Tommy Lee was born on October 3, 1962 in Athens, Greece and was raised in California. He quit high school for a rock career and first performed with the band Suite 19. Lee formed heavy metal band Mötley Crüe with Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars, and Vince Neil in 1981. Lee was married to actresses Heather Locklear and Pamela Anderson. In 1995, Lee and Anderson were the subjects of an infamous and widely distributed sex tape.
Though Tommy Lee is a critically acclaimed musician, the heavily tattooed drummer often received more attention for his personal life, particularly his turbulent marriages to model/actresses Heather Locklear and Pamela Anderson. His rocky relationship with Anderson was often fueled by the media, who eagerly covered their sex tape scandal and Lee’s stint in prison after Anderson accused him of hitting her in front of their children, Brandon and Dylan. Though the couple divorced while he was in prison, they briefly reconciled after his release before separating again. Also reportedly suffers from type 2 diabetes. Lee, is also a supporter of animal rights.
In 1999 while still behind bars, Tommy Lee left Mötley Crüe and later formed the band Methods of Mayhem. The partnership was short-lived, however, and in 2002 he released his debut solo album, Never a Dull Moment. He briefly reunited with Mötley Crüe in 2005 for a greatest hits album and tour before continuing his solo efforts.
In 2005, Lee starred in a mildly successful reality television show, Tommy Lee Goes to College, where he was up to his usual antics only this time in a university setting. He also published his memoir, Tommyland, in 2004.
More recently, Lee has returned to reality television with rapper Ludacris for Battleground Earth on the Planet Green network in 2008. The two are in competition with each other while tackling “the toxic forces destroying Mother Earth,” according to the show’s website. The offbeat show has them handling such challenges as creating an eco-friendly funeral and features a range of special guests, including Gene Simmons, Meat Loaf, P. Diddy and Jane Fonda.