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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 Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story 2017-05-09
Known For
Poster of Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart
Poster of Cracked Actor
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 B-Movie: Lust & Sound in West-Berlin 2015-02-05
Movie Let's Dance: Bowie Down Under Himself 2015-02-10
Movie Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces Phillip Jeffries 2014-07-29
Movie David Bowie & The Story of Ziggy Stardust Himself 2012-06-22
Movie Clockwork Orange County 2012-07-04
Movie The Love We Make Himself 2011-09-10
Movie The Sacred Triangle: Bowie, Iggy & Lou 1971-1973 2010-10-18
Movie David Bowie: VH1 Storytellers Himself 2009-07-14
Movie Bandslam Himself 2009-08-06
Movie David Bowie: Glass Spider 2007-06-22
Movie Scott Walker: 30 Century Man Himself 2007-04-27
Movie David Gilmour: Remember That Night vocals 2007-09-06
Movie The Prestige Nikola Tesla 2006-10-19
Movie Arthur and the Invisibles Maltazard (english voice) 2006-12-13
Series Extras Unknown 2005-07-21
Movie The Nomi Song Himself 2004-03-23
Movie David Bowie: A Reality Tour Himself 2004-10-13
Movie David Bowie: Best of Bowie 2002-06-30
Movie Zoolander David Bowie 2001-09-28
Movie The Concert for New York City Himself 2001-10-20
Movie Classic Albums: Lou Reed - Transformer Himself 2001-12-03
Series Friday Night with Jonathan Ross Unknown 2001-11-02
Movie The Filth and the Fury Himself (archive footage) 2000-03-29
Movie Mr. Rice's Secret Mr. William Rice 2000-12-22
Movie B.U.S.T.E.D Bernie 1999-03-20
Movie The Fine Art of Separating People from Their Money Himself 1998-01-01
Movie A Bing Crosby Christmas Himself 1998-01-01
Movie Gunslinger's Revenge Sikora 1998-12-18
Movie Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart Himself 1998-04-29
Movie Nine Inch Nails: Closure himself 1997-11-25
Series The Harald Schmidt Show Unknown 1995-12-05
Series Late Night with Conan O'Brien Unknown 1993-09-13
Movie The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert Himself 1992-04-22
Movie Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me Phillip Jeffries 1992-06-03
Movie The Linguini Incident Monte 1991-01-01
Movie Queen: Greatest Flix II 1991-05-24
Movie The Last Temptation of Christ Pontius Pilatus 1988-08-12
Movie Imagine: John Lennon Himself 1988-10-07
Movie Absolute Beginners Vendice Partners 1986-01-01
Movie Labyrinth Jareth the Goblin King 1986-06-27
Movie Inside the Labyrinth Himself 1986-12-13
Movie Into the Night Colin Morris 1985-02-22
Movie Live Aid 1985-07-13
Movie Jazzin' for Blue Jean Vic / Screaming Lord Byron 1984-01-01
Movie David Bowie: Serious Moonlight Himself on Lead Vocals / Guitar 1984-01-31
Movie Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence Celliers 1983-05-28
Movie Yellowbeard The Shark (uncredited) 1983-06-24
Movie Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars Himself / Ziggy Stardust 1983-12-23
Movie Baal Baal 1982-02-02
Movie The Snowman Older James (Second Release) 1982-12-26
Series Wanna bet, that..? Unknown 1981-02-14
Movie Christiane F. Himself 1981-04-01
Movie The Man Who Fell to Earth Thomas Jerome Newton 1976-03-18
Movie Cracked Actor Himself 1975-01-01
Series Saturday Night Live Unknown 1975-10-11
Movie Pierrot in Turquoise or the Looking Glass Murders Cloud 1970-07-08
Movie The Virgin Soldiers Soldier 1969-10-14
Movie The Image The Boy 1969-01-01
Series Ready Steady Go! Unknown 1963-08-09
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