Mark Knopfler

Composer, Musician, Music producer
Best known as the founder and lead guitarist of the chart-busting English rock band Dire Straits, Mark Knopfler has also dedicated himself to an equally successful second career composing film scores. He was a late ... Read more »
Born: 08/11/1949 in United Kingdom

Filmography

Music (47)

What If 2014 (Movie)

("Once Upon A Time/Storybook Love") (Song Performer)

What If 2014 (Movie)

("Once Upon A Time/Storybook Love") (Song)

Argo 2012 (Movie)

("Sultans Of Swing") (Song)

What Just Happened? 2008 (Movie)

("Brothers in Arms") (Song)

Hot Fuzz 2007 (Movie)

("Romeo And Juliet") (Song)

Soundstage 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Song Performer

The Benchwarmers 2006 (Movie)

("Walk of Life") (Song)

Rumor Has It... 2005 (Movie)

(Are We In Trouble Now) (Song)

A Shot at Glory 2002 (Movie)

(Music)

Bandits 2001 (Movie)

("Rudiger") (Song Performer)

Bandits 2001 (Movie)

(Song)

Spy Game 2001 (Movie)

("Brothers in Arms") (Song)

State of the Planet With David Attenborough 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Song Performer

200 Cigarettes 1999 (Movie)

("Romeo & Juliet") (Song)

Metroland 1999 (Movie)

("Sultans of Swing") (Song)

Metroland 1999 (Movie)

(Original Music)

Metroland 1999 (Movie)

guitars (Music)

Metroland 1999 (Movie)

(Music Producer)

Virtual Sexuality 1999 (Movie)

("Private Dancer") (Song)

Can't Hardly Wait 1998 (Movie)

("Romeo & Juliet") (Song)

I Still Know What You Did Last Summer 1998 (Movie)

("Relax (contains 'Why Worry')") (Song)

Safe Men 1998 (Movie)

("Walk of Life") (Song)

Wag the Dog 1997 (Movie)

(Music Producer)

Wag the Dog 1997 (Movie)

(Music)

Michael 1996 (Movie)

("Sweet Dreams") (Song Performer)

Desperado 1995 (Movie)

(Song)

Empire Records 1995 (Movie)

("Romeo & Juliet") (Song)

McBain 1991 (Movie)

("Brothers in Arms") (Song)

Last Exit to Brooklyn 1990 (Movie)

(Performer)

Last Exit to Brooklyn 1990 (Movie)

(Music)

UHF 1989 (Movie)

("Money For Nothing") (Song)

UHF 1989 (Movie)

lead guitarist (Music)

The Princess Bride 1987 (Movie)

(Music)

The Princess Bride 1987 (Movie)

theme song arranger("Storybook Love") (Theme Song)

The Secret Policeman's Third Ball 1987 (Movie)

("Imagine") (Song Performer)

Space Camp 1986 (Movie)

songs("Walk of Life" "So Far Away") (Song)

The Color of Money 1986 (Movie)

("Two Brothers and a Stranger") (Song Performer)

The Color of Money 1986 (Movie)

(Song)

Cal 1984 (Movie)

(Music)

Comfort and Joy 1984 (Movie)

(Music)

Local Hero 1983 (Movie)

(Music)

An Officer and A Gentleman 1982 (Movie)

("Tunnel of Love ") (Song)

Brothers and Sisters 1979 (Movie)

("Where Do You Think You're Going?") (Song)

Riding High 1979 (Movie)

("Solid Rock") (Song)

Second String (TV Show)

Song

Seeing in the Dark (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))
Actor (18)

Tom Jones: For One Night Only 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Music For Montserrat 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Not Fade Away: Remembering Buddy Holly 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

George Jones: The Bradley Barn Sessions 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

Tina Turner: Going Home 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Voices That Care 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Jim Henson's Ghost of Faffner Hall 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Best of Cinemax Sessions 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Prince's Trust All-Star Rock Concert 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Prince's Trust All-Star Rock Concert 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Secret Policeman's Third Ball 1987 (Movie)

(Actor)

Biography

Best known as the founder and lead guitarist of the chart-busting English rock band Dire Straits, Mark Knopfler has also dedicated himself to an equally successful second career composing film scores. He was a late bloomer who worked as a journalist and a teacher before forming Dire Straits in 1977. Two years later, the band (which included his younger brother David) scored their first hit, "Sultan of Swing", and anonymity was a thing of the past. His restrained, thoughtful songs provided an alternative to punk that was not a retread of some tired style and had the added appeal of his mournful guitar and world-weary voice. The band's third album, "Making Money" (1990), was his most personal, featuring what has become his best-loved song, "Romeo and Juliet", about a failed love affair, but for the most part Knopfler kept the deepest part of himself out of his songwriting, creating fictional characters whose expressions became his biggest songs. After the demise of Dire Straits, he returned to a more personal style for his debut solo album, "Golden Heart" (1996).

Relationships

Ruth Knopfler

Sister

Kitty Aldridge Actor

Wife

Isabella Aldridge

Daughter
born c. 1998

Sue Hercombe

Companion
formed band with a 16-year-old Knopfler

Erwin Knopfler

Father
Hungarian Jew who fled to Scotland during WWII

Louisa Knopfler

Mother

Dave Knopfler

Brother
born on December 27, 1952 was member of band Dire Straits but left in 1980 married with one son

Lourdes Salomone

Wife

EDUCATION

University of Leeds

Leeds

Milestones

1998

Played at the second "Chet Atkins Musician Days" in Nashville, Tennesee, backed by his "Golden Heart" tour band, plus guitarist Brent Mason

1997

Scored "Metroland"

1997

Wrote score and played guitars as featured musician, in addition to producing the music for "Wag the Dog"

1996

Released first solo album, "Golden Heart"

1991

Dire Straits reformed for one last album, "On Every Street"; subsequent world tour lasted nearly two years and drove the band into the ground

1989

Wrote score for "Last Exit to Brooklyn"

1988

Dire Straits disbanded

1987

Provided the score for Rob Reiner's "The Princess Bride"; also arranged theme song, "Storybook Love"

1986

Formed the band The Notting Hillbillies

1985

Instrumental in the release of Dire Straits' "Brothers in Arms" album, which became the then best-selling album in British recording history; last Straits album for six years

1984

Composed the haunting score for "Cal"

1984

Reteamed with Forsyth, composing score for "Comfort and Joy"

1983

First original movie soundtrack, Bill Forsyth's "Local Hero"

1980

Received first film credits in "Brothers and Sisters" (for the song "Where Do You think You're Going?") and "Riding High" (for the song "Solid Rock")

1979

Dire Straits had first hit, "Sultans of Swing"

1977

Founded the rock group Dire Straits

1968

Worked as a reporter and rock music critic, Yorkshire Evening Post

Member of the rock groups Brewer's Droop and Cafe Racers, both in London

Was lecturer in English at Loughton College

Bonus Trivia

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Awarded an honorary doctorate in music by Newcastle University in 1993

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Made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in December 1999

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"Mark Knopfler was actually Bernd Eichinger's (producer) idea, but I had always loved the music to his other films. He came to see the rough cut of the film and after the screening we drove to dinner together. In the car, he had already begun to enthusiastically retell individual scenes and to talk about the characters. As I saw his eyes sparkling in the dark, I knew that he was my ally." --Uli Edel, director of "Last Exit to Brooklyn", from PR

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