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      Michael Nesmith

      Michael Nesmith

      Highest Rated: 98% Repo Man (1984)

      Lowest Rated: 98% Repo Man (1984)

      Birthday: Dec 30, 1942

      Birthplace: Houston, Texas, USA

      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 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, and was well-regarded as a serious performer and entertainment figure.

      Photos

      HEAD, Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork, Mike Nesmith, 1968 HEAD, Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, Mike Nesmith, 1968 HEAD, foreground from left: The Monkees-Peter Tork, Davy Jones, Mike Nesmith, Mickey Dolenz, 1968 HEAD, from left: Mickey Dolenz, Peter Tork, Mike Nesmith, 1968 HEAD, Peter Tork, Davy Jones, Mike Nesmith, 1968 HEAD, The Monkees: Davy Jones, Peter Tork, Mickey Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, 1968.

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Square Dance Producer $13.7K 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Duck's Super Secret All-Purpose Sauce Director - 1986
      98% 78% Repo Man Executive Producer - 1984
      No Score Yet 91% Michael Nesmith - Elephant Parts Unknown (Character) - 1981

      TV

      Credit
      94% 80% Portlandia Unknown (Guest Star) 2014
      82% No Score Yet The Monkees Mike (Character) 1966-1968