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David Bowie

Highest Rated:   94% The Nomi Song (2005)
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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 Yellowbe

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet David Bowie: Becoming David Bowie
  • Actor
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
2009
36% August
  • Ogilvie
2008
No Score Yet David Bowie: Bowie in the '70s
  • Actor
2008
73% Glastonbury
  • Actor
2007
21% Arthur and the Invisibles (Arthur and the Minimoys)
  • Maltazard
2007
No Score Yet David Bowie - Glass Spider
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet David Bowie: Music in Review
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet David Gilmour - Remember That Night - Live at the Royal Albert Hall
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Classic Rock
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet David Bowie - The Plastic Soul Review
  • Actor
2007
86% Scott Walker: 30 Century Man
  • Executive Producer
  • Interviewee
2006
76% The Prestige
  • Nikola Tesla
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 On the Rock Trail: David Bowie
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet On the Rock Trail - David Bowie
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet David Bowie and the Spiders from Mars - Rock Revie
  • 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 Live Aid
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet David Bowie - A Reality Tour
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet David Bowie - Origins of a Starman
  • 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 Bing Crosby - White Christmas
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet David Bowie: The Best of Bowie
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Hit Explosion
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet David Bowie - Best of Bowie
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet British Are Coming
  • Actor
2002
64% Zoolander
  • Himself
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 Gay! Gay! Hollywood
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Inspirations
  • Actor
1997
70% 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 David Bowie: Black Tie White Noise
  • Actor
1993
No Score Yet Tina Turner - The Girl From Nutbush
  • Actor
1993
61% Twin Peaks - Fire Walk with Me
  • Phillip
1992
No Score Yet The Linguini Incident
  • Monte
1992
No Score Yet Tin Machine - Live - Oy Vey, Baby
  • Actor
1991
82% The Last Temptation of Christ
  • Pontius Pilate
1988
No Score Yet Pixies
  • Actor
1988
No Score Yet David Bowie - Day-In, Day-Out
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet David Bowie - The Glass Spider Tour
  • Actor
1987
68% Labyrinth
  • Jareth the Goblin King
1986
No Score Yet Labyrinth Quote-along
  • Actor
1986
75% Absolute Beginners
  • Vendice Partners
1986
No Score Yet Live Aid
  • Actor
1985
41% Into the Night
  • Colin Morris
1985
No Score Yet David Bowie - Ricochet
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet David Bowie - Jazzin' for Blue Jeans
  • Actor
1984
79% Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence
  • Maj. Jack 'Strafer' Celliers
1983
22% Yellowbeard
  • Henson
1983
48% The Hunger
  • John
1983
No Score Yet David Bowie - Serious Moonlight
  • Actor
  • Director
1983
No Score Yet David Bowie - China Girl
  • Actor
1983
No Score Yet Cool Cats - 25 Years Of Rock 'N' Roll Style
  • Actor
1983
No Score Yet 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
82% The Man Who Fell to Earth
  • Thomas Jerome Newton
1976
No Score Yet David Bowie - Under Review: 1976-79: The Berlin Trilogy
  • Actor
1976
72% 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 David Bowie - Love You Till Tuesday
  • Actor
1969
No Score Yet The Image
  • Actor
1967
No Score Yet David Gilmore: Remember That Night
  • Actor
No Score Yet Psychomania
  • Actor
No Score Yet Ricochet
  • Actor
No Score Yet John Lennon - A Tribute
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
SpongeBob SquarePants
1999
  • Voice
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Performer
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Musical Guest

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