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David Bowie (January 8, 1947January 10, 2016) was an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, painter, and actor. A highly influential artist and performer, Bowie's career spanned over five decades, and his work, especially from the 1970s, left a significant impact on popular music. Bowie sold over 100 million albums, and 10 of his 25 albums reached number one on the UK Albums Chart, the most recent being Blackstar, released only two days before his death from liver cancer in 2016.

The filmmakers of Moana have gone on record to say that Tamatoa was based on David Bowie's characters and stage personas, and the song Shiny is a tribute and homage to David Bowie's songs.

Selected Disney filmography

As an actor

Year Title Role Medium Studio
1996 Basquiat Andy Warhol Feature film Miramax Films (a then-Disney subsidiary)
2006 The Prestige Nikola Tesla Feature film Touchstone Pictures
Warner Bros. Pictures


As a performer/songwriter

Year Title Song Medium Studio Originally appears on Notes
1990 Pretty Woman "Fame" (Gass Mix) Feature film Touchstone Pictures
Silver Screen Partners
Young Americans (1975) Co-written with John Lennon and Carlos Alomar
1997 Grosse Pointe Blank "Under Pressure" Feature film Hollywood Pictures Hot Space (1982) Collaboration with Queen
1997 Starship Troopers "I Have Not Been to Oxford Town" Feature film Touchstone Pictures
TriStar Pictures
Outside (1995)
2004 Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen "Changes" Feature film Walt Disney Pictures Hunky Dory (1971) Performed in film by Lindsay Lohan
2004 The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou "Life on Mars"
"Queen B****"
Feature film Touchstone Pictures Hunky Dory (1971) Brazilian singer Seu Jorge also recorded fourteen Bowie covers in Portuguese for the film's soundtrack
2014 Guardians of the Galaxy "Moonage Daydream" Feature film Marvel Studios The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972)
2014 Fantasia: Music Evolved "Ziggy Stardust" Video game Harmonix
Disney Interactive
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972) The game includes the original, orchestral and Ashtar Command Parallel mixes