Michael Nesmith Net Worth

Michael Nesmith Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Michael Nesmith net worth is
$50 Million

Michael Nesmith Wiki Biography

Michael Nesmith was born on the 30th December 1942, in Houston, Texas USA. He is a musician, songwriter, actor, producer, novelist, businessman, and philanthropist, but he’s probably still best known as a member of the rock band “The Monkees”; Nesmith was also a co-star in the TV show “The Monkees” (1966-1968), and being part of a very popular band that sold millions of albums significantly increased his wealth. His career started in 1965.

Have you ever wondered how rich Michael Nesmith is, as of mid-2016? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Nesmith’s net worth is $50 million, most accumulated as a musician, but he also works as a producer, novelist, and businessman which also adds to his net worth.


Michael Nesmith Net Worth $50 Million

Robert Michael Nesmith was the only child of Warren Audrey Nesmith and Bette Nesmith Graham, but they divorced when he was just four. His mother invented a typewriter correction fluid when Nesmith was 13 and later sold the company to Gillette for $48 million which certainly eventually helped Michael in increasing his wealth.

Nesmith attended Thomas Jefferson High School in Dallas, where he participated in drama and choral activities, however, he enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1960 without even graduating from the high school. Nesmith was trained to be an aircraft mechanic, and got his G.E.D., but discharged in 1962. He decided to continue with studying, so he enrolled in San Antonio community college, where he met John Kuehne, and the pair began a musical collaboration. Nesmith also met Phyllis Ann Barbour there, and they married in 1963, before moving to Los Angeles so Nesmith could pursue a musical career.

Nesmith was cast in the role of guitarist Mike in TV series “The Monkees” in 1965, and that role changed his life. The series aired from 1965 to 1968, but he continued to perform with the band afterwards. He subsequently formed the band called “First National Band” in 1969, along with his old friend Kuehne, Red Rhodes, and John Ware. A pioneer of the country-rock genre, “First National Band” had a hit single in 1970 titled “Joanne”, which reached No. 21 on the Billboard Top 40. In 1972, Nesmith co-founded the record label “Countryside Records” with Jac Holzman, the ownership of which significantly added to his net worth.

He was the member of “The Monkees” from 1965 to 1970, but he reunited with the rest of the band members several times, and participated on ten out of band’s twelve albums. Following his departure from “The Monkees”, Nesmith was involved in producing, having worked with Iain Matthews and Bert Jansch among others in the early ’70’s. A few years later, Nesmith collaborated with songwriter Linda Hargrove. He also produced some notable music videos such as Lionel Richie’s “All Night Long” in 1983, and Michael Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel” in 1987. He won the Grammy for the Video of the Year “Elephant Parts” in 1981.

Nesmith had a concert tour in America to promote his album “Live at the Britt Festival” in 1992, and released both video and CD by the same name. Nesmith has recorded 13 solo studio albums, an instrumental album with his music, and a movie soundtrack. He has also appeared in several films, including Whoopi Goldbergs’ “Burglar” in 1987, and “Tapeheads” (1988), starring John Cusack and Tim Robbins. Nesmith has published two novels as well: “The Long Sandy Hair of Neftoon Zamora” in 1998, and “The America Gene” in 2009. Most recently, Nesmith briefly reunited with the former members of “The Monkees” for the band’s 50th anniversary.

Regarding his personal life, Nesmith was married to Phyllis Ann Barbour from 1963 to 1972; they have two sons and a daughter. Nesmith has another son, Jason, born from his relationship with Nurit Wilde in 1968. He married Kathryn Bild in 1976, but they divorced on 1988. His third  marriage was with Victoria Kennedy from 2000 to 2011.

Full NameMichael Nesmith
Net Worth$50 Million
Date Of BirthDecember 30, 1942
Place Of BirthHouston, Texas, United States
Height6′ 1"
ProfessionSongwriter, Singer, Musician, Actor, Guitarist, Author, Screenwriter, Film Producer, Film Score Composer, Film director
EducationThomas Jefferson High School (Dallas), San Antonio College, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
SpouseVictoria Kennedy (m. 2000), Kathryn Bild (m. 1976–1988), Phyllis Barbour Nesmith (m. 1963–1972)
ChildrenChristian Nesmith, Jason Nesmith, Jessica Nesmith, Jonathan Nesmith
ParentsWarren Nesmith, Bette Nesmith Graham
NicknamesRobert Michael Nesmith , Nesmith, Michael , Wool Hat , Nez , Papa Nez , Mike , Mike Nesmith , The Monkees , Woolhat
AwardsGrammy Award for Video of the Year (1981), Ernie Kovacs Awar (2016)
Record LabelsFirst National Band
Albums"Headquarters" (1967), "Pretty Much Your Standard Stash" (1973), "Live at the Palais" (1978), "Tropical Campfires" (1992), "Justus" (1996), "Good Times!" (2016)
Music GroupsThe Monkees (Since 1966), Michael Nesmith & The 1st National Band (1969)
NominationsHollywood Walk of Fame Star (1989)
Movies"Repo Man" (1984), "Burglar" (1987), "Head" (1968), "Tapeheads" (1988), "Timerider: The Adventures of Lyle Swann" (1982)
TV ShowsThe Monkees (1966–1968), "Popclips" (1977), "Elephant Parts" (1981), "Television Parts" (1985), "Hey, Hey, It's the Monkees" (1997), "Portlandia" (2014), "Live at the Britt Festival" (1991)
1During the early days of The Monkees was never seen without his woolhat
The Monkees (1966)$450 /episode
1I'm clearly in my endgame. I mean, we're not talking about deciding to do something else. We're talking about dying. [Laughs] So I don't know. Who knows where that is? That's somewhere . . . that door is coming up. I can't make it out on the horizon just yet. But at a certain point it's going to be time for me to say, "Eh, I think I'll lay down."
2[on the death of fellow Monkee Davy Jones] David's spirit and soul live well in my heart, among all the lovely people, who remember with me the good times, and the healing times, that were created for so many, including us. I have fond memories. I wish him safe travels.
3[about his famous wool hat] "It had a life of its own. I used to take it off and put it in a little house, feed it . . . "
4[describing his financial slump, after paying a huge default to leave The Monkees in 1969] "I had to start telling little tales to the tax man while they were putting tags on the furniture."
5[As to why he didn't rejoin The Monkees when Peter Tork, Micky Dolenz and Davy Jones re-formed the group, c. 1986] "It would be kind of like Ronald Reagan making another movie."
1He has started a small video game development company in Monterey called Zoomo Productions. [April 2005]
2He is finishing his latest album called "Rays", and is deciding whether to distribute it as mp3 files through his online store or as CD singles. [January 2004]
3He is currently living on the Monterey Peninsula in California. He just finished his second novel, "The America Gene". [April 2005]
4Directing movie "Fried Pies," and working on second novel. [November 2000]
5Working on a book "The Long Sandy Hair of Neftoon Zamora" [1998]
6The Monkees have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6675 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
7His first professional recording (under the pseudonym "Michael Blessing") was a folk music single entitled "What Seems To Be the Problem, Officer?"
8Shares a birthday with fellow Monkee Davy Jones.
9Continues to be active in all media including video games, on line delivery of media, and is an avid golfer.
10He has an on line store called that allows customers to buy his works straight from him. Products include CDs, DVDs, and music downloads.
11Was often referred to by The Monkees staff as "Wool Hat".
12He was was invited to the famous orchestral session for "A Day In The Life" by John Lennon.
13Was the only Monkee who'd actually seen the initial trades ad for the show's casting.
14Arrived for his first interview for The Monkees wearing a wool cap, to keep the hair out of his eyes while driving his motorcycle around town (Nesmith also carried a bag of laundry, to be done at a nearby laundromat on his way home). Producers Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider remembered him as "Wool Hat"; they wanted to name his Monkees character that, but Nesmith refused.
15Had actually been "labelmates" with Davy Jones earlier, as both were signed to the Colpix Records label (Nesmith recorded as "Michael Blessing"), though they'd apparently never met. While Jones had released a modestly successful LP and single by 1965, Nesmith's two singles hadn't gotten far past the promotional stage. The Colpix label (belonging to Columbia Pictures, and controlled by Screen Gems) was dissolved in 1966, to make way for the new Colgems label--with The Monkees as its centerpiece.
16Had published several songs through different companies before signing his contracts for The Monkees; Nesmith's "Mary, Mary" had already been a hit for the Butterfield Blues Band. With Nesmith signed to Screen Gems as a songwriter, the company next bought up Nesmith's earlier publishing, so his songs could be used for the Monkees.
17Inherited half his mother's $50 million estate from the sale of Liquid Paper; the rest finances a private think tank.
18During the 1980s he built up the largest non-theatrical home video catalog in the world called Pacific Arts Corporation. It owned rights to everything from Koyaanisqatsi (1982) to The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau (1968) to Ken Burns The Civil War (1990). Pacific Arts licensed the right to use the PBS logo on the titles in its catalog which had been aired on PBS, and developed the PBS Home Video label. The venture ended in a lawsuit with PBS that resulted in a six-week trial in federal court. A jury unanimously found PBS liable for intentional misrepresentation, intentional concealment, negligent misrepresentation, intentional interference with Pac Arts' contractual relations with the program producers and in breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing. They awarded Pacific Arts and Nesmith real and punitive damages totaling more than $47,000,000. PBS and Nesmith subsequently settled for an undisclosed sum.
19Gave up taking the "A" side of the first single actually performed by The Monkees, instead choosing friend Bill Martin's song "All Of Your Toys", which Nesmith believed would be a bigger hit. A publishing snag kept "Toys" from being released (until the late 1980s), but Nesmith's "B" side, "The Girl I Knew Somewhere", backed their next single - Neil Diamond's "A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You".
20Penned the Stone Poneys' hit "Different Drum." Linda Ronstadt sang the lead.
21Invented the idea for what became MTV. Sold the idea to Time-Warner and created a proof of concept for 24 hour music television in the form of 6 half hour shows called "Pop Clips". Time-Warner aired Popclips on Nickelodeon Channel for testing and it was an instant hit. Nesmith moved on to other projects after the testing phase as he did not wish to be involved in managing a television network.
22Michael spent fourteen months in the U.S. Air Force where he tipped over a general's airplane while cleaning it.
23Michael's mother, Bette Nesmith, was a legal secretary in Houston, Texas. Due to her hobby of painting, she came up with the idea and invented Liquid Paper typing correction fluid and made an enormous fortune overnight.
24"Elephant Parts" won the first Grammy for a video record.
25He has four kids: Christian, Jonathan, Jason, and Jessica.


The 2014 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony2014TV Movie "Different Drum" , "Different Drum", uncredited
Seven Psychopaths2012writer: "Different Drum"
Breaking Bad2012TV Series writer - 1 episode
Straw Dogs2011writer: "Goin' Down"
Poppies2011Video performer: "Joanne" / writer: "Joanne"
The Wrecking Crew!2008Documentary writer: "Mary Mary"
The Heartbreak Kid2007writer: "Different Drum"
It's All Gone Pete Tong2004writer: "Different Dream" - as Nesmith
Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story2004writer: "Different Drum"
The Monkees: Live Summer Tour2002Video writer: "The Girl I Knew Somewhere", "Mary Mary", "Goin' Down"
Things Behind the Sun2001writer: "The Girl I Knew Somewhere"
Daydream Believer1998Short writer: "Papa Gene's Blues" - as Mike Nesmith
Mystery Science Theater 30001997TV Series writer - 1 episode
Hey, Hey, It's the Monkees1997TV Movie lyrics: "Circle Sky" / music: "Circle Sky"
Hey, Hey We're the Monkees1997TV Movie documentary performer: "Until it's time for you to go" - as Michael Blessing / producer: "Listen to the band", "Mary, Mary", "Circle Sky" / writer: "Listen to the band", "Mary, Mary", "No Time", "Circle Sky"
Nesmith Live1992Video producer: "Yellow Butterfly", "Laugh Kills Lonesome", "Moon Over The Rio Grande", "Papa Gene's Blues", "Two Different Roads", "Joanne", "Tomorrow And Me", "The Upside Of Good-bye", "Juliana", "Some Of Shelly's Blues", "I Am Not That", "Propinquity", "Harmony Constant", "Silver Moon", "Rising In Love", "Rio", "Different Drum", "I Am Not That Reprise" / writer: "Yellow Butterfly", "Laugh Kills Lonesome", "Moon Over The Rio Grande", "Papa Gene's Blues", "Two Different Roads", "Joanne", "Tomor
Peter's Friends1992performer: "Rio" / writer: "Rio"
Television Parts Home Companion1985Video short arranger: "Eldorado to the Moon" / performer: "Eldorado to the Moon", "Chow Mein & Bowling", "I'll Remember You" / producer: "Eldorado to the Moon" / writer: "I'll Remember You"
Elephant Parts1981Video performer: "Cruisin'", "Magic", "Tonight", "Light", "Rio" / producer: "Cruisin'", "Magic", "Tonight", "Light", "Rio" / writer: "Cruisin'", "Magic", "Tonight", "Light", "Rio"
Starsky and Hutch1977TV Series writer - 1 episode
Scarecrow1973performer: "Silver Moon" / writer: "Silver Moon"
The Johnny Cash Show1969TV Series writer - 1 episode
33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee1969TV Movie performer: "Naked Persimmon The Only Thing I Believe Is True" / writer: "Naked Persimmon The Only Thing I Believe Is True", "Listen To The Band"
Head1968writer: "Circle Sky"
The MonkeesTV Series writer - 29 episodes, 1966 - 1968 producer - 13 episodes, 1966 - 1967 performer - 6 episodes, 1966 - 1968


Portlandia2014TV Series
Hey, Hey, It's the Monkees1997TV MovieMike
Tapeheads1988Water Man
Michael Nesmith in Television Parts1985TV SeriesHost
An All Consuming Passion1984VideoAcademy Award Presenter
Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann1982Race Official (uncredited)
An Evening with Sir William Martin1981Video shortFoyer the Butler
Saturday Night Live1981TV SeriesMan in Foreign Film / The Man with the Black Hat
The Monkees1966-1968TV SeriesMike Frank Zappa


The Lionel Richie Collection2003Video documentary producer - segment "All Night Long"
Hey, Hey, It's the Monkees1997TV Movie executive producer
Tapeheads1988executive producer
Square Dance1987producer - uncredited
Doctor Duck's Super Secret All-Purpose Sauce1986Video executive producer
Television Parts1985TV Movie executive producer
Television Parts Home Companion1985Video short executive producer
Repo Man1984executive producer
Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann1982producer - uncredited
An Evening with Sir William Martin1981Video short executive producer
Elephant Parts1981Video executive producer


Hey, Hey, It's the Monkees1997TV Movie written by
Doctor Duck's Super Secret All-Purpose Sauce1986Video
Television Parts Home Companion1985Video short
Playboy Video Magazine, Vol. 11983TV Series documentary additional material
Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann1982written by
An Evening with Sir William Martin1981Video short
Elephant Parts1981Video written by

Music Department

Run-DMC: Together Forever - Greatest Hits 1983-20002000Video composer: song "Mary, Mary"
Nesmith Live1992Video musician: guitar/lead vocals
Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann1982music arranger / musician: guitar
Elephant Parts1981Video lyrical composer: songs / music composer: songs / musician: guitar


The Guys Who Wrote 'Em2014Documentary completed
Nesmith Live1992Video
Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann1982
Northville Cemetery Massacre1976


Square Dance1987presenter
Repo Man1984presenter
Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann1982presenter


Hey, Hey, It's the Monkees1997TV Movie
Doctor Duck's Super Secret All-Purpose Sauce1986Video uncredited
Saturday Night Live1981TV Series 1 episode


Daydream Believer1998Short very special thanks


Breakfast News1997TV SeriesHimself
This Morning1997TV SeriesHimself
Hey Hey We're the Monkees1996Video GameHimself
Later1994TV SeriesHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Elizabeth Taylor1993TV Special documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Showbiz Today1987-1993TV SeriesHimself
Austin City Limits1993TV Series documentaryHimself
Nesmith Live1992VideoHimself
Crook & Chase1989-1990TV SeriesHimself
Headline News1989TV SeriesHimself
Good Morning America1986TV SeriesHimself
Entertainment Tonight1985-1986TV SeriesHimself
MTV Video Music Awards 19861986TV SpecialHimself - Performer (as The Monkees)
Doctor Duck's Super Secret All-Purpose Sauce1986VideoHimself - Player
Television Parts1985TV MovieHimself
Television Parts Home Companion1985Video shortHimself - Player
Late Night with David Letterman1983TV SeriesHimself
Elephant Parts1981VideoHimself - Player
Rock Concert1979-1980TV SeriesHimself
Top of the Pops1967-1977TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
The David Frost Show1971TV SeriesHimself
New American Bandstand 19651966-1971TV SeriesHimself
Laugh-In1969TV SeriesHimself - Guest Performer
The Johnny Cash Show1969TV SeriesHimself - Singer
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1969TV SeriesHimself
The Joey Bishop Show1968-1969TV SeriesHimself
33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee1969TV MovieHimself - Monkee #3
It's Happening1969TV SeriesHimself
The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour1969TV SeriesHimself
The Hollywood Squares1968TV SeriesHimself
Dream Girl of '671967TV SeriesHimself - Bachelor Judge
The 19th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1967TV SpecialHimself
The Lloyd Thaxton Show1965TV SeriesHimself
Untitled Story of MTV Documentary2017Documentary filmingHimself
The Guys Who Wrote 'Em2014Documentary completedMike (voice)
Making of 'Timerider'2013Video shortHimself
The 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony2012TV MovieHimself
Behind the Music2000TV Series documentaryHimself
E! True Hollywood Story1999TV Series documentaryHimself
Today1966-1999TV SeriesHimself
KTLA Morning News1999TV SeriesHimself
The Big Breakfast1997TV SeriesHimself
Hey, Hey We're the Monkees1997TV Movie documentaryHimself
Noel's House Party1997TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

The Sixties2014TV Mini-Series documentaryMike
Biography2007-2012TV Series documentaryHimself
The Wrecking Crew!2008DocumentaryMike
Making the Monkees2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
Mayor of the Sunset Strip2003DocumentaryHimself
Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex, Drugs and Rock 'N' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood2003DocumentaryHimself
Hendrix2000TV MovieHimself (leaves plane) (uncredited)
Daydream Believer1998ShortHimself (uncredited)
Hide and Seek1997TV MovieHimself (uncredited)
The Beatles Anthology1995TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Heart and Soul1988Documentary short
NBC 60th Anniversary Celebration1986TV Special documentaryHimself
The Monkees1967TV SeriesMike

Won Awards

1983Best ScreenplayFantafestivalTimerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann (1982)

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