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Michael Nesmith

Highest Rated: 98% Repo Man (1984)

Lowest Rated: 27% Burglar (1987)

Birthday: Dec 30, 1942

Birthplace: Houston, Texas, USA

Multi-talented Michael Nesmith has come a long way from playing the quiet Monkee in the little wool cap on the popular 1960s sitcom The Monkees. Since then he has proven himself an innovator in musical genres and music videos -- his work in the latter area led to the creation of the MTV network. Nesmith is also a movie and television producer. Born in Houston, TX, Nesmith is the son of Bette Nesmith Graham, the woman who invented Liquid Paper correction fluid. Before auditioning for The Monkees in 1965, Nesmith had served a two-year stint in the Air Force, worked as a backup musician in Nashville, performed in a Los Angeles-based folk-rock duo with his friend John London, composed songs, including "Mary, Mary" and "Different Drum," and recorded a few singles. While with the Monkees, Nesmith wrote several of their hits and helped persuade the Monkees' "handlers" to allow them to produce their own records. He left the television group after completing their only feature film, Head (1968), to form his own band and then launched his solo career. In 1977, he designed a new television show called Popclips, in which he utilized live music clips while counting down the week's chart-toppers. The show is credited for inspiring the genesis of MTV. Nesmith's mother died in 1980 and left him half of her Liquid Paper fortune (worth over 20 million dollars). Nesmith then launched his own record and film production company, Pacific Arts, which became the number one source of American music videos in the '80s, and won the first Video Grammy for it in 1981. In the late '80s, Nesmith made his own filmmaking debut with the inventive music video "Elephant Parts." He reunited with the Monkees and continued to occasionally perform with them. In 1997, he and the group appeared in an hour-long television special and also released a new album, Justus.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Michael Nesmith: Live at the Britt Actor 1992
60% Tapeheads Executive Producer Water Man 1988
27% Burglar Cabbie 1987
31% Square Dance Executive Producer 1987
No Score Yet The Monkees: Heart and Soul Actor 1987
No Score Yet The Television Parts Home Companion Actor 1985
No Score Yet Dr. Duck's Super Secret All-Purpose Sauce Actor Director 1985
98% Repo Man Executive Producer 1984
No Score Yet Timerider Screenwriter Executive Producer 1983
No Score Yet Time Rider Screenwriter Producer 1983
No Score Yet Elephant Parts Actor 1981
No Score Yet Michael Nesmith - Elephant Parts Actor 1981
75% Head Himself 1968


94% Portlandia
No Score Yet The Monkees
Mike Frank Zappa 1968


Himself says: Mike: All right, need a volunteer, we're out of ammo.

Mike says: All right, need a volunteer, we're out of ammo.

Himself says: Peter: I'll go.

Peter says: I'll go.

Himself says: Mike: See that you do.

Mike says: See that you do.

Testy True says: Quick! Suck it before the venom reaches my heart.

Himself says: Mike: What heart?!

Mike says: What heart?!

Himself says: Mike: Okay. You think they call us plastic now, babe, but wait 'til I get through telling them how we do it.

Mike says: Okay. You think they call us plastic now, babe, but wait 'til I get through telling them how we do it.