David Bowie

Biography

David Bowie (born David Robert Jones on 8 January 1947) was a English musician, actor, record producer and arranger. A major figure for five decades in the world of popular music, Bowie is widely regarded as an innovator, particularly for his work in the 1970s, and is known for his distinctive voice and the intellectual depth of his work.

Bowie first caught the eye and ear of the public in July 1969, when his song "Space Oddity" reached the top five of the UK Singles Chart. After a three-year period of experimentation he re-emerged in 1972 during the glam rock era with the flamboyant, androgynous alter ego Ziggy Stardust, spearheaded by the hit single "Starman" and the album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. Bowie's impact at that time, as described by biographer David Buckley, "challenged the core belief of the rock music of its day" and "created perhaps the biggest cult in popular culture." The relatively short-lived Ziggy persona proved merely one facet of a career marked by continual reinvention, musical innovation and striking visual presentation.

In 1975, Bowie achieved his first major American crossover success with the number-one single "Fame", co-written with John Lennon, and the hit album Young Americans, which the singer characterised as "plastic soul". The sound constituted a radical shift in style that initially alienated many of his UK devotees. He then confounded the expectations of both his record label and his American audiences by recording the minimalist album Low (1977)—the first of three collaborations with Brian Eno over the next two years. The so-called "Berlin Trilogy" albums all reached the UK top five and garnered lasting critical praise.

After uneven commercial success in the late 1970s, Bowie had UK number ones with the 1980 single "Ashes to Ashes" and its parent album, Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps). He paired with Queen for the 1981 UK chart-topping single "Under Pressure", then reached a new commercial peak in 1983 with the album Let's Dance, which yielded the hit singles "Let's Dance", "China Girl", and "Modern Love". Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, Bowie continued to experiment with musical styles, including blue-eyed soul, industrial, adult contemporary, and jungle. His last recorded album was Reality (2003), which was supported by the 2003–2004 Reality Tour.

Biographer David Buckley says of Bowie: "His influence has been unique in popular culture—he has permeated and altered more lives than any comparable figure." In the BBC's 2002 poll of the 100 Greatest Britons, Bowie was placed at number 29. Throughout his career, he has sold an estimated 136 million albums. In the United Kingdom, he has been awarded 9 Platinum album certifications, 11 Gold and 8 Silver, and in the United States, 5 Platinum and 7 Gold certifications. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked him 39th on their list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time", and 23rd on their list of the best singers of all-time.

David passed away on January 10, 2016 after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer.

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David Bowie (born David Robert Jones on 8 January 1947) was a English musician, actor, record producer and arranger. A major figure for five decades in the world of popular music, Bowie is widely regarded as an innovator, particularly for his work in the 1970s, and is known for his distinctive voice and the intellectual depth of his work.

Bowie first caught the eye and ear of the public in July 1969, when his song "Space Oddity" reached the top five of the UK Singles Chart. After a three-year period of experimentation he re-emerged in 1972 during the glam rock era with the flamboyant, androgynous alter ego Ziggy Stardust, spearheaded by the hit single "Starman" and the album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. Bowie's impact at that time, as described by biographer David Buckley, "challenged the core belief of the rock music of its day" and "created perhaps the biggest cult in popular culture." The relatively short-lived Ziggy persona proved merely one facet of a career marked by continual reinvention, musical innovation and striking visual presentation.

In 1975, Bowie achieved his first major American crossover success with the number-one single "Fame", co-written with John Lennon, and the hit album Young Americans, which the singer characterised as "plastic soul". The sound constituted a radical shift in style that initially alienated many of his UK devotees. He then confounded the expectations of both his record label and his American audiences by recording the minimalist album Low (1977)—the first of three collaborations with Brian Eno over the next two years. The so-called "Berlin Trilogy" albums all reached the UK top five and garnered lasting critical praise.

After uneven commercial success in the late 1970s, Bowie had UK number ones with the 1980 single "Ashes to Ashes" and its parent album, Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps). He paired with Queen for the 1981 UK chart-topping single "Under Pressure", then reached a new commercial peak in 1983 with the album Let's Dance, which yielded the hit singles "Let's Dance", "China Girl", and "Modern Love". Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, Bowie continued to experiment with musical styles, including blue-eyed soul, industrial, adult contemporary, and jungle. His last recorded album was Reality (2003), which was supported by the 2003–2004 Reality Tour.

Biographer David Buckley says of Bowie: "His influence has been unique in popular culture—he has permeated and altered more lives than any comparable figure." In the BBC's 2002 poll of the 100 Greatest Britons, Bowie was placed at number 29. Throughout his career, he has sold an estimated 136 million albums. In the United Kingdom, he has been awarded 9 Platinum album certifications, 11 Gold and 8 Silver, and in the United States, 5 Platinum and 7 Gold certifications. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked him 39th on their list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time", and 23rd on their list of the best singers of all-time.

David passed away on January 10, 2016 after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer.

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Personal Info

Gender Male

Known Credits 86

Birthday 1947-01-08

Day of Death 2016-01-10

Place of Birth Brixton, London, England, UK

Adult Actor False

Official Site -

Also Known As

  • David Robert Haywood Jones

Known For

Acting TV ShowsMovies

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 Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces as Phillip Jeffries
2013 David Bowie: Five Years as himself
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 The Sacred Triangle: Bowie, Iggy & Lou 1971-1973
2009 Bandslam as Himself
2009 David Bowie: VH1 Storytellers as Himself
2008 Fringe(1 episode)
2008 August as Cyrus Ogilvie
2007 David Bowie - Glass Spider
2006 Arthur and the Invisibles as Maltazard (voice)
2006 Scott Walker: 30 Century Man as himself
2006 The Prestige as Nikola Tesla
2006 David Gilmour: Live At The Royal Albert Hall
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
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
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 Die 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 as himself
1988 John Lennon - Imagine 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 (Re-Released Version)
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 @ 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 David Bowie
1973 Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars as Himself / Ziggy Stardust
1970 The Looking Glass Murders as Cloud
1969 Love You Till Tuesday as Himself
1969 The Image as The Boy
1963 Ready Steady Go!(1 episode)
1900 Live Aid(0 episodes)

Sound

2011 Bowie 2001 A Space Oddity … Songs
2005 C.R.A.Z.Y. … Original Music Composer
1982 Cat People … Music

Writing

1970 The Looking Glass Murders … Writer

Directing

2002 David Bowie: Best Of Bowie … Director

Crew

2007 Journey Through the Labyrinth … Thanks

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