Bono

Musician, Singer, Environmental activist
A charismatic entertainer, prolific songwriter, and esteemed humanitarian, Bono embodied the ubiquitous rock star role. As the front man for U2, one of the most successful and loved bands of all time, Bono helped lay ... Read more »
Born: 05/09/1960 in Ballymun, Dublin, IE

Filmography

Actor (63)

B.B. King: The Life of Riley 2014 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Wilde Salome 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Muscle Shoals 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2009, 2011, 2013 (Tv Show)

Guest

Anton Corbijn Inside Out 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

American Idol 2011 (Tv Show)

Performer

From the Sky Down 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

NBC's New Year's Eve with Carson Daly 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Oprah Presents: Master Class 2006 - 2007, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 2011 Billboard Music Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Brüno 2009 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Entourage 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Shadow Play: The Making of Anton Corbijn 2009 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Spectacle: Elvis Costello With... 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Idol Gives Back 2 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

My Night at the Grammys 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

U2 3D 2008 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Across the Universe 2007 (Movie)

Dr. Robert (Actor)

Off the Record 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 38th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The 4th Annual TRL Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 35th Annual GMA Music Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

You See Me Laughin' 2004 (Movie)

(Actor)

Elvis Lives 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 60th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

U2's Beautiful Day 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Staying Alive, Music to Live For 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 News Special: Islamabad Rock City 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 Presents The Corrs Live in Dublin 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2000 MTV Video Music Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Beatles Revolution 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

When Hate Goes Pop 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

America's Millennium 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

NetAid 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

NetAid: A Concert Special 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Stand and Be Counted 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1999 MTV Europe Music Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Video Killed the Radio Star 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Entropy 1999 (Movie)

U2 Vocalist (Actor)

No Maps for These Territories 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Roy Orbison Anthology 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 41st Annual Grammy Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Class of '99 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

ABC in Concert 1990 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 97 Fashion Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Elvis From the Waist Up 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Narrator

U2: A Year in Pop 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Sinatra: 80 Years My Way 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Sinatra Duets 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The History of Rock 'n' Roll 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Rolling Stone '93: The Year in Review 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 36th Annual Grammy Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

U2: Zooropa '93 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Rolling Stone 25: The MTV Special 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

U2 Rattle and Hum 1988 (Movie)

Guitarist (Actor)

Being Mick (TV Show)

Actor
Music (45)

Trainwreck 2015 (Movie)

("She's A Mystery To Me") (Song)

Sing Street 2014 (Movie)

(Music)

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom 2013 (Movie)

("Ordinary Love") (Song)

The Runway 2012 (Movie)

("Electric Co") (Song)

Contagion 2011 (Movie)

("All I Want Is You") (Song)

Brothers 2009 (Movie)

("Winter") (Song)

Brüno 2009 (Movie)

("Dove Of Peace") (Song Performer)

It Might Get Loud 2009 (Movie)

("Until The End of The World") (Song)

Nim's Island 2008 (Movie)

("Beautiful Day") (Song)

Across the Universe 2007 (Movie)

("Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds") (Song Performer)

Darfur Now 2007 (Movie)

(Song Performer)

Click 2006 (Movie)

("Beautiful Day") (Song)

The Break-Up 2006 (Movie)

("Beautiful Day") (Song)

The Devil Wears Prada 2006 (Movie)

("City of Blinding Lights") (Lyrics)

Elizabethtown 2005 (Movie)

("Pride (In the Name of Love)") (Song)

Taking Lives 2004 (Movie)

("Bad") (Lyrics)

Ellen DeGeneres: Here and Now 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Song

Gangs of New York 2002 (Movie)

("Baidin Fheidhlimi") (Song Performer)

Bandits 2001 (Movie)

("Beautiful Day") (Song)

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider 2001 (Movie)

("Elevation (Tomb Raider mix)") (Song)

Moulin Rouge 2001 (Movie)

song producer & performer("Children of the Revolution") (Song)

The Million Dollar Hotel 2001 (Movie)

("Dancin' Shoes" "Falling at Your Feet") (Song Performer)

The Million Dollar Hotel 2001 (Movie)

(Song)

The Million Dollar Hotel 2001 (Movie)

(Music)

Vanilla Sky 2001 (Movie)

("Wild Honey") (Song)

Runaway Bride 1999 (Movie)

("I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For") (Song)

Three Kings 1999 (Movie)

("In God's Country") (Song)

A Civil Action 1998 (Movie)

("Where the Streets Have No Name") (Song)

Andrea Bocelli: Romanza in Concert 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Song

City of Angels 1998 (Movie)

("If God Will Send His Angels") (Song)

Crush Proof 1998 (Movie)

("Purple Heart") (Song)

The Blackout 1997 (Movie)

("Miami") (Song)

The End of Violence 1997 (Movie)

("I'm Not Your Baby") (Song Performer)

The End of Violence 1997 (Movie)

(Song)

Batman Forever 1995 (Movie)

("Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me") (Song Performer)

Batman Forever 1995 (Movie)

(Song)

Goldeneye 1995 (Movie)

("GoldenEye") (Song)

Blown Away 1994 (Movie)

songs("With or Without You" I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For") (Song)

Reality Bites 1994 (Movie)

("All I Want is You") (Song)

Fearless 1993 (Movie)

("Where the Streets Have No Name") (Song)

In the Name of the Father 1993 (Movie)

original songs (Song)

In the Name of the Father 1993 (Movie)

("In the Name of the Father" "Billy Boola") (Song Performer)

Short Cuts 1993 (Movie)

("Conversation on a Bar Stool") (Composer)

Gladiator 1992 (Movie)

("Pride (In the Name of Love)") (Song)

U2 Rattle and Hum 1988 (Movie)

songs("Angel of Harlem" "Love Rescue Me" "When Love Comes to Town" "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" "Sunday Bloody Sunday" "Pride (In the Name of Love)") (Song)
Writer (2)

The Million Dollar Hotel 2001 (Movie)

(from idea) (Source Material)

The Million Dollar Hotel 2001 (Movie)

(Story By)
Producer (1)

The Million Dollar Hotel 2001 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

A charismatic entertainer, prolific songwriter, and esteemed humanitarian, Bono embodied the ubiquitous rock star role. As the front man for U2, one of the most successful and loved bands of all time, Bono helped lay the groundwork for modern rock music with seminal albums such as The Joshua Tree (1987) and Achtung Baby (1991) that delivered masterful instrumentation, powerful hooks, and introspective lyrics. The Grammy Award-winning Irish quartet, led by Bono, influenced generations of listeners to recognize music as a tool to deliver messages of hope and change. Bono's global appeal also aided in his philanthropic efforts, from raising AIDS awareness to campaigning for socio-economic reform, earning him much recognition for his charitable work and influence. A rare breed of celebrity cut from the same revolutionary cloth as one of his personal heroes, John Lennon, Bono left an indelible mark in the cultural zeitgeist and a legacy as a music icon for the ages.

Relationships

Alison Hewson

Wife
Met during high school Married Aug. 21, 1982

Eve Hewson Actor

Daughter
Born July 7, 1991; mother, Ali Hewson

Robert Hewson

Father
Died of cancer August 21, 2001 in Dublin, Ireland

Iris Hewson

Mother
Died in 1974 of a brain aneurysm when Bono was just 14 years old

Jordan Hewson

Daughter
Born May 10, 1989; mother, Ali Hewson

Elijah Hewson

Son
Born Aug. 18, 1999; mother, Ali Hewson

John Hewson

Son
Born May 21, 2001; mother, Ali Hewson

Norman Hewson

Brother

EDUCATION

Mount Temple Comprehensive School

Dublin
A mixed faith (Protestant and Catholic) school, the first of its kind in Dublin

Milestones

2009

Released U2's twelfth studio album No Line on the Horizon

2009

Wrote the music and lyrics for the song "Winter" from the film "Brothers"; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Song

2007

Made feature acting debut as an anti-war shaman in the Beatles' tribute film "Across the Universe"

2006

U2 swept the Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, for How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb (2004)

2006

Named among the 191 nominees for the Nobel Peace Prize

2005

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

2005

Named by Time magazine as one of the Persons of the Year, along with Bill and Melinda Gates

2005

With wife, Ali Hewson and New York fashion designer Rogan Gregory launched the socially conscious line EDUN

2005

Along with Bob Geldof, helped organize and publicize Live 8, a series of 10 concerts around the globe aimed at encouraging the representatives of the world's industrialized countries at the Group of Eight Summit to write off Africa's enormous debt,

2004

Nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Original Song for "Time Enough For Tears" from the film "In America"

2003

Nominated for an Academy Award for Original Song for "The Hands That Built America" from the film "Gangs Of New York"

2001

Performed "Peace On Earth / Walk On" for a landmark fundraiser America: A Tribute To Heroes aired by all the major networks to raise money for families of the victims of 9/11 terrorist attacks

2000

U2 returned to form with the critically acclaimed All That You Can't Leave Behind

1999

With Wyclef Jean, teamed up to record "New Day" with profits going to charity (NetAid)

1998

Signed a deal with Polygram Records worth $50 million to release three U2 compilation albums

1998

Featured in the 200th episode of "The Simpsons" (Fox)

1997

Held the first major concert event in Sarajevo after the war ended; previously promised on New Years Eve 1995 to return to Sarajevo and perform

1995

Released the hit "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me" from the Batman Forever soundtrack

1991

Entered the new decade with the more electronic sound of Achtung Baby

1988

Featured in Phil Joanou’s documentary "U2: Rattle and Hum," which cronicled the band's 1987 North American tour

1987

Achieved super stardom with the release of The Joshua Tree with hits such as "With Or Without You" and "Where The Streets Have No Name"; followed the album with successful tour

1985

Performed at the humanitarian concert Live Aid organized by Bob Geldof

1984

U2 landed first major pop hit with their Martin Luther King, Jr. tribute "Pride (In the Name of Love)"

1983

Group released its most successful album of the 1980’s War; included hits such as "New Years Day," "Sunday Bloody Sunday," and "Two Hearts Beat As One"

1980

Signed with Island Records and released U2's debut album Boy

1978

Won a talent contest and were approached by a manager

1976

Responded to an advertisement by fellow student Larry Mullen, Jr. to form a band with Dave Evans (aka The Edge), Dick Evans, and Adam Clayton

Later changed band name to Feedback and then Hype; after Dick Evans left the band the name was again changed to U2

Bonus Trivia

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His nickname "Bono Vox," usually shortened to "Bono," was an alteration of Bona Vox, a brand of hearing aid for which the Latin translated to "good voice." Bono was given the moniker by his friends because it was the name of a shop they regularly passed on North Earl Street in Dublin, Ireland.

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The U2 albums The Joshua Tree, Achtung Baby, All That You Can't Leave Behind, War, and Boy were all listed in Rolling Stone: The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time issue, December 2003.

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In 2006, Chilean President Ricardo Lagos presented Bono with the Pablo Neruda Artistic and Cultural Merit Medal, the country's highest award for the arts.

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In 2007, Bono was named in the United Kingdom's New Years Honours List as an honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire. He was formally granted knighthood on March 29, 2007 in a ceremony at the residence of British Ambassador David Reddaway in Dublin, Ireland.

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Bono became one of the richest men in rock when his investment group Elevation Partners reportedly earned more than $1.5 billion, following the initial public offering of Facebook stock on May 18, 2012. Elevation Partners was reported to have bought 2.3 percent of the popular social network company for $90 million back in 2009.

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