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Mark Knopfler
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    (August 12, 1949- )
    Front man and guitarist for Dire Straits and The Notting Hillbillies
    Recorded 'Money for Nothing,' 'Sultans of Swing,' 'Romeo and Juliet,' 'Tunnel of Love,' 'Calling Elvis,' 'On Every Street,' 'Skateaway' and 'Private Investigations'
    Composed the soundtracks for 'Local Hero,' 'The Princess Bride,' 'Last Exit to Brooklyn' and 'Wag the Dog'
    Received an OBE (December 31, 1999)
    He chose some goofy names for his bands.
    He has been married three times.
    He canceled all performances for his 2003 tour after being involved in a motorcycle crash.
    Mojo Magazine wrote: 'Overwhelming sales testify to Mark Knopfler's song-writing ability and guitar expertise… though the scale of Dire Straits success remains mildly baffling.'
    He is left-handed.
    He graduated from Leeds University with a degree in English.
    He received an honorary doctorate of music from Newcastle University.
    He has worked and recorded with numerous musicians including Bob Dylan, Randy Newman, Steely Dan, Tina Turner and Sting.
    He performs concerts for charity.
    He has a dinosaur named after him called 'Masiakasaurus knopfleri.'

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