Peter Tork

Peter Tork

77 (passed away Feb. 21st, 2019)
Feb. 13th, 1942
Born in
Washington, District of Columbia, USA
5' 9

Peter Tork's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
The Monkees TV Show
The Monkees
Making the Monkees (UK) TV Show
Making the Monkees (UK)
Showbiz Today TV Show
Showbiz Today
Saturday Morning Live (AU) TV Show
Saturday Morning Live (AU)
The Factory (AU) TV Show
The Factory (AU)
The Morning Program TV Show
The Morning Program
The Pat Sajak Show TV Show
The Pat Sajak Show
The Steven Banks Show TV Show
The Steven Banks Show

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

[none found]


Performed as a folk musician in Greenwich Village and Los Angeles before being selected for the Monkees TV show. Made 58 TV episodes 6 albums, a TV special, and a movie before leaving the Monkees in 1969. Released a solo single in 1982. Rejoined the Monkees for tours and an from 1986 to 1989. Released his first solo album, "Stranger Things Have Happened", in 1994

Monkees bassist Tork died in February at age 77 after a battle with cancer. In addition to his 58-episode run on The Monkees’ self-titled NBC sitcom, Tork’s TV credits included Boy Meets World, The King of Queens and California Dreams.

  • Taught algebra and coached baseball at a private school in the late 1970s; also worked as a singing waiter. Said later he'd have been pleased to join 'Micky Dolenz' (qv) and 'Davy Jones (I)' (qv) in their reunion with 'Tommy Boyce' (qv) and 'Bobby Hart' (qv), had they asked.
  • The Monkees were awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6675 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
  • When 'Stephen Stills' (qv) was turned down by _"The Monkees" (1966)_ (qv) producers because his teeth were crooked and his hair was falling out, he recommended a local folk musician who looked like him named Peter Tork.
  • Was actually the first Monkee to play an instrument on one of their records ("Papa Gene's Blues"), after writer/producer 'Michael Nesmith' (qv) insisted Peter be allowed to add a guitar part.
  • Has been diagnosed with a rare form of head and neck cancer and underwent surgery to remove the growth on his tongue [March 5, 2009].
  • The most accomplished musician of 'The Monkees' (qv), Tork plays 12 different instruments; his choice "depends on what kind of music I'm playing." While producers 'Tommy Boyce' (qv) and 'Bobby Hart' (qv) admired Tork's playing, he was almost never given lead vocals on the Monkees' records) box-set and CD bonus tracks from the 1980s and 1990s include several rarely-heard Tork songs and vocals).
  • Declined an invitation to rejoin 'The Monkees' (qv) for a McDonald's TV commercial, as he is a vegetarian ('Michael Nesmith' (qv) also declined, because there was no promise of further work).
  • Peter has a daughter named Hallie Elizabeth (b. 25 January 1970) with Reine Stewart) and a son named Ivan Joseph (b. 22 December 1975) with Barbara Iannoli) and a daughter Erica Marie (b. 15 June 1997) by an unknown girlfriend)

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