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David Bowie (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016)

David Bowie

Although David Bowie will always be better known for his musical career, when it came to appearing in movies he made some tremendous choices. And when you consider he appeared in only twenty-one features it makes those choices even more impressive (this list is testament to that). He was a mercurial actor in much the same way he was a mercurial musician, always reinventing his screen persona as much as his musical one. He worked with directors of the calibre of Martin Scorsese, Nagisa Ôshima, Nicolas Roeg, and Christopher Nolan, and even found time to play Lord Royal Highness in an episode of SpongeBob SquarePants (which in some quarters is probably regarded as being even cooler than working with Scorsese et al). That he made so few movies (many of which contain cameo appearances) is understandable, but there is one performance of his that stands out from all the others; it’s also the one that was never actually filmed: his stage portrayal of John Merrick in The Elephant Man. Now if we had that to remember him by, then we would be truly blessed.

The Man Who Fell to Earth

1 – The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)

2 – Just a Gigolo (1978)

3 – Baal (1982)

4 – The Hunger (1983)

5 – Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983)

6 – Absolute Beginners (1986)

7 – Labyrinth (1986)

8 – The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)

9 – Basquiat (1996)

10 – Mr. Rice’s Secret (2000)

Mr. Rice's Secret