He may have gotten his start on television in Remington Steele, but Pierce Brosnan has spent most of the past 30 years starring in one Hollywood hit after another. He's been in everything from the James Bond film series to Mamma Mia! and beyond.
Born Pierce Brendan Brosnan on May 16, 1953, in Ireland, he was originally trained in commercial illustrations but then spent three years pursuing acting at London's Drama Centre. Scoring a variety of stage roles, he was cast in 1982 as the title character of Remington Steele. It was after that show was canceled that he was first hired to play James Bond in what became 1987's The Living Daylights, but at the very last minute — and hoping to cash in on 007's popularity — NBC exercised its option and renewed the series. As a result, he was let go from Bond (replaced by Timothy Dalton) and returned to the show, which was canceled soon after its return.
No doubt this was a major disappointment to Pierce, but we get the feeling that he somehow managed to bounce back from it (besides which, he got to play Bond for four films, beginning with 1995's GoldenEye). Scroll down to see more of Pierce's best movie roles!