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Tommy Lee: Bio, Family, Relationships, Career, and Net worth

Who is Tommy Lee?

Tommy Lee (whose real name is Thomas Lee Bass) is an exceptional musician and a founding member of ‘Mötley Crüe.’ He is the brilliant drummer who founded the rap-metal band ‘Methods of Mayhem.’

Tommy is an English male name that means “a Twin.” It is actually a diminutive version of “Thomas.”

Only a few people are genuinely gifted that way, to find their life, goal, and career, and even get successful. A name in the music industry to have earned such a good fate is Tommy Lee.

His band’s hit songs were legendary before they dissociated. Netflix has decided to make a biopic documentary on the band. So, the band members are in the limelight again.

Tommy Lee quick facts

Full NameThomas Lee Bass
NicknameTommy Lee
BirthdateOctober 3, 1962
Age59 years old
BirthplaceAthens, Greece
ParentsVassiliki Papadimitriou, David Lee Thomas Bass
Marital StatusMarried
SpouseBrittany Furlan (m. 2019)

Pamela Anderson (m. 1995-1998)

Heather Locklear (m. 1996-1993)

Elaine Starchuk (m. 1984-1985)
ChildrenBrandon Thomas Lee, Dylan Jagger Lee
Sun SignLibra
TraitsPositive: affectionate, gentle, and fair

Negative: stubborn, argumentative, indecisive
NationalityAmerican
Weight85 kgs (187 lbs)
Hair colorBlack
Eye colorBrown
Lucky colorBlack
Lucky number6
Lucky matchGemini, Leo, Sagittarius, and Aquarius.
Favorite instrument brandsDW, Tama drums, Sonor, Pearl drums, Paiste, Avedis Zildjian Company, Vic Firth, and Vater percussion
Favorite artistsLed Zeppelin, Van Halen, Cheap Trick, Kiss, AC/DC, Sweet, John Bonham, Tommy Aldridge, Alex Van Halen, and Terry Bozzio.

Tommy Lee interesting facts

  1. Tommy Lee is originally from Greece

Tommy was born as Tommy Lee Bass to an American father and Greek mother. He was born in Kypseli, Athens, Greece.

Tommy moved to the USA when he was a year old. He grew up in a happy family.

  1. Tommy Lee dropped out of school to pursue a music career

Tommy’s aunt was a drummer and was influenced by her. He was gifted with his first drum when he was only four years old.

He dropped out of high school to pursue a career in music, and thus, he joined an LA club band called “US101” and started his career.

His formal career as a drummer began after he joined a club named “Suite 19”.

  1. Tommy Lee has married four times

Tommy’s life has been in the limelight not only for his music but also for his relationships. He has been associated with many women and has been married four times.

He was first married to a supermodel and dancer named Elaine Strachuk; however, they divorced after a week of getting married.

Then he was married to Heather Locklear for seven years. They separated after Tommy cheated on Heather.

Then he tied the knot with actor Pamela Anderson, literally four days after meeting her. He was engaged to Bobbie Brown at that time. They were together for three years and shared two sons.

Currently, Tommy Lee is married to an American internet personality and actor named Brittany Furlan.

  1. Tommy Lee’s band “Motley Crue” disbanded due to disputes among the members

Tommy is a solo artist, songwriter, and DJ. But he is most famous as the drummer of “Motley Crue.” The band was recognized for its debut in 1981 and had a strong fanbase.

They signed a “no tour” contract after their final tour. There was lots of drama in the band, due to which all of the band members agreed to disband. Fortunately, they still have a good relationship with each other.

  1. Tommy Lee is the richest member of Motley Crue

Tommy was the luckiest when he came to making money off his talents. Besides being a member of Motley Crue, he worked on reality shows, solo albums and made guest appearances on shows such as Rush Street by Richard Max.

He has accumulated a net worth of $75 million, making him the wealthiest member of Motley Crue.

  1. Tommy Lee openly supports animals rights and the PETA organization

Tommy Lee is an animal lover, and he openly supports People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). He has also written a protest letter against Tilikum Orca’s treatment and how it hinders their normal reproduction.

We can say that he is a kind of animal rights activist in his way.

Tommy Lee age and childhood

Tommy was born as Tommy Lee Bass to David Lee Thomas Bass and Vassiliki ‘Voula’ Papadimitriou on October 3, 1962, in Kypseli, Athens, Greece. He is 59 years old as of today.

His father was an American, whereas; his mother was Greek.

Tommy’s mother, Vassiliki Papadimitriou’ Voula,’ was a model and a contestant for the 1960s Miss World. His aunt Athena was a drummer who must have influenced Tommy while growing up into the same career.

His father was a US army sergeant named David Lee Thomas Bass. His father, later on, moved from Greece to California in America.

Tommy was one year old when he came to the US. He grew up as a happy child and received love and care from his family.

Tommy Lee got his first drum at the age of 4, and by the time he was a teenager, he had a complete set. However, the happy-go-lucky kid could not pursue his academic career. Tommy dropped out of high school to pursue his music career.

He started his career in an LA club band called ‘US101.’ Then he joined a club called ‘Suite 19’ in the late 1970s. It was the formal start of his career as a musician, drummer to be exact.

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Tommy Lee height and personality traits

Tommy’s height is 1.89 m (6.02 ft).

As per his sun sign, Tommy is undoubtedly a romantic guy with a great sense of fashion and art. He doesn’t have characteristics like soft, gentle, graceful, and non-threatening.

Libra is an air sign, so when things fall off, they fall off balance too, which must be Tommy’s case. He is a cool person. However, he is nowhere near a calm and non-angry person.

Tommy sure has some anger issues in him.

Photo of Tommy Lee playing drums


Tommy’s personality seems to be much of a carefree and jolly nature. He likes to keep funny adult jokes, share his favorite Netflix shows, performances, and anything that he agrees with within his posts.

His profile pictures, including most famous DPs on pages like Wikipedia, also have deliberately shown anger in them. Tommy has a whole-body tattoo, showing immense confidence.

He has archaic symbols like the ‘Om’ and lotus around his belly, dragon scales on limbs, etc. It shows his interest in mythological fantasies. Tommy’s pictures are mostly ‘in action,’ more or less candid shots.

Tommy Lee spouses

Multiple marriage failures have been a bane to Tommy’s life. It looks like a world-famous rock musician is not very lucky in terms of relationships. Tommy has been married four times.

Tommy Lee Elaine Strachuk

Tommy was first married to Elaine Starchuk.

Elaine was a supermodel and former dancer who was also featured in Playboy magazine. They divorced just seven days after the wedding.

Tommy Lee Heather Locklear

He married his second wife – the famous actress Heather Locklear, next year, on May 10th, 1986. Their marriage did not last more than seven years, and the couple separated in 1993.

The divorce was a controversy and a matter of great rumors about the couple. Though nothing was officially proved, the primary reason behind the separation was said to be Tommy’s affair. He cheated on Heather with a porn star.

Tommy Lee Pamela Anderson

Pamela was ‘love at first sight’ to Tommy as he married her only four days after meeting her for the first time. Pamela is an actor by profession.

Tommy must have been one reckless guy when it comes to love. When Tommy met Pamela, he was already engaged to Bobbie Brown.

Tommy has two children with Pamela Anderson. Both are sons.

His first son Brandon Thomas was born on June 5th, 1996, and his second son Dylan Jagger was born on December 29th, 1997.

Pamela and Tommy had a naughty vacation in 1995, where they recorded their sexual activities. Those recordings got stolen and released as viral internet pornography. Their maid Rand Gauthier stole it and sold it to Internet Entertainment Group.

The company got sued, and they had to pay Tommy. But the tapes were legalized and sold, tripling the website’s regular traffic. It was both a funny and embarrassing issue, but it was enough to ruin a good couple’s relationship.

Tommy and Pamela separated in 1998. They were together for three years. He reunited with Pamela for a brief period of time when he came out of jail. But, the reunion could not lead to a successful marriage, and they split again in 2001.

Tommy Lee girlfriends

Tommy met Mayte Garcia –a dancer during his musical tour. She sang for Lee’s album ‘Never a Dull Moment and got engaged with him for a year, from around 2002 to 2003. Their relationship did not go that well, so Tommy stayed single for a while.

After a few years, in 2008, Tommy announced that he was back with his ex-wife Pamela, but they split up again. He was traveling for his music projects when he met his girlfriend, Sofia Tufa.

Tommy met Sofia, who was a Greek-German singer and dated her from 2014 to 2017. He was also engaged with her. This brief relationship ended when he finally met his current wife, Brittany.

Tommy Lee and Brittany Furlan

His latest wife is Brittany Jayne Furlan, whom he married in 2019. Brittany is an American internet personality, actor, and comedian. She is best known for her work in Vine – an American video hosting service.

Tommy Lee with his girlfriend

She has been most famous and influential among her fellow female video stars, as Time magazine declared in 2015. She was also featured in the Netflix documentary ‘The American Meme’ in 2018.

A lady of Italian-American descent, Brittany, was born on September 5th, 1986, in Perkasie. After many failed trials of an acting career, she finally got her golden chance in web art.

She fell in love with Tommy, and the relationship excelled to the level of permanent bonding. Tommy finally proposed to her on February 14th, 2018. They exchanged their vows precisely a year later, on February 14th, 2019.

Tommy Lee road to fame

Tommy has also inclined his career a little towards songwriting and working as a DJ. He has been doing solo music projects for a long time now. Tommy is an all-in-one package for a musician.

Tommy’s career with discography is vivid and consistent, unlike many musicians. He has so far published three solo studio albums, ‘Never a Dull Moment’ (2003), ‘Tommyland: The Ride’ (2006), and ‘Andro’ (2020), with a total of twelve songs.

Tommy has one album with ‘Rock Star Supernova,’ eight with ‘Motley Crue,’ and two with ‘Mayhem’s Methods.’ His albums are solid hits and pay him off for the hard work he bestows on every single one of them.

‘Motley Crue’ was famous for its debut in 1981 under Elektra records. The group had a strong fanbase.

However, the band was famous for its decadent behavior both on and offstage. The band members were often accused of very high consumption of drugs and alcohol.

Tommy Lee Motley Crue disband

Apparently, ‘Motley Crue’ had signed a ‘No tour’ contract after their’ final tour.’ Nikki Sixx and all other band members had agreed never to have a reunion. Since there was a lot of drama involved in the band, and disputes among members were common.

However, the bandmates are known to have a good relationship. The members had agreed on the dissociation. Therefore they have been friends for life.

When Motley Crue had retired in 2015, the group dissociated. The record label Motley Records, which owned the rights over ‘Motley Crue’ and their music, also ended.

This record label reopened when the band reunited in 2019 to record new tracks for their biopic called ‘The Dirt.’

Tommy Lee post disband

Tommy got lucky to be pretty rich out of his talent. Not everyone has the luxury to live such a rich life having the career option he has chosen.

For instance, Generation Swine earned $5 million, which was a good return for its hard work on its creation. Tommy also tried working in reality shows and producing one of them during 2004. However, those were not very popular.

He had guest appearances on several shows since a program called Rush Street by Richard Max in 1991. Tommy uses different drums like DW drums, DW and Remo drum heads, Zildjian cymbals, and Ahead drumsticks for his performances.

Tommy Lee Post Malone

Tommy Lee has also worked with Post Malone. Post Malone has a song titled “Motley Crue,” which features a cameo by TommyLee.

Besides Tommy, many other NASCAR stars such as French Montana, Big Sean, LoveLeo, SAINt JHN, Kerwin Frost, Tyga, Ty Dolla $ign, Pressa, Tyla Yaweh, and Trinidad James also feature on the music video.

He also featured in Post Malone’s album ‘Beerbongs and Bentleys’ for the song “Over Now.”

In 2020, Post Malone featured a song titled “Tommy Lee” with rapper Tyla Yaweh.

Tommy Lee controversies

The scandalous love life of the big-time drummer is no less than a big pile of controversies. Apart from his personal life, Tommy had some terrible controversies that led him to legal consequences.

Tommy has faced a lawsuit for exposing an illegal tattoo of ‘Swastika,’ which he had to remove. He also went to jail for spousal abuse – for kicking the mother of his child while she was holding their baby.

Tommy had a bitter fight with his photographer when the incident of ‘Swastika’ happened. In 1997, he got arrested with Nikki Sixx after instigating a riot in their concert. Nikki had made racist comments and physical misconduct on the black security guard.

Tommy had to face a lawsuit again in 2001. It was because his son’s friend drowned to death during his son’s birthday party at his swimming pool. He was charged with negligence in the case.

He also fought with Kid Rock at MTV Video Music Award function in September 2007. Tommy and his present wife were involved in a controversy for publicly foul-mouthing actor Ryan Peavey.

Tommy Lee charity

Tommy has not made any personal charities or has not disclosed them to the media.

However, Tommy is also known for his undying love of pets. He openly supports animal rights and the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) organization. He was once on the news due to his action based on animal love.

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Tommy’s letter in 2010 to the president of SeaWorld park made him famous on the media. The letter protested against rare found Tilikum Orca’s treatment. It was hindering normal reproduction, and the enforced captivity also didn’t suit the poor thing.

He was strict against spending any more lives on the trainers due to the aggressiveness of the whale. Tommy sent a letter to Alison Merilla Redford, a Canadian politician, speaking against horse killings in Chuckwagon races of Calgary Stampede.

“A cowboy should know to respect his horse rather than riding it to death to show off a crowd.”

The Ministry of Canada well-acknowledged these kinds of thoughts expressed in his letters. Tommy is a kind of animal rights activist in his way. We all hope to see him in better performance soon.

Tommy Lee net worth

Tommy Lee’s estimated net worth is $75 million. His music career included live performances and royalties of two bands. Tommy is so far the wealthiest member of Motley Crue.

Tommy Lee social media

Tommy Lee is active on all social media platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Tommy Lee Instagram

You can find the musician on Instagram as @tommylee 

He shares quotes, music, and photos of himself and his family to over 1.3 million followers.

 
 
 
 
 
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Tommy Lee Facebook

Tommy also has a Facebook page where he shares his music and similar posts on Instagram. 

Besides, he also promotes his merch on Facebook.

Tommy Lee Twitter

Tommy is on Twitter as @MrTommyLand 

He has over 667k followers. Besides his music and merch, he also tweets supporting the PETA Foundation in their fight against selling animal furs.

Tommy Lee TikTok

Tommy is also active on TikTok. He entertains his more than 981.5k followers with funny videos with his wife, Brittany Furlan.

Tommy Lee 2021

Tommy Lee is still making music. He is happily married to Brittany Furlan and has a good relationship with his two children. 

He released his solo album “Andor” on October 16, 2020. 

If he is not working on music, he makes TikTok videos or speaks up for the victimized animals.

Tommy Lee F.A.Qs

How old is Tommy Motley Crue?

Born on October 3, 1962, Tommy Lee of Motley Crue is currently 59 years old.

Is Tommy Lee still rich?

Yes, Tommy Lee is still rich. In fact, he is the wealthiest Motley Crue, member. He released three solo studio albums after his tenure with Motley Crue.

How many wives has Tommy Lee had?

Tommy Lee has had four wives. He was first married to Elaine Starchuk.

He then married Heather Locklear and Pamela Anderson.

He is currently married to Brittany Furlan.

Who made the most money in Motley Crue?

The co-founder and drummer of the band, Tommy Lee, made the most money in Motley Crue. 

How rich is Tommy Lee?

Tommy Lee has a net worth of $70 million.

Why did Motley Crue sign a contract never to tour again?

Motley Crue did not want to end like how regular bands would end up, reuniting time and again. They believed their mission to blow the audiences up was successful.

The band members believed that they should take their different paths. It is why they signed such a contract never to tour again.

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