Peter Tork

American musician and actor (1942–2019)

Peter Halsten Thorkelson (February 13, 1942 – February 21, 2019), better known as Peter Tork, was an American actor and musician. He was born in Washington, D.C. He started as a folk musician in Greenwich Village. In 1966, he became famous as a member of The Monkees. He was recommended for the group by his friend Stephen Stills. Shortly after The Monkees television series ended 1968, he left the band. He played with the other members of the group at times, but often played with his own bands and tours.

Peter Tork
Tork at Family Gras, Metairie, Louisiana, January 2016
Tork at Family Gras, Metairie, Louisiana, January 2016
Background information
Birth namePeter Halsten Thorkelson
Born(1942-02-13)February 13, 1942
Washington, D.C., U.S.
DiedFebruary 21, 2019(2019-02-21) (aged 77)
Mansfield, Connecticut, U.S.
GenresRock, pop rock, psychedelic rock, experimental rock, rock and roll, pop
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, musician, artist, multi-instrumentalist, activist
InstrumentsBass guitar, guitar, piano, keyboards, banjo, french horn, percussion, vocals
Years active1964–2019
LabelsColgems, RCA, Bell, Arista, Rhino, Sire

Tork died on February 21, 2019 in Mansfield, Connecticut, aged 77.[1] He suffered from a rare form of throat cancer in the years before his death.[2]


  1. Smith, Harrison (February 21, 2019). "Peter Tork, endearingly offbeat bassist and singer in the Monkees, dies at 77". The Washington Post. Retrieved February 21, 2019.
  2. Peter Tork and Jennifer LaRue Huget, Peter Tork's Cancer, In His Own Words, Washington Post The Checkup Blog, July 1, 2009