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