Tommy Lee Net Worth, Career, Personal and Early life

Tommy Lee is best known as a founding member and the drummer for Mötley Crüe. Twenty albums under the Mötley Crüe banner, six of which have been certified platinum. Tommy is the creator of the rap metal group Methods of Mayhem and has had a successful solo career. Tommy rose to international celebrity in the ’90s due to his controversial affair with Pamela Anderson. A home film they recorded on their vacation in Mexico became a worldwide sensation, spawning news headlines, litigation, and a 2022 Hulu original series.

Tommy Lee’s early life

Thomas Lee Bass was born on October 3, 1962, in Athens, Greece, and is better known by his stage name, Tommy Lee. The patriarch of his family served in the United States Army. His younger sister’s name is Athena. Lee was just a year old when his family uprooted and headed west to California. When Lee was only four years old, his parents bought him his first set of drumsticks. Tommy Lee got his first drum kit when he was 16.

Tommy Lee education

Lee played drums in the high school marching band until his senior year when he decided to pursue his true passion and drop out to form a rock band instead. At the beginning of the 1980s, Lee’s first band, Studio 19, made appearances on the Sunset Strip. Nikki Sixx, a future member of Mötley Crüe, was a fan of Studio 19 and introduced herself to Lee after one of their performances. Van Halen and Quiet Riot were two more bands of a similar vintage that played the Sunset Strip.

Personal details of Tommy Lee    

Real NameThomas Lee Bass
Celebrity NameTommy Lee, T-Bone
ProfessionMusician, Actor
Age59 years old
Date of BirthOctober 3, 1962
BirthplaceAthens, Greece
NationalityGreek, American

Body measurements of Tommy Lee

Height in Centimetres189 cm
Height in Inches6 feet, 2 inch
Weight in Kilograms83 kg
Weight in Pounds183 lbs
Hair colourBlack
Eye colourHazel
Relationship statusMarried
Spouse NameBrittany Furlan

Tommy Lee’s personal life

Elaine Starchuk was Lee’s first wife; the couple tied the knot in 1984. In 1985, they decided to end their marriage and divorce was finalised. Heath Locklear, an actress, was Lee’s bride on May 10, 1986. In 1993, the couple officially separated. In 1997, Locklear married Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora, and the couple had a daughter named Ava. Soon after his divorce from Locklear he got engaged with the model Bobbie Brown. 

TommyLee got married to Pamela Anderson on February 19, 1995. They’re the proud parents of Brandon and Dylan. In 1998, they officially ended their marriage and divorced. After admitting guilt and receiving a six-month sentence for kicking Pamela Anderson while she was carrying their baby Dylan, Lee was released from county prison in 2002. Lee allegedly attacked Anderson after she refused to phone her parents to urge them not to visit the family. 

Lee and Anderson reconciled in 2008 and briefly moved back in with one other and their boys before breaking up again. During the year 2002 to 2003 he even dated Prince’s ex-wife Mayte Garcia. Between 2014 and 2017, Lee was involved with the Greek-German singer Sofia Toufa. Lee revealed to the world on February 14th, 2018, that he has proposed to his longtime girlfriend, Brittany Furlan. One year later, they tied the knot on February 14, 2019.

The net worth of Tommy Lee

According to reliable sources, Lee’s net worth is estimated to be $70 million. This wealth was accumulated via a mix of musical success and sponsorships for major manufacturers of musical instruments. He has been an ambassador for several drum companies and business transactions, including movies, books, and other endeavours.

Interesting Facts about Tommy Lee

  • Tommy’s mother won the title of Miss Greece in 1957.
  • Tommy also performs as a DJ.
  • At one point, Tommy was on the verge of fighting Nicolas Cage’s kid.
  • Involvement in the roller coaster drum stunt led to legal action against Tommy.

Awards and Honors Received by Tommy Lee

  • Tommy Lee was named “Best Drummer” by Metal Edge readers in 1986 and 1987.

The career beginnings of Tommy Lee

He dropped out of school and formed the band Suite 19 in the 1970s, where he eventually met the members of Mötley Crüe. Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars, and Vince Neil established the band “Mötley Crüe” on January 17, 1980. The band’s self-titled first album was released in 1981 under Leafür Records, the label the members had founded. “Mötley Crüe” released albums like Shout at the Devil, Girls, Girls, Girls, Theatre of Pain and Dr Feelgood in the ’80s, confirming the band’s status as a versatile hard rock/metal band.

The successful professional life of Tommy Lee 

His 2002 solo debut, “Never a Dull Moment,” blended electronica and rap metal. Two years later, he briefly reformed his old band and released the double album Red, White & Crüe. His autobiography, titled “Tommyland,” was out the following year. In 2005, he was featured in the reality programme Tommy Lee Goes to College when he was seen attending college. A reunion tour for ‘The Red, White & Crüe’ with ‘Mötley Crüe’ followed that year. In 2005, they went on a tour titled “The Red, White & Crüe Tour 2005: Better Live Than Dead.” In 2006, he founded ‘Rock Star Supernova’ and released their self-titled first album. Two years after ‘Rock Star Supernova,’ he participated in ‘Battleground Earth’ starring Ludacris. ‘Mötley Crüe’s current album, ‘Saints of Los Angeles,’ was also released that year, marking his return to the band.

Recent works and accomplishments of Tommy Lee

In 2010, he was featured in ‘Tosh.0’ on Comedy Central. He sang in a ‘Californication’ episode. He’s toured with Deadmau5 and DJ Aero in 2011. Tommy played the drums on ‘The Smashing Pumpkins’ 2014 album ‘Monuments to an Elegy.’ In September 2018, Vince Neil confirmed Mötley Crüe’s return. A biographical drama based on ‘Mötley Crüe’ was aired on Netflix in March 2019.

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