What Is Tommy Lee’s Real Name?

The Hulu miniseries Pam & Tommy premiered on February 2, 2022, and gained a substantial viewership. The miniseries details the tumultuous relationship and marriage between ’90s siren Pamela Anderson and Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee.

The show starring Sebastian Stan and Lily James has renewed public interest in both stars, their marriage, and personal lives, including the artist’s given name. So, what is Tommy Lee’s real name?

A glance at Tommy Lee’s career

Tommy Lee real name
Motley Crue rocker Tommy Lee photographed at the Intercontinental Hotel, Sydney, 9 May 2005. SMH Picture by STEPHEN BACCON (Photo by Fairfax Media via Getty Images

In 1981, Tommy Lee and bassist Nikki Sixx joined up with Vince Neil and Mick Mars to form Mötley Crüe. The new band quickly gained mainstream attention after releasing its debut album in 1981. After dropping the self-produced Too Fast for Love, the group experienced success with its later releases, including Theatre of PainDr. Feelgood, and Shout at The Devil.

Lee was famous for his gimmicks while performing, including mooning the crowd on several occasions. Mötley Crüe also engaged in heavy substance use both on and offstage. The band split in 1999, and each member pursued their solo careers, although they’ve reunited for tours.

Lee’s solo career was also successful. He formed the Methods of Mayhem and worked on solo projects on the side. He famously contributed to the soundtrack of his then-wife Pamela Anderson’s 1996 film Barb Wire. Lee also dabbled in producing.

Lee also counts acting among his talents. He’s appeared in various films and TV shows, including Halloween in Hell, where he played the Devil. He guest-starred in The Goldbergs as Professor Lee, and in Tommy Lee Goes to College, where he was also the producer. 

He and rapper Ludacris worked together on a reality show for the Discovery Channel’s 24-hour eco-friendly network, Planet Green. The show, titled Battleground Earth, followed Ludacris and Lee as they toured while battling to see whose act was more eco-friendly.

What is Tommy Lee’s real name?

The Mötley Crüe drummer was born Thomas Lee Bass in Athens, Greece, to an American U.S. Army sergeant father and a Miss Greece beauty contestant mother. Lee has a younger sister Athena, who is also a drummer.

When he was four, Lee was given his first drum sticks and received his first drum kit in his teen years. The musician dropped out of high school to pursue a career in music. He went by his full name when he was in Suite 19 but decided to change his name when he and Sixx met.

He dropped the name Bass and went with Tommy Lee or, in other cases, T-bone, which was what his peers called him due to his 6’2 ½ height.  

Lee has an impressive net worth

Celebrity Net Worth estimates Lee’s net worth to be $70 million. The drummer has released more than 20 albums throughout his musical career, including live and studio recordings and compilations.

His net worth comes from the live performances he and his bands go on and royalties earned from his music. According to Wealthy Persons, the star earned an impressive $500,000 from Generation Swine alone.

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