On January 8, 1947, David Robert Jones was born in Brixton, London. Margaret Mary “Peggy” was born near Cheriton, Kent, in Shorncliffe Army Camp. Her paternal grandparents were Manchester Irish immigrants. She worked as a waitress in a movie in Royal Tunbridge Wells.
Bowie appeared in over 30 films, television programs, and theatrical productions over his career. His acting career was “productively selective,” with cameos and supporting roles taking precedence over lead roles; he previously described his film career as “splashing in the kids’ pool.“
Bowie played Joseph Merrick in the Broadway performance The Elephant Man from July 1980 to January 1981, in which he performed sans theatrical make-up and received great acclaim.
Bowie played the neighbor of a terminally ill 12-year-old child in Mr. Rice’s Secret. Bowie played himself in Ben Stiller’s 2001 comedy Zoolander, judging a “walk-off” between rival male models, and in Eric Idle’s 2002 mockumentary The Rutles 2: Can’t Buy Me Lunch.
Is David Bowie Still Alive or Dead?
David Bowie died on January 10, 2016, at his Lafayette Street residence in New York City, after being diagnosed with liver cancer 18 months earlier. He died two days after his 69th birthday, two days after the release of his 26th and final studio album, Blackstar. New York City, New York, U.S.