Changed his name from Jones to Bowie to avoid confusion with Davy Jones of the Monkees.
His teacher in art school was Peter Frampton's father; Frampton later played guitar for Bowie on a concert tour.
Sang "Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth" with Bing Crosby on a 1977 Christmas special.
Penned signature songs for Mott the Hoople ("All the Young Dudes") and Iggy Pop ("Lust for Life," cowritten with Pop).
Parlayed his distinctive speaking voice and icy good looks into a part-time acting career, earning roles in such films as The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976), Labyrinth (1986) and The Prestige (2006), plus a stint on Broadway in The Elephant Man (1980).
Was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.
Received a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award in 2006.
Was named one of GQ's 50 Best Dressed British Men in 2015.
Released the album Blackstar on his 69th birthday in January 2016; he succumbed to cancer only two days later.
1984, Grammy — Best Music Video - Short Form: Winner
1983, Golden Globe — Best Original Song - Motion Picture: Nominee
2016, Grammy — Best Rock Song: Winner
2016, Grammy — Best Alternative Music Album: Winner
2016, Grammy — Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical: Winner