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Cracked Actor – Hooked To The Silver Screen With Bowie
John Tatlock , June 15th, 2009 11:59

Lifelong Bowie fan John Tatlock decides to get to the bottom of that age-old pub debate – can David Bowie actually act? – and unearths some priceless clips and details from an alternate but no less chameleonic career

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It’s easy to mock rock stars with acting aspirations. It’s a phenomenon with a bleak history, as anyone who has ever squirmed through Sting in Brimstone and Treacle or stared unbelievingly, fist in mouth, at Adam Ant in Jubilee can attest.

David Bowie is, in some ways, the star alumni of this hideous school. At this late stage, Bowie The Actor is known primarily for a throwaway cameo as himself in Zoolander and creepily chasing a teenaged Jennifer Connolly around an Escher maze in Labyrinth:

However, Bowie’s acting career actually pre-dates his rock star years, with positive press notices for his theatrical work dating back to 1967. And having clocked up some thirty-odd acting credits since in TV, cinema and theatre, you have to assume that there’s a reason he keeps getting hired.

So, Is Bowie Any Good At Acting? To make sure you don’t have to, The Quietus has slogged through a considerable chunk of Bowie’s thespian endeavours to find out.

Click on the image below to begin . . .

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Richard Awkward
Jun 15, 2009 7:57pm

He's entertaining enough in "Into the Night" to excuse some of the other nonsense, cameo or not.

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Kat Duke
Feb 2, 2010 9:12pm

Strange to skip all mention of Il Mio West and Everybody Loves Sunshine. Was there a reason for these omissions?

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clive
Dec 26, 2012 12:39am

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but good info nonetheless, thanks

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yeasty
Jan 8, 2013 1:43pm

OT but loving all the Bowie coverage on tQ! Keep it coming!

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John Tatlock
Jan 8, 2013 10:52pm

In reply to clive:

Clive: oddly appropriate, I suppose. I did laugh myself, though.

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