What Are Some Biographical Facts About Motley Crue Drummer Tommy Lee?


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Tommy Lee, who was born Thomas Lee Bass in Athens, Greece on Oct. 3, 1962, moved to Los Angeles, California shortly after his birth. Lee is most famous for his work as the drummer for Motley Crue and his sex tape with Pamela Anderson.

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Lee was born to David Oliver Bass, an American solider stationed overseas, and Vassiliki Papadimitriou, a former Miss Greece contestant. As a teenager, he participated in the marching band at Royal Oaks High School and was a fan of bands such as Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, Cheap Trick and AC/DC. In the late 1970s, while working as a drummer on the Sunset Strip, Lee met Nikki Sixx, with whom he founded Motley Crue.

Lee achieved fame with Motley Crue, both for his drumming skills as well as his riotous, well-publicized offstage antics. In 1995, a sex tape Lee made with Pamela Anderson, his wife, was stolen and published online. Lee received a large settlement as compensation for the theft, and the case is considered an early example of viral pornography. In the 2000s, Lee began appearing on television shows, such as "Tommy Goes to College," an NBC reality show in which he attempted to fit in as a student. He has also made guest appearances on shows such as "Californication" and "Tosh.0."

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