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Name: Micky Dolenz  
Also Know As: Micky Dolenz
Date of Birth: 8th March 1945
Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, USA
Profession: Singer
From Wikipedia, the free Encyclopedia
Micky Dolenz.

George Michael Dolenz (born March 8, 1945), better known as Micky Dolenz, is an American actor, musician, and television and theatre director best known for being one of The Monkees.

He was born in Los Angeles, California to George Dolenz, a Hollywood character actor, and his wife Janelle. Dolenz began his show business career

Micky Dolenz as Circus Boy

in 1956 when he starred in a children’s show called Circus Boy under the name Micky Braddock. In the show he played an orphaned boy who is the water boy for the elephants in his uncle’s one-ring circus at the turn of the 20th Century. The program ran for three years, after which Dolenz made sporadic appearances on network TV shows and pursued his education. He also played with a couple of obscure rock and roll bands, including, ironically, one called The Missing Links. In 1965 Dolenz was cast in the television sitcom The Monkees and became the drummer and lead vocalist for the band created for the show. He wrote a few of the band’s songs as well as providing the lead vocals for such hits as “Last Train to Clarksville” and “I’m a Believer”.

Micky Dolenz as a member of The Monkees, circa 1966

Toward the end of the series’ two-year run Dolenz directed and co-wrote what turned out to be the show’s final episode.

While in the UK on tour with the group, Dolenz met and married Samantha Juste, the girl who pretended to put the records on the jukebox on the BBC's "live" pop series, Top of the Pops. They divorced after having their daughter, Ami Dolenz, now an actress.

Micky Dolenz circa 2005.

After the show ended and the band broke up, Dolenz provided voice-overs for a number of Saturday-morning cartoon series. He also auditioned for the role of Fonzie on the series Happy Days, but lost out to Henry Winkler. He eventually reunited with fellow Monkee Davy Jones and songwriters Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart for a record and a tour, but he had bigger success with a stage production of the Harry Nilsson musical The Point! in London.

After the show’s run, he remained in England and began directing for the stage and television, as well as producing several of the shows he directed. He has since joined the other ex-Monkees for reunion tours and has continued to direct for television both in England and in the United States.

While Tim Burton was still slated to direct Batman Forever, Micky was considered to play The Riddler, and even did a screen test for the role. However, Burton's exit from the film ended Micky's involvement.

In 2005 Dolenz started work as the morning disc jockey at oldies radio station WCBS-FM in New York. On June 3, 2005, at 5:00 PM, WCBS-FM ended its oldies format to go to a "Jack" format, ending his stay at the station.

External Links

  • Micky Dolenz Official Website

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