We look back on David Bowie‘s best film roles from his sporadic, yet deeply valued acting career.
The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)
Bowie’s first starring film role arguably remains his most iconic. He plays an extraterrestrial who visits Earth in hopes of bringing water back to his drought-ridden home planet.
Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983)
In this British-Japanese drama, Bowie stars as Major Jack Celliers, a role in which New York Times critic Janet Maslin branded him a “born film star”.
One of Bowie’s most recognizable film roles had him playing Jareth the Goblin King, in this fantasy film that also starred a young Jennifer Connelly. The film initially bombed at the box office, and has since gone on to become a cult classic.
The least recognizable film on our list is this biographical drama, based on the life of the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Bowie portrays Andy Warhol in one of his most revered roles.
In what would become his very last film role, Bowie stars in this critically acclaimed drama that showcases the lives of two rival stage magicians.