Pierce Brosnan Shares Thoughts about Life after Losing Both Wife and Daughter to Cancer

In life, you can’t really have it all. Even the richest and most famous of people have something they like that they can’t have, something perhaps that money can’t buy. And even the wealthiest people could die of various illnesses or in accident – and there’s nothing that anyone can do about it.

Irish actor Pierce Brosnan is considered to be one of the world’s most handsome men. He’s also rich and famous, having done several blockbuster movies, including the James Bond series. He’s an active actor even to this day, with several movies already lined up for release in 2017 and 2018!

But even with everything that he’s got, he sadly lost both his wife and a daughter to ovarian cancer. We’re willing to bet he would gladly give up his fame and fortune just to get them back!

Actor Pierce Brosnan and wife Cassandra Harris
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Of course, he has moved on from his late wife’s death. Cassandra Harris died in 1991, he got married to Keely Shaye Smith in 2001, yet he experienced much pain when his first wife died.

When your partner gets cancer, then life changes. Your timetable and reference for your normal routines and the way you view life, all this changes. Because you’re dealing with death. You’re dealing with the possibility of death and dying. And it was that way through the chemotherapy, through the first-look operation, the second look, the third look, the fourth look, the fifth look.

Cassie was very positive about life. I mean, she had the most amazing energy and outlook on life. It was and is a terrible loss, and I see it reflected, from time to time, in my children,” Pierce revealed.

He had a son, Sean, with late wife Cassandra; he also adopted her kids, Charlotte and Christopher, and treated them like his own children. When he later got married with Keely, they had two children, Dylan and Paris.

Actor Pierce Brosnan and daughter Charlotte
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In 2013, Charlotte passed away from ovarian cancer, the same illness that killed her mother. His producing partner, Beau Marie St. Clair, also died of ovarian cancer last year.

With so many deaths from cancer he experienced with his loved ones, Pierce admits he has become a pessimist. His outlook in life is dark – and we can’t really blame him.

I don’t look at the cup as half full, believe me. The dark, melancholy Irish black dog sits beside me from time to time,” the actor told Esquire Magazine.

So, what’s his idea of happiness?

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,” the actor concluded.

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