WATCH: Whatever Happend To The Guy In The Dire Straits Video?

The Dire Straits Video Guy

Showbusiness is a fickle endeavor. Many’s the iconic presence that once appeared to be a permanent fixture in everyone’s lives but now struggles to take their notoriety and do anything worthwhile with it. Some can’t handle the transition, and lose themselves in drink or drugs, some simply turn their back on the world and start life afresh. But none of them escape unscathed.

So, huge thanks to YouTuber  for tracking down one of the biggest stars of the ’80s, and convincing him to break cover once more, to stick his head above the parapet and tell his sad story.

Ladies and gentlemen I present, the guy from the video to “Money For Nothing” by Dire Straits.

And here he is, in his prime:

Note: I don’t think he wants his MTV any more…

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2.

He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage.

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