David Byrne

Highest Rated: 100% Under African Skies (2012)
Lowest Rated: 20% Checking Out (1989)
Birthday: May 14, 1952
Birthplace: Not Available
David Byrne, a true renaissance man, has been the leader of an intellectual new wave rock-band Talking Heads, an actor, a filmmaker, screenwriter, and composer of musical scores. Born in Dumbarton, Scotland, he was raised in Baltimore after moving to the U.S. at the age of seven. As a young man, he studied photography, performance and video production at the Rhode Island School of Design and the Maryland Institute College of Art. In 1984, he and the Talking Heads were the subject of Jonathan Demme's concert film Stop Making Sense. He then tried filmmaking with his off-beat satire of Texas life True Stories (1986). Some of Byrne's quirky songs have appeared in feature films as well. In 1987, he and co-composers Ryuichi Sakamoto and Cong Su won Academy Awards for their musical score for Bertolucci's The Last Emperor. He directed the 1989 documentary Ilé Aiyé, and made memorable contributions to Heavy Petting that same year. Over the ensuing years, he contributed to the score for many films including Magicians of the Earth, The Book of Life, and Young Adam, as well as the Sean Penn starring This Must Be the Place, which took its title from an old Talking Heads tune.

Highest Rated Movies



68% Contemporary Color Actor $15.8K 2017
60% Mercedes Sosa: The Voice of Latin America Actor 2014
No Score Yet GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling Executive Producer 2013
No Score Yet The Man Who Bottled Clouds (O homem que engarrafava nuvens) Actor 2013
67% This Must Be The Place Himself $0.2M 2012
100% Under African Skies Actor 2012
No Score Yet La Casa del Ritmo: A Film About Los Amigos Invisibles Actor 2012
75% Ride, Rise, Roar Actor 2010
No Score Yet Beyond Ipanema Actor 2009
No Score Yet Man Who Bottled Clouds Actor 2008
No Score Yet Celia: The Queen Actor 2008
No Score Yet Heavy Petting Actor 2007
76% Absolute Wilson Actor 2006
No Score Yet Fabricating Tom Ze (Fabricando Tom Zé) Actor 2006
No Score Yet TV Party: The Documentary Actor 2005
No Score Yet Stranger: Bernie Worrell on Earth Actor 2005
No Score Yet David Byrne: Live at Union Chapel Actor 2004
No Score Yet Ile Aiye Director 2004
No Score Yet Lubbock Lights Actor 2002
No Score Yet David Byrne: Live from Austin, TX Actor 2001
No Score Yet In the Bathtub of the World Actor 2001
No Score Yet The Art Of Amalia Actor 2000
No Score Yet Red Hot + Blue: A Tribute to Cole Porter Actor 1991
No Score Yet Heavy Petting Actor 1989
20% Checking Out Bartender 1989
No Score Yet Île Aiye: The House of Life Screenwriter Director 1989
No Score Yet Two Moon July Actor 1987
76% True Stories Narrator / Lip-Syncher / Talking Heads singer 1986
97% Stop Making Sense Lead Vocals/Guitar 1984
No Score Yet The True Story of Eskimo Nell Actor 1975


No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
  • 2018
  • 2017
No Score Yet StarTalk
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
  • 2014
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet Great Performances
  • 2013
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
  • 2012
No Score Yet Colbert Report
Guest Performer
  • 2012
  • 2009
85% The Simpsons
  • 2003
No Score Yet Austin City Limits
  • 2002
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
Musical Guest Performer
  • 1989