David Bowie filmography

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Bowie attending the Tribeca Film Festival in 2009

The late English musician and actor David Bowie (1947–2016) held leading roles in several feature films, including The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976) (for which he won a Saturn Award for Best Actor), Just a Gigolo (1978), Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983), The Hunger (1983), Labyrinth (1986), and The Linguini Incident (1991). Films in which he appeared in a supporting role or cameo include The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) and Zoolander (2001).

Bowie also appeared on several television series including Extras, Dream On, and the horror anthology series The Hunger. He won a Daytime Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Special Class Special in 2003 for Hollywood Rocks the Movies: The 1970s with David Bowie (AMC).

Bowie was featured in a number of documentaries, films, and videos focusing on his career. He also appeared frequently in documentaries about other musicians.


As actor[edit]


Year Title Role Medium Notes
1968 Theatre 625 Unidentified Television series Episode: "The Pistol Shot"[2][3]
1969 The Image The Boy Short film
The Virgin Soldiers Soldier Feature film Uncredited
1970 Pierrot in Turquoise or The Looking Glass Murders Cloud Television film [4]
1976 The Man Who Fell to Earth Thomas Jerome Newton Feature film Saturn Award for Best Actor
1978 Just a Gigolo Paul Ambrosius von Przygodski Feature film
1981 Christiane F. Himself Feature film Cameo
1982 The Snowman Older James Television film
Baal Baal Television film
1983 Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence Maj. Jack 'Strafer' Celliers Feature film
The Hunger John Feature film
Yellowbeard The Shark Feature film Uncredited cameo
1984 Jazzin' for Blue Jean Screamin' Lord Byron / Vic Short film
1985 Into the Night Colin Morris Feature film
1986 Labyrinth Jareth the Goblin King Feature film
Absolute Beginners Vendice Partners Feature film
1988 The Last Temptation of Christ Pontius Pilate Feature film
1991 Dream On Sir Roland Moorecock Television series Episode: "The Second Greatest Story Ever Told"
The Linguini Incident Monte Feature film
1992 Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me Phillip Jeffries Feature film
1993 Full Stretch Himself Television series Episode: "Ivory Tower"
1996 Basquiat Andy Warhol Feature film
1998 Gunslinger's Revenge Jack Sikora Feature film
1999 Everybody Loves Sunshine Bernie Feature film
Omikron: The Nomad Soul Boz / The Dreamers Video game Voice
1999–2000 The Hunger The Host / Julian Priest Television series 20 episodes
2000 Empty Man Short film Short film[5]
Mr. Rice's Secret William Rice Feature film
2001 Zoolander Himself Feature film Cameo
Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Cameo
2006 Extras Himself Television series Episode: "David Bowie"
The Prestige Nikola Tesla Feature film
2007 Arthur and the Invisibles Emperor Maltazard Feature film Voice
SpongeBob SquarePants Lord Royal Highness (L.R.H) Television series Voice
Episode: "SpongeBob's Atlantis SquarePantis"
2008 August Cyrus Ogilvie Feature film
2009 Bandslam Himself Feature film Cameo
2017 Twin Peaks: The Return Phillip Jeffries Television series Archived footage
Posthumous Release

As subject of documentary or video[edit]

This list contains documentaries and videos that have been officially released as films, television broadcasts and/or home video, ordered by date filmed. Bootlegs and privately distributed videos are not included. The list is selective, particularly with respect to television performances and interviews. A more complete list can be found in Nicholas Pegg's The Complete David Bowie (Titan, 2004, revised and updated 2011).

Year filmed Year first released Title Medium Releases Notes
Film Television VHS DVD
1969 1984 Love You Till Tuesday[6] Promotional film 1984 2005 (UK) The film was unreleased until its 1984 video release.
The 2005 DVD release contains the television film Pierrot in Turquoise (also known as The Looking Glass Murders) as an extra.
1973 (May) 1973 No official title shown in film; known as "David Bowie Special" or "Nationwide Report - David Bowie"[7] Documentary film 1973 (BBC1, Nationwide) This short 12-minute documentary was made for the BBC News TV programme Nationwide and narrated by Bernard Falk.
No official home video release.
1973 (July) 1974 Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars[8][9] Concert film 1979 (world premiere);
1983 (general cinema release);
2002 (re-release)
1974 (ABC, In Concert; short 60 min version) 1984 1998;
2003 (enhanced version)
The film screened a few times in 16 mm format before its 1979 world premiere. Video and DVD releases were under the title Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars: The Motion Picture.
Jeff Beck appeared in the TV version, but not in other releases.
1973 (October) 1973 The 1980 Floor Show[10][11][12] Promotional film / concert film 1973 (NBC, The Midnight Special) The film has been broadcast more than once on NBC since the first showing. Clips from the film were also shown on the UK television show Top of the Pops.
Marianne Faithfull, The Troggs and Carmen also appeared.
No official home video release.
1974 1975 Cracked Actor[13][14] Documentary / concert film 1975 (BBC2) The film was made for the BBC's Omnibus documentary series.
No official home video release.
1978 1978 Live at the Beat Club[15][16] Concert film 1978 (Radio Bremen, Musikladen) Following its original broadcast, the film was shown in reruns on German TV and on VH1 in 2003.
No official home video release.
1983 1984 Serious Moonlight[17] Concert video 1984 1999 (unofficial release);
2006 (official release)
The 2006 release also includes an extended version of the film Ricochet as an extra.
1984 1985 Ricochet[18][19][20] Documentary / concert film 1986 (USA, Night Flight) 1985 2006 (extended version included as an extra on the Serious Moonlight DVD) The film version originally aired on U.S. television and released on VHS was approximately 58 minutes long. The version released as an extra on the 2006 Serious Moonlight DVD is an extended version running approximately 78 minutes.
The film has occasionally been screened since its TV and home video release.
1987 1988 Glass Spider[21] Concert film 1988 (ABC special, David Bowie: Glass Spider Tour; short 50 min version) 1988 2001 (as Glass Spider Tour);
re-released 2007
Peter Frampton and Charlie Sexton also appeared.
1991 1992 Tin Machine Live: Oy Vey, Baby[22] Documentary / concert film 1992 Alternate title is Tin Machine: Live at the Docks.
The film shows a 1991 Tin Machine concert in Hamburg, a different performance from those used on the Tin Machine Live: Oy Vey, Baby album release.
No official DVD release.
1993 or earlier 1993 Bowie – The Video Collection[23] Music video compilation Prior to the home video release, individual music videos had been broadcast on various TV programs and channels. 1993 Compilation of music videos from Bowie's career up to 1993.
These videos were later included, along with new additional material, on the Best of Bowie DVD.
1993 1993 Black Tie White Noise[24] Concert film / documentary (interview) / music video compilation (3 videos included at end) 1993 2005 Both the VHS release and the later DVD release contain live performance clips interspersed with interviews and followed by three music videos. The DVD contains additional chapter stops marking the start of the interviews.
1997 1997 David Bowie and Friends: A Very Special Birthday Concert[25] Concert film Broadcast as a pay-per-view television special in the U.S. in March 1997 Bowie's 50th birthday concert, filmed at Madison Square Garden.
Frank Black, Foo Fighters, Sonic Youth, Robert Smith, Lou Reed and Billy Corgan also perform.
No official home video release.
1999 1999 VH1 Storytellers: David Bowie[26] Concert film 1999 (VH1; VH1 Storytellers) (8 songs) 2009 (extended version, 12 songs) The original VH1 broadcast contained performances of 8 songs. The 2009 DVD and iTunes release contains the original 8 songs, plus performances of 4 additional songs.
2002 or earlier 2002 Best of Bowie[27] Concert film / music video / documentary (interview) compilation Includes a clip from previously released film Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. Includes live clips that were broadcast on 1970s television shows The Old Grey Whistle Test, The Dick Cavett Show, TopPop, and Russell Harty Plus. Some individual music videos had also been broadcast on MTV, VH1 and other TV programs and channels. Includes material from earlier VHS releases, including all the music videos from Bowie – The Video Collection (1993), and clips from Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars: The Motion Picture (1984) and Serious Moonlight (1984). 2002 DVD compilation of live concert clips and music videos, most of which were previously released in some form. Includes the videos from Bowie – The Video Collection (1993) along with additional videos, live performance clips, an interview and an advertisement.
Also contains the promotional film Jazzin' for Blue Jean.
Some material is accessible only via Easter eggs.
2003 2003 Reality album bonus DVD[27] Concert film 2003 Contains live in-studio performances of all Reality album tracks. DVD was released as a bonus with special tour edition of Reality album.
2003 2004 A Reality Tour[27] Concert film 2004 Film of a live concert from the 2003–2004 Reality Tour.

As himself in other documentaries[edit]

This list is selective. For a more complete list, see Nicholas Pegg's The Complete David Bowie.

As producer[edit]

  • Büvös vadász (1994) (aka Magic Hunter)
  • Passaggio per il paradiso (1998) (aka Gentle Into the Night or Passage to Paradise)
  • Scott Walker: 30 Century Man (2006)


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