Keely Shaye Smith is an American journalist and author. They met at a beach party in Mexico in 1994, tied the knot in 2001, and have two sons, Dylan and Paris.

Before Smith, Brosnan was married to Australian actress Cassandra Harris. They walked down the aisle in 1980 and welcomed their only son together, Sean, three years later.

Brosnan also adopted Harris's two kids from her previous relationship, Charlotte and Christopher. Unfortunately, Harris died of cancer in December 1991. Charlotte also passed away of cancer in June 2013. Rest in peace.