James Hetfield

Singer-songwriter-guitarist James Hetfield largely defined the sound and scope of the formidable heavy metal band Metallica, which rose from the underground thrash metal scene of the early 1980s to stand astride not ... Read more »
Born: 08/02/1963 in Downey, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (10)

The Hunt 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Narrator

Metallica Through the Never 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Anton Corbijn Inside Out 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Disney's Dave the Barbarian 2003 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Voice

Heavy: The Story of Metal 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Metalocalypse 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Voice

Let It Ride 2005 (Movie)

Narrator (Actor)

When Metallica Ruled the World 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Metallica: Some Kind of Monster 2004 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor
Music (10)

That's My Boy 2012 (Movie)

("Whiplash") (Song)

Zombieland 2009 (Movie)

("For Whom The Bell Tolls") (Song)

The Devil and Daniel Johnston 2006 (Movie)

("Master Of Puppets") (Song)

Biker Boyz 2003 (Movie)

("We Did It Again") (Song)

Old School 2003 (Movie)

("Master Of Puppets") (Song)

Mission: Impossible 2 2000 (Movie)

song producer("I Disappear") (Song)

Any Given Sunday 1999 (Movie)

("Motorbreath") (Song)

Disturbing Behavior 1998 (Movie)

("Harvestor of Sorrow") (Song)

Your Friends & Neighbors 1998 (Movie)

songs("Enter Sandman" "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)" "Wherever I May Roam") (Song)

A Concert For Life 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Song Performer
Writer (1)

Metallica Through the Never 2013 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

Singer-songwriter-guitarist James Hetfield largely defined the sound and scope of the formidable heavy metal band Metallica, which rose from the underground thrash metal scene of the early 1980s to stand astride not only their chosen genre, but much of popular music as a whole during its tumultuous three-decade career. Hetfield's leonine presence and gale force vocals pulled metal away from the spandex- and hairspray-fueled acts that dominated the scene at that time and returned it to its fiercely middle- to lower-class roots, which defined metal not by flash and fashion but by channeling the rage and frustration of its listeners into explosions of sound and force. With drummer Lars Ulrich and a rotating list of guitarists and bassists, Hetfield supercharged Metallica's ferocious sonic impact with the furious speed of punk rock and the high intensity anthems of British metal acts like Judas Priest and Iron Maiden The result was songs like the Grammy-winning "One," "Enter Sandman" and "Nothing Else Matters," which were punishingly loud and emotionally resonant to young listeners who made Metallica the leading metal act by the late 1990s. Their rise to fame came at the expense of Hetfield's health, which collapsed under the weight of alcohol addiction in 2001. After regaining his sobriety, Hetfield and Metallica once again seized the reins of the metal world with such No. 1 albums as St. Anger (2003) and Death Magnetic (2008), which cemented his position as the chief architect of one of the world's most popular musical acts.

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