Michael Nesmith

Musician + Songwriter + Actor

Robert Michael Nesmith is an American musician, songwriter, actor, producer, novelist, businessman, and philanthropist, best known as a member of the musical group The Monkees and co-star of (1966-1968). Nesmith is notable as a songwriter, including "Different Drum" sung by Linda Ronstadt with the Stone Poneys, and as executive producer of the cult film Repo Man (1984). He also is credited with creating the genre of the music video.… Read More

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1942 Birth Nesmith was born in Houston, Texas in 1942 He is an only child; his parents, Warren Audrey Nesmith and Bette Nesmith Graham, divorced when their son was four. … Read More
1949 6 Years Old Nesmith was enrolled in the Dallas public school system in 1949, at the age of six. … Read More


1960 17 Years Old Without graduating from high school, Nesmith enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1960. … Read More
1962 19 Years Old While in the Air Force, Nesmith obtained a G.E.D. and was discharged under honorable conditions in 1962. … Read More


1963 20 Years Old While in college, Nesmith began to write more songs and poetry, and after he and Phyllis married in 1963, the two of them decided to move to Los Angeles so Nesmith could pursue his songwriting and singing career. … Read More
1965 22 Years Old In October 1965, Nesmith landed the role as the wool hat-wearing, guitar player "Mike" in The Monkees TV series, which required real-life musical talent (writing, instrument playing, singing, recording, and performing in live concerts as part of The Monkees musical band). … Read More
1968 25 Years Old 1 More Event
When The Monkees TV series ended in 1968, Nesmith enrolled part-time at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and studied American History and Music History. … Read More
1969 26 Years Old In 1969, Nesmith formed the group First National Band with Kuehne, John Ware and Red Rhodes.
1970 27 Years Old 1 More Event
Nesmith wrote most of the songs for the band, including a single titled "Joanne" that received some airplay and was a moderate chart hit for seven weeks during 1970, rising to number 21 on the Billboard Top 40. … Read More
1972 29 Years Old 1 More Event
Circa 1972, Nesmith started the record label Countryside Records with Jac Holzman, the founder of Elektra Records.


1974 - 1976 2 More Events
1980 37 Years Old 1 More Event
…  He continued to feel the financial bite for years afterwards, until his inheritance from his mother's Liquid Paper fortune in 1980 eased those concerns.
1981 38 Years Old …  In 1981, Nesmith won the first Grammy Award given for Video of the Year for his hour-long television show, Elephant Parts.
1982 39 Years Old Nesmith won the first-ever Grammy Award given for (Long-form) Music-Video in 1982, for his hour-long Elephant Parts and also had a short-lived series on NBC inspired by the video called Michael Nesmith in Television Parts. … Read More


1986 43 Years Old However, he did appear during an encore with the other three members at the Greek Theatre on September 7, 1986.
1987 44 Years Old In a 1987 interview for Nick Rocks, Nesmith stated, "When Peter called up and said 'we're going to go out, do you want to go?' I was booked. … Read More
1988 45 Years Old In 1988, following the ending of this second marriage, he returned to Los Angeles where he met Victoria Kennedy. They moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 1992 and then returned to Carmel, California, in 2000. They were married in April 2000 in Monterey, California. They separated in 2011 and Kennedy filed for divorce. … Read More
1989 46 Years Old Nesmith appeared again in 1989 with Dolenz, Tork, and Jones when the Monkees received a Hollywood Walk of Fame Star.


1995 52 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1995, Nesmith was again reunited with the Monkees to record their studio album (and first to feature all four since Head), entitled Justus, released in 1996. … Read More
1999 56 Years Old On February 3, 1999, a jury awarded Nesmith and his company Pacific Arts $48.875 million in compensatory and punitive damages, prompting his widely quoted comment, "It's like finding your grandmother stealing your stereo. … Read More


2009 66 Years Old 1 More Event
He performed live inside Videoranch 3D on May 25, 2009. … Read More
2011 68 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In 2011, Nesmith returned to producing, working with blues singer/guitarist Carolyn Wonderland. … Read More
2012 - 2015 3 More Events
2016 73 Years Old Despite not touring with Dolenz and Tork for The Monkees' 50th anniversary reunion in 2016, Nesmith contributed vocally and instrumentally to the Monkees album Good Times!
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