Two Monkees Down, Two To Go: Peter Tork Has Died

Peter Tork
Peter Tork, right, seen with Monkees collaborator and RECOiL writer/director/actor Brian DiMaio, left. DiMaio, who is often referred to as “The Fifth Monkee”, was the original Monkees rhythm guitar player before going on to quietly manage the band for a while.

Mansfield, CT-Peter Tork, who played the slow-witted, zany Monkee on TV from 1966 to 1968, died Thursday due to complications from adenoid cystic carcinoma. He was 77.

Born Peter Thorkelson in 1942, Tork joined the Monkees TV show, but was the first to leave the band over creative differences with management in 1968. A proficient musician, would go on to work with numerous other artists and bands before joining a Monkees reunion tour in 1986 with former Monkees mates Peter Dolenz and Davy Jones.

He also appeared on such TV shows as “Boy Meets World,” “7th Heaven” and “The King of Queens.”

He was in such bigscreen fare as “I Filmed Your Death,” “Wonderwall,” “RECOiL” and the classic Monkees film “Head.”

He is survived by his fourth wife, Pamela, and three children, Hallie, Ivan and Erica.

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