Micky Dolenz Net Worth (Updated 2024)

What is Micky Dolenz’s Net Worth?

Micky Dolenz, the talented American actor, director, musician, and radio personality, has a net worth of $9 million. He became famous as a drummer and one of the main singers in the Monkees, a popular pop-rock band that was active from 1966 to 1970 and had reunions until 2021.

Additionally, he co-starred in the TV series “The Monkees,” which aired from 1966 to 1968.

Here’s the breakdown of his net worth:

Name:

Micky Dolenz

Net Worth:

$9 Million

Date of Birth:

Mar 8, 1945

Salary:

$800 Thousand Per Year

Source of Wealth:

Singer, Musician, Actor, Drummer, Keyboard Player, Television producer, Film director, Television Director, Radio personality, Theatre Director

Micky Dolenz Net Worth

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Early Life

Micky Dolenz was born in Los Angeles, California, at the Cedars of Lebanon Hospital. His family had strong ties to showbiz, with both parents, George Dolenz and Janelle Johnson, being actors. Micky has three siblings: Gemma Marie (known as “Coco”), Deborah, and Kathleen (called “Gina”). Coco, also known as “Coco Sunshine,” earned her nickname from Micky during their childhood. She often joined him on the set of “The Monkees” TV show and even sang alongside him on some of the Monkees’ records, both as a background vocalist and duet partner. In fact, she’s a regular member of Micky’s live concert band.

During his youth, Micky faced a health challenge called Perthes disease, which affected his hip joint and right leg. This condition left his right leg weaker and shorter than his left, influencing his drumming style. Micky developed a unique drum setup – playing right-handed but using his left foot – which became a distinctive feature of his music career.

Circus Boy

Micky Dolenz started his journey in showbiz back in 1956 when he played Corky in a children’s TV series called “Circus Boy,” using the stage name Mickey Braddock. In this heartwarming show, he portrayed Corky, a water boy for elephants in a small circus during the early 20th century. “Circus Boy” ran for two seasons, and after that, Micky made occasional appearances on various network TV shows while also focusing on his education.

He attended Ulysses S. Grant High School in Valley Glen, Los Angeles, and graduated in 1962. In 1964, he appeared as Ed in an episode titled “Born of Kings and Angels” in the NBC educational drama series “Mr. Novak,” starring James Franciscus as an idealistic teacher in Los Angeles.

Interestingly, Micky’s big break came while he was in college in Los Angeles when he landed the role of the “drummer” in NBC’s iconic series “The Monkees.”

Early Musical Career

Before becoming famous with “The Monkees,” Micky Dolenz led his own rock band, “Micky and the One-Nighters,” in the early to mid-1960s. He was the lead singer and also dabbled in songwriting. Their live shows featured a mix of rock hits, cover songs, and a bit of R&B. One memorable moment was Micky’s performance of Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode,” which he also sang during his Monkees audition.

In 1965, Micky got his big break by joining the TV sitcom “The Monkees.” He initially took on the role of the drummer and became a lead vocalist in the band created for the show. Interestingly, Micky wasn’t a drummer at first and had to learn to play for real. By 1966, he had become a skilled drummer.

During recording sessions, the chemistry among the cast often led to laughter and chaos. To manage this, the writers recorded each singer separately. Micky’s distinctive voice gave the Monkees their unique sound, and he often took the lead on hits like “Last Train to Clarksville,” “Pleasant Valley Sunday,” and “I’m a Believer.” He also contributed songs to the band, including “Randy Scouse Git.”

Micky was an early adopter of the Moog synthesizer and made musical history with it on the Monkees’ track “Daily Nightly.” Later, he passed on his synthesizer to Bobby Sherman.

Remarkably, Micky Dolenz is the sole surviving member of the Monkees, as his bandmates Davy Jones, Peter Tork, and Michael Nesmith have all passed away. He’s the only member who was there from the beginning and lent his vocals to all their studio albums.

Solo MGM Recordings

In 1971, Micky Dolenz ventured into music using a Moog synthesizer. He created “Easy on You” in his home studio, playing guitar, drums, and using the Moog as a keyboard. This led to more recordings, including an impromptu collaboration with Peter Tork and David Price, who contributed “Oh Someone.”

Micky’s connection with Mike Curb, his high school friend and the head of MGM Records, helped him secure a record deal after playing these tracks. For around three years, Micky recorded songs for MGM, some under the name Starship (not Jefferson Starship). Harry Nilsson assisted with “Daybreak” and produced the recording, assembling an impressive lineup of musicians.

In 1974, Micky traveled to England with Tony Scotti and recorded tracks like “Splish Splash,” “Purple People Eater,” “I Hate Rock and Roll,” and “Wing Walker.” However, when Mike Curb moved to Warner Bros. Records, it marked the end of Micky’s time with MGM, and those last four songs remained unreleased.

Dolenz, Jones, Boyce, and Hart

In 1976, The Monkees made a comeback thanks to reruns of their TV show, and their album “The Monkees Greatest Hits” climbed the charts. This album, released by Arista (a subsidiary of Columbia Pictures), was essentially a re-release of the 1972 compilation “Re-Focus” from Arista’s former label, Bell Records, which was also owned by Columbia Pictures.

Micky Dolenz and Davy Jones seized this revival opportunity by teaming up with former Monkees songwriters Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart for a U.S. tour. Due to legal reasons, they couldn’t use the Monkees’ name, but their “Golden Hits of The Monkees” show was a hit from 1975 to 1977. They performed at various venues, including Japan, Thailand, and Singapore. They also released an album called “Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart” and a live album called “Concert in Japan” in 1976.

Michael Nesmith wasn’t interested in the reunion, and Peter Tork’s whereabouts were uncertain at the time. Nonetheless, there was a Christmas single (credited to Dolenz, Jones, and Tork) produced by Chip Douglas in 1976. Tork did make some appearances with Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart, sharing the stage at Disneyland on July 4, 1976, and performing with Dolenz and Jones at the Starwood in Hollywood, California, in 1977.

Notable Stage Work

In 1977, Micky Dolenz joined forces with his former bandmate Davy Jones to perform in Harry Nilsson’s musical, “The Point!” at London’s Mermaid Theatre. Micky played the roles of the “Count’s Kid” and the Leafman, while Davy Jones took on the lead role of Oblio. Their on-stage chemistry was so delightful that the show was brought back in 1978, with Nilsson adding more humor and two new songs. Micky and Davy even sang one of these songs (“Gotta Get Up”) together. The plan was to revive it again in 1979, but costs became a hurdle. After the show’s run, Micky stayed in England and ventured into directing for both stage and television, also producing some of the shows he directed.

Fast forward to August-September 2006, Micky Dolenz played the character Charlemagne at the Goodspeed Opera House during the revival of the musical “Pippin” in East Haddam, Connecticut. He not only performed in this role but also toured with it. In the mid-2000s, he took on the character Zoser in the Broadway production of Elton John and Tim Rice’s “Aida.”

After Monkees Television and Film Career

After the “The Monkees” TV show, Micky Dolenz continued to be a versatile entertainer. He lent his voice to several Saturday-morning cartoon series, including “The Funky Phantom,” “Partridge Family 2200 A.D.,” “The Scooby-Doo Show,” “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kids,” “These Are the Days,” “Devlin,” and “Wonder Wheels” (part of “The Skatebirds”). He also voiced the character Arthur in the first season of the animated series “The Tick.”

In 1972, Micky appeared in the murder mystery film “Night of the Strangler” as Vance and made guest appearances on TV shows like “Adam-12” and “Cannon.” He even voiced Two-Face’s twin henchmen in the “Two-Face” episode of “Batman: The Animated Series” and revealed that he was the voice behind Snuggle the Fabric Softener Bear in a 2006 radio interview.

In 2017, Micky returned to voice-over work, voicing Wendell the Love Grub in the Cartoon Network series “Mighty Magiswords.” He also had a role in the film “Linda Lovelace for President” in 1975 and was considered for the role of the Riddler in “Batman Forever.” He made appearances in the sitcom “Boy Meets World” in the mid-1990s and joined Davy Jones and Peter Tork for a musical performance on the show. In 2007, he appeared in Rob Zombie’s “Halloween” remake.

In more recent years, Micky Dolenz appeared in the Syfy Channel film “Mega Python vs. Gatoroid” in 2011, had cameos in the Adult Swim TV special “Bagboy” in 2015, and appeared as himself on the sitcom “Difficult People” in 2017.

Directorial Work

In 1980, Micky Dolenz took on a new role as a producer and director for the British TV sitcom “Metal Mickey.” The show featured an engaging metallic robot with the catchy catchphrase “boogie boogie.”

The next year, in 1981, Dolenz tried his hand at directing a short film based on the sketch “Balham, Gateway to the South,” with the talented Robbie Coltrane playing multiple roles.

During the early 1980s, he ventured into stage direction, overseeing an adaptation of “Bugsy Malone.” He also served as a producer for the TV show “Luna” from 1983 to 1984.

MTV Sparks Monkee Mania

In 1986, MTV aired the entire Monkees TV series, reviving the band’s popularity. This resurgence led to a hit single, “That Was Then, This Is Now,” which reached No. 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S. The band embarked on a 20th-anniversary tour, released a greatest hits album, and even dropped a new LP, “Pool It!” in 1987. Their original albums also made a comeback on the record charts.

During this time, Micky Dolenz joined fellow ex-Monkees for reunion tours and also pursued a solo career as an artist. He continued his directorial work for television in both the UK and the U.S., occasionally taking on acting roles, such as appearances in “The Equalizer” and playing the mayor on the cable TV series “Pacific Blue.”

WCBS-FM Radio

On January 10, 2005, Micky Dolenz took on the role of the morning disc jockey at the oldies radio station WCBS-FM in New York. He marked his 100th show in June 2005, but ironically, it also turned out to be his last regular show as WCBS-FM changed its format to a “Jack” format, which didn’t require on-air disc jockeys. However, they eventually reverted to their oldies format on July 12, 2007, with Dan Taylor returning as the morning disc jockey.

In a twist of events, Dolenz was invited back to the station on February 3, 2008, to host his long-delayed 101st show and make his final in-studio appearance.

Solo Work and More Monkees Reunions

In 2009, Micky Dolenz recorded the album “King for a Day,” which featured classic songs by Carole King. He also performed in the stage production of “Hairspray” in London alongside Michael Ball, and the show later went on tour and had a successful run in Dublin, Ireland.

In 2011, he reunited with Peter Tork and Davy Jones for “An Evening with The Monkees: The 45th Anniversary Tour.” After Davy Jones’ passing in 2012, Dolenz and Tork, along with Michael Nesmith, paid tribute to their friend with a 12-concert tour.

They continued to tour in 2013 and 2014, and Dolenz joined forces with Tork for duo tours in 2015 and 2016. Following Peter Tork’s passing in 2019, Dolenz and Nesmith went on tour as “The Mike and Micky Show” in 2018 and 2019.

On May 4, 2021, Dolenz and Nesmith announced “The Monkees Farewell Tour,” marking the group’s final tour. It included 40 US dates from September to November, concluding with a memorable show at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on November 14, 2021.

On May 21, 2021, Dolenz released a solo album titled “Dolenz Sings Nesmith,” featuring songs written by Nesmith and produced by Christian Nesmith.

Looking ahead, on November 3, 2023, Dolenz is scheduled to release an EP featuring cover songs of R.E.M.

Other Tours

In late 2019, Micky Dolenz joined Todd Rundgren, Jason Scheff, Christopher Cross, and Joey Molland of Badfinger for the “It Was Fifty Years Ago Today – A Tribute to the Beatles’ White Album” tour. This tour celebrated the Beatles’ White Album, and during the tour, Dolenz performed Monkees classics “I’m a Believer” and “Pleasant Valley Sunday.”

Personal Life

Micky Dolenz has been married three times and is the proud father of four daughters.

In 1967, while touring with the Monkees in the UK, he met Samantha Juste, a co-presenter on BBC TV’s pop music show, Top of the Pops. They got married in 1968, and their daughter, Ami Bluebell Dolenz, was born on January 8, 1969. Ami pursued acting, especially in the 1980s and 1990s. Even though Dolenz and Juste divorced in 1975, they remained close friends until her passing after suffering a stroke on February 5, 2014.

In 1977, Dolenz entered his second marriage with Trina Dow. They had three daughters: Charlotte Janelle (born August 8, 1981), Emily Claire (born July 25, 1983), and Georgia Rose (born September 3, 1984). Unfortunately, this marriage ended in divorce in 1991. Trina Dow Dolenz has since become a couples therapist, still using her married name.

In 2002, Dolenz embarked on his third marriage, this time with Donna Quinter.

Real Estate

In 2001, Micky Dolenz made a significant real estate move in Los Angeles. He purchased a home in the West Valley neighborhood for just under $1 million. This cozy house is situated in a gated community, featuring four bedrooms and offering approximately 3,000 square feet of living space. Built in 1985, it showcases a charming Spanish-Mediterranean style and sits on over an acre of land. The outdoor amenities include a refreshing pool and a relaxing spa, making it a complete package.

Around the same time, Dolenz decided to sell his previous residence in Sherman Oaks, which he had owned since 1992. He listed it for $625,000. This property also has four bedrooms but is cozier with 2,200 square feet of space. Originally built in the 1950s, this gated home offers stunning city views and includes appealing features like a cozy fireplace and a soothing spa.

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