Sting (the only name he will answer to now), who plays the cunning, successful Finney in Atlantic Entertainment Group's "STORMY MONDAY," was born Gordon Sumner in Newcastle, England.
As part of his Catholic upbringing Sting attended St. Cuthbert's Boys Grammar School. He began to play guitar at age 9. At 17, he applied for a seaman's card and signed on with Princess Cruises as bass player with the Ronnie Pierson trio. He eventually quit, and attended a teacher training college, graduating three years later.
Sting returned to Newcastle and got a job teaching English and coaching soccer at St. Catherine's Convent School, while playing music on the side with various rock and jazz groups such as Phoenix and Last Exit. He was with Last Exit when he met drummer Stewart Copeland. Together, Copeland and Sting, along with rhythm guitarist Andy Summers, formed The Police. They played their first gig in 1977 and later cut an album that was enormously successful, skyrocketing the trio into rock stardom.
In 1979, Sting made his first film appearance as The Face in "Quadrophenia, The Who's film about the Mod/Rocker conflict that took place in Brighton in the '60s.
He has since established himself as a leading actor in feature films, including David Lynch's "Dune," "The Bride," "Brimstone & Treacle," and "Plenty," opposite Meryl Streep.
In 1985, Sting left The Police and got together with some of America's top jazz musicians to record the highly successful album, "The Dream of the Blue Turtles." He also was very active with charitable organizations such as Amnesty International, Live Aid and Farm Aid.
Last year saw the release of his highly acclaimed double album, . . . . "Nothing Like the Sun." He has recently appeared in the motion picture, "Julia & Julia," opposite Kathleen Turner.
Sting is currently in the midst of a 45-city tour of the U.S., part of a world tour which began in Brazil last November, and which will continue throughout the remainder of 1988.
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