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Plays 14 different instruments. (imdb.com)

Gave up his 50 cigarettes a day smoking habit in 2004. (imdb.com)

Winner of the 1996 Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution. (imdb.com)

His son, Duncan (aka Zowie Bowie or Joey), was his best man at his 1992 wedding to Iman. (imdb.com)

Underwent triple heart bypass surgery following a heart attack. [July 2004] (imdb.com)

Shares a birthday with 3 other Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members: Elvis Presley, The Doors guitarist Robby Krieger and legendary promoter Bill Graham. He also shares it with director John McTiernan and actress Ami Dolenz. (imdb.com)

25 June 2004 - Had an emergency angioplasty in Germany while on his current tour. The remainder of the tour was obviously cancelled. (imdb.com)

In a 1983 interview with Rolling Stone he revealed that his bi-sexuality was really a sham. He claimed he made the story up to create more mystery about himself. (imdb.com)

His song "Life on Mars" was covered by Marillion frontman Steve Hogarth and the H Band on the album "Live Spirit: Live Body" (released 2002). (imdb.com)

He is consistently listed as one of the richest British born pop stars in the world. Heat magazine listed his earnings for the year 2001 at over $30 million. (imdb.com)

Contributes "Loving the Alien" to the "Warchild Hope" album. [2003] (imdb.com)

Ranked #12 on VH1's 100 Sexiest Artists. (imdb.com)

Took the pseudonym "David Bowie" to keep himself from being confused with Davy Jones of The Monkees. (imdb.com)

Cites Little Richard as his first musical influence. (imdb.com)

He allegedly declined British knighthood in 2003 for his services to music. (imdb.com)

Son is currently studying at a film school in the UK. [2005] (imdb.com)

He allegedly refused the British honour of C.B.E. (Commander of the order of British Empire) in 2000. (imdb.com)

Is credited as himself in Zoolander (2001). He is the judge of the fashion "walk-off" between Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller. (imdb.com)

Winner of the British Phonographic Industry Award for British Male Solo Artist in 1984. (imdb.com)

He was originally supposed to play Max Zorin in A View to a Kill (1985), but the part went to Christopher Walken instead. Many years later he admitted, "It was simply a terrible script and I saw little reason for spending so long on something that bad, that workmanlike. And I told them so. I don't think anyone had turned down a major role in a Bond before. It really didn't go down too well at all. They were very tetchy about it.". (imdb.com)

Turned down the role of Captain Hook in Hook (1991). (imdb.com)

Played Serbian/American scientist and inventor Nikola Tesla in The Prestige (2006). (imdb.com)

Son of Margaret Mary Jones. (imdb.com)

His song "Five Years" was covered by former Marillion singer Fish on his 1993 album "Songs From The Mirror". (imdb.com)

He has one son in 1971 with his then-wife Angela Bowie, originally named Zowie - who later changed it to Joe and who is now known as Duncan Jones. (imdb.com)

In a magazine interview, he stated that he met his first wife when they were dating the same man. (imdb.com)

His 1972 album "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars" came 8th in Classic Rock Magazine's list of the 30 greatest concept albums of all time. [March 2003] (imdb.com)

Sings a duet with Kasper Eistrup on Kashmirs new album "No Balance Palace" (imdb.com)

Has recorded with Lou Reed. (imdb.com)

Ranked #7 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Rock & Roll. (imdb.com)

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. (imdb.com)

He was voted the 39th Greatest Artist in Rock 'n' Roll by Rolling Stone. (imdb.com)

He can play basically any kind of instrument, even performing the excellent sax solo at the end of "Heroes." Although a talented rhythm guitarist, the one aspect of music Bowie finds himself lacking in is as a lead guitarist. (imdb.com)

Mentioned in the song "Life Is a Rock But the Radio Rolled Me" by Reunion. (imdb.com)

Son: Duncan Haywood Zowie Bowie. (imdb.com)

Has family roots in West Wales (imdb.com)

He was loosely the basis for the film Velvet Goldmine (1998). (imdb.com)

He was the first major recording artist to release a song only on the Internet. (imdb.com)

His eyes are both blue. However, one pupil is permanently dilated due to a fight, and as a result, one eye looks darker than the other. (imdb.com)

In 1968 while he was still a struggling artist, Bowie wrote some English lyrics to a French song titled "Comme d'Habitude" (As Usual). His version, "Even a Fool Learns to Love", never did get recorded. But when the French melody caught the attention of Paul Anka, he reworked the lyrics and the song became "My Way". Of course, when Frank Sinatra recorded "My Way" his way, it turned to gold. (imdb.com)

Has performed with (on separate occasions) Queen, Mick Jagger, Iggy Pop, Al B. Sure! , Tina Turner, Annie Lennox, Nine Inch Nails and Bing Crosby. (imdb.com)

Turned down the role of Max Zorin for the 1985 James Bond film A View to a Kill (1985), citing his lack of enthusiasm for recent Bond villains. (imdb.com)

Has in common with actor John Hurt - they have both played The Elephant Man (imdb.com)

In November 1997, Business Age magazine reported his net worth as being over $900 million, surpassing even that of fellow British musician Paul McCartney, making him Britain's richest rock star. In 1999, Reuters placed his net worth at roughly $917 million. In 2003, the Sunday Express claimed his net worth was still in the $900 million (£510 million) range but that this placed him second to Paul McCartney. However, in 2005 the Sunday Times Rich List pegged his fortunes at roughly $185 million (£100 million). (imdb.com)

In his composition "Slip Away", on his album "Heathen", he makes cryptic references to "The Uncle Floyd Show" (1974), a program popular in the late 1970s and 80s in the New York City area. Broadcast on a local TV station, it featured two puppets, "Oogie" and "Bones Boy", mentioned in the song, as well as the host, "Uncle" Floyd Vivino. (imdb.com)

Unveiled his star on Hollywood "Walk of Fame" [12 February 1997] (imdb.com)

Daughter, with Iman, Alexandria Zahra Jones born [15 August 2000] (imdb.com)


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