Davy Jones

Active - 1968 - 2011  |   Born - Dec 30, 1945 in Manchester, England  |   Died - Feb 29, 2012   |   Genres - Comedy

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Biography by Sandra Brennan

Jockey turned singer/actor, Davy Jones played the adorable mop-top Davy on the mid-to-late '60s phenom television series, The Monkees. He and his fellow manufactured bandmates Peter Tork, Mickey Dolenz, and Michael Nesmith made one film together -- Head (1968). After the group's demise, Jones occasionally played himself as a guest star on television (Brady Bunch) and in commercials. In 1995, he again played himself in The Brady Bunch Movie. Jones and all the other Monkees, except Nesmith, periodically got back together for tours and reunion concerts.

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  • Began acting as a child when he won a role at age 11 on Coronation Street.
  • Briefly left acting to train as a horse jockey.
  • Originated the role of the Artful Dodger in the Broadway musical Oliver! in 1963.
  • Appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show with the Oliver! cast on February 9, 1964 – the same night the Beatles made their legendary first appearance.
  • Joined the Monkees in 1965, singing lead on songs "Daydream Believer" and "I Wanna Be Free."
  • Made a cameo appearance on The Brady Bunch episode "Getting Davy Jones," and made a similar appearance in The Brady Bunch Movie (1995).