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Tom Petty Biography

Birth Name:
Thomas Earl Petty
Birth Place:
Gainesville, Florida, United States
Singer, songwriter, actor

Fast Facts

  • 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


  • 2008Grammy-Best Long Form Music Video: winner


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