Ex-mime artist David Bowie was born David Jones but had to change his surname to prevent confusion with the Monkees star of the same name. He chose to call himself after the Bowie knife. David Bowie's first major film role was in The Man Who Fell to Earth. He also appeared in Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence and on stage as The Elephant Man. Most popular David Bowie ringtones listed: Under Pressure, Space Oddity, Magic Dance, Fame, China Girl, Golden Years.