Sting

Musician, Songwriter, Actor
Ever since his early days with seminal British band The Police, Sting was a consummate entertainer loved by millions all over the world. As the lead vocalist, bass player, and main songwriter for the influential new ... Read more »
Born: 10/01/1951 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (126)

The Late Late Show With James Corden 2015 (Tv Show)

Performer

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

Behind the Music 1997 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

The 68th Annual Tony Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Performer

20 Feet From Stardom 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Performer

The 55th Annual Grammy Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Performer

The Michael J. Fox Show 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Academy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The 32nd Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

2009 Golden Globe Awards Red Carpet Special 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Brüno 2009 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Do It Again 2009 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Burning Down the House: The Story of CBGB 2008 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Little Britain USA 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bee Movie 2007 (Movie)

Voice of Sting (Actor)

Christmas in Rockefeller Center 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

All We Are Saying 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

Herbie Hancock: Possibilities 2006 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Storytellers 1996 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2005 (Tv Show)

Guest

John Lennon's Jukebox 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Ally McBeal 2000 - 2001, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

George Michael: A Different Story 2004 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Pepsi Smash 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sting: Sacred Love 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2003 Billboard Music Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 46th Annual Grammy Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 76th Annual Academy Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

2002 Olympic Winter Games 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

ABC 2002 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Friday Night Super Bowl Bash 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

My VH1 Music Awards '01 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Sting in Tuscany: All This Time 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2001 Billboard Music Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 74th Annual Academy Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

All Access: Front Row. Backstage. Live! 2001 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

From The Waist Down: Men, Women & Music 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Super Bowl XXXV 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

The 73rd Annual Academy Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Beatles Revolution 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Men Strike Back 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

NetAid 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Special 2000 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Radio City Music Hall's Grand Re-Opening Gala 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Stand and Be Counted 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 42nd Annual Grammy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Nobel Peace Concert 1999 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels 1999 (Movie)

JD (Actor)

The 1998 VH1 Fashion Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

ABC in Concert 1990 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

An Audience With Elton John 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Music For Montserrat 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

On Tour 1996 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 40th Annual Grammy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The X-Files Movie Special 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Grotesque 1997 (Movie)

Fledge (Actor)

The 39th Annual Grammy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Sounds of Summer Preview '96 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Sting 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The BRIT Awards '96 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The New Adventures of Captain Planet 1990 - 1996 (TV Show)

Voice

Peter and the Wolf: A Prokofiev Fantasy 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Narrator

The 1995 BRIT Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Music in Movies '93 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Pavarotti & Friends 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Sting: Summoner's Travels 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1993 MTV Video Music Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

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

Actor

Branford Marsalis: The Music Tells You 1992 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Hard Rock Cafe New Year's Eve Special 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 25th Montreux Music Festival 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Simpsons 1992 (Tv Show)

Voice

Resident Alien 1991 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Spaceship Earth: Our Global Environment 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The 33rd Annual Grammy Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

The 32nd Annual Grammy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Our Common Future 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Sting in Tokyo 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen 1989 (Movie)

Heroic Officer (Actor)

The Human Rights Now Tour 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award Show 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Julia and Julia 1988 (Movie)

Daniel (Actor)

Stormy Monday 1988 (Movie)

Finney (Actor)

Top of the Pops: A Very Special Christmas 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

The 28th Annual Grammy Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Flintstones 25th Anniversary Celebration 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Bring on the Night 1985 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Plenty 1985 (Movie)

Mick (Actor)

The Bride 1985 (Movie)

Frankenstein (Actor)

Dune 1984 (Movie)

Feyd Rautha (Actor)

Brimstone and Treacle 1981 (Movie)

Martin Taylor (Actor)

The Secret Policeman's Other Ball 1980 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Quadrophenia 1979 (Movie)

Ace (Actor)

Radio On 1979 (Movie)

Guitarist at Petrol Station (Actor)

Life's Too Short (Tv Show)

Actor

Poliwood (TV Show)

Actor

The 69th Annual Tony Awards (TV Show)

Presenter
Music (65)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2009, 2011, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Performer

Just Go With It 2011 (Movie)

("So Lonely") (Song)

Just Go With It 2011 (Movie)

("Love Is The Seventh Wave") (Song Performer)

The Green Hornet 2011 (Movie)

("I Hung My Head") (Song)

Somewhere 2010 (Movie)

("So Lonely") (Song)

Brüno 2009 (Movie)

("Dove Of Peace") (Song Performer)

What Just Happened? 2008 (Movie)

("Every Breath You Take") (Song)

Young@Heart 2008 (Movie)

("Every Breath You Take") (Song)

The Wedding Weekend 2007 (Movie)

("Consider Me Gone") (Song)

Bewitched 2005 (Movie)

("Every Little Thing She Does is Magic") (Song)

Forty Deuce 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Song

Racing Stripes 2005 (Movie)

("Taking the Inside Rail") (Song Performer)

Racing Stripes 2005 (Movie)

("Taking the Inside Rail") (Song)

50 First Dates 2004 (Movie)

("Every Breath You Take") (Song)

The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Rugrats Go Wild 2003 (Movie)

("Message In A Bottle") (Song)

The Wild Thornberrys Movie 2002 (Movie)

Featuring("Don't Walk Away") (Song Performer)

All Access: Front Row. Backstage. Live! 2001 (Movie)

("Desert Rose") (Song Performer)

Greenfingers 2001 (Movie)

("Twenty Five to Midnight") (Song Performer)

Kate & Leopold 2001 (Movie)

("Until...") (Song)

Maze 2001 (Movie)

(Song Performer)

Moulin Rouge 2001 (Movie)

("Roxanne") (Song)

Rush Hour 2 2001 (Movie)

("I'll Be Missing You (contains 'Every Breath You Take')") (Song)

Bossa Nova 2000 (Movie)

("How Insensitive") (Song Performer)

Red Planet 2000 (Movie)

("A Thousand Years") (Song Performer)

Red Planet 2000 (Movie)

("A Thousand Years") (Song)

The Thomas Crown Affair 1999 (Movie)

("The Windmills of Your Mind") (Song Performer)

The Mighty 1998 (Movie)

(Song)

The Mighty 1998 (Movie)

("The Mighty") (Song Performer)

The Object of My Affection 1998 (Movie)

("You Were Meant For Me") (Song Performer)

Good Burger 1997 (Movie)

("Roxanne") (Song)

Speed 2: Cruise Control 1997 (Movie)

("Every Breath You Take") (Song)

Catcher in the Rye 1996 (Movie)

("I Miss You Kate") (Song Performer)

Catcher in the Rye 1996 (Movie)

(Song)

Leaving Las Vegas 1995 (Movie)

featured vocalist (Song Performer)

Demolition Man 1993 (Movie)

(Song)

Demolition Man 1993 (Movie)

("Demolition Man") (Song Performer)

The Three Musketeers 1993 (Movie)

("All For Love") (Song Performer)

Three of Hearts 1993 (Movie)

("Shape of My Heart") (Song Performer)

Three of Hearts 1993 (Movie)

(Song)

Lethal Weapon 3 1992 (Movie)

("It's Probably Me") (Song Performer)

Lethal Weapon 3 1992 (Movie)

(Song)

Man Trouble 1992 (Movie)

("Every Breath You Take") (Song)

The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag 1992 (Movie)

("Every Breath You Take") (Song)

Regarding Henry 1991 (Movie)

("Walking on the Moon") (Song)

Resident Alien 1991 (Movie)

("Resident Alien") (Song)

Another 48 Hours 1990 (Movie)

("Roxanne") (Song)

UHF 1989 (Movie)

("Money For Nothing") (Song)

Dudes 1988 (Movie)

("If You Love Somebody, Set Them Free") (Song)

Stars & Bars 1988 (Movie)

("Englishman in New York") (Song Performer)

Stars & Bars 1988 (Movie)

(Song)

Someone to Watch Over Me 1987 (Movie)

(Song Performer)

Someone to Watch Over Me 1987 (Movie)

song arranger("Someone to Watch Over Me" (opening credits)) (Song)

Bachelor Party 1984 (Movie)

("Rehumanize Yourself") (Song)

Risky Business 1983 (Movie)

("Every Breath You Take") (Song)

48 HRS. 1982 (Movie)

("Roxanne") (Song)

Urgh! A Music War 1982 (Movie)

("Driven to Tears" "Roxanne" "So Lonely") (Song)

Party, Party 1981 (Movie)

("Need Your Love So Bad") (Song Performer)

The Last American Virgin 1981 (Movie)

("De Do Do Do De Da Da Da") (Song)

Ils appellent ca un Accident 1980 (Movie)

("Demolition Man") (Song)

Remembrance 1980 (Movie)

("Roxanne") (Song)

Radio On 1979 (Movie)

("Three Steps to Heaven") (Song Performer)

Riding High 1979 (Movie)

("Walking on the Moon" "Deathwish") (Song)

Parole (TV Show)

Song Performer

Second String (TV Show)

Song
Producer (1)

A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints 2006 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

Ever since his early days with seminal British band The Police, Sting was a consummate entertainer loved by millions all over the world. As the lead vocalist, bass player, and main songwriter for the influential new wave group, Sting delivered pop rock gems such as "Roxanne" (1978), "Every Little Thing She Does is Magic" (1981), and The Police's signature hit "Every Breath You Take" (1983). A modern day Renaissance man, Sting occasionally ventured into acting, from making his feature film debut in the rock opera "Quadrophenia" (1979), to the controversial comedy "Bruno" (2009), and constantly fought for human rights and environmental preservation. Following the 1984 breakup of The Police, Sting carved out a successful solo career with critically acclaimed albums Ten Summoner's Tales (1993) and Brand New Day (2000) that allowed him to explore various genres, reinvent the sound of rock, and cement his status as one of the most prolific artists in music.

Relationships

Trudie Styler

Wife
born c. 1956 together from c. 1982 married in August 1992

Eric Sumner

Father
died of cancer c. 1988 Sting's "Soul Cages" solo album (1991) is a reflection on father's death

Audrey Sumner

Mother
died of cancer c. 1987 album "Nothing Like the Sun" is dedicated to her

Coco Sumner

Daughter
born in 1990 mother, Trudie Styler

Katherine Sumner

Daughter
born c. 1982 mother, Frances Tomelty

Mickey Sumner

Daughter
born in 1984 mother, Trudie Styler

Giacomo Sumner

Son
born on December 17, 1995 mother, Trudie Styler

Jake Sumner

Son
born in 1985 mother, Trudie Styler

Joseph Sumner

Son
born c. 1977 mother, Frances Tomelty

Philip Sumner

Brother
younger

Angela Sumner

Sister
younger

Anita Sumner

Sister
younger

Mickey Sumner Actor

Daughter

Frances Tomelty

Wife
married on May 1, 1976 separated in 1982 divorced in March 1984

EDUCATION

St Cuthbert's Boys Grammar School

Warwick University

Coventry
graduated

Milestones

2006

Received a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Collaboration for Always On Your Side which he sang with Sheral Crow

2006

Released "Songs From The Labyrinth," an album of recordings of the music of John Dowland by Sting and Bosnian lutanist Edin Karamazov

2003

Wrote and performed "You Will Be My Ain True Love" for the film "Cold Mountain"; received Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Song; received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song

2002

Signed deal to write a non-fiction book to be published by Bantam Dell in 2004

2001

Wrote and performed "Until" on the soundtrack to "Kate & Leopold"; earned second Oscar nomination

2000

With David Hartley, wrote song score for the Disney animated feature "Kingdom of the Sun"; project retooled into "The Emperor's New Groove" and most of songs were dropped, however, one of the retained tunes, "My Funny Friend and I", received an Oscar nomi

1998

Acted in Guy Ritchie's "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels"; played bar owner father of a cardsharp

1995

Sang on soundtrack of Figgis' "Leaving Las Vegas"

1995

Revived acting career, portraying conniving bisexual butler in "Gentlemen Don't Eat Poets/Grave Indiscretion"; produced by wife Trudie Styler who also played a small role as a drunken cook

1992

Wrote music for Barbara Trent's Oscar-winning documentary "Panama Deception"

1989

Broadway debut as Macheath in a revival of "Threepenny Opera"; New York Times critic Frank Rich described him as "a stiff onstage"

1988

Starred in Mike Figgis' directorial debut "Stormy Monday"; delivered strong performance as a jazz club manager

1987

Acted opposite Kathleen Turner in "Julia and Julia"

1985

Played leading role of Dr. Frankenstein in "The Bride"

1985

Showed both street smarts and vulnerability in Fred Schepisi's "Plenty", adapted by David Hare from his play

1985

Left The Police to pursue solo career; first solo album "The Dream of the Blue Turtles"

1985

Tour with band formed for "The Dream of the Blue Turtles" album was subject of Michael Apted's documentary "Bring on the Night", which in turn resulted in album of the tour with same title in 1986

1984

Displayed more of his body than his acting ability in David Lynch's "Dune"

1982

Co-starred in Richard Loncraine's "Brimstone and Treacle", scripted by Dennis Potter; also composed music and performed on the soundtrack with The Police

1979

Screen acting debut in "Quadrophenia"

1977

Formed group The Police with drummer Stewart Copeland and rhythm guitarist Andy Summers; first album "Outlandos D'Amour" was an immediate success

1975

Worked as a construction laborer, a clerk for Inland Revenue and an English teacher and soccer coach at St Catherine's Convent School in Newcastle-on-Tyne; moonlighted with rock and jazz groups such as Phoenix Jazzmen and Last Exit

1968

Received a seaman's card and worked as bass player with the Ronnie Pierson trio on Princess Cruise Lines at age 17 (date approximate)

1961

Began playing guitar at age nine (date approximate)

Bonus Trivia

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Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002.

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"I'd write songs for no money. I'd really do it for no money at all. I think we get paid for being famous which, as I've discovered, has its ups and downs. I'm not pleading for anonymity. I'm used to being celebrated and recognized. I can handle it. I don't cause hysteria among my fans and I don't run away from them in the street. But I also try to live a normal life as far as I can. I have to try and find a balance between being famous and being a normal person." --Sting quoted in Daily News, October 22, 1994

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About his rainforest friends the Kaiapo introducing him to the ceremonious injesting of psychotropic plants: "It's daunting whenever you have an experience like that because you're dealing with raw fear. I'm totally against frivolous drug taking as some sort of party tool. But in a religious, informed context, it's the best thing you can do. I believe that in evolutionary terms we've just swung down from the trees, and that one of the things that made us human was the relationship with certain plants that tripped us into consciousness. I think we need another evolutionary leap." --Sting to The New York Times, March 10, 1996

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"Well, I get solace from the fact that whoever Sting is, he seems to be sending mixed signals. There seems to be a great disparity between the extremes people see in me. On the one hand, I'm a rainforest-tree-hugging savior. On the other hand, I'm sort of this lowlife. I like to think that I'm able to encompass both ends of the scale. I don't really worry about it. I know who I am, the people who share my life with me know who I am, and despite that, they still love me." --Sting to Interview, July 1996

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"You can scratch the surface of my songs pretty slightly and you'll find someone who wanted to be James Taylor at the age of fourteen. And the Beatles were obviously very influential because of their background; they were educated in a way that was very similar to me. I think the Beatles are responsible for England producing successful musicians in the same way that Bjorn Borg is responsible for Sweden turning out great tennis players." --Sting in Interview, July 1996

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Earned his nickname Sting because of the yellow and black jerseys he wore while performing with The Phoenix Jazzmen; it was originally Stinger which was later shortened

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He is the managing director for Kaleidescope Cameras of London from 1982

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Received honorary Doctorate of Music from Northumbria University in October 1992

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Received honorary degree from Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA in May 1994

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