After selling more than 65 million records worldwide as the star of The Monkees TV show, Micky Dolenz has continued to make his mark in other areas of the entertainment business, through his varied career as an actor, director, writer, producer, and performer. Born in Los Angeles in 1948, he first established himself as a performer at age 10 when, under the stage name Micky Braddock, he starred in his first TV series, Circus Boy, which aired on NBC from 1956-1958. He guest-starred on a number of television shows as a teen before auditioning for The Monkees in 1965. Dolenz was one of four actors chosen out of 400 applicants, along with the late great Davy Jones.
The Monkees' debut single "Last Train to Clarksville," featuring Dolenz on lead vocals, hit the charts September 10, 1966, and quickly rocketed to No. 1. Two days later, the television show debuted on NBC to great success. Although the TV ratings remained high for the next two years, The Monkees achieved their greatest success as recording artists. Their first four albums reached No. 1 on the charts, and they enjoyed three consecutive No. 1 singles: "Last Train to Clarksville," "I'm a Believer" (with lead vocals by Dolenz), and "Daydream Believer." The group's first five albums also went Gold. Dolenz has since reunited with The Monkees on several occasions, celebrating the group's 20th and 30th anniversaries.
Since his stint as a Monkees star, Dolenz has expanded his career into the realms of theater, film, and production. He has worked as a producer and director for the BBC; directed feature films, projects for the Disney Channel and Harmony Pictures, and television shows like Boy Meets World; appeared in musicals like The Point, Grease, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and Aida; and acted on shows like The Drew Carey Show, General Hospital, and Days of Our Lives. Now in 2012, almost a half century after he first hit the big time with The Monkees, he still manages to find time to perform as a vocalist in the midst of his myriad other work.
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