Michael Nesmith Net Worth

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Structural info

  • Full Name: Michael Nesmith
  • Net Worth: $50 Million
  • Date Of Birth: December 30, 1942
  • Place Of Birth: Houston, Texas, United States
  • Height: 6′ 1″
  • Profession: Songwriter, Singer, Musician, Actor, Guitarist, Author, Screenwriter, Film Producer, Film Score Composer, Film director
  • Education: Thomas Jefferson High School (Dallas), San Antonio College, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • Nationality: American
  • Spouse: Victoria Kennedy (m. 2000), Kathryn Bild (m. 1976–1988), Phyllis Barbour Nesmith (m. 1963–1972)
  • Children: Christian Nesmith, Jason Nesmith, Jessica Nesmith, Jonathan Nesmith
  • Parents: Warren Nesmith, Bette Nesmith Graham
  • Nicknames: Robert Michael Nesmith , Nesmith, Michael , Wool Hat , Nez , Papa Nez , Mike , Mike Nesmith , The Monkees , Woolhat
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/michaelnesmith
  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/michaelnesmith
  • Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nesmithmichael/
  • IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0626452/
  • Allmusic: www.allmusic.com/artist/michael-nesmith-mn0000463435
  • Awards: Grammy Award for Video of the Year (1981), Ernie Kovacs Awar (2016)
  • Record Labels: First National Band
  • Albums: “Headquarters” (1967), “Pretty Much Your Standard Stash” (1973), “Live at the Palais” (1978), “Tropical Campfires” (1992), “Justus” (1996), “Good Times!” (2016)
  • Music Groups: The Monkees (Since 1966), Michael Nesmith & The 1st National Band (1969)
  • Nominations: Hollywood Walk of Fame Star (1989)
  • Movies: “Repo Man” (1984), “Burglar” (1987), “Head” (1968), “Tapeheads” (1988), “Timerider: The Adventures of Lyle Swann” (1982)
  • TV Shows: The Monkees (1966–1968), “Popclips” (1977), “Elephant Parts” (1981), “Television Parts” (1985), “Hey, Hey, It’s the Monkees” (1997), “Portlandia” (2014), “Live at the Britt Festival” (1991)

Quotes

  • 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.”
  • [As to why he didn’t rejoin The Monkees when Peter Tork, Micky Dolenz and Davy Jones re-formed the group, c. 1986] “It would be kind of like Ronald Reagan making another movie.”

Facts

  • 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” [1998]
  • 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?”
  • Shares a birthday with fellow Monkee Davy Jones.
  • 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 Burns The 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.

Trademarks

  • During the early days of The Monkees was never seen without his woolhat

Filmography

Soundtrack
Title Year Status Character
The 2014 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 2014 TV Movie “Different Drum” , “Different Drum”, uncredited
Seven Psychopaths 2012 writer: “Different Drum”
Breaking Bad 2012 TV Series writer – 1 episode
Straw Dogs 2011 writer: “Goin’ Down”
Poppies 2011 Video performer: “Joanne” / writer: “Joanne”
The Wrecking Crew! 2008 Documentary writer: “Mary Mary”
The Heartbreak Kid 2007 writer: “Different Drum”
It’s All Gone Pete Tong 2004 writer: “Different Dream” – as Nesmith
Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story 2004 writer: “Different Drum”
The Monkees: Live Summer Tour 2002 Video writer: “The Girl I Knew Somewhere”, “Mary Mary”, “Goin’ Down”
Things Behind the Sun 2001 writer: “The Girl I Knew Somewhere”
Daydream Believer 1998 Short writer: “Papa Gene’s Blues” – as Mike Nesmith
Mystery Science Theater 3000 1997 TV Series writer – 1 episode
Hey, Hey, It’s the Monkees 1997 TV Movie lyrics: “Circle Sky” / music: “Circle Sky”
Hey, Hey We’re the Monkees 1997 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”
Nesmith Live 1992 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
Peter’s Friends 1992 performer: “Rio” / writer: “Rio”
Television Parts Home Companion 1985 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”
Elephant Parts 1981 Video performer: “Cruisin'”, “Magic”, “Tonight”, “Light”, “Rio” / producer: “Cruisin'”, “Magic”, “Tonight”, “Light”, “Rio” / writer: “Cruisin'”, “Magic”, “Tonight”, “Light”, “Rio”
Starsky and Hutch 1977 TV Series writer – 1 episode
Scarecrow 1973 performer: “Silver Moon” / writer: “Silver Moon”
The Johnny Cash Show 1969 TV Series writer – 1 episode
33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee 1969 TV Movie performer: “Naked Persimmon The Only Thing I Believe Is True” / writer: “Naked Persimmon The Only Thing I Believe Is True”, “Listen To The Band”
Head 1968 writer: “Circle Sky”
The Monkees TV Series writer – 29 episodes, 1966 – 1968 producer – 13 episodes, 1966 – 1967 performer – 6 episodes, 1966 – 1968
Actor
Title Year Status Character
Portlandia 2014 TV Series
Hey, Hey, It’s the Monkees 1997 TV Movie Mike
Tapeheads 1988 Water Man
Burglar 1987 Cabbie
Michael Nesmith in Television Parts 1985 TV Series Host
An All Consuming Passion 1984 Video Academy Award Presenter
Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann 1982 Race Official (uncredited)
An Evening with Sir William Martin 1981 Video short Foyer the Butler
Saturday Night Live 1981 TV Series Man in Foreign Film / The Man with the Black Hat
Head 1968 Mike
The Monkees 1966-1968 TV Series Mike
Frank Zappa
Producer
Title Year Status Character
The Lionel Richie Collection 2003 Video documentary producer – segment “All Night Long”
Hey, Hey, It’s the Monkees 1997 TV Movie executive producer
Tapeheads 1988 executive producer
Square Dance 1987 producer – uncredited
Doctor Duck’s Super Secret All-Purpose Sauce 1986 Video executive producer
Television Parts 1985 TV Movie executive producer
Television Parts Home Companion 1985 Video short executive producer
Repo Man 1984 executive producer
Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann 1982 producer – uncredited
An Evening with Sir William Martin 1981 Video short executive producer
Elephant Parts 1981 Video executive producer
Writer
Title Year Status Character
Hey, Hey, It’s the Monkees 1997 TV Movie written by
Doctor Duck’s Super Secret All-Purpose Sauce 1986 Video
Television Parts Home Companion 1985 Video short
Playboy Video Magazine, Vol. 1 1983 TV Series documentary additional material
Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann 1982 written by
An Evening with Sir William Martin 1981 Video short
Elephant Parts 1981 Video written by
Head 1968 uncredited
Music Department
Title Year Status Character
Run-DMC: Together Forever – Greatest Hits 1983-2000 2000 Video composer: song “Mary, Mary”
Nesmith Live 1992 Video musician: guitar/lead vocals
Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann 1982 music arranger / musician: guitar
Elephant Parts 1981 Video lyrical composer: songs / music composer: songs / musician: guitar
Composer
Title Year Status Character
The Guys Who Wrote ‘Em 2014 Documentary completed
Nesmith Live 1992 Video
Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann 1982
Northville Cemetery Massacre 1976
Miscellaneous
Title Year Status Character
Tapeheads 1988 presenter
Square Dance 1987 presenter
Repo Man 1984 presenter
Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann 1982 presenter
Director
Title Year Status Character
Hey, Hey, It’s the Monkees 1997 TV Movie
Doctor Duck’s Super Secret All-Purpose Sauce 1986 Video uncredited
Saturday Night Live 1981 TV Series 1 episode
Thanks
Title Year Status Character
Daydream Believer 1998 Short very special thanks
Self
Title Year Status Character
Breakfast News 1997 TV Series Himself
This Morning 1997 TV Series Himself
Hey Hey We’re the Monkees 1996 Video Game Himself
Later 1994 TV Series Himself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Elizabeth Taylor 1993 TV Special documentary Himself (uncredited)
Showbiz Today 1987-1993 TV Series Himself
Austin City Limits 1993 TV Series documentary Himself
Nesmith Live 1992 Video Himself
Crook & Chase 1989-1990 TV Series Himself
Headline News 1989 TV Series Himself
Good Morning America 1986 TV Series Himself
Entertainment Tonight 1985-1986 TV Series Himself
MTV Video Music Awards 1986 1986 TV Special Himself – Performer (as The Monkees)
Doctor Duck’s Super Secret All-Purpose Sauce 1986 Video Himself – Player
Television Parts 1985 TV Movie Himself
Television Parts Home Companion 1985 Video short Himself – Player
Late Night with David Letterman 1983 TV Series Himself
Elephant Parts 1981 Video Himself – Player
Rock Concert 1979-1980 TV Series Himself
Top of the Pops 1967-1977 TV Series Himself / Himself – Guest
The David Frost Show 1971 TV Series Himself
New American Bandstand 1965 1966-1971 TV Series Himself
Laugh-In 1969 TV Series Himself – Guest Performer
The Johnny Cash Show 1969 TV Series Himself – Singer
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1969 TV Series Himself
The Joey Bishop Show 1968-1969 TV Series Himself
33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee 1969 TV Movie Himself – Monkee #3
It’s Happening 1969 TV Series Himself
The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour 1969 TV Series Himself
The Hollywood Squares 1968 TV Series Himself
Dream Girl of ’67 1967 TV Series Himself – Bachelor Judge
The 19th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1967 TV Special Himself
The Lloyd Thaxton Show 1965 TV Series Himself
Untitled Story of MTV Documentary 2017 Documentary filming Himself
The Guys Who Wrote ‘Em 2014 Documentary completed Mike (voice)
Making of ‘Timerider’ 2013 Video short Himself
The 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 2012 TV Movie Himself
Behind the Music 2000 TV Series documentary Himself
E! True Hollywood Story 1999 TV Series documentary Himself
Today 1966-1999 TV Series Himself
KTLA Morning News 1999 TV Series Himself
The Big Breakfast 1997 TV Series Himself
Hey, Hey We’re the Monkees 1997 TV Movie documentary Himself
Noel’s House Party 1997 TV Series Himself
Archive Footage
Title Year Status Character
The Sixties 2014 TV Mini-Series documentary Mike
Biography 2007-2012 TV Series documentary Himself
The Wrecking Crew! 2008 Documentary Mike
Making the Monkees 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself
Mayor of the Sunset Strip 2003 Documentary Himself
Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘N’ Roll Generation Saved Hollywood 2003 Documentary Himself
Hendrix 2000 TV Movie Himself (leaves plane) (uncredited)
Daydream Believer 1998 Short Himself (uncredited)
Hide and Seek 1997 TV Movie Himself (uncredited)
The Beatles Anthology 1995 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Heart and Soul 1988 Documentary short
NBC 60th Anniversary Celebration 1986 TV Special documentary Himself
The Monkees 1967 TV Series Mike

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