Micky Dolenz

Micky Dolenz

American actor, musician, television and theater director
Date of Birth: 08.03.1945
Country: USA

  1. Biography of Micky Dolenz
  2. Early Life and Career
  3. The Monkees and Later Career
  4. Later Years and Legacy

Biography of Micky Dolenz

Micky Dolenz is an American actor, musician, television and theater director. He is best known as the drummer and vocalist of the 1960s pop-rock quartet 'The Monkees' and a member of the eponymous American TV series.

Micky Dolenz

Early Life and Career

George Michael "Micky" Dolenz Jr. was born on March 8, 1945, in Los Angeles, California, USA. He is the son of George Dolenz, a Hollywood character actor, and his wife Janelle Johnson. Dolenz's career in show business began in 1956 when he appeared in the children's prime-time show 'Circus Boy' under the name Mickey Braddock. In this series, he played the role of an orphan who served as a water boy, carrying water for elephants in his uncle's circus. The children's program ran for three years, after which Dolenz landed rare roles in several TV series and focused on his education.

Micky Dolenz

The Monkees and Later Career

In 1965, Dolenz was cast as a member of the ensemble in the television sitcom 'The Monkees' and became the drummer and vocalist of the band specially created for the series. He wrote several songs for the group and served as the lead vocalist in hits like 'Last Train to Clarksville' and 'I'm a Believer'. Towards the end of the second season of the show, Dolenz also became one of the writers and directors of 'The Monkees'.

Micky Dolenz

During a tour with the band in the UK, Dolenz met his future wife, Manchester-based model Samantha Juste. They had a daughter, Ami Dolenz, who became an actress in the 1980s. However, Dolenz and Juste divorced in 1975. After the TV series 'The Monkees' ended and the group disbanded, Dolenz hoped to continue his music career and released several singles on the MGM label and its subsidiaries in the early 1970s.

Micky Dolenz

Dolenz went on to work behind the scenes, providing voices for characters in several animated series, including 'Funky Phantom', 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid', 'Devlin', and 'Wonder Wheels'. He also made guest appearances in prime-time series like 'Adam-12' and 'My Three Sons'. Although he unsuccessfully auditioned for the role of Fonzie in the TV series 'Happy Days', the character went to another actor, Henry Winkler.

Dolenz, along with former members of 'The Monkees' Davy Jones, Tommy Boyce, and Bobby Hart, decided to reunite and released the album 'Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart'. They embarked on an extensive tour in 1975 and 1976, and afterwards, Jones and Dolenz were cast in playwright Harry Nilsson's musical 'The Point!' in London. After the musical, Dolenz stayed in England and began a directing career in theater and television, as well as producing several shows of his own.

In 1980, Dolenz directed and produced the unconventional sitcom 'Metal Mickey' about a small metal pseudo-robot. He was also responsible for directing the stage version of the musical 'Bugsy Malone', which featured then-unknown 14-year-old Catherine Zeta-Jones in the cast.

Later Years and Legacy

In 1986, the re-airing of all episodes of 'The Monkees' on MTV revived interest in the group. This was followed by the release of a greatest hits album and the new album 'Pool It!' in 1987. The group's previous releases were reissued and charted, and their new track 'That Was Then, This Is Now' became a hit, reaching the Top 20 on the Billboard charts in the US. Dolenz and other members of 'The Monkees' occasionally reunited and embarked on tours, including one in 2001. Dolenz also performed as a solo artist from time to time.

Dolenz continued his directing career on television in England and the United States, occasionally appearing as an actor himself, such as in the TV series 'The Equalizer'. In 2005, Dolenz replaced Dan Taylor as the morning DJ of WCBS-FM, the oldest radio station in New York. After the radio format changed, Dolenz and his sister Coco Dolenz embarked on a tour. In June 2006, he played the role of Charlemagne in the revival of the musical 'Pippin' in East Haddam, Connecticut, and continued to perform in that role during the touring production. He also appeared in the 2007 remake of John Carpenter's 1978 film, Rob Zombie's 'Halloween', as Derek Allen, the owner of a weapons store where Dr. Loomis (played by actor Malcolm McDowell) buys a gun while searching for the killer Michael Myers.

Dolenz holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Open University in England. He has been married three times and is the father of four daughters. He had a daughter, Ami Bluebell, from his marriage to Samantha Juste. He has three daughters, Charlotte Janelle, Emily Claire, and Georgia Rose, from his relationship with Trina Dolenz. He married for the third time in 2002 to Donna Quinter. When asked if he believes in God, Dolenz categorically answered 'no'. He then added, 'God is a verb, not a noun'.