Bowie left his mark in film as well as music

Posted at 9:37 AM, Jan 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-12 15:55:57-05

Iconoclast David Bowie, who died Sunday at age 69, was not only a musical legend, but he also made resounding waves in film. In addition to the dozens of movies he scored or supplied soundtracks for, he also proved to be a capable actor.

Here are some of the crossover star's most memorable roles:

Labyrinth (1986)

Bowie took on his most iconic role in the trippy Jim Henson nightmarescape. As the brooding Jareth the Goblin King, he popped up in nightmares of 1980s kids in the days of VHS, and continues to do the same today, thanks to those grown-up kids showing their children the film on Netflix. 

The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) 

An out-of-nowhere casting choice by Martin Scorsese as Pontius Pilate proved not only the genius of the filmmaker, but of Bowie's rarely-tapped acting prowess. Bowie plays Pilate as a grim but relatable figure, broiling with inner torment over his role in the crucifixion. 

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992) 

David Lynch's movie prequel to his brilliant TV series didn't live up to the hype, but peppered in just enough weirdness to earn a legacy of its own. One of the quirkier characters was Bowie's Phillip Jeffries, a case agent who disappeared for two years while exploring boundaries between dimensions. He engages in some mysterious banter.

Basquiat (1996)

Bowie's persona often drew comparisons to Andy Warhol, so it was only appropriate that he played the mop-topped impresario in this biopic of Brooklyn art sensation Jean-Michel Basquiat. Warhol takes Basquiat under his wing and struggles to handle the way Basquiat's fame eclipses his own.

Zoolander (2001) 

One of several art and fashion industry mavens to play themselves in the satire, Bowie plays up his personas of glam haughtiness. Taking on the part proved Bowie wasn't above making fun of himself to contribute to the goal of the film.

The Prestige (2006)

The role of misunderstood scientific genius Nikola Tesla was an apt fit for Bowie, who reveled in a self-created sense of mystery. Things get really strange in this Christopher Nolan-directed drama later on, when several clones of Tesla come into play.


Captain Jake and the Neverland Pirates: The Great Never Sea Conquest

Jake and his crew team up with Captain Hook and some other legendary pirate captains to battle a three-headed sea serpent and an evil wizard in this double-sized episode, which comes with six episodes that follow as the series graduates to a more serious, adventure-focused bent, with Jake getting a promotion and taking control of his own ship, the Colossus. There's not much in the way of special features, but the DVD is an excellent fit for Jake-loving kids, who can watch it over and over thanks to the amount of content.

Irrational Man

Woody Allen scores another winner as a writer-director, spinning a sardonic tale about a self-absorbed philosophy professor (Joaquin Phoenix) who starts up a pair of affairs with a student (Emma Stone) and colleague) (Parker Posey). Phoenix is a natural at delivering Allen's brainy soliloquies, and Stone and Posey both deliver strong performances as his romantic foils. Allen's movies rarely include significant extras, and this is no different. The Blu-ray/digital copy combo includes footage of the premiere and a photo gallery.

Shameless: Season 5

Emmy Rossum plays a woman in her mid 20s who struggles to keep her extended, impoverished family together in this riotous Showtime comedy, which is still going strong as it reaches the half-decade mark. The Blu-ray/digital copy combo includes deleted scenes, a cast discussion of the season's romances and commentary -- weirdly of only one episode, from Rossum and co-stars William H. Macy and writer/producer Nancy Pimental.