Sting was a schoolteacher for three years. During this time, he played in bands nights and weekends.
His real name is Gordon Sumner. Concurring anecdotes have it that he got his stage name from a yellow-and-black-striped sweater he wore while playing jazz gigs during his early days in Cramlington, England, which made him look like a bumble bee. One bandleader started calling him "Sting" and it stuck.
Some of the movies he acted in include Quadrophenia, Dune, The Bride, Plenty, The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen, and Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels. His first movie role was in The Great Rock And Roll Swindle as a member of the Fabulous Blowwaves, the band that nearly rapes Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook. (thanks, John - Levittown, NY)
He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Sting has six children: two with his first wife, Frances Tomelty, four with his next wife, Trudie Styler.
In high school, he was a champion sprinter.
Sting recorded a live album in Italy on September 11, 2001. Despite the turmoil going on in America that day, he completed the show and eventually released the album.
His first acting experience was before he joined The Police. He was in a bra commercial for a few seconds, playing pinball. (thanks, Dan - West Hartford, CT)
He did the soundtrack for Brimstone And Treacle featuring the song "Spread A Little Happiness." He also played the leading Role in this Movie. (thanks, Sabrina - Vienna, Austria)
During his three years as a school teacher, several girls had crushes on Sting. The Police song "Don't Stand So Close To Me
" is about a teacher who is attracted to one of his students, but Sting has denied that this came from any personal experience.
Sting played Mack the Knife on Broadway in Bertolt Brecht's Threepenny Opera. The play's director, John Dexter, refused to call the singer by his name, instead dubbing him "Tommy Steele" after a '50s rock-and-roller who became an actor. Sting admired the director because his sarcasm reminded him of his dad.
Sting went to St. Cuthbert's school in Newcastle, where Pet Shop Boys singer Neil Tennant was a fellow pupil.
He's fascinated with death, which he calls "the most interesting subject in any art form."