David Bowie

David Bowie

  • Born on
    • January 8th, 1947
  • Died on
    • January 10th, 2016
David Robert Jones (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016), known professionally as David Bowie, was an English singer, songwriter and actor. He was a figure in popular music for over five decades, regarded by critics and musicians as an innovator, particularly for his work in the 1970s. His career was marked by reinvention and visual presentation, his music and stagecraft significantly influencing popular music. During his lifetime, his record sales, estimated at 140 million worldwide, made him one of the world's best-selling music artists. In the UK, he was awarded nine platinum album certifications, eleven gold and eight silver, releasing eleven number-one albums. In the US, he received five platinum and seven gold certifications. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. Born and raised in South London, Bowie developed an interest in music as a child, eventually studying art, music and design before embarking on a professional career as a musician in 1963. "Space Oddity" became his first top-five entry on the UK Singles Chart after its release in July 1969. After a period of experimentation, he re-emerged in 1972 during the glam rock era with his flamboyant and androgynous alter ego Ziggy Stardust. The character was spearheaded by the success of his single "Starman" and album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, which won him widespread popularity. In 1975, Bowie's style shifted radically towards a sound he characterised as "plastic soul", initially alienating many of his UK devotees but garnering him his first major US crossover success with the number-one single "Fame" and the album Young Americans. In 1976, Bowie starred in the cult film The Man Who Fell to Earth and released Station to Station. The following year, he further confounded musical expectations with the electronic-inflected album Low (1977), the first of three collaborations with Brian Eno that would come to be known as the "Berlin Trilogy". "Heroes" (1977) and Lodger (1979) followed; each album reached the UK top five and received lasting critical praise. After uneven commercial success in the late 1970s, Bowie had UK number ones with the 1980 single "Ashes to Ashes", its parent album Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps), and "Under Pressure", a 1981 collaboration with Queen. He then reached his commercial peak in 1983 with Let's Dance, with its title track topping both UK and US charts. Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, Bowie continued to experiment with musical styles, including industrial and jungle. Bowie also continued acting; his roles included Major Celliers in Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983), the Goblin King Jareth in Labyrinth (1986), Pontius Pilate in The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), and Nikola Tesla in The Prestige (2006), among other film and television appearances and cameos. He stopped concert touring after 2004 and his last live performance was at a charity event in 2006. In 2013, Bowie returned from a decade-long recording hiatus with the release of The Next Day. He remained musically active until he died of liver cancer two days after the release of his final album, Blackstar (2016).

Starring David Bowie on Plex


Acting (29 Credits)

2017Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda as Jack Celliers (Archive Footage)
2015David Bowie: On the Rock Trail
2014Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces as Phillip Jeffries
2013David Bowie: Five Years
2008August as Cyrus Ogilvie
2007David bowie - Up Close and Personal as Singer, Songwriter
2007David Gilmour: Remember That Night as vocals
20077 Ages of Rock
2006David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust as Singer, Songwriter
2006The Prestige as Nikola Tesla
2006Arthur and the Invisibles as Maltazard (voice)
2001Zoolander as David Bowie
1999Mr. Rice's Secret as Mr. William Rice
1998Il mio West as Sikora
1998B.U.S.T.E.D as Bernie
1997The Hunger
1996Basquiat as Andy Warhol
1992Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me as Phillip Jeffries
1991The Linguini Incident as Monte
1988The Last Temptation of Christ as Pontius Pilatus
1986Labyrinth as Jareth
1986Absolute Beginners as Vendice Partners
1985Into the Night as Colin Morris
1983Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence as Celliers
1983The Hunger as John Blaylock
1983Yellowbeard as The Shark (uncredited)
1982The Snowman as Older Boy
1978Just a Gigolo as Paul Ambrosius von Przygodski
1976The Man Who Fell to Earth as Thomas Jerome Newton

Himself (26 Credits)

2021Moby Doc as Self
2021The Velvet Underground as Self (voice)
2019David Bowie: Finding Fame as Himself (archive footage)
2019The Show Must Go On: The Queen + Adam Lambert Story as Self (archive footage)
2018Why Are We Creative: The Centipede's Dilemma as Himself
2018Freddie Mercury: The King of Queen as Himself
2017David Bowie: The Last Five Years as Himself (archive footage)
2016David Bowie: The Man Who Stole the World as Himself (archive footage)
2016SHOT! The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock as Self - Musician (archive footage)
2015B-Movie: Lust & Sound in West-Berlin 1979-1989 as Self
2014Soul Boys of the Western World as Self (archive footage)
2009Bandslam as Himself
2006Scott Walker: 30 Century Man as Himself
2004David Bowie: A Reality Tour as Self
2004The Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch as Himself - Interviewee
2003Mayor of the Sunset Strip as Himself
2001The Concert for New York City as Self
2000The Filth and the Fury as Himself (archive footage)
1999Saturday Night Live 25 as Self
1997Closure as himself
1992The Freddie Mercury Tribute: Concert for AIDS Awareness as Himself
1988Imagine: John Lennon as Self
1986Inside the Labyrinth as Himself
1985Live Aid as Self
1981Christiane F. as Himself
1979Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars as Self / Ziggy Stardust


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