Talk about a rotten weekend.
Two cultural legends -- the Tall Man (Angus Scrimm )and Ziggy Stardust (David Bowie) -- passed away during the last few days.
One need look no further than Todd Haynes' Velvet Goldmine (1998) to understand how Bowie's stirring, pioneering music, fashion style, and indeed, very persona, shaped and inspired a generation of admirers.
In terms of acting, Mr. Bowie often found his otherworldly, androgynous looks in demand for genre work. He was the titular character in Nicolas Roeg's The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976), for example. There, Bowie played an alien corrupted by the vices of human beings.
In 1983, Bowie starred as an aged vampire in Tony Scott's The Hunger, and in 1986, he portrayed the (unforgettable) Goblin King in Jim Henson's Labyrinth.
Bowie also found unique and memorable roles in David Lynch's Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1991) and Christopher Nolan's The Prestige (2006).
In terms of his music, it is almost possible to paint a complete and whole picture of Mr. Bowie's influence on film and TV.
His work informs moments in Ridley Scott's The Martian (2015) and Guardians of the Galaxy (2015), to name just two recent blockbusters. On TV, his songs helped create the background reality on series including Mad Men, and Californication. This list could fill a book.
Today, the man who fell to Earth has returned to the cosmos, and we all mourn his departure from his mortal coil.
His work -- his legacy and influence -- remains. Godspeed, David Bowie.