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David Bowie

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).

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Jan 8, 1947 In Brixton, London, England, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Ready Steady Go! 1963-08-09
Latest Project:
Movie The Midnight Special Legendary Performances: Million Sellers 2022
Known For
Poster of Discovering Music
Poster of Arthur and the Invisibles
Poster of Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
Poster of Labyrinth
Movie The Midnight Special Legendary Performances: Million Sellers Unknown 2022
Series Discovering Music Self (archive footage) 2022
Series Personne ne bouge! Unknown 2022
Movie David Bowie: London Boy Unknown 2021-01-10
Movie Lindsay Dances – Il teatro e la vita secondo Lindsay Kemp Unknown 2020-05-02
Series 70 Years of Youth Revolt Self (archive footage) 2020-11-21
Movie David Bowie: Finding Fame Himself (archive footage) 2019-02-09
Movie The Show Must Go On: The Queen + Adam Lambert Story Self (archive footage) 2019-04-29
Movie My Music: A Classic Christmas Himself (archive footage) 2019-11-16
Movie Freddie Mercury: The King of Queen Himself 2018-06-05
Movie Glastonbury 2000 Unknown 2018-11-30
Movie Why Are We Creative?: The Centipede's Dilemma Himself 2018-09-07
Movie Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story Himself 2017-05-09
Movie David Bowie: The Last Five Years Himself (archive footage) 2017-01-07
Movie Princess Diana: Her Life - Her Death - The Truth Self (archive footage) 2017-05-22
Movie Shot! The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock Self - Musician (archive footage) 2017-07-21
Movie Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda Jack Celliers (Archive Footage) 2017-11-04
Movie David Bowie: Starman Himself 2016-01-11
Movie David Bowie: Sound and Vision Himself 2016-01-12
Movie Gaga for Dada: The Original Art Rebels Self 2016-09-21
Movie Das Prinzip Dada Unknown 2016-02-06
Movie David Bowie: The Man Who Stole the World Himself (archive footage) 2016-04-26
Movie B-Movie: Lust & Sound in West-Berlin Unknown 2015-02-05
Movie Wilde Jahre West-Berlin Unknown 2015-01-01
Movie Let's Dance: Bowie Down Under Himself 2015-02-10
Movie David Bowie: On the Rock Trail Unknown 2015-12-08
Movie Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces Phillip Jeffries 2014-07-16
Movie Soul Boys of the Western World Self (archive footage) 2014-09-30
Movie Bing Crosby: Rediscovered Himself 2014-12-02
Movie David Bowie: Five Years Unknown 2013-05-25
Movie The Genius of David Bowie Himself 2012-06-22
Movie David Bowie & The Story of Ziggy Stardust Himself 2012-06-22
Movie Clockwork Orange County Unknown 2012-07-04
Movie Acoustic At The BBC Self 2011-09-02
Movie Paul McCartney - The love we make Himself 2011-09-10
Movie David Bowie: Rare and Unseen Unknown 2010-01-01
Movie Bing Crosby: The Television Specials Volume 2 – The Christmas Specials Himself 2010-11-09
Movie The Sacred Triangle: Bowie, Iggy & Lou 1971-1973 Unknown 2010-10-18
Movie David Bowie: VH1 Storytellers Himself 2009-07-14
Movie Bandslam Himself 2009-08-06
Movie Krautrock : The Rebirth of Germany Self (archive footage) 2009-10-22
Movie August Cyrus Ogilvie 2008-05-16
Movie Kings of Glam Unknown 2008-11-22
Series Fringe Unknown 2008-09-09
Movie Scott Walker: 30 Century Man Himself 2007-04-27
Movie SpongeBob's Atlantis SquarePantis Lord Royal Highness 2007-04-28
Movie David Bowie: Glass Spider Unknown 2007-06-22
Series Seven Ages of Rock 2007-05-19
Movie David Gilmour - Remember That Night vocals 2007-09-06
Movie David Bowie: The Serious Moonlight Tour Himself 2006-03-21
Movie David Bowie: Under Review 1976-79 Himself 2006-01-11
Movie The Prestige Nikola Tesla 2006-10-19
Movie Arthur and the Invisibles Maltazard (voice) 2006-12-13
Movie 20 Years Ago Today - Live Aid Himself 2005-07-13
Series Extras David Bowie 2005-07-21
Movie The Work of Director Mark Romanek Himself (archive footage) 2005-09-13
Movie TV Party Himself 2005-08-03
Movie David Bowie: A Reality Tour Self 2004-10-13
Movie Superstar in a Housedress: The Life and Legend of Jackie Curtis Himself (archive footage) 2004-05-05
Movie Live Aid Self 2004-11-16
Movie Mayor of the Sunset Strip Himself 2003-06-17
Movie David Bowie - Sound and Vision Himself 2003-11-12
Movie The Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch Himself - Interviewee 2002-01-01
Movie Queen - The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert 10th Anniversary Documentary Unknown 2002-05-13
Movie David Bowie: Best of Bowie Unknown 2002-06-30
Movie Zoolander David Bowie 2001-09-28
Movie The Concert for New York City Self 2001-10-20
Series Friday Night with Jonathan Ross Unknown 2001-11-02
Movie Classic Albums: Lou Reed - Transformer Himself 2001-12-03
Movie David Bowie: Roseland Ballroom, NYC Himself 2000-06-19
Movie The Ten Commandments of Creativity Himself 2000-02-01
Movie The Filth and the Fury Himself (archive footage) 2000-03-29
Movie David Bowie: Live at Glastonbury 2000 Himself 2000-06-25
Movie Mr. Rice's Secret Mr. William Rice 2000-12-22
Movie Bowie at the BBC Himself 2000-06-27
Series Where Are They Now? Unknown 1999-06-07
Movie B.U.S.T.E.D Bernie 1999-03-20
Movie Saturday Night Live: 25th Anniversary Special Self 1999-09-25
Movie A Bing Crosby Christmas Himself 1998-01-01
Movie Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart Self 1998-04-29
Movie Gunslinger's Revenge Sikora 1998-12-18
Movie David Bowie - 50th Birthday Concert Himself - Vocals 1997-01-01
Movie David Bowie Birthday Celebration Live in NYC Himself 1997-02-03
Movie Nine Inch Nails: Closure himself 1997-11-25
Series The Hunger Unknown 1997-07-20
Movie Basquiat Andy Warhol 1996-08-09
Movie David Bowie: Rockpalast himself 1996-06-19
Movie The Fine Art of Separating People from Their Money Himself 1996-11-17
Movie Nine Inch Nails & David Bowie: Dissonance Unknown 1995-01-01
Series Die Harald Schmidt Show Unknown 1995-12-05
Series Exclusiv - Das Star-Magazin self 1994-03-01
Movie The World of Jim Henson Jareth (archive footage) 1994-11-23
Series Late Night with Conan O'Brien Unknown 1993-09-13
Series Full Stretch David Bowie 1993-01-05
Movie The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert Himself 1992-04-22
Series ECHO-Verleihung himself 1992-05-18
Movie Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me Phillip Jeffries 1992-06-03
Movie The Linguini Incident Monte 1991-05-01
Movie Queen: Greatest Flix II Unknown 1991-05-24
Movie David Bowie: Sound+Vision – Live at The Tokyo Dome himself 1990-01-01
Series Twin Peaks Phillip Jeffries (archive footage) 1990-04-08
Series Dream On Unknown 1990-07-08
Movie The Last Temptation of Christ Pontius Pilatus 1988-08-12
Movie Imagine: John Lennon Self 1988-10-07
Movie Bugs Bunny/Looney Tunes All-Star 50th Anniversary Himself 1986-01-14
Movie Absolute Beginners Vendice Partners 1986-04-04
Movie Inside the Labyrinth Himself 1986-12-13
Movie Labyrinth Jareth 1986-06-27
Movie Into the Night Colin Morris 1985-02-22
Movie Tokyo Melody: A Film about Ryuichi Sakamoto Celliers (archive footage) 1985-04-09
Movie Live Aid Self 1985-07-13
Movie David Bowie: Serious Moonlight Himself on Lead Vocals / Guitar 1984-01-31
Movie Jazzin' for Blue Jean Vic / Screaming Lord Byron 1984-01-01
Movie Ricochet Himself 1984-03-27
Movie Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence Celliers 1983-05-28
Movie The Hunger John Blaylock 1983-04-29
Movie Yellowbeard The Shark (uncredited) 1983-06-24
Movie Group Madness Himself 1983-06-11
Movie The Oshima Gang Himself 1983-12-31
Movie Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars Self / Ziggy Stardust 1983-12-23
Movie David Bowie: Serious Moonlight Montreal Unknown 1983-07-13
Series Champs-Elysées Unknown 1982-01-16
Movie Baal Baal 1982-02-02
Movie The Snowman Older Boy 1982-12-26
Series Wanna bet, that..? Unknown 1981-02-14
Movie Christiane F. Himself 1981-04-02
Movie Just a Gigolo Paul Ambrosius von Przygodski 1978-11-16
Movie David Bowie Live at Beat Club Musikladen Himself on Keyboard/Vocals 1978-05-30
Movie David Bowie On Stage Himself 1978-12-12
Series Auf los geht's los himself 1977-01-22
Movie Bing Crosby's Merrie Olde Christmas Himself 1977-11-30
Movie The Man Who Fell to Earth Thomas Jerome Newton 1976-03-18
Movie Cracked Actor Self 1975-01-26
Series Cher Unknown 1975-02-16
Movie Night Lunch Unknown 1975-12-09
Series Saturday Night Live Himself 1975-10-11
Movie Diamond Dogs Demo Video Himself / Harpie 1974-01-01
Series Musikladen Unknown 1972-12-13
Movie The Looking Glass Murders Cloud 1970-07-08
Movie Love You Till Tuesday Himself 1969-02-07
Movie The Image The Boy 1969-01-01
Movie The Virgin Soldiers Soldier 1969-10-14
Series Unsere kleine Show Self 1969-04-14
Series The Dick Cavett Show Himself - Guest 1968-06-06
Movie NBC television special: The Pursuit of Pleasure Unknown 1967-05-08
Series 4-3-2-1 Hot and Sweet Self 1966-06-11
Series Ready Steady Go! Unknown 1963-08-09