Happy Birthday: Micky Dolenz

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Happy Birthday: Micky Dolenz

It’s Micky Dolenz’s birthday, a date which gives us a rare chance to talk about the Monkees here on the site.

Of course, we’re joking: every day is Monkees day around Rhino HQ. Still, it’s always a particular notable occasion when the time comes to celebrate the birthday of one of the key bands here at the label, and we try to make it special.

As always, we’ve got the official Monkees playlist ready for your listening pleasure, but in addition, we’ve put together a fun six-pack of some of Dolenz’s acting roles, doing our best to avoid doubling up from the one we put together for a past birthday. Hopefully you’ll find this both fun and educational, but either way, here’s hoping you at least wish Micky a happy birthday!

1. Peyton Place (1965): Somewhere between Circus Boy and The Monkees lies Dolenz’s stint on Peyton Place, a brief arc which lasts long enough for him to make an impression on casting directors and then allows him to sink back into obscurity ‘til the need arises.

2. Night of the Strangler (1972): No, not the Night Strangler. This isn’t the Richard Ramirez story. It’s about a mixed-race relationship in New Orleans and how terribly it goes down with the locals. As you’ll see in this clip, Micky kicks some racist ass. Good for him!

3. Linda Lovelace for President (1975): How on earth did Dolenz end up in this film vehicle for the famed porn actress? Hey, everybody needs a paycheck, even former members of the Monkees.

4. Mike Hammer (1987): Dolenz spends most of his time in this episode mouthing off about Mike Hammer is an old man who’s stuck in the past. Needless to say, he ends up knowing a lot less than Hammer does.

5. Deadfall (1993): Dolenz, Clarence Williams III, Michael Biehn, Nicolas Cage, Sarah Trigger, James Coburn, Peter Fonda, Charlie Sheen, Talia Shire… Truly, this is an all-star cast, but they’re inevitably all shown up by Cage, who is officially batshit crazy.

6. Halloween (2007): Dolenz only scores about 30 seconds of screen time in Rob Zombie’s take on the classic ‘70s horror flick, but he does get to share that time with Malcolm McDowell, which ain’t bad work if you can get it.