The American singer, songwriter, and actor James Hetfield is very popular for his metallic music. The Grammy-winning rock artist is known as the co-founder and lead singer of the American heavy metal band Metallica. He has also created several solo works.
James Hetfield’s Biography and Age
The Metallica man was born James Alan Hetfield on August 3, 1963, in Downey, California, the son of an opera singer and a truck-driving father. He grew up with a younger sister and two brothers from a previous marriage where his mother had lived.
He had the opportunity to learn musical instruments before he was 10 years old. For his education, he attended Brea Olinda High School and Downey High School.
He is of English, German, Irish and Scottish descent and grew up in a Christian Science family, although his parents divorced when he was only 13 years old. His mother was later diagnosed with cancer, but because of her religious belief that a Christian should only receive healing from God and not the illusion of drugs or any form of treatment, she refused to receive treatment that led to her death. This happened 3 years after her divorce in 1979.
The death of his mother forced him to move to live with his older half-brother and live with him, and this would continue to influence his music in many ways in the future. For example, he was the trigger for his song “The God That Failed”, because he believes that his mother would have survived if she had not held on to her faith. More than that, death and many other things that happened in his childhood became part of the anger that drove his kind of music through the years.
When you consider that he was born in 1963, it is very easy to recognize his age.
Wife and kids
James Hetfield married Francesca Hetfield in 1997 and they have 3 children: Cali, Castor, and Marcella. Before their marriage, Francesca Hetfield was known as Francesca Tomasi and they were together for quite a while. The Argentinean was a costume designer for his band, Metallica, before they started their relationship.
As part of the things that gave him so much joy in his life, the Metallica star said that his family is at the top. He also pointed out that Francesca Hetfield is the reason for his maturity so far and that she is one of his most important stabilizing factors.
Today, the Hetfield’s all live in Belvedere, California.
Musical and Acting Career
Since James started playing guitar and piano at a very early age, it was quite easy for him to play in some bands before he was grown up. He played with Leather Charm and Obsession. He was one of the greatest singers ever.
The first album Metalica released was Kill ‘Em All (1983). The following year the band released Ride the Lightning, followed by Master of Puppets. Their following albums are …And Justice for All (1988), Metallica (1991), Load (1996), ReLoad (1997), St. Anger (2003), Death Magnetic (2008) and their latest album is the Hardwired… to Self-Destruct (2016).
Through his career as a musician and as part of Metallica, Hetfield has won nine Grammy Awards, 5 Billboard Music Awards, 5 Kerrang! Awards, 3 MTV Video Music Awards and American Music Awards, among others. He also has many other nominations.
Hetfield has sung for a number of cartoons, including The Simpsons, where he sang the voice for a number of characters. He also sang for American Dad! and the Skylanders Academy. He made his acting debut in “The Extremely Wicked, Shocking Evil and Vile,” in which he portrayed a highway patrol veteran known as Officer Bob Hayward. He plays alongside Zac Efron, who plays the role of the notorious serial killer.
Net worth, Cars, and House
With several Grammys and as one of the most popular in his genre. James Hetfield has an estimated net worth of over $215 million. He earned his money through his singing career.
He is a man of great wealth, lives in a house worth 3 million dollars, even though he owns other possessions, and drives a Lamborghini Gallardo.
The lead singer of Metallica, a well-built man with a good height, has the following body measurements:
- Height:85 m (6’ 1”)
- Weight:7 kg (180 lbs)