Bowie On Tv

1982 ‘Baal’

Part played Baal

In 1982, Bowie played the title role in a BBC adaptation of Bertolt Brecht’s Baal. He also released an EP of five songs from the play. I watched this again recently and it's great stuff.

1984 ‘Jazzin’ for Blue Jean’

Part played Screamin’ Lord Byron & Vic

Jazzin’ for Blue Jean may sound like your dad’s garage rock cover band, but it’s actually the title of a short film made by David Bowie and Julien Temple in 1984.

1983 ‘Dream On': “The Second Greatest Story Ever Told”

Part played Sir Roland Moorecock

In an episode of HBO’s early-’90s sitcom Dream On, Bowie again showed off his comedic chops, playing a world-famous but obnoxious film director.


1992 ‘Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me’

Part played Phillip Jeffries

Filmmaker David Lynch has a knack for creating and casting memorable characters. David Bowie as prodigal agent Phillip Jeffries is as memorable as he is unsettling.

1993 ‘Full Stretch': “Ivory Tower”

Part played Himself

Full Stretch was a sitcom about an athlete-turned limousine service owner. Bowie makes his appearance once again reprising the role of himself.

1999-2000 ‘The Hunger’

Part played Host

David Bowie was the host of this campy horror series, wherein each episode told a different story. While it shared a name with Bowie’s 1983 vampire movie, the TV version of The Hunger bore no other resemblance to the film. The video below is somewhat NSFW.

2005 ‘Extras': “David Bowie”

Part played Himself

Bowie pops in to ruin British comedian Ricky Gervais‘ day in this episode of Extras. Gervais’ character, an actor, confides to Bowie at a party about his career dilemma, looking for guidance. Bowie proceeds to make up a song mocking him, much to the delight of the other party-goers.

‘SpongeBob Squarepants': “Atlantis SquarePantis”

Part played Lord Royal Highness

Bowie’s vocal talents served well for the role of Lord Royal Highness, or LRH, as his friends call him.


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