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David Bowie

David Bowie is widely regarded as one of the most influential writers of pop music. Born David Jones, he changed his name to Bowie in the 1960s, to avoid confusion with the then well-known Davy Jones (lead singer of The Monkees).The 1960s were not a happy period for Bowie, who remained a struggling artist, awaiting his breakthrough. He dabbled in many different styles of music (without commercial success), and other art forms such as acting, mime, painting, and playwriting. He finally achieved his commercial breakthrough in 1969 with the song "Space Oddity," which was released at the time of the moon landing. Despite the fact that the literal meaning of the lyrics relates to an astronaut who is lost in space, this song was used by the BBC in their coverage of the moon landing, and this helped it become such a success. The album, which followed "Space Oddity," and the two, which followed (one of which included the song "The Man Who Sold The World," covered by Lulu and Nirvana) failed to produce another hit single, and Bowie's career appeared to be in decline. However, he made the first of many successful "comebacks" in 1972 with "Ziggy Stardust," a concept album about a space-age rock star. This album was followed by others in a similar vein, rock albums built around a central character and concerned with futuristic themes of Armageddon, gender dysfunction/confusion, as well as more contemporary themes such as the destructiveness of success and fame, and the dangers inherent in star worship. In the mid 1970s, Bowie was a heavy cocaine abuser and sometime heroin user. In 1975, he changed tack. Musically, he released "Young Americans," a soul (or plastic soul as he later referred to it) album. This produced his first number one hit in the US, "Fame." He also appeared in his first major film, The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976). With his different-colored eyes and skeletal frame, he certainly looked the part of an alien. The following year, he released "Station to Station," containing some of the material he had written for the soundtrack to this film (which was not used). As his drug problem heightened, his behavior became more erratic. Reports of his insanity started to appear, and he continued to waste away physically. He fled back to Europe, finally settling in Berlin, where he changed musical direction again and recorded three of the most influential albums of all time, an electronic trilogy with Brian Eno "Low, Heroes and Lodger." Towards the end of the 1970s, he finally kicked his drug habit, and recorded the album many of his fans consider his best, the Japanese-influenced "Scary Monsters." Around this time, he played the Elephant Man on Broadway, to considerable acclaim.The next few years saw something of a drop-off in his musical output as his acting career flourished, culminating in his acclaimed performance in Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983). In 1983, he recorded "Let's Dance," an album which proved an unexpected massive commercial success, and produced his second number 1 hit single in the US. The tour which followed, "Serious Moonlight," was his most successful ever. Faced with this success on a massive scale, Bowie apparently attempted to "repeat the formula" in the next two albums, with less success (and to critical scorn). Finally, in the late 1980s, he turned his back on commercial success and his solo career, forming the hard rock band, Tin Machine, who had a deliberate limited appeal. By now, his acting career was in decline. After the comparative failure of Labyrinth (1986), the movie industry appears to have decided that Bowie was not a sufficient name to be a lead actor in a major movie, and since that date, most of his roles have been cameos or glorified cameos. He himself also seems to have lost interest in movie acting. Tin Machine toured extensively and released two albums, with little critical or commercial success.In 1992, Bowie again changed direction and re-launched his solo career with "Black Tie White Noise," a "wedding" album inspired by his recent marriage to Iman. To date, the 1990s have been kinder to Bowie than the late 1980s. He has released three albums to considerable critical acclaim and reasonable commercial success. In 1995, he renewed his working relationship with Brian Eno to record "Outside." After an initial hostile reaction from the critics, this album has now taken its place with his classic albums.In 2003, Bowie released an album entitled 'Reality.' The Reality Tour began in November 2003 and, after great commercial success, was extended into July 2004. In June 2004, Bowie suffered a heart attack and the tour did not finish it's scheduled run.After recovering, bowie did not release any new music, but did a little acting. In 2006, he played Tesla in The Prestige (2006) and had a small cameo in the series Extras (2005). In 2007, he did a cartoon voice in SpongeBob SquarePants (1999) playing Lord Royal Highness. He has not appeared in anything since 2008; however, after a ten year hiatus from recording, he released a new album called 'The Next Day.'Bowie has influenced the course of popular music several times and influenced several generations of musicians. His promotional videos in the 1970s and 80s are regarded as ground-breaking, and as a live concert act, he is regarded as the most theatrical of them all.

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Jan 8, 1947 In Brixton, London, England, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Saturday Night Live 1975-10-11
Latest Project:
Series The Enfield Haunting 2016-10-27

Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 8 nominations.

Known For
Poster of American Horror Story
Poster of Dexter
Poster of The Big Bang Theory
Poster of Supernatural
The Enfield Haunting Unknown 2016-10-27
My Mad Fat Diary Unknown 2015-07-26
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Unknown 2014-02-17
White Heat Unknown 2012
Alphas Unknown 2011-07-11
New Girl Unknown 2011-09-20
Person of Interest Unknown 2011-09-22
American Horror Story Unknown 2011-10-05
Parenthood Unknown 2010-03-02
Flashforward Unknown 2009-09-24
Ashes to Ashes Unknown 2009-03-07
Glee Unknown 2009-05-19
Tosh.0 Unknown 2009-06-04
Swingtown Unknown 2008-06-05
So You Think You Can Dance Canada Unknown 2008-09-11
Fringe Unknown 2008-09-09
Cavemen Unknown 2007
The Black Donnellys Unknown 2007-02-26
Aliens in America Unknown 2007
Mad Men Unknown 2007-07-19
Californication Unknown 2007-08-13
The Big Bang Theory Unknown 2006-05-01
Doctor Who Unknown 2006-03-17
Big Love Unknown 2006-03-12
Life on Mars Unknown 2006-07-24
Dancing on Ice Unknown 2006-01-08
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip Unknown 2006-09-18
Dexter Unknown 2006-10-01
Torchwood Unknown 2006-10-22
Ugly Betty Unknown 2006-09-28
The Office Unknown 2005-03-24
Nathan Barley Unknown 2005-02-11
So You Think You Can Dance Unknown 2005
Doctor Who Confidential Unknown 2005-03-26
Supernatural Unknown 2005-09-13
Extras Unknown 2005-09-25
Dancing with the Stars Unknown 2005-06-01
Everybody Hates Chris Unknown 2005-09-22
The Comeback Unknown 2005-06-05
Rescue Me Unknown 2004
The X Factor UK Unknown 2004-09-04
Cold Case Unknown 2003-09-28
Nip/Tuck Unknown 2003-07-22
Las Vegas Unknown 2003-09-22
Top of the Pops Unknown 2002-01-12
Without a Trace Unknown 2002-09-26
Top Gear Unknown 2002-10-20
Crossing Jordan Unknown 2001-09-24
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Unknown 2001-09-30
Scrubs Unknown 2001-10-02
Gilmore Girls Unknown 2000-10-05
Queer as Folk Unknown 2000-12-03
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Unknown 2000-10-06
SpongeBob SquarePants Unknown 1999-05-01
Family Guy Unknown 1999-01-31
Freaks and Geeks Unknown 1999-09-25
Louis Theroux's Weird Weekends Unknown 1998
That '70s Show Unknown 1998-08-23
The Hunger The Host / ... 22 episodes, 1999-2000 1997-07-19
Daria Unknown 1997-03-03
Behind the Music Unknown 1997-08-17
The Lakes Unknown 1997-09-14
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Unknown 1996-06-01
Never Mind the Buzzcocks Unknown 1996-11-12
Father Ted Unknown 1995-04-21
Rock & Roll Self 2 episodes, 1995 1995-09-24
Friends Unknown 1994-09-22
ER Unknown 1994-09-19
Beavis and Butt-Head Unknown 1993-03-08
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
Dream On Unknown 1990-07-08
Doogie Howser, M.D. Unknown 1989-09-19
The Simpsons Unknown 1989-12-17
Mystery Science Theater 3000 Unknown 1988
American Masters Unknown 1986-06-22
Timewatch Unknown 1982-09-29
Fame Unknown 1982-01-07
The Greatest American Hero Unknown 1981-03-18
Saturday Night Live Unknown 1975-10-11