- His mother, Bette, invented Liquid Paper, which was a necessity for typists the world over in the pre-computer age.
- Taught himself guitar after a stint in the Air Force.
- One-fourth of the Monkees, the mid-1960s pop band created for the TV music-comedy series The Monkees.
- The Monkees topped the singles chart with "Last Train to Clarksville," "I'm a Believer" and "Daydream Believer," and had four No. 1 albums.
- Put his fist through a wall during a 1967 argument with Monkees' music coordinator Don Kirshner over the band's artistic direction, which they had no say in at the time.
- Headquarters, the first album the Monkees had control over, hit No. 1 in June 1967 for a week, then stayed at No. 2 for 11 weeks (behind the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band).
- Wrote the 1968 Linda Ronstadt and the Stone Poneys Top 20 hit "Different Drum."
- Left the Monkees in 1969.
- Helped establish music videos with the 1977 TV chart show Popclips. Warner eventually bought the idea from him and turned it into MTV.
- Founded Pacific Arts, a communications and music company, in 1974; it became an important video-publishing company during the 1980s.
- Reunited with his fellow Monkees for the 1996 album Justus.
- 1981, Grammy — Video of the Year: Winner
- Christian DuVal Nesmith — Son
- Victoria Kennedy — Wife
- Warren Nesmith — Father
- Jonathan Darby Nesmith — Son
- Bette Nesmith Graham — Mother
- Phyllis Ann Barbour — Ex-wife
- Michael Jason Nesmith Wilde — Son
- Jessica Buffler Nesmith — Daughter
- Kathryn Bild — Ex-wife
- Nurit Wilde — Ex-significant Other
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