By Haley Albin

1/11/2016

It was found out early in the morning today that legendary artist, David Bowie, has died. The news of his passing was announced on his official Facebook page:

“David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer. While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief.”

Bowie was born on January 8, 1947 in Brixton, England. He rose to fame in the late 1960s after the release of “Space Oddity”. He continued to release many musical hit albums such as “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, “Aladdin Sane, and “Diamond Dogs. Not only was Bowie known for his androgynous alter egos and making his mark on glam rock, he was also known for his wonderful acting career.

Bowie’s acting debut began with the British cult-classic, “The Man Who Fell to Earth, directed by Nicolas Roeg. Thomas Jerome Newton (Bowie’s character), an alien who crash landed onto Earth, is on a mission to figure out methods to ship water back to his home planet in order to save it from a severe drought. With its surreal yet powerful imagery, the sci-fi film made Bowie’s first acting performance a great success. He even has won the Saturn Award for Best Actor in this performance.

Bowie then went on to perform in numerous film projects with a wide array of characters. Some of his other roles include the rebellious leader Maj. Jack ‘Strafer’ Celliers from “Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence, the antagonistic Jareth, the Goblin King from “Labyrinth, the fifth prefect of Judea, Pontius Pilate, from “The Last Temptation of Christ, and the well-known inventor Nikola Tesla in Christopher Nolan‘s “The Prestige” – just to name a few. David Bowie just had his 69th birthday two days before his death and released his last album, “Blackstar, at the same time. We, the staff at The Screening Room, send many condolences and prayers to Bowie’s friends and family. Let us remember the legendary and iconic musician, artist, and actor who left us one of the greatest and most innovative legacy.