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Sting was born Gordon Matthew Sumner on 2 October, 1951 in Wallsend, North Tyneside, Tyne and Wear, England, the eldest of four children of Audrey (Cowell), a hairdresser, and Ernest Matthew Sumner, an engineer and milkman. He received his name from a striped sweater he wore which looked like a bee. He grew up in the turmoil of the ship-building industry and wanted to become a musician very early. He played cruise ships, backing strippers in cabarets, and developed a love for the bass guitar. Having played in jazz/rock bands like "Last Exit" and other various groups, including a dixieland jazz group, he settled down with Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers for a decade-long tenure with the smashing rock trio, The Police.In 1984, he went on to record solo albums, and holds a reputation as one of the most literate songwriters and talented musicians in the world. He has also delved into acting, having starred in such films as Quadrophenia, Radio On, Plenty, Julia and Julia (aka Julia and Julia), Dune, Bring on the Night (a documentary about the formation of his Blue Turtles jazz group), most recently, Gentlemen Don't Eat Poets, where he plays a bisexual, conniving butler.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).Sting is married to film producer Trudie Styler, and has six children with Trudie and ex-wife, actress Frances Tomelty. Sting owns a Jacobian castle in Wiltshire, which he calls "Lake House", where he records his albums, as well as a place in London, an apartment in New York, a place on the beach in Malibu, California, and a Renaissance Florentine Villa called "Palagio" in Figline Valdarno, Tuscany, Italy. Along with his wife Trudie and a Brazilian Indian, he started the Rainforest Foundation in 1989 to help save rainforests.  See full bio on IMDb »

WWE's Sting -- Officially Retires ... 'This Ain't Goodbye'

WWE's Sting
Officially Retires 'This Ain't Goodbye'

Sting has officially retired from pro wrestling ... making his announcement at his WWE Hall of Fame ceremony, just as TMZ Sports said he would.  We broke the story ... the wrestling… READ MORE >

J Lo, Enrique & Sting -- Greatest Wedding Band Ever! Russian Billionaire Foots Bill

J Lo, Enrique & Sting
Greatest Wedding Band Ever! Russian Billionaire Foots Bill

Jennifer Lopez, Sting and Enrique Iglesias all sharing the same stage FOR A WEDDING ... is no big deal if you're the son of a Russian billionaire marrying your 20-year-old bride! This is… READ MORE >

- 57 days ago
Sting: Good Genes or Good Docs?!


Every little thing Sting does is magic. Here's a 33-year-old version of the Police frontman and sex symbol looking good in London back in 1984 (left) and 31 years later ... a much grizzlier… READ MORE >

- 236 days ago
Sting Goes Full Cannibal at Malibu Karaoke Jam

Goes Full Cannibal At Malibu Karaoke Jam

Here's why you don't let Sting do karaoke at your bar -- he's SO DAMN GOOD ... he ruins it for everyone else ... and to prove it, TMZ has video of his impromptu rendition of "She Drives Me Crazy"… READ MORE >

- 1195 days ago
Celebrity Cross-Dressin' -- Chick 'Em Out!

Celebrity Cross-Dressin' -- Chick 'Em Out!

Sometimes being a superstar can be a real drag -- see which stars have crossed over to the other side. READ MORE >

- 1951 days ago
Elton vs. Sting: Who'd You Rather?

Elton vs. Sting
Who'd You Rather?

Music icons Elton John and a dragalicious Sting performed together at the same event in NYC on Thursday.Question is ... READ MORE >

- 2203 days ago
Brad, Sting & Jim Show Off Their Beards

Brad, Sting & Jim Show Off Their Beards

Looking like three little bears, Brad Pitt, Sting and Jim Carrey didn't keep their new facial growths on the down low on Tuesday.While Angelina was not around, Sting and Jim were accompanied by… READ MORE >

- 2395 days ago
Sting: Good Genes or Good Docs?

Good Genes or Good Docs?

Every breath he takes we'll be watching Sting not age.Here's the 35-year-old former Police frontman back in 1986 (left) -- and 23 years later, the 57-year-old version at an event in NYC last week… READ MORE >

- 2566 days ago
Sting -- Hugh's Rubbing Off on Me

Sting -- Hugh's Rubbing Off on Me

Sting must be gunning for Hugh Jackman's job, because with that beard yesterday in L.A., he looked like he was an Adamantium skeleton away from being the next Wolverine. See Also Jackman -- Even… READ MORE >

- 2639 days ago
Pete Doherty Dogged by Airport Sting

Pete Doherty Dogged by Airport Sting

Pete Doherty isn't the kinda guy you bring home to dad -- so no wonder Sting was calling BS on UK tab stories his daughter was hanging out with the male Amy Winehouse. See Also "Dancing" Party… READ MORE >

- 2876 days ago

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