American musician and philanthropist most widely known as the singer and guitarist from the Monkees. He also composed the tune “Different Drum” for the music group Rock Poneys and was the professional producer from the film Repo Man. He became a member of the Air Power before finishing senior high school and continued to are a songwriter. He gained the initial Video of the entire year award on the Grammy Honours for his display Elephant Parts. He wedded 3 x: to Phyllis Barbour Nesmith, Kathryn Bild, and lastly Victoria Kennedy on Apr 1, 2000. He provides three sons called Christian, Jason and Jonathan and a little girl called Jessica. He and Davy Jones had been bandmates in The Monkees.
Full Name Michael Nesmith
Date Of Birth December 30, 1942
Place Of Birth Houston, TX
Height 1.85 m
Profession Rock Singer
Education Thomas Jefferson High School, San Antonio College
Spouse Victoria Kennedy, Kathryn Bild, Phyllis Barbour Nesmith
Children Christian Nesmith, Jason Nesmith, Jessica Nesmith, Jonathan Nesmith
Movies Elephant Parts, Head, Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann, Tapeheads, Northville Cemetery Massacre, Square Dance, Hey, Hey, It's the Monkees, Michael Nesmith in Television Parts: Home Companion, Hey Hey We're the Monkees, Michael Nesmith: Live at the Britt, Dr. Duck's Super Secret All-Purpose Sauce
TV Shows Television Parts, The Monkees, PopClips
Star Sign Capricorn
He has started a small video game development company in Monterey called Zoomo Productions. [April 2005]
He is finishing his latest album called "Rays", and is deciding whether to distribute it as mp3 files through his online store or as CD singles. [January 2004]
He is currently living on the Monterey Peninsula in California. He just finished his second novel, "The America Gene". [April 2005]
Directing movie "Fried Pies," and working on second novel. [November 2000]
Working on a book "The Long Sandy Hair of Neftoon Zamora" 
The Monkees have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6675 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
His first professional recording (under the pseudonym "Michael Blessing") was a folk music single entitled "What Seems To Be the Problem, Officer?"
Continues to be active in all media including video games, on line delivery of media, and is an avid golfer.
He has an on line store called videoranch.com that allows customers to buy his works straight from him. Products include CDs, DVDs, and music downloads.
Was often referred to by The Monkees staff as "Wool Hat".
He was was invited to the famous orchestral session for "A Day In The Life" by John Lennon.
Was the only Monkee who'd actually seen the initial trades ad for the show's casting.
Arrived for his first interview for The Monkees wearing a wool cap, to keep the hair out of his eyes while driving his motorcycle around town (Nesmith also carried a bag of laundry, to be done at a nearby laundromat on his way home). Producers Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider remembered him as "Wool Hat"; they wanted to name his Monkees character that, but Nesmith refused.
Had actually been "labelmates" with Davy Jones earlier, as both were signed to the Colpix Records label (Nesmith recorded as "Michael Blessing"), though they'd apparently never met. While Jones had released a modestly successful LP and single by 1965, Nesmith's two singles hadn't gotten far past the promotional stage. The Colpix label (belonging to Columbia Pictures, and controlled by Screen Gems) was dissolved in 1966, to make way for the new Colgems label--with The Monkees as its centerpiece.
Had published several songs through different companies before signing his contracts for The Monkees; Nesmith's "Mary, Mary" had already been a hit for the Butterfield Blues Band. With Nesmith signed to Screen Gems as a songwriter, the company next bought up Nesmith's earlier publishing, so his songs could be used for the Monkees.
Inherited half his mother's $50 million estate from the sale of Liquid Paper; the rest finances a private think tank.
During the 1980s he built up the largest non-theatrical home video catalog in the world called Pacific Arts Corporation. It owned rights to everything from Koyaanisqatsi (1982) to The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau (1968) to Ken BurnsThe Civil War (1990). Pacific Arts licensed the right to use the PBS logo on the titles in its catalog which had been aired on PBS, and developed the PBS Home Video label. The venture ended in a lawsuit with PBS that resulted in a six-week trial in federal court. A jury unanimously found PBS liable for intentional misrepresentation, intentional concealment, negligent misrepresentation, intentional interference with Pac Arts' contractual relations with the program producers and in breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing. They awarded Pacific Arts and Nesmith real and punitive damages totaling more than $47,000,000. PBS and Nesmith subsequently settled for an undisclosed sum.
Gave up taking the "A" side of the first single actually performed by The Monkees, instead choosing friend Bill Martin's song "All Of Your Toys", which Nesmith believed would be a bigger hit. A publishing snag kept "Toys" from being released (until the late 1980s), but Nesmith's "B" side, "The Girl I Knew Somewhere", backed their next single - Neil Diamond's "A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You".
Penned the Stone Poneys' hit "Different Drum." Linda Ronstadt sang the lead.
Invented the idea for what became MTV. Sold the idea to Time-Warner and created a proof of concept for 24 hour music television in the form of 6 half hour shows called "Pop Clips". Time-Warner aired Popclips on Nickelodeon Channel for testing and it was an instant hit. Nesmith moved on to other projects after the testing phase as he did not wish to be involved in managing a television network.
Michael spent fourteen months in the U.S. Air Force where he tipped over a general's airplane while cleaning it.
Michael's mother, Bette Nesmith, was a legal secretary in Houston, Texas. Due to her hobby of painting, she came up with the idea and invented Liquid Paper typing correction fluid and made an enormous fortune overnight.
"Elephant Parts" won the first Grammy for a video record.
He has four kids: Christian, Jonathan, Jason, and Jessica.
The 2014 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
TV Movie "Different Drum" , "Different Drum", uncredited
writer: "Different Drum"
TV Series writer - 1 episode
writer: "Goin' Down"
Video performer: "Joanne" / writer: "Joanne"
The Wrecking Crew!
Documentary writer: "Mary Mary"
The Heartbreak Kid
writer: "Different Drum"
It's All Gone Pete Tong
writer: "Different Dream" - as Nesmith
Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
writer: "Different Drum"
The Monkees: Live Summer Tour
Video writer: "The Girl I Knew Somewhere", "Mary Mary", "Goin' Down"
Things Behind the Sun
writer: "The Girl I Knew Somewhere"
Short writer: "Papa Gene's Blues" - as Mike Nesmith
Mystery Science Theater 3000
TV Series writer - 1 episode
Hey, Hey, It's the Monkees
TV Movie lyrics: "Circle Sky" / music: "Circle Sky"
Hey, Hey We're the Monkees
TV Movie documentary performer: "Until it's time for you to go" - as Michael Blessing / producer: "Listen to the band", "Mary, Mary", "Circle Sky" / writer: "Listen to the band", "Mary, Mary", "No Time", "Circle Sky"
Video producer: "Yellow Butterfly", "Laugh Kills Lonesome", "Moon Over The Rio Grande", "Papa Gene's Blues", "Two Different Roads", "Joanne", "Tomorrow And Me", "The Upside Of Good-bye", "Juliana", "Some Of Shelly's Blues", "I Am Not That", "Propinquity", "Harmony Constant", "Silver Moon", "Rising In Love", "Rio", "Different Drum", "I Am Not That Reprise" / writer: "Yellow Butterfly", "Laugh Kills Lonesome", "Moon Over The Rio Grande", "Papa Gene's Blues", "Two Different Roads", "Joanne", "Tomor
performer: "Rio" / writer: "Rio"
Television Parts Home Companion
Video short arranger: "Eldorado to the Moon" / performer: "Eldorado to the Moon", "Chow Mein & Bowling", "I'll Remember You" / producer: "Eldorado to the Moon" / writer: "I'll Remember You"
I'm clearly in my endgame. I mean, we're not talking about deciding to do something else. We're talking about dying. [Laughs] So I don't know. Who knows where that is? That's somewhere . . . that door is coming up. I can't make it out on the horizon just yet. But at a certain point it's going to be time for me to say, "Eh, I think I'll lay down."
[on the death of fellow Monkee Davy Jones] David's spirit and soul live well in my heart, among all the lovely people, who remember with me the good times, and the healing times, that were created for so many, including us. I have fond memories. I wish him safe travels.
[about his famous wool hat] "It had a life of its own. I used to take it off and put it in a little house, feed it . . . "
[describing his financial slump, after paying a huge default to leave The Monkees in 1969] "I had to start telling little tales to the tax man while they were putting tags on the furniture."