Hayward Stenton Jones
Bromley Technical High School
Released final album, Blackstar, on his 69th birthday, two days before his death from cancer
Released The Next Day, his first album in 11 years
Cast as an inventor and electrical wizard in the Christopher Nolan-directed "The Prestige"
Released experimental album Heathen to positive reviews
Portrayed Andy Warhol in Julian Schnabel's "Basquiat"
Played Pontius Pilate in Martin Scorsese's "The Last Temptation of Christ"
Co-starred as Jareth, King of the Goblins, in Jim Henson's "Labyrinth"
Released comeback album Let's Dance, produced by Chic's Nile Rodgers, which features the hit singles "Let's Dance," "China Girl" and "Modern Love"
Received critical acclaim for his role in Nagisa Oshima's first English-language film, "Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence"
Appeared in BBC-TV production of Bertolt Brecht's "Baal"
Made Broadway acting debut as John Merrick in "The Elephant Man"
Released the experimental album Low, the start of his celebrated "Berlin trilogy" completed by "Heroes" and Lodger
Starred in "The Man Who Fell to Earth" (directed by Nicolas Roeg), his first significant feature work
Scored first American Number One single, "Fame," co-written with John Lennon and Carlos Alomar
Became international superstar with release of glam rock classic The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
Scored feature debut with a bit part in "The Virgin Soldiers"
Landed first charting record, "Space Oddity"; an international smash at the time of the US moon landing, it peaked at Number 5 in the UK
Apprenticed in Lindsay Kemp's mime troupe, exchanging musical scores for pantomime lessons
Released first album, David Bowie, on Deram Records after a string of several unsuccessful singles on various labels.
In 1966, to avoid confusion with Davy Jones of the Monkees, David Jones took the professional name David Bowie, after the Bowie knife.
Declined two royal honors, Commander of the British Empire in 2000 and knighthood in 2003.
An exhibition of artifacts from the length of his career, David Bowie Is, opened at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Has a permanently dilated left pupil, received in 1962 during a schoolyard fistfight over a girl with his lifelong friend George Underwood.