Tom Petty

  • Birth Name: Thomas Earl Petty
  • Birth Place: Gainesville, Florida, United States
  • Died: October 2, 2017
  • Profession: Singer, Songwriter, Actor
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  • Became interested in rock-and-roll music after meeting Elvis Presley at age 10 (1961); decided to become a rock musician after seeing The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show.
  • First solo album, 1989's Full Moon Fever, charted as high as No. 3 and went triple platinum.
  • Played the Bridge City mayor in Kevin Costner's 1997 film The Postman.
  • Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1999, and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.
  • Began hosting a show called Buried Treasure on XM satellite radio in 2005.
  • Had a recurring guest role on the Fox animated comedy King of the Hill; voiced the character of Elroy "Lucky" Kleinschmidt, who occasionally played guitar in the band Big Mountain Fudgecake.


  • 1995, Grammy — Best Male Rock Vocal Performance: Winner
  • 1989, Grammy — Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal: Winner
  • 2008, Grammy — Best Long Form Music Video: Winner


  • Bruce Petty — Brother
  • Anna Kim Petty — Daughter
  • Adria Petty — Daughter
  • Jane Benyo — Ex-wife
  • Dana York — Wife

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