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David Bowie

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. Description above from the Wikipedia article David Bowie, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia

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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 Let's Dance: Bowie Down Under 2016-04-17
Known For
Poster of Ready Steady Go!
Movie Let's Dance: Bowie Down Under Himself 2016-04-17
Movie David Bowie: Starman Himself 2016-01-11
Movie David Bowie: Sound and Vision Himself 2016-01-12
Movie B-Movie: Lust & Sound in West-Berlin 2015-02-05
Movie Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces Phillip Jeffries 2014-07-29
Movie David Bowie: Five Years himself 2013-05-25
Movie Clockwork Orange County 2012-07-04
Movie David Bowie & The Story of Ziggy Stardust Himself 2012-06-22
Movie Acoustic At The BBC Himself 2011-09-02
Movie The Love We Make Himself 2011-09-10
Movie David Bowie: Rare and Unseen 2010-01-01
Movie The Sacred Triangle: Bowie, Iggy & Lou 1971-1973 2010-10-18
Movie Bandslam Himself 2009-08-06
Movie David Bowie: VH1 Storytellers Himself 2009-07-14
Movie August Cyrus Ogilvie 2008-05-16
Series Fringe Unknown 2008-09-09
Movie Arthur and the Invisibles Maltazard (english voice) 2007-01-12
Movie Scott Walker: 30 Century Man Himself 2007-04-27
Movie David Gilmour: Remember That Night vocals 2007-09-06
Movie David Bowie: Glass Spider 2007-06-22
Movie David Bowie: Under Review 1976-79 Himself 2006-01-11
Movie David Bowie: The Serious Moonlight Tour Himself 2006-03-21
Movie The Prestige Nikola Tesla 2006-10-19
Movie The Oshima Gang Interviewee 2005-01-24
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 The Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch Himself - Interviewee 2002-01-01
Movie The Concert for New York City Himself 2001-10-20
Movie Zoolander Himself 2001-09-28
Series Friday Night with Jonathan Ross Unknown 2001-11-02
Movie Classic Albums: Lou Reed - Transformer Himself 2001-12-03
Movie The Filth and the Fury Himself (archive footage) 2000-03-29
Movie Mr. Rice's Secret Mr. William Rice 2000-12-22
Movie David Bowie - BBC Radio Theatre June 27th, 2000 Himself 2000-06-27
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 Gunslinger's Revenge Sikora 1998-12-18
Movie A Bing Crosby Christmas Himself 1998-01-01
Movie Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart Himself 1998-04-29
Movie David Bowie - 50th Birthday Concert Himself 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 1997-07-20
Movie David Bowie: Rockpalast himself 1996-06-19
Movie Basquiat Andy Warhol 1996-08-09
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 David Bowie : Sound & Vision Over Tokyo himself 1990-01-01
Series Dream On Unknown 1990-07-08
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 The Hunger John Blaylock 1983-04-29
Movie Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence Maj. Jack 'Strafer' Celliers 1983-05-23
Movie David Bowie: Serious Moonlight Montreal 1983-07-13
Movie Yellowbeard The Shark (uncredited) 1983-06-24
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 Just a Gigolo Paul Ambrosius von Przygodski 1978-11-16
Movie David Bowie Live at Beat Club Musikladen Himself 1978-05-30
Movie Bing Crosby's Merrie Olde Christmas Himself 1977-11-30
Movie The Man Who Fell to Earth Thomas Jerome Newton 1976-03-18
Series Saturday Night Live Unknown 1975-10-11
Movie Cracked Actor Himself 1975-01-01
Movie Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars Himself / Ziggy Stardust 1973-12-23
Movie The Looking Glass Murders Cloud 1970-07-08
Movie The Image The Boy 1969-01-01
Movie Love You Till Tuesday Himself 1969-02-07
Movie The Virgin Soldiers Soldier 1969-10-14
Series Ready Steady Go! Unknown 1963-08-09