AKA Thomas Lee Bass
Birthplace: Athens, Greece
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Mötley Crüe drummer
Tommy Lee is known to rockers as the drummer for Mötley Crüe, and known to the rest of the world as the ex-husband of Pamela Anderson, and star of one of the most popular movies of the 1990s.
Lee was born Thomas Lee Bass, and spent his first four years in Greece before moving to Southern California. He dropped out of high school and drummed with a band called Suite 19 until 1981, then left to form Mötley Crüe with Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars, and Lee's high school buddy Vince Neil. Lee left Mötley Crüe in 1999, to spend more time with his family, but soon formed a new band, Methods of Mayhem.
Lee was briefly married to a model in the 1980s, then married to Heather Locklear in the early 1990s, and to Pamela Anderson in the late-90s. Anderson filed for divorce in November 1996, but they reconciled and renewed their vows on 24 December 1996. She filed for divorce again in February 1998, after Lee was sentenced to six months in jail for spousal abuse. They reconciled again in early 1999, but alas, they separated again shortly thereafter, and eventually divorced.
While married, Lee and Anderson made a porn tape together. In a mystery that remains unsolved, the tape was allegedly stolen from their house in 1997, and released as Pam & Tommy Lee: Stolen Honeymoon. They sued the film's distributor, Internet Entertainment Group of Seattle, but settled out of court, presumably for a cut of the profits. The un-cut version of Stolen Honeymoon was 1998's #1 adult video in both sales and rentals.
In 2001, a 4-year-old guest drowned in the pool at Lee's Malibu home, at a birthday party for Lee's son Brandon. The dead child's parents, actress Ursula Karven and TV producer James Veres, sued Lee for negligence, for failing to have a lifeguard or anyone trained in CPR present. They lost.
In 2002, Anderson's people announced that she had hepatitis C, and said she contracted the disease by sharing a tattoo needle with Lee.
Father: David Lee Thomas Bass (Welsh Army sergeant)
Mother: Vassilikki Papadimitriou Bass ("Boula", Miss Greece 1957)
Sister: Athena Bass (drummer, Krunk)
Wife: Elaine Margaret Starchuk (model, m. 24-Nov-1984, div. 1985)
Wife: Heather Locklear (actress, m. 10-May-1986, div. 16-Aug-1993)
Wife: Pamela Anderson (actress, m. 19-Feb-1995)
Son: Brandon Thomas Lee (b. 5-Jun-1996)
Son: Dylan Jagger Lee (b. 29-Dec-1997)
Girlfriend: Jenna Jameson
Girlfriend: Mayte Garcia (singer-dancer, briefly engaged 7-Aug-2002)
Slept with: Tawny Kitaen
Girlfriend: Tara Reid (dated 2005)
High School: Royal Oak High School, Covina, CA (dropped out)
University: University of Nebraska (attended three weeks in 2004)
Indecent Exposure Cincinnati, OH
Unlawful Possession of a Firearm Nov-1993
Disturbing the Peace 1993
Domestic Violence arrested Dec-1994, no charges filed
Domestic Violence arrested 25-Feb-1998
Assault arrested in North Carolina, Oct-1999
Inciting a Riot arrested in North Carolina, Oct-1999
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
Traveled to the USSR Aug-1989
Inmate: Los Angeles County Jail
Sex Tape Scandal 1997 ("Stolen Honeymoon", with Pamela Anderson)
Greek Ancestry Maternal
Welsh Ancestry Paternal
Risk Factors: Alcoholism, Diabetes, Smoking, Hepatitis C, Cocaine, Heroin, Agoraphobia, Vegetarian
FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
10th & Wolf (21-Apr-2006)
Disaster! (4-Nov-2005) · Himself [VOICE]
Pauly Shore Is Dead (2003) · Himself
The New Guy (7-May-2002) · Himself
Vanilla Sky (10-Dec-2001) · Frozen Vintage Car Man
Pam & Tommy Lee: Stolen Honeymoon (1998) · Himself
Author of books:
Tommyland (2004, biography)
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