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).

Read More

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).

Personal Info

Gender Male

Known Credits 97

Birthday 1947-01-08

Day of Death 2016-01-10

Place of Birth Brixton, London, England, UK

Official Site http://www.davidbowie.com/

Also Known As

  • -

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2017 Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story as Himself
2016 David Bowie: The Man Who Stole the World as Himself (archive footage)
2016 David Bowie: Sound and Vision as Himself
2016 David Bowie: Starman as Himself
2015 Let's Dance: Bowie Down Under as Himself
2014 Bing Crosby Rediscovered as Himself
2014 Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me - The Missing Pieces as Phillip Jeffries
2013 David Bowie: The Next Day
2012 Clockwork Orange County
2012 David Bowie & the Story of Ziggy Stardust as Himself
2011 The Love We Make as Himself
2011 Acoustic At The BBC as Himself
2010 Bing Crosby: The Television Specials Volume 2 – The Christmas Specials as Himself
2010 The Sacred Triangle: Bowie, Iggy & Lou 1971-1973
2010 David Bowie: Rare and Unseen
2009 Bandslam as Himself
2009 David Bowie: VH1 Storytellers as Himself
2008 Fringe(1 episode)
2008 August as Cyrus Ogilvie
2007 David Gilmour: Remember That Night as vocals
2007 David Bowie: Glass Spider
2006 Arthur and the Invisibles as Maltazard (english voice)
2006 Scott Walker: 30 Century Man as himself
2006 The Prestige as Nikola Tesla
2006 David Bowie: The Serious Moonlight Tour as Himself
2006 David Bowie: Under Review 1976-79 as Himself
2005 Extras(1 episode)
2004 David Bowie - A Reality Tour as himself
2004 The Nomi Song as Himself
2003 David Bowie - Sound & Vision as Artist
2002 David Bowie: Best Of Bowie
2002 The Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch as Himself - Interviewee
2001 Lou Reed - Transformer as Himself
2001 Friday Night with Jonathan Ross(1 episode)
2001 The Concert for New York City as Himself
2001 Zoolander as Himself
2000 Mr. Rice's Secret as Mr. William Rice
2000 David Bowie - BBC Radio Theatre June 27th, 2000 as Himself
2000 The Filth and the Fury as Himself (archive footage)
1999 Where Are They Now?(1 episode)
1999 B.U.S.T.E.D as Bernie
1998 Gunslinger's Revenge as Sikora
1998 Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart as himself
1998 A Bing Crosby Christmas as Himself
1998 The Fine Art of Separating People from Their Money as Himself
1997 Nine Inch Nails: Closure as himself
1997 The Hunger(47 episodes)
1997 David Bowie Birthday Celebration Live in NYC as Himself
1997 David Bowie - 50th Birthday Concert as Himself
1996 Basquiat as Andy Warhol
1996 David Bowie: Rockpalast as himself
1995 The Harald Schmidt Show(2 episodes)
1993 Late Night with Conan O'Brien(1 episode)
1992 Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me as Phillip Jeffries
1992 The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert as Himself
1991 Queen: Greatest Flix II
1991 The Linguini Incident as Monte
1990 Dream On(2 episodes)
1990 David Bowie : Sound & Vision Over Tokyo as himself
1988 Imagine: John Lennon as Himself
1988 The Last Temptation of Christ as Pontius Pilatus
1986 Inside the Labyrinth as Himself
1986 Labyrinth as Jareth
1986 Absolute Beginners as Vendice Partners
1985 Live Aid as Himself
1985 Into the Night as Colin Morris
1984 David Bowie - Jazzin' For Blue Jean as Vic / Screaming Lord Byron
1983 David Bowie - Serious Moonlight Montreal
1983 Yellowbeard as The Shark (uncredited)
1983 Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence as Maj. Jack 'Strafer' Celliers
1983 The Hunger as John
1983 David Bowie: Serious Moonlight as Himself
1982 The Snowman as Older James (Second Release)
1982 Baal as Baal
1981 Christiane F. as Himself
1981 Wanna bet, that..?(1 episode)
1979 Just a Gigolo as Paul Ambrosius von Przygodski
1978 David Bowie On Stage as Himself
1978 David Bowie Live at Beat Club Musikladen as Himself
1976 The Man Who Fell to Earth as Thomas Jerome Newton
1975 Saturday Night Live(3 episodes)
1975 Cher(1 episode)
1975 Cracked Actor as Himself
1973 Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars as Himself / Ziggy Stardust
1970 The Looking Glass Murders as Cloud
1970 Pierrot in Turquoise or the Looking Glass Murders as Cloud
1969 The Virgin Soldiers as Soldier
1969 Love You Till Tuesday as Himself
1969 The Image as The Boy
1963 Ready Steady Go!(1 episode)
1900 Ashes to Ashes as Pierrot
1900 Live Aid(0 episodes)
1900 Full Stretch(1 episode) as David Bowie

Sound

2011 Bowie 2001 A Space OdditySongs
2005 CRAZYOriginal Music Composer
1982 Cat PeopleMusic

Directing

2002 David Bowie: Best Of BowieDirector
1900 Ashes to AshesDirector

Writing

1970 The Looking Glass MurdersWriter

Crew

2007 Journey Through the LabyrinthThanks

By signing up for an account on TMDb, you can post directly to Twitter and Facebook.

You need to be logged in to continue. Click here to login or here to sign up.