Davy Jones left home to become a jockey. While he was an apprentice, he was encouraged to go into acting and got a role in a production of “Peter Pan”. From there, he played on Coronation Street (1960) and The Pickwick Papers (1952) before landing the role of “The Artful Dodger” in “Oliver!”. This job took him to America’s Broadway, where he was discovered by Ward Sylvester and brought to Los Angeles. From there, he was given a role in The Monkees (1966). With this sitcom, he made 58 television episodes, 9 albums, a television special, and a movie before calling it quits in the early 1970s. In the mid-1970s, Davy rejoined fellow Monkee Micky Dolenz and songwriters Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart to make an album and do some touring. Davy had gone on to perform in more plays, including “The Real Live Brady Bunch” and “Oliver!” (again), and had also fulfilled his dream of becoming a jockey. He rejoined The Monkees for touring from 1986-89 and 1996-97. Davy Jones died at age 66 of a heart attack on February 29, 2012.
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