Mostly Credited As: Bono
Sometimes Credited As: Bono Vox

Birth Name: Paul David Hewson
Date Of Birth: May 10, 1960 (Age 56)
Country Of Birth: Ireland
Birth Place: Dublin
Height: 5' 6 ½" (1.68 m)


Bono, lead singer of the Irish band U2, was born on May 10, 1960. He was born and brought up in Dublin, Ireland. His mother died when he was fourteen. Around the time he got the nickname "Bono", he formed a band with Larry Mullen, Jr. , Dave Evans (aka the Edge), Dik Evans (who soon left the band), and Adam Clayton. Bono married his high school sweetheart, Alison Stewart. They have four children: Jordan, Memphis Eve, Elijah Bob, Patricius Guggi, and John Abraham. Bono is very involved with politics, and has appeared in many charity events including Band Aid, Live Aid, and Live 8. He is also one of the leaders of the ONE Campaign. In December of 2005, TIME Magazine named him one of the "Persons of the Year" along with Bill and Melinda Gates. In February 2006, Bono was one of the 191 nominees for the Nobel Peace Prize.

TV Appearances

Episode Cast Credits 

Jimmy Kimmel Live (2003) 
  Olivia Wilde, Bono, Scarlett Johansson, Snoop Dogg and Matt Damon, The Killers 13x161: (Dec/01/2015) As Himself, [Interviewees]

Wake Up London (2014) 
  Series 1, Show 144 01x144: (Oct/16/2014) As Himself 

The Golden Globes (1944) 
  The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards 71x01: (Jan/12/2014) As Winner: Best Original Song (for "Ordinary Love" from 'Mandela: Long Walk to Fr) 

The Meaning of Life with Gay Byrne (2009) 
  Bono 07x01: (Jun/25/2013) As Himself, [Interviewees]

Why Poverty? (2012) 
  Give Us The Money 01x02: (Nov/25/2012) As Himself, [Interviewees]

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (1996) 
  Bono 17x27: (Nov/30/2011) As Himself, [Interviewees]

The Late Show with David Letterman (1993) 
  Bono & the Edge, a performance from "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" 18x165: (Jul/18/2011) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Isabella Rossellini, Dave Chapelle, Bono & Larry Mullen 04x165: (Jun/10/1997) As Himself, [Musical Guests]

Daybreak (2010) 
  June 15, 2011 01x203: (Jun/15/2011) As Himself 

American Idol (2002) 
  Season 10 Finale 10x39: (May/25/2011) As Himself, [Musical Guests]
  Idol Gives Back (Apr/09/2008) As Himself 
  Idol Gives Back (Apr/25/2007) As Himself 
  6 Finalists Compete 06x32: (Apr/24/2007) As Himself (Special Guest) 

Oprah (1986) 
  Best of Oprah---Oprah in Australia: Hugh Jackman, Olivia Newton-John, Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban, Bono 25x67: (Jan/21/2011) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Bono's Red Campaign 21x20: (Oct/13/2006) As Himself 

Entourage (2004) 
  Give a Little Bit 06x12: (Oct/04/2009) As Himself 

Saturday Night Live (1975) 
  Brian Williams/Feist 33x04: (Nov/03/2007) As Himself 

Off The Record (2006) 
  Bono, The Edge 01x01: (Nov/24/2006) As Himself 

Iconoclasts (2005) 
  Mario Batali on Michael Stipe 01x05: (Dec/15/2005) As Himself 

The O'Reilly Factor (1996) 
  Dissent, or Disloyalty? 09x249: (Dec/17/2004) As Himself 

Comic Relief (1986) 
  The Big Hair Do 11x01: (Mar/14/2003) As Himself 

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet (1983) 
  Miami Vice (Mar/14/2003) As Himself 

Diary (2000) 
  Diary of Bono & Chris Tucker 04x08: (Oct/09/2002) As Himself 

TFI Friday (1996) 
  Season 1, Episode 163 05x24: (Mar/17/2000) As Himself 

Was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2003.

His favorite foods are caviar and fish and chips.

Bono has 4 children: Jordan, Memphis Eve, Elijah Bob Patricius Guggi Q, and John Abraham.

He is fluent in English, Spanish, and Italian and knows some Gaelic.

Was TIME magazine's 2005 person of the year.

Bono is the only person to be nominated for an Oscar, Grammy, Golden Globe and the Nobel Peace Prize.

Has a "conversation/dialogue" book with journalist Michka Assayas called Bono On Bono. It talks about Bono's life and accomplishments.

Bono gave the prayer and spoke at the 54th Annual National Prayer Breakfast.

Bono participated in Band-Aid which produced the song "Do They Know It's Christmas?". His line was "Tonight thank God it's them instead of you".

Bono also participated in Band-Aid 20. He also had the same solo line as when in Band-Aid.

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Bono Quotes
"People have asked me why aren't I writing songs about the work that I'm doing for Africa regarding debt cancellation. I rather tritely reply, 'statistics just don't rhyme.'"

"I can be a pain in the arse, so I have to really watch myself. It's lucky I'm in a band. I'd be obnoxious as a solo artist. I'd be in deep trouble."

"Imagine if a third of the kids at your local primary school were AIDS orphans. That's a reality in Africa where the parents of 13 million children have been killed by AIDS."

"Politicians don't turn me on, politics doesn't turn me on, the way music does. I have a lot more respect for them than I used to. They work a lot harder than I thought...but I don't want to be one."

"Joy is a subject I go on and on about. It's one of the only emotions you can't contrive. It's impossible. Despair and anger are easier to convey. Great rock 'n' roll, the raw stuff, is pure joy. It's that sense of being alive, of being grateful for your pulse."

"I'm not a whinging liberal. I'm no hippie with flowers in my hair."

"I can't write a straight love song... it makes me throw up."

"History will judge us on how we respond to the AIDS emergency in Africa... whether we stood around with watering cans and watched while a whole continent burst into flames...or not."

"I don't know why, but we always had this belief that there was something sacred about our music, that it was almost holy, as absurd as that sounds."

"I hope that my work - the activism - will be forgotten. Because I hope those problems will have gone away."

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