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9 Great Film Performances From Non-Actors

6. David Bowie - The Man Who Fell To Earth

Let's face it, David Bowie can act and has done it so many times that one could argue he's as much an actor as he is a rock and roll icon. While he's often found in supporting roles or cameos, it was his first starring role in The Man Who Fell To Earth that proved he can carry an entire film on his shoulders. In a role that seemed tailor suited for him, Bowie played Thomas Jerome Newton, an alien stuck on Earth on a failed mission to save his planet. Of course, like so many aliens do, he goes on a downward spiral of sex, alcohol, and depression, never to return home. So perfect was Bowie in the part, it's possible that director Nicholas Roeg just instructed him to play himself. Then again, the same could be said for Labyrinth.
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