Stewart Copeland

Composer, Musician, Tour manager
A founding member of the English pop-rock group The Police, Stewart Copeland was also the group's propulsive, versatile drummer whose innate grasp of jazz, new wave and world music rhythms later contributed to a ... Read more »
Born: 07/15/1952 in Alexandria, Virginia, USA

Filmography

Music (93)

Bhutto 2010 (Movie)

(Music)

Lovewrecked 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Music

The Life and Times of Juniper Lee 2005 (Tv Show)

Music

Dead Like Me 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Music

I Am David 2004 (Movie)

(Music)

Breaking News 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Music

Deuces Wild 2002 (Movie)

(Composer)

On the Line 2001 (Movie)

(Music)

Skipped Parts 2001 (Movie)

song/song performer("Do the Shark") (Song)

Skipped Parts 2001 (Movie)

score producer (Music Producer)

Skipped Parts 2001 (Movie)

percussion, brass guitar & piano performer (Music)

Skipped Parts 2001 (Movie)

(Music)

Skipped Parts 2001 (Movie)

music writer & composer (Music)

Boys and Girls 2000 (Movie)

Drums and Percussion (Music)

Boys and Girls 2000 (Movie)

Score Producer (Music)

Boys and Girls 2000 (Movie)

(Music)

Boys and Girls 2000 (Movie)

("Straight Cold Player") (Song)

Brutally Normal 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Music

Sunset Strip 2000 (Movie)

(Music)

She's All That 1999 (Movie)

drums/percussion (Music)

She's All That 1999 (Movie)

(Music)

Simpatico 1999 (Movie)

song arranger (Song)

Simpatico 1999 (Movie)

("My Old Kentucky Home" "Free of it All") (Song Performer)

Simpatico 1999 (Movie)

keyboards/drums/bass (Music)

Simpatico 1999 (Movie)

(Music)

The Amanda Show 1999 (TV Show)

Theme Music

West Beirut 1999 (Movie)

(Music)

Four Days in September 1998 (Movie)

(Music)

Little Boy Blue 1998 (Movie)

(Music)

Pecker 1998 (Movie)

song/song performer("Straight Boys" "Don't Drop the Soap (For Anyone Else But Me)" "Pecker Man") (Song)

Pecker 1998 (Movie)

piano/bass/drums performer (Music)

Pecker 1998 (Movie)

(Music)

The Taking of Pelham 123 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Music

Very Bad Things 1998 (Movie)

("Walls Come Down") (Song)

Very Bad Things 1998 (Movie)

(Music)

Good Burger 1997 (Movie)

(Music)

Gridlock'd 1997 (Movie)

percussion performer (Performer)

Gridlock'd 1997 (Movie)

(Music)

Boys 1996 (Movie)

(Music)

The Leopard Son 1996 (Movie)

percussion performer (Performer)

The Leopard Son 1996 (Movie)

(Music)

The Pallbearer 1996 (Movie)

percussion performer (Performer)

The Pallbearer 1996 (Movie)

(Music)

Tyson 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Music

Decadence 1994 (Movie)

(Music)

Fresh 1994 (Movie)

(Music)

Raining Stones 1994 (Movie)

(Music)

Rapa Nui 1994 (Movie)

(Music)

Silent Fall 1994 (Movie)

(Music)

Surviving the Game 1994 (Movie)

(Music)

Airborne 1993 (Movie)

(Music)

Airborne 1993 (Movie)

drums (Music)

Bank Robber 1993 (Movie)

(Music)

Long Ago and Far Away 1988 - 1993 (TV Show)

Music

Riff Raff 1993 (Movie)

(Music)

Wide Sargasso Sea 1993 (Movie)

(Music)

Fugitive Among Us 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Music

Highlander II: the Quickening 1991 (Movie)

(Music)

Hidden Agenda 1990 (Movie)

(Music)

Men At Work 1990 (Movie)

(Music)

Taking Care of Business 1990 (Movie)

(Music)

The First Power 1990 (Movie)

(Music)

The Jogger 1990 (Movie)

(Music)

Earth Girls Are Easy 1989 (Movie)

("Trob") (Song Performer)

Earth Girls Are Easy 1989 (Movie)

("Trob") (Song Performer)

Earth Girls Are Easy 1989 (Movie)

song producer (Song)

Earth Girls Are Easy 1989 (Movie)

(Song)

See No Evil, Hear No Evil 1989 (Movie)

(Music)

TV 101 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Music

The Equalizer 1985 - 1989 (TV Show)

Theme Music

After Midnight 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Music

She's Having A Baby 1988 (Movie)

(Music)

Talk Radio 1988 (Movie)

(Music)

Wall Street 1987 (Movie)

(Music)

Droids: The Adventures of R2-D2 and C-3PO 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Theme Song

Out of Bounds 1986 (Movie)

(Song Performer)

Out of Bounds 1986 (Movie)

(Music)

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2 1986 (Movie)

(Song Performer)

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2 1986 (Movie)

song producer("Strange Things Happen") (Song)

Bachelor Party 1984 (Movie)

("Rehumanize Yourself") (Song)

Rumble Fish 1983 (Movie)

(Song Performer)

Rumble Fish 1983 (Movie)

(Music)

Riding High 1979 (Movie)

("Deathwish") (Song)

Afterburn (TV Show)

Music

Babylon 5: The Gathering (TV Show)

Music

Evel Knievel (TV Show)

Music

Futuresport (TV Show)

Music

Legalese (TV Show)

Music

Made Men (TV Show)

Music

Riff-Raff (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

White Dwarf (TV Show)

Music
Actor (12)

Hell's Kitchen 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Beware of Mr. Baker 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Storage Wars 2012 (Tv Show)

Special Appearance

Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

I Love the '80s Strikes Back 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

1 Giant Leap 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut 1999 (Movie)

of American Soldier No 1 (Voice)

The Making of the Leopard Son 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Limboland 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 3rd Annual International Rock Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Big Sound (TV Show)

Actor

The List (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A founding member of the English pop-rock group The Police, Stewart Copeland was also the group's propulsive, versatile drummer whose innate grasp of jazz, new wave and world music rhythms later contributed to a successful tenure as a film composer. Copeland launched the group with Sting in 1977, and after adding guitarist Andy Summers, saw it rise from the New wave scene of the late 1970s to global popularity in the early 1980s. When The Police split in 1984, Copeland moved into soundtrack work, writing dense, rhythmic scores for such films as "Wall Street" (1987). By the 1990s, he was in demand as a composer for film and theater, which largely curtailed his rock efforts. But he reunited with his Police mates in 2007 to celebrate the band's 30th anniversary with a record-breaking world tour. Its success gave both longtime fans and a new generation of listeners ample proof of Copeland's status as one of the most innovative drummers in popular music.

Relationships

Fiona Copeland

Wife

Miles Axe Copeland Jr

Father
played trumpet with Glen Miller's Orchestra, later became a "founding member" of the CIA

Jordan Copeland

Son

Patrick Copeland

Son

Sven Copeland

Son

Miles Axe Copeland III

Brother
oldest brother formed Illegal Recording Syndicate handled The Police until 1979

Sonja Copeland

Wife
divorced

Lorraine Copeland

Mother

Scott Copeland

Son
mother Sonja Copeland

Ian Copeland

Brother
older ran Frontier Booking International, which booked The Police's 1979 U.S. tour

Lorraine Copeland

Sister

EDUCATION

University of California at Berkeley

Berkeley , California
graduated

University of California at Berkeley

Berkeley , California
graduated

Milestones

1995

Collection of Copeland's compositions were performed and recorded by the Albany Symphony Orchestra

1993

Scored pilot for popular sci-fi TV series "Babylon 5" (syndicated)

1989

Composed opera "Holy Blood and Crescent Moon," which premiered in Cleveland

1989

Formed band Animal Logic; released two albums

1988

First TV-movie credit as composer, "After Midnight" (ABC)

1987

Scored Oliver Stone's "Wall Street"

1985

Released album and video, "The Rythmatist"

1985

First TV credit, theme music for the CBS series "The Equalizer"

1983

The Police released last album ("Synchronicity") and had Number 1 single, "Every Breath You Take"

1983

Scored Francis Ford Coppola's film "Rumble Fish"; also performed on the soundtrack

1980

Wrote song "Deathwish" for British film "Riding High"

1979

The Police signed by A&M Records, had first US hit, "Roxanne"

1966

Moved to England with family

1964

Reportedly started playing drums at age 12 (date approximate)

Raised in the USA, Egypt, Syria and Lebanon

Was drummer with popular British trio The Police, with Sting and Andy Summers

Returned to England after college and joined the rock group Curved Air

Bonus Trivia

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On his first film: "I had no idea what I was doing or how it should be done. That was probably why it was so interesting from their point of view--it broke all the rules. They thought, 'wow, this is all so iconoclastic and revolutionary!' In fact, it was just bone ignorance." --Stewart Copeland, quoted in Moviemaker, September-October 1996

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"The wonderful thing about film composing is that it takes you all over the musical map. One minute you're doing a thundering rock track, the next a little quartet, the next some kind of jazz thing, the next a synthesizer patch. It's a rich and varied world of music. The other great thing is that you don't have to finish any musical ideas. When you're writing songs, you have to complete the thought; whereas in film, the scene IS the thought, and all you have to do is your part. If you have two chords that move beautifully, that's all you need." --Copeland in Moviemaker., September-October 1996.

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