Mark Knopfler

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Mark Knopfler recorded his first single at age 16, but it was never released, He started the band Dire Straits in 1977, they were signed to Vertigo Records in 1978 and recorded the album "Dire Straits", which featured their first major hit single, "Sultans of Swing". Their follow-up albums include "Communique" (1979), "Making Movies" (1980) (... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 6 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »


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Wag the Dog Composer
Local Hero Composer


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 2016 Mark Knopfler: Why Aye Man (Music Video)
 2016 Finding Altamira (original music by)
 2015 Wherever I Go by Mark Knopfler (Short) (music by)
 2007 Seeing in the Dark (TV Movie documentary)
 2001 As You Wish: The Story of 'The Princess Bride' (Video documentary short)
 1999 Hooves of Fire (TV Short) (music composed by)
 1997 Wag the Dog
 1992 Dire Straits: The Bug (Music Video)
 1991 Dire Straits: Heavy Fuel (Music Video)
 1991 Dire Straits: Calling Elvis (Music Video)
 1991 Tishina
 1987 The Princess Bride (music by)
 1986 Tina Turner: Overnight Sensation (Music Video)
 1985 Dire Straits: Money for Nothing (Music Video)
 1985 Dire Straits: So Far Away (Music Video)
 1984 Dire Straits: Alchemy Live (TV Special)
 1984 Dire Straits: Expresso Love (Music Video)
 1984 Cal
 1983 Local Hero
 1983 Dire Straits: Twisting by the Pool (Music Video)
 1982 Dire Straits: Love Over Gold (Music Video)
 1982 Dire Straits: Two Young Lovers (Music Video)
 1981 Dire Straits: Romeo and Juliet (Music Video)
 1980 Dire Straits: Skateaway (Music Video)
 1980 Dire Straits: Solid Rock (Music Video)
 1980 Dire Straits: Tunnel of Love (Music Video)
 1979 Dire Straits: Lady Writer (Music Video)
 1979 Dire Straits: Sultans of Swing (Music Video)
 1978 Dire Straits: Wild West End (Music Video)
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Other Works:

Album: Money for Nothing, 1988 See more »

Publicity Listings:

4 Interviews | 5 Articles | 2 Pictorials | 3 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Notting Hillbillies | Dire Straits


6' (1.83 m)


Kitty Aldridge  (2 children) | See more »

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I have a style that's just all...probably all wrong. It would be a guitar teacher's nightmare. I hold a guitar like a plumber holds a hammer [response to CBS TV interviewer Anthony Mason's comment: You have such a distinctive guitar style] See more »


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