THE VANGUARD AWARD
Pierce Brosnan is a legendary actor, film producer, environmentalist, philanthropist, artist and two-time Golden Globe Award nominee known for his rich and extensive career in front of the camera and behind-the-scenes as a producer. His wife, Keely Shaye Brosnan is an award-winning broadcast journalist turned documentary filmmaker.
Pierce Brosnan was born in County Meath, Ireland and moved to London at age 11. At age 20, he enrolled in drama school and while in London, performed in several West End stage productions including Franco Zeffirelli’s Fulimena and Tennessee Williams’ The Red Devil Battery Sign at the York Theater Royal. Brosnan relocated to Los Angeles in 1982 and landed the role of private investigator Remington Steele on the popular ABC television series of the same name.
Brosnan’s upcoming projects include AMC’s new dramatic series The Son, based on the Philipp Meyer novel of the same name about the rise and fall of a Texas oil family; the thriller The Foreigner for director Martin Campbell and based on the book The Chinaman by Stephen Leather; Marc Webb’s The Only Living Boy in New York alongside Kate Beckinsale and Jeff Bridges for Amazon Studios; and the action thriller Final Score with Dave Bautista for director Scott Mann.
Brosnan made his feature film debut in The Long Good Friday (1980). His film credits include Bruce Beresford’s Mr. Johnson (1990), The Lawnmower Man (1992), Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), Goldeneye (1995), The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996), Mars Attacks (1996), Dante's Peak (1997), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), Sir Richard Attenborough’s Grey Owl (1999), The Thomas Crown Affair (1999), The World Is Not Enough (1999) John Boorman’s The Tailor of Panama (2001), Die Another Day (2002), The Matador (2005) for which he received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor Motion Picture – Drama, Seraphim Falls (2007), Married Life (2007), Mamma Mia! (2008), Percy Jackson (2010), The Ghost Writer (2010), Remember Me (2010) and The Greatest (2010) Salvation Boulevard (2011) and I Don’t Know How She Does It (2011), The World’s End (2013), Love is All You Need (2013), A Long Way Down (2014), Love Punch (2014), The November Man (2015), No Escape (2015) and I.T. (2016).
In addition to his work in front of the camera, Brosnan has long had a passion for the art of filmmaking. Having achieved international stardom as an actor, Brosnan launched his own production company, Irish DreamTime in 1996.
Irish DreamTime has produced 11 films to date including I.T. (2016); The November Man (2014); Some Kind of Beautiful (2014); The Greatest (2010); Shattered (2007); The Matador (2005); Laws of Attraction (2004); Evelyn (2002); The Thomas Crown (1998); The Match (1999); and The Nephew (1998). The company’s first studio project, The Thomas Crown Affair, was a critical and box-office success and one of the best-loved romantic thrillers in years. Evelyn, directed by Bruce Beresford, opened to critical acclaim at the Toronto and Chicago Film Festivals and garnered rave reviews.
In addition to his stellar film career, Brosnan along with his wife Keely Shaye have been drawn into a passionate leadership role in environmental issues. They are actively involved with many causes and conservation organizations, particularly in support of marine mammal rights. The Jane Goodall Institute, Environmental Hall of Fame, Natural Resources Defense Council, Oceana, Environmental Media Association, Earth Communications Office, Heal the Bay, Women in Film, In Defense of Animals, Peace Over Violence, and The Malibu Times have all honored them for their ongoing commitment to the environment. Brosnan serves as Campaign Chairman for the Entertainment Industry Foundation.
Keely Shaye Brosnan is an award-winning broadcast journalist turned award-winning documentary filmmaker. She has nurtured a diverse career covering a wide range of topics, from environmental journalism and animal advocacy to celebrity journalism and apprehending fugitives.
In 2016, Keely made her directorial debut with Poisoning Paradise, which opened at the Hawaii International Film Festival in Honolulu. Since then, Poisoning Paradise has garnered four awards and continues to screen at film festivals across the country.
Formerly an entertainment correspondent for NBC’s weekend edition of the “Today Show,” and CBS’s “Entertainment Tonight,” Keely has interviewed a myriad of A-list celebrities. Previously, Keely was a correspondent on NBC’s “Unsolved Mysteries” and served as a correspondent for ABC’s “Good Morning America” and ABC’s Home Show which earned her two Genesis Awards, a Special Achievement Award at the Environmental Film Festival, and a nomination from the Environmental Media Association.
Keely hosted “Great Bears,” a series for the Outdoor Life Network as well as E! Coming Attractions and HBO’s “World Entertainment Report.” As a producer, she created and hosted “Home Green Home” for PBS, an eco-friendly home and garden “how-to” series. Keely was a contributor to Los Angeles Confidential Magazine and is currently completing her first book, Gourmet Gardener.
A world traveler, Keely’s interests have led her to report on everything from toxic waste and biodiversity to children’s issues and organic gardening. She regularly volunteers her time and talent to numerous environmental causes such as marine mammal and wetland protection, anti-nuclear, clean air and clean water campaigns, endangered species and environmental educational in the classroom for grades K-12.
The Jane Goodall Institute, Environmental Hall of Fame, Natural Resources Defense Council, Oceana, Environmental Media Association, Earth Communications Office, Heal the Bay, Women in Film, In Defense of Animals, Senator Barbara Boxer, Peace Over Violence, Organic Style Magazine and The Malibu Times have all honored Keely for her ongoing commitment to the environment.
Native to California, Keely resides in Malibu and Hawaii with her husband, Pierce Brosnan, their 20 year-old son Dylan, and 16 year-old son Paris.