David Bowie

Birthday:

01/08/1947

Place of birth:

Brixton, London, England, UK:

Biography:

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).


Film Credits

Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story (2017)
as Himself
David Bowie: The Man Who Stole the World (2016)
as Himself (archive footage)
David Bowie: Sound and Vision (2016)
as Himself
David Bowie: Starman (2016)
as Himself
Let's Dance: Bowie Down Under (2015)
as Himself
B-Movie: Lust & Sound in West-Berlin (2015)
as
Wilde Jahre West-Berlin (2015)
as
Bing Crosby Rediscovered (2014)
as Himself
Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces (2014)
as Phillip Jeffries
Clockwork Orange County (2012)
as
David Bowie & The Story of Ziggy Stardust (2012)
as Himself
The Love We Make (2011)
as Himself
Acoustic At The BBC (2011)
as Himself
Bing Crosby: The Television Specials Volume 2 – The Christmas Specials (2010)
as Himself
The Sacred Triangle: Bowie, Iggy & Lou 1971-1973 (2010)
as
David Bowie: Rare and Unseen (2010)
as
Bandslam (2009)
as Himself
David Bowie: VH1 Storytellers (2009)
as Himself
August (2008)
as Cyrus Ogilvie
David Gilmour: Remember That Night (2007)
as vocals
David Bowie: Glass Spider (2007)
as
Arthur et les Minimoys (2006)
as Maltazard (english voice)
Scott Walker: 30 Century Man (2006)
as Himself
The Prestige (2006)
as Nikola Tesla
David Bowie: The Serious Moonlight Tour (2006)
as Himself
David Bowie: Under Review 1976-79 (2006)
as Himself
The Work of Director Mark Romanek (2005)
as Himself (archive footage)
TV Party (2005)
as Himself
David Bowie: A Reality Tour (2004)
as Himself
The Nomi Song (2004)
as Himself
David Bowie - Sound & Vision (2003)
as Artist
David Bowie: Best of Bowie (2002)
as
The Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch (2002)
as Himself - Interviewee
Classic Albums: Lou Reed - Transformer (2001)
as Himself
The Concert for New York City (2001)
as Himself
Zoolander (2001)
as Himself
Mr. Rice's Secret (2000)
as Mr. William Rice
David Bowie - BBC Radio Theatre June 27th, 2000 (2000)
as Himself
The Filth and the Fury (2000)
as Himself (archive footage)
Everybody Loves Sunshine (1999)
as Bernie
Il mio West (1998)
as Sikora
Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart (1998)
as Himself
The Fine Art of Separating People from Their Money (1998)
as Himself
A Bing Crosby Christmas (1998)
as Himself
Nine Inch Nails: Closure (1997)
as himself
David Bowie Birthday Celebration Live in NYC (1997)
as Himself
David Bowie - 50th Birthday Concert (1997)
as Himself
Basquiat (1996)
as Andy Warhol
David Bowie: Rockpalast (1996)
as himself
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992)
as Phillip Jeffries
The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert (1992)
as Se stesso
Queen: Greatest Flix II (1991)
as
The Linguini Incident (1991)
as Monte
David Bowie : Sound & Vision Over Tokyo (1990)
as himself
Imagine: John Lennon (1988)
as Himself
The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)
as Pontius Pilatus
Inside the Labyrinth (1986)
as Himself
Labyrinth (1986)
as Jareth
Bugs Bunny/Looney Tunes All-Star 50th Anniversary (1986)
as Himself
Absolute Beginners (1986)
as Vendice Partners
Live Aid (1985)
as
Into the Night (1985)
as Colin Morris
Ricochet (1984)
as Himself
Jazzin' for Blue Jean (1984)
as Vic / Screaming Lord Byron
David Bowie - Serious Moonlight Montreal (1983)
as
Yellowbeard (1983)
as The Shark (uncredited)
Group Madness (1983)
as Himself
戦場のメリークリスマス (1983)
as Maj. Jack 'Strafer' Celliers
The Hunger (1983)
as John
David Bowie: Serious Moonlight (1983)
as Himself
The Snowman (1982)
as Older James (Second Release)
Baal (1982)
as Baal
Christiane F. - Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo (1981)
as Himself
Schöner Gigolo, armer Gigolo (1979)
as Paul Ambrosius von Przygodski
David Bowie On Stage (1978)
as Himself
David Bowie Live at Beat Club Musikladen (1978)
as Himself
Bing Crosby's Merrie Olde Christmas (1977)
as Himself
The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)
as Thomas Jerome Newton
Cracked Actor (1975)
as Himself
Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1973)
as Himself / Ziggy Stardust
Pierrot in Turquoise or the Looking Glass Murders (1970)
as Cloud
The Looking Glass Murders (1970)
as Cloud
The Virgin Soldiers (1969)
as Soldier
Love You Till Tuesday (1969)
as Himself
The Image (1969)
as The Boy
NBC television special: The Pursuit of Pleasure (1967)
as
Ashes to Ashes ()
as Pierrot

Production Credits

Bowie 2001 A Space Oddity (2011)
Songs
Journey Through the Labyrinth (2007)
Thanks
David Bowie: Best of Bowie (2002)
Director
Labyrinth (1986)
Music
The Looking Glass Murders (1970)
Writer
Ashes to Ashes ()
Director