AKA David Thomas Jones
Birthplace: Manchester, England
Location of death: Indiantown, FL
Cause of death: Heart Attack
Remains: Cremated, ashes in family's possession
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Executive summary: Frontman for The Monkees
Davy Jones began working as a professional actor as a teenager, on Britain's long-running soap Coronation Street. He worked often as a child actor, but his real yearning was the race track. He dropped out of school at 14 to become an apprentice jockey, but his success as an actor compelled him to give it up. At 15, he originated the role of Artful Dodger in the London premiere of Oliver!. A week past his 17th birthday, Jones sang and danced in the play's Broadway opening, and during the play's long New York run he was nominated for a Tony. He even appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show, with the rest of Oliver!'s cast, to sing a number from the play -- the same night the Beatles first appeared on Sullivan.
When the producers of The Monkees ran their famous ad in Daily Variety ("Auditions: Folk and rock musicians-singers, for acting roles in new TV series, running parts for 4 insane boys age 17-21..."), Davy Jones didn't need to apply. He was under contract with the studio, and had already been penciled in as "the cute British one", so there were only three openings, not four. With Micky Dolenz (the wild one), Peter Tork (the dumb one), and Mike Nesmith (the one in the wool cap), they became The Monkees. Jones sang lead vocals on many of the Monkees' biggest hits, and never went long without singing them again, making many tours with various incarnations of the band. Often he appeared with just Dolenz, a duo billed as the Monkees.
In 1967, Variety reported that the hectic pace of Monkees stardom had left Jones exhausted, and that he would make no personal appearances for at least several weeks. Only years later, in Jones' autobiography, did the truth come out: He had received his draft notice, and immediately gone on a fast, reducing his frame to a scrawny 109 pounds by the date of his induction. As he had hoped, Jones flunked the physical, and successfully sidestepped the Vietnam War.
For his 50th birthday, Jones got his jockey's license in Pennsylvania, where he lived until his death in 2012.
Father: Harry Jones (engineer, British Rail, d. 1969 emphysema)
Mother: Doris Jones (homemaker, d. 1960 emphysema)
Sister: Hazel Jones
Sister: Beryl Jones
Sister: Lynda Jones
Girlfriend: Lulu (singer, dated 1966)
Girlfriend: Sally Field (actress, dated 1966-67)
Girlfriend: Deana Martin (dau. of Dean Martin, dated 1967)
Wife: Linda Haines ("Dixie", fashion designer, dated 1967-68, m. 31-Oct-1968, div. 1975, two daughters)
Daughter: Talia Elizabeth Jones (b. 2-Oct-1968)
Daughter: Sarah Lee McFadden (b. 3-Jul-1971)
Wife: Anita Pollinger (background singer, m. 24-Jan-1981, div. 1996, two daughters)
Daughter: Jessica Lillian Jones (b. 4-Sep-1981)
Daughter: Annabel Jones (b. 26-Jun-1988)
Girlfriend: Gillian Holt (production assistant, together 1994-2001)
Wife: Jessica Pacheco (Telemundo presenter, m. 30-Aug-2009, until his death)
High School: (dropped out)
The Monkees Lead Vocals
Draft Deferment: Vietnam 4-F (1967)
Driving While Intoxicated 1994
Risk Factors: Marijuana
FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
Mayor of the Sunset Strip (17-Jun-2003) · Himself
The Brady Bunch Movie (17-Feb-1995) · Himself
Head (6-Nov-1968) · Davy
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