Name at birth: Thomas Lee Bass
Tommy Lee first gained fame as the drummer for the heavy metal band Mötley Crüe, who came to national prominence after touring with KISS in 1983. Mötley Crüe was soon famous both for its maniacal concerts and its maniacal behavior offstage, with the heavily-tattooed Lee often leading the parade. Tommy Lee's musical career has sometimes been eclipsed by his very public personal life, which included tumultuous marriages to actress Heather Locklear (1986-93) and actress/pinup Pamela Anderson (1995-98). In 2005 he starred in his own "reality" series, Tommy Lee Goes to College, in which he attended classes at the University of Nebraska and played drums in the school's marching band. Tommy Lee published a memoir, Tommyland, in 2004. His albums with Mötley Crüe include Shout At the Devil (1983), Girls, Girls, Girls (1987), Dr. Feelgood (1989) and Red, White and Crüe (2005). The band's members published a group autobiography, The Dirt, in 2001.
Tommy Lee dropped his last name, “Bass,” during his early performing years in the 1970s… According to Tommyland, Tommy Lee’s father was American, his mother a Greek national… Tommy Lee has two children with Pamela Anderson: Brandon (b. 1996) and Dylan Jagger (b. 1997)… Before his marriage to Heather Locklear, Tommy Lee also was married for a few months in 1984-85 to a woman named Elaine Starchuk… Tommy Lee is no relation to actor Tommy Lee Jones.
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