Wednesday 21 February 2018

Pierce Brosnan on losing his wife and daughter to ovarian cancer: 'I don't look at the cup half full'

Actor Pierce Brosnan and wife Cassandra Harris attend the 42nd Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 26, 1985 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Pierce Brosnan and wife Cassandra Harris attend the 42nd Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 26, 1985 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Pierce Brosnan (L) and daughter Charlotte arrives at The Orange British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) at the Odeon Leicester Square on February 19, 2006 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Actor Pierce Pierce Brosnan (L) and Charlotte Brosnan arrive at The Orange British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) at the Odeon Leicester Square on February 19, 2006 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Actor Pierce Brosnan (C) poses with his family (L-R) Isabella, Charlotte, Christopher, stepfather Bill, mother May and son Sean after receiving an honorary OBE in recognition of his outstanding contribution to drama and the British Film Industry presented by British Ambassador Stewart Hilton July 19, 2003 in Dublin. (Photo by Showbizireland.com/Getty Images)
Actor Pierce Brosnan and wife Cassandra Harris attend the "Postcards from the Edge" Century City Premiere on September 10, 1990 at Cineplex Odeon Century Plaza Cinemas in Century City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Pierce Brosnan and Keely Shaye Brosnan attend AMC's "The SON" premiere at ArcLight Hollywood on April 3, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for AMC)
Keely Shaye Smith and actor Pierce Brosnan
Actor Pierce Brosnan, wife Cassandra Harris and son Sean Brosnan attend the Eighth Annual Malibu Kiwanis Chili Cook-off Carnival and Fair on September 2, 1989 at the Civic Center Area in Malibu, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Pierce Brosnan has opened up about the difficulties of staying positive in life and losing his wife Cassandra Harris and daughter Charlotte to ovarian cancer.

The Irish actor (63) was married to Cassandra for 11 years before she died in 1991. They have a son Sean (33) together and he adopted her two children Charlotte and Christopher (44).

In 2013, he lost Charlotte to the same disease and said "the dark, melancholy Irish black dog sits beside me from time to time."

"I don’t look at the cup as half full, believe me," he told Esquire.

Actor Pierce Pierce Brosnan (L) and Charlotte Brosnan arrive at The Orange British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) at the Odeon Leicester Square on February 19, 2006 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Actor Pierce Pierce Brosnan (L) and Charlotte Brosnan arrive at The Orange British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) at the Odeon Leicester Square on February 19, 2006 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

At the time of Charlotte's death, he said his faith helped him "survive the pain" of losing them both, previously saying: "That's all you have left when your heart is just a dark hole at four in the morning and you have the weight of the world on your shoulders. No one can escape life's pain. That's life."

Brosnan has been married to former journalist Keely Shaye Smith since 2001 and they have two children Dylan (20) and Paris (16) together.

In the candid interview, he also discussed his difficult relationship with his father Tom, who left him soon after he was born, recalling he only met him once while back in Ireland filming Remington Steele in 1984.

"My fatherly instincts are purely my own. They relate back to no one, because there was no one," he explained.

Actor Pierce Brosnan, wife Cassandra Harris and son Sean Brosnan attend the Eighth Annual Malibu Kiwanis Chili Cook-off Carnival and Fair on September 2, 1989 at the Civic Center Area in Malibu, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Pierce Brosnan, wife Cassandra Harris and son Sean Brosnan attend the Eighth Annual Malibu Kiwanis Chili Cook-off Carnival and Fair on September 2, 1989 at the Civic Center Area in Malibu, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)

"I only met Tom the once, I had a Sunday afternoon with him. 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.”

He is worth an estimated €80 million and now spends most of his days at his home in Malibu, California, but he said you "don't need a big home" to have a happy domestic life.

"My days are full in a leisurely sort of way. This morning I worked out, read The New York Times, enjoyed watching my wife in the editing room," he said.

"You don't need a big home. You need a good table to sit at, a good bed to sleep in, a view, and a great bottle of wine."

Keely Shaye Smith and actor Pierce Brosnan
Keely Shaye Smith and actor Pierce Brosnan

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