Michael Nesmith

Actor, Producer, Musician
Though immediately recognizable to television fans as the dryly humorous, wool cap-wearing Mike on "The Monkees" (NBC, 1966-69), Michael Nesmith eclipsed his brief tenure as a pop idol with an eclectic rsum of ... Read more »
Born: 12/30/1942 in Houston, Texas, USA

Filmography

Actor (11)

Austin City Limits 1974 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Portlandia 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Video Killed the Radio Star 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Hey, Hey We're the Monkees 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Hey, Hey, It's The Monkees 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Tapeheads 1988 (Movie)

Water Man (Actor)

Burglar 1987 (Movie)

Cabbie (Actor)

Michael Nesmith in Television Parts 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Michael Nesmith in Television Parts 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Head 1968 (Movie)

Mike (Actor)

The Monkees 1966 - 1968 (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (5)

Tapeheads 1988 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Square Dance 1987 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Michael Nesmith in Television Parts 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Repo Man 1984 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Timerider 1983 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Music (5)

Straw Dogs 2011 (Movie)

("Goin' Down") (Song)

Peter's Friends 1992 (Movie)

("Rio") (Song Performer)

Timerider 1983 (Movie)

(Performer)

Head 1968 (Movie)

("Circle Sky") (Song)

Things Behind The Sun (TV Show)

Song
Writer (2)

Michael Nesmith in Television Parts 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Writer

Timerider 1983 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

Though immediately recognizable to television fans as the dryly humorous, wool cap-wearing Mike on "The Monkees" (NBC, 1966-69), Michael Nesmith eclipsed his brief tenure as a pop idol with an eclectic résumé of accomplishments, including being a country-rock pioneer, a leading figure in home video distributor and one of the primary, if uncredited forces behind the creation of MTV. Nesmith's quiet demeanor and love for traditional country seemed to stand in direct contrast to the cartoonish antics of the Monkees' television show and their sunny pop music, though he would pen some of their biggest hits, including "Mary, Mary" and "The Girl I Knew Somewhere." After the group's demise, he established himself as a first-rate country-rock musician and songwriter while developing his own multimedia company, Pacific Arts. The organization would eventually develop a weekly music video series that would be purchased by Warner Cable and transformed into MTV in the early 1980s. Pacific Arts soon became a leader in home video production and distribution, while Nesmith dabbled in film production, novels and virtual live performances on the Internet. He largely resisted the rush of nostalgia that led to numerous Monkees reunions in the late '80s, which did much to preserve his status as a serious performer and entertainment figure.

Relationships

Warren Nesmith

Father

Kathryn Nesmith

Wife
married in 1976 divorced

Bette Nesmith

Mother
invented Liquid Paper

Phyliss Nesmith

Wife
married in 1964 injured in a car accident c. 1967 divorced in March 1975 mother of two of Nesmith's children

Jessica Nesmith

Daughter
born c. 1974 mother, Phyllis Nesmith

Christian Nesmith

Son
born c. 1965 mother, Phyllis Nesmith

Jason Nesmith

Son
born c. 1968 formed band Nancy Boy with Donovan Leitch

Jonathan Nesmith

Son
born c. 1966 mother, Phyllis Nesmith

Marite Wilde

Companion
Nesmith had extramarital relationship with her c. 1967 gave birth to his son Jason in 1968

EDUCATION

San Antonio College

San Antonio , Texas

Milestones

1997

Was executive producer, writer and director as well as star of the contemporary reunion special "Hey, Hey, It's the Monkees" (ABC)

1988

Produced and had a cameo in the quirky music-themed comedy "Tapeheads", starring John Cusack and Tim Robbins

1987

Had a cameo in the Whoopi Goldberg comedy vehicle "Burglar"

1987

Executive produced the drama feature "Square Dance"

1985

Was executive producer, writer and host of "Michael Nesmith in Television Parts" (NBC), a TV series of music videos and comedy based on his experimental music video project "Television Parts"

1984

Produced the Alex Cox cult classic "Repo Man"

1983

His innovative music videos "Rio" and "Cruisin'" released as the home video "Rio and Cruisin"

1982

Was executive producer, screenwriter and music performer for the sci-fi Western "Timerider"

1977

Began producing music videos, predating MTV with the surrealistic short film for his song "Rio"

1969

Country-rock single "Joanne" hit the Top 40

1968

Hosted the NBC special "33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee"

1968

Recorded first solo album, "Wichita Train Whistle Songs"

1968

Starred in The Monkees psychedelic feature film "Head", scripted by Jack Nicholson

1968

His song "Different Drum" was a hit for The Stone Poneys (led by vocalist Linda Ronstadt)

1967

The Monkees buck their prefab beginnings, writing, producing and playing their own instruments for the bulk of the album "Headquarters" at Nesmith's urging

1966

"The Monkees", a rock and roll sitcom, aired on NBC; the quartet becomes an instant pop phenomenon

1965

Answered a call in Variety looking for musicians who could act; cast on "The Monkees"

Was a member of the United States Air Force for two years

Raised in Texas

Relocated to Los Angeles

Sponsored a residency at the AFI encouraging music and video artists to collaborate in the interest of creating music video innovations; established The Michael Nesmith Award, a grant to aid such endeavors

Developed "Popclips", the prototype for MTV; produced 56 half-hour episodes for the upstart network

Formed The First National Band with London, John Ware and Red Rhodes

Moved to Memphis; was a sessions musician on Stax-Volt records

Formed the folk-rock duo Mike and John with John London

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