Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Executive summary: Dire Straits
Mark Knopfler began his professional involvement with music as a journalist in the late 60s. During this time he joined up with blues player Steve Phillips and the two began performing as a duo around Leeds, allowing Knopfler an opportunity to develop his fingerpicking technique. Upon graduating from university in 1977, he moved to London where, after a brief period working in the band Brewer's Droop, he assembled the musicians that would go on to form Dire Straits.
Dire Straits achieved immediate popularity with its first single Sultans of Swing. A steady output of records followed, with the band reaching the peak of its success in 1985 with the release of Money for Nothing. Inevitably, public interest began to wane in the 90s, and in 1995 Knopfler left Dire Straits behind. A career as a producer and songwriter had already been well-established during his tenure in the band, in addition to several notable soundtrack projects, including the score for Rob Reiner's The Princess Bride. Soundtrack work has since become the primary focus of his musical output.
Brother: David Knopfler (musician, Dire Straits)
University: University of Leeds
Dire Straits Guitarist/Vocalist (1977-95)
Officer of the British Empire 2000
Jewish Ancestry Paternal
FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
The Secret Policeman's Third Ball (1987) · Himself
Live Aid (13-Jul-1985) · Himself
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