Micky Dolenz Pays Homage to ‘Monkees’ Director James Frawley

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Frawley handed away on Tuesday (Jan. 22).

The Monkees drummer/singer Micky Dolenz has paid loving tribute to James Frawley, the prolific director of The Monkees collection and The Muppet Movie, and plenty of different initiatives over a protracted profession behind the digital camera.

"Mourning the passing of James Frawley. Probably unbeknownst to many, Jim Frawley was profoundly instrumental in crafting what was to grow to be the Emmy award-winning present, The Monkees," Dolenz writes to Billboard in an e mail. "He not solely coached us within the artwork of improvisation however dropped at the get together an excellent humorousness, a stunning mind, and the persistence of a saint when it got here to coping with the fully off-the-wall antics of the improvisational, spontaneous monster that they’d created…'They' being, [director] Bob Rafelson, [producer] Bert Schneider, and, Jim Frawley.

And, imagine me, at instances we have been, certainly, actually bouncing off the partitions. I keep in mind moments once they needed to shut down the set as a result of the spur-of-the-moment monster that they’d created was about to go ballistic. I liken it to a fission response…for those who hold the lid on too tight, the hearth goes out. If you’re taking the lid off, it burns a gap by means of the middle of the earth.

To the credit score of the producers, the writers, and largely to Jim Frawley, they one way or the other managed to maintain the response, management it, include it, and use it to create a present that I really feel blessed to be part of and thru the exhausting work of many, lives on to this present day."

According to the Palm Springs Desert Sun, Frawley died on Tuesday (Jan. 22) at his residence in Indian Wells, Calif., at age 82 following a coronary heart assault. 

Frawley was born in Houston, T.X., on Sept. 29, 1936, and commenced his profession as an actor with bit roles on Perry Mason, The Outer Limits, The Dick Van Dyke Show and My Favorite Martian within the early 1960s earlier than taking the helm because the director of the madcap collection centered on 4 lovable mop-topped musicians starring Dolenz, Mike Nesmith, Peter Tork and the late Davy Jones.

After his stint directing The Monkees — for which he received an Emmy for excellent directorial achievement in comedy for the present's 1966 debut season — Frawley bounced between community TV collection and flicks, directing on Columbo, Magnum, P.I., Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Cagney & Lacey and Grey's Anatomy, as effectively 1979's The Muppet Movie and 1985's intercourse comedy Fraternity Vacation, one among actor Tim Robbins' first on-screen appearances.