Oct. 2nd, 1951
Wallsend, Newcastle upon Tyne, England, UK
Sting's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2009 - Brüno
2007 - Bee Movie
2006 - Herbie Hancock: Possibilities
2000 - The Filth and the Fury
1998 - Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
1988 - Stormy Monday
1985 - Bring on the Night
1985 - Plenty
1985 - The Bride
1984 - Dune
1979 - Quadrophenia
Guest TV Roles
Himself - Host
Himself - Musical Guest
Himself - Guest
Himself - Singer (segment "Sting")
Born Gordon Matthew Sumner in Wallsend, Northumberland. His mother was Audrey, and his father was Ernest. He received his name Sting from his striped sweater in which Gordon Solomon said that he looked like a bee.
Primarily a musician, he worked in the band The Police until 1984, when he went solo. Before his music career he was a ditch digger, a schoolteacher who taught English and a soccer coach. He received an honorary Doctorate of Music degree from Northumbria University in October 1992, and from Berklee College of Music in May 1994. He plays guitar, bass guitar, mandolin, piano, harmonica, saxophone and pan-flute, and he gave a name to his bass (Brian). Along with his wife Trudie Styler and a Brazilian Indian, he started the Rainforest Foundation in 1989 to help save the rainforests.
- Ranked #63 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Rock & Roll.
- Wrote "Every Breath You Take" after waking up in the middle of the night from a dream.
- His album with 'The Police' (qv), "Synchronicity", was the album that finally knocked 'Michael Jackson (I)' (qv)'s "Thriller", the best selling album of all time, out of the number one spot it held for most of 1983.
- Children: 'Joseph Sumner (II)' (qv) (b. 23 November 1976) and 'Fuschia Sumner' (qv) (b. 17 April 1982) by 'Frances Tomelty' (qv); 'Mickey Sumner' (qv) (b. 19 January 1984), 'Jake Sumner (I)' (qv) (b. 24 May 1985), 'Coco Sumner' (qv) (b. 30 July 1990) and 'Giacomo Sumner' (qv) (b. 17 December 1995) by 'Trudie Styler' (qv).
- Was a certified primary school teacher in England. He also taught English in a secondary school in Cramlington near Newcastle.
- Winner of the 1994 Brit Award for British Male Solo Artist.
- Got his nickname "Sting" from the black and gold rugby shirts he used to wear, which made him look like a hornet.
- His favorite music is actually jazz.