Tommy Lee Biography

Tommy lee, short for Thomas Lee Bas, is famous for being one of the founding members of the rock band, Mötley Crüe, a heavy metal band. He is the drummer in the group. 0ther than doing solo musical projects, Tommy founded the rap-metal band Methods of Mayhem.

Early Life

Tommy Lee was born on October 3, 1962, in Athens, Greece in the family of an American U.S. Army sergeant, David Lee Thomas Bas, his father, and mother Vassiliki “Voula” Papadimitriou. He grew up along with his sister, Athens, in California as their family moved when he was two years old. His love for drums was appreciated by his parents. They bought him his first drum sticks when he was four and later a proper drum kit when he was a teenager. Not much information about his education is available online but it is known that he dropped out of high school to start his career in music.

Tommy Lee Career

Tommy’s career began when he dropped out of school and started the L.A. club band Suite 19. It gained popularity in the 1970s when the band became a regular in the Sunset Strip club circuit in Los Angeles. He met Nikki Sixx there, who was forming a theatrical band. Nikki was very impressed by Tommy’s drumming. In 1981, they finally came together to make a new group, where they were joined by the guitarist, Mick Mars and the singer Vince Neil. They called the band Mötley Crüe. They soon gained popularity and released their first album “Too Fast for Love ”. Not only for his drumming skills, he soon became infamous for his indecent behavior in the concerts. The band often consumed heavy drugs. Lee temporarily left Mötley Crüe and formed a band called Methods of Mayhem in 1999.

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But the band was soon disassembled in 2000. In 2002, he released his first solo album, Never Dull A Moment. In 2004, he rejoined his first band and the band launched their first tour in 2005, The Red, White & Crüe Tour 2005: Better Live Than Dead. Tommy released his second solo album, Tommyland: The Ride, and his autobiography, Tommyland in the same year. He formed a new band in 2006 which was called Rock Star Supernova. In November 2007, it was revealed that Tommy had bitterly left the Mötley Crüe band after the other members had some issues with his manager, but in 2008, he toured with the band once again.

Rise to Fame

From 2009-2011, the band, Methods of Mayhem was reformed and performed various projects. In 2014, he performed on the Smashing Pumpkins’ Monuments to an Elegy album. That same year, he rejoined the band Mötley Crüe and the bandmates for the group’s farewell tour. Other than his music career, he is also involved in the film and TV industry. In 2004, he produced and acted in a reality show, Tommy Lee Goes to College. Soon later, he filmed for the reality TV show, Battleground Earth. He recently appeared as the Devil in the fictionalized musical horror podcast, Halloween in Hell.

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Social Media

Tommy Lee is very active on social media. He has over 1.5 million Instagram followers and recently he came into the limelight because of the controversial picture he posted on the platform. He joined Twitter in July 2009 and has a massive following of 700k+ followers.

Tommy Lee Biography

Real Name Thomas Lee Bass
Birth Date 3 October 1962
Age (as of 2022) 59 Years
Birth Place Athens, Greece
Profession Musician, Songwriter

Physical Statistics

Height in feet inches – 6’ 2” – in Centimeters – 189 cm
Weight in Kilograms – 78 kg  –  in Pounds –  172 lbs
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Hazel


Father David Lee Thomas Bass
Mother Vassiliki Papadimitriou
Sister Athena Lee

Relationship Status

Marital Status Married
Who is his wife? Brittany Furlan
Children Two (Brandon Thomas & Dylan Jagger Lee)

Personal Life

The 59-year-old actor has been married four times. His first spouse was Elaine Starchuk. He got married to actress Heather Locklear in 1986. In 1995, he married Pamela Anderson just four days after meeting her. They have two children together — Brandon Thomas Lee and Dylan Jagger Lee. The couple divorced in 1998 but later reunited and split again in 2001. He was accused of physical abuse of his wife, Pamela, and went to jail. Other than this one time, Tommy’s personal life is filled with cases and lawsuits. In 2008, the couple got together once again but soon parted ways. Lee married for the fourth time to the social media celebrity, Brittany Furlan in 2019.

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Tommy Lee Net Worth

Over the years, this American musician has earned a lot of money with his hard work and talent. He has released 20 albums, of which, 6 have gone platinum. It is reported that his estimated net worth is $70 million.


  • Tommy is greatly influenced by drummers like John Bonham, Tommy Aldridge, Alex Van Halen, and Terry Bozzio.
  • Lee’s sister is also a drummer.
  • He recalls listening to Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, Cheap Trick, Kiss, AC/DC, and Sweet as a teenager.
  • He formed his band, Methods of Mayhem when he divorced Pamela Anderson.
  • Although he was not part of his former band, he took part in the band’s 2001 autobiography, The Dirt.
  • Lee is a supporter of animal rights and PETA.

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