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The oddest part of having most Italian characters presented as gangsters and none of them as normal Italian friends populating the world of The Monkees, is, as previously mentioned, that Dolenz was essentially Italian. His father, George Dolenz, came from Trieste, Italy (though when the elder Dolenz was born it was still part of Austria-Hungary). Since Micky’s character did not conform to any of the broader Italian stereotypes involving accents or criminal activity (and he was only ½ Italian) did the audience even sense that he was representing that ethnicity?
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