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David Byrne



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
97% Stop Making Sense
  • Lead Vocals/Guitar
2014
60% Mercedes Sosa: The Voice of Latin America
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet The Man Who Bottled Clouds (O homem que engarrafava nuvens)
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling
  • Executive Producer
2013
65% This Must Be The Place
  • Himself
2012
100% Under African Skies
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet La Casa del Ritmo: A Film About Los Amigos Invisibles
  • Actor
2012
71% Ride, Rise, Roar
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Man Who Bottled Clouds
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Heavy Petting
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet David Byrne - Live From Austin, Texas
  • 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 The Art Of Amalia
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Second Timothy Leary Tape
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet David Byrne - Between the Teeth
  • Actor
1994
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
76% True Stories
  • Narrator / Lip-Syncher / Talking Heads singer
  • Director
1986
No Score Yet The True Story of Eskimo Nell
  • Actor
1975

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Performer
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Performer
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
No Score Yet StarTalk
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Appearing
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Guest
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
  • Performer
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Performer
No Score Yet Austin City Limits
1983
  • Performer
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Musical Guest

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