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Mike (Character)
from "The Monkees" (1966)

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An intellectual songwriter and performer, Mike Nesmith is one of a quartet of struggling West Coast musicians, known as The Monkees, striving for success in the entertainment industry. Born in Texas, Mike's family background is largely unknown other than his Aunt Kate and his cousins, who own a ranch that Mike and his pals visited in a time of trouble. Mike got together with his pals Micky, Peter, and Davy through San Diego agent Rudy Gunther and they formed their group, but eventually drifted away from Gunther, moving to LA to be closer to the music business. They pooled their limited financial resources and succeeded in purchasing a splashy Pontiac GTO convertable, giving them a level of class for their entrances to whatever gigs they are able to get; these gigs nonetheless have usually not been enough and Mike and his pals have taken odd jobs - with a periodic emphasis on odd - before settling into a semi-permanent stint working on the backlot of Columbia Pictures. Mike is the undisputed leader of the group and showed this leadership when confronting a pawnshop owner known as S. Zero who turned out to be The Devil. Though Mike has struggled, one can assume his reedy tenor vocals will help him and The Monkees become successful.

Mike Nesmith, as a member of The Monkees, was inducted into the Fictitious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015 (see http://www.notinhalloffame.com/the-inductees/2015-fictitious-rock-inductees/3527-the-monkees).

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