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Albums not made, but produced by Bowie:

  • 1972 - All the Young Dudes by Mott the Hoople: Also wrote the Title Track.
  • 1972 - Transformer by Lou Reed: Co-produced and performed backing vocals alongside Mick Ronson.
  • 1973 - Raw Power by The Stooges: Was brought in to do last-minute mixing work after the original mix proved to be too poor-quality to release; is credited alongside Iggy Pop as a co-producer as a result.
  • 1974 - Weren't Born a Man by Dana Gillespie: Co-produced "Andy Warhol" (a Cover Version of the Hunky Dory track), "Backed a Loser", and "Mother, Don't Be Frightened".
  • 1977 - The Idiot by Iggy Pop: The first of three Pop albums that Bowie co-wrote and produced, also adding musical instrumentations and backing vocals. Is generally seen as a prelude to the Berlin Trilogy, given the similarity in production style, Bowie's heavy involvement that ended up shaping it into one of his albums in all but name, and the fact that the opening track, "Sister Midnight", was written into Bowie's own "Red Money" on Lodger in 1979.
  • 1977 - Lust for Life by Iggy Pop: The second of three Pop albums that Bowie produced and co-wrote, and sang backing vocals on, and the last that he added instrumentation to (Bowie didn't play any of the instruments on Blah-Blah-Blah). Bowie would later cover "Neighborhood Threat" and "Tonight" on Tonight in 1984.
  • 1986 - Blah-Blah-Blah by Iggy Pop: The third of three Pop albums that Bowie produced, co-wrote, and sang backing vocals on; also did mixing work on the album. Co-produced and co-mixed by David Richards and features contributions from multi-instrumentalist Erdal Kızılçay, both of whom would join Bowie on Never Let Me Down and The Buddha of Suburbia.
  • 1995 - People from Bad Homes by Ava Cherry & the Astronettes: Archival release of recordings from November 1973. Also provided backing vocals and wrote several tracks (including ones that Bowie revisited on Scary Monsters).

Acting roles:

  • 1976 - The Man Who Fell to Earth: A cult classic starring Bowie as an extraterrestrial alien who landed on Earth as part of a mission to save his home planet from an apocalyptic drought. (This was his first major dramatic role.)
  • 1981 - Christiane F.: A film adaptation of the autobiographical non-fiction book by Christiane F. who suffered through a life as a teenage heroin prostitute. Bowie appears as himself in the film, performing some of his '70s hits during a concert.
  • 1983 - The Hunger: A horror movie in which Bowie plays a vampire.
  • 1983 - Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence: A World War II movie in which Bowie portrays a South African prisoner of war in a Japanese POW camp, forming a unique relationship with the camp's rigid captain.
  • 1985 - Into the Night: A comedy thriller with Bowie as an Evil Brit hitman.
  • 1986 - Absolute Beginners: A rock musical where he has a key supporting role and also contributes several songs to the soundtrack. The title track was released as a single during the leadup to the film's release.
  • 1986 - Labyrinth: A children's musical adventure fantasy film made with puppets provided by Jim Henson. Bowie plays the primary antagonist, Jareth the Goblin King, and provides the song score.
  • 1988 - The Last Temptation of Christ: A controversial Bible film about the final days of Jesus of Nazareth, in which Bowie has a small role as Pontius Pilate.
  • 1991 - The Linguini Incident: A heist comedy starring Bowie as a British immigrant in New York who teams up with his co-worker and a lingerie designer in order to rob his workplace, marry his co-worker, and earn his green card.
  • 1992 - Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me: A movie adaptation of the eponymous TV series. Bowie has a cameo as an FBI agent; Bowie allowed his footage to be reused in the TV series' revival, but per his request, his voice was redubbed there.
  • 2001 - Zoolander: A comedy in which he appears as himself in a cameo.
  • 2006 - The Prestige: A sci-fi period piece. Bowie portrays Nikola Tesla.
  • 2006 - Arthur and the Invisibles: An animated fantasy film. Bowie voices Emperor Maltazard.
  • 2007 - SpongeBob SquarePants: Played Lord Royal Highness in "Atlantis SquarePantis", a Musical Episode in which SpongeBob and Patrick find an amulet that brings them to Atlantis (ironically, Bowie doesn't sing in it).

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