David Bowie

Birthday: Jan 8, 1947
Birthplace: Brixton, London, England, UK
One of the great chameleons of contemporary pop music, David Bowie long displayed a gift for remaking his image to suit his creative needs, which, when coupled with an approach that carried far more intellectual and creative weight than that of the average rock star, made him a better candidate than most musicians to become a solid screen actor. While David Bowie never graduated into a full-fledged movie star, over the years he established himself as a gifted (if idiosyncratic) thespian with a taste for offbeat projects.David Bowie was born David Robert Jones in the multi-cultural working-class city of Brixton, England on January 8, 1947. Jones developed an interest in creative matters early on, and picked up the saxophone at age 13. At 16, Jones left school and began a career as a commercial artist, while singing and playing sax with rock bands in his spare time. By 1966, Jones had recorded singles with three different combos, none of which fared well commercially, when he decided to set out on his own as a solo act; he also took on the stage name David Bowie to avoid confusion with Davy Jones, who had just become an international star with the pre-fab pop group the Monkees. After recording an unsuccessful solo album, Bowie dropped out of the music business for a spell and began to study mime with Lindsay Kemp; in 1969, Bowie even formed his own mime troupe, Feathers, as well as an experimental art ensemble, the Beckenham Arts Lab. Neither was a sure moneymaker by any stretch of the imagination, so Bowie signed a deal to record another album, which included an offbeat number called "Space Odyssey." Around the same time, Bowie made his screen-acting debut with a very small part in the film The Virgin Soldiers; that same year, he also appeared in an obscure experimental film called The Image, as well a promotional reel called David Bowie: Love You Till Tuesday, which remained unseen until the early 1970s; the film includes footage of Bowie playing his music and performing with the Feathers group.Bowie's next album, 1970's The Man Who Sold the World, represented a move toward a harder rock sound, and in 1972, he'd score his breakthrough with The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, a concept album about a gender-bending rock star from outer space. Released as the glam rock scene was beginning to peak, Ziggy Stardust made Bowie a full-fledged superstar in both England and the United States, and D.A. Pennebaker shot a celebrated documentary about the final date of the group's 1973 tour. In 1976, with Bowie confirmed as a major international pop star, director Nicolas Roeg cast Bowie in his first leading role as an unhappy alien who becomes a famous industrialist and pop star as he tries to find a way home in The Man Who Fell to Earth; while the film was a few shades too arty and offbeat to become a box-office blockbuster, the story seemed made-to-order for Bowie's public persona, and he gave a fine performance which helped the film become a modest box-office success. Bowie's busy touring and recording schedule, however, kept him from taking another major film role until 1979, when he played Paul in Just a Gigolo, an ambitious but unsuccessful film best remembered for featuring Marlene Dietrich's final screen performance. For the next few years, Bowie's screen work was for the most part limited to contributing music to films, most notably Cat People, for which he provided the theme song, and Christane F., in which Bowie briefly appeared as himself in a concert sequence.In 1983, Bowie's album Let's Dance brought him to new heights of commercial success, and his next major film, Nagisa Oshima's Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence found him receiving top billing for what was essentially a supporting role. Despite Bowie's busy touring schedule, he continued pursuing film work, playing a key role in the offbeat vampire film The Hunger and lending a cameo to the comedy Yellowbeard, while also providing music for Hero, The


Highest Rated Movies



100% David Bowie: Finding Fame Actor 2019
80% Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story Actor $11.9K 2017
88% David Bowie: The Last Five Years Actor 2017
No Score Yet Bowie: The Man Who Changed the World Actor 2016
No Score Yet David Bowie: Becoming David Bowie Actor 2014
No Score Yet Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces Phillip Jeffries 2014
No Score Yet David Bowie & the Story of Ziggy Stardust Actor 2012
No Score Yet David Bowie: The Calm Before The Storm Actor 2012
No Score Yet Arias with a Twist Actor 2011
82% The Love We Make Actor 2011
81% Bandslam Himself $5.3M 2009
36% August Ogilvie 2008
No Score Yet David Bowie: Bowie in the '70s Actor 2008
72% Glastonbury Actor 2007
22% Arthur and the Invisibles (Arthur and the Minimoys) Maltazard $15.1M 2007
No Score Yet David Bowie - The Plastic Soul Review Actor 2007
No Score Yet David Bowie: Music in Review Actor 2007
No Score Yet Classic Rock Actor 2007
No Score Yet David Gilmour - Remember That Night - Live at the Royal Albert Hall Actor 2007
87% Scott Walker: 30 Century Man Interviewee 2006
76% The Prestige Nikola Tesla $53.2M 2006
No Score Yet David Bowie: Under Review: 1976-1979: The Berlin Trilogy Actor 2006
No Score Yet 50 Watt Fuse Actor 2006
No Score Yet David Bowie and the Spiders from Mars - Rock Revie Actor 2006
No Score Yet On the Rock Trail: David Bowie Actor 2006
No Score Yet Rock Band Actor 2005
94% The Nomi Song Actor 2005
No Score Yet Gunslinger's Revenge Jack Sikora 2005
No Score Yet David Bowie: Inside Bowie and the Spiders: 1969-1972 Actor 2004
No Score Yet Erasure: The Tank, the Swan and the Balloon: Live Actor 2004
No Score Yet David Bowie: Origins of a Starman Actor 2004
No Score Yet The Rutles 2---Can't Buy Me Lunch Himself 2004
No Score Yet The Music of Shrek 2 Actor 2004
No Score Yet David Bowie: A Reality Tour Actor 2004
No Score Yet Punk Drunk Love: The Images of Mick Rock Actor 2004
87% Mayor of the Sunset Strip Actor 2004
No Score Yet David Bowie: Inside Bowie and the Spiders: 1972-1974 Actor 2004
No Score Yet Dédales (Labyrinth) Actor 2003
No Score Yet David Bowie: The Best of Bowie Actor 2002
No Score Yet Hit Explosion Actor 2002
64% Zoolander Himself $44.8M 2001
No Score Yet The Best of Tina Turner: Celebrate! Actor 2000
50% Mr. Rice's Secret Mr. Rice 2000
No Score Yet Busted Bernie 1999
No Score Yet Everybody Loves Sunshine (B.U.S.T.E.D.) (Busted) Actor 1999
No Score Yet Inspirations Actor 1997
68% Basquiat Andy Warhol 1996
No Score Yet Magic Hunter Producer 1996
No Score Yet The Fine Art of Separating People From Their Money Interviewee 1996
No Score Yet Champions of the World Actor 1995
No Score Yet Tina Turner - The Girl From Nutbush Actor 1993
No Score Yet David Bowie: Black Tie White Noise Actor 1993
64% Twin Peaks - Fire Walk with Me Phillip 1992
No Score Yet The Linguini Incident Monte 1992
80% The Last Temptation of Christ Pontius Pilate 1988
No Score Yet Pixies Actor 1988
70% Labyrinth Jareth the Goblin King 1986
No Score Yet Labyrinth Quote-along Actor 1986
78% Absolute Beginners Vendice Partners 1986
No Score Yet Live Aid Actor 1985
38% Into the Night Colin Morris 1985
80% Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence Maj. Jack 'Strafer' Celliers 1983
22% Yellowbeard Henson 1983
52% The Hunger John 1983
No Score Yet David Bowie - Serious Moonlight Director Actor 1983
No Score Yet Cool Cats - 25 Years Of Rock 'N' Roll Style Actor 1983
80% The Snowman Actor 1982
No Score Yet Baal Actor 1982
No Score Yet Christiane F David Bowie 1981
No Score Yet Schöner Gigolo, armer Gigolo (Just A Gigolo) Paul 1979
83% The Man Who Fell to Earth Thomas Jerome Newton 1976
73% Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars Actor 1973
No Score Yet David Bowie: Spiders from Mars: Interviews Actor 1972
No Score Yet The Virgin Soldiers Actor 1969
No Score Yet The Image Actor 1967
No Score Yet David Gilmore: Remember That Night Actor


89% Extras
Guest Himself
  • 2007
No Score Yet SpongeBob SquarePants
  • 2007
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
  • 2002
No Score Yet The Hunger
Host Appearing
  • 2000
  • 1999
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
Performer Musical Guest
  • 1999
  • 1997
  • 1979