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James Hetfield Height, Weight, Age, Body Statistics

James Hetfield Quick Info
Height 6 ft 1¼ in
Weight 89 kg
Date of Birth August 3, 1963
Zodiac Sign Leo
Spouse Francesca Tomasi

James Hetfield is an American musician, singer, and songwriter who is best known for being the co-founder, lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist, and main songwriter for the famous American heavy metal band, Metallica. Along with the band, he has produced several successful tracks such as Now That We’re DeadHalo On FireMoth into Flame, and many more. He has a huge social media fan base with more than 500k followers on Instagram.

Born Name

James Alan Hetfield

Nick Name

Het, Jaymz, The Het, Papa Het, Mighty Het

James Hetfield speaking at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con International
James Hetfield speaking at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con International (Gage Skidmore / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0)

Sun Sign


Born Place

Downey, California, United States


Vail, Colorado, United States




James attended Downey High School.


Musician, Songwriter, Producer, Singer


  • Father – Virgil Lee Hetfield (Truck Driver)
  • Mother – Cynthia Bassett (née Nourse) (Light Opera Singer)
  • Siblings – He has a younger sister.
  • Others – Virgil Hetfield (Paternal Grandfather), Ralph Carroll Nourse (Maternal Grandfather), Alice Adelaide Gleed (Maternal Grandmother), David (Older Half-Brother). He also has another older half-brother.


James is represented by Q-Prime Management.


Heavy Metal, Thrash Metal, Hard Rock, Speed Metal


Vocals, Guitar, Drums


  • Megaforce Records
  • Elektra Records
  • Vertigo Records
  • Warner Bros. Records Inc.
  • Blackened Records




6 ft 1¼ in or 186 cm


89 kg or 196 lbs

Girlfriend / Spouse

James has dated –

  1. Alycen Rowse – James was linked with a woman named Alycen Rowse in the past.
  2. Teresa Haynes – After Alycen, he was said to be dating Teresa Haynes.
  3. Marlo Broaddus (1983) – In 1983, he was in a relationship with Marlo Broaddus.
  4. Leah Storkson (1984) – James was linked with Leah Storkson in 1984.
  5. Kristen (1988-1990) – James started dating a woman named Kristen in 1988. The couple dated for almost 2 years before breaking up in 1990.
  6. Francesca Tomasi (1992-Present) – James began dating Argentinean personality  Francesca Tomasi in 1992. The two dated for 5 years before getting married on August 17, 1997. They have 3 children together namely Cali Tee Hetfield (b. June 13, 1998, in San Francisco, California), Castor Virgil Hetfield, (b. May 18, 2000, in San Francisco, California) and Marcella Francesca Hetfield (b. January 17, 2002, in San Francisco, California).
James Hetfield as seen in October 2017
James Hetfield as seen in October 2017 (Kreepin Deth / Wikimedia / CC BY-SA 4.0)

Race / Ethnicity


He has English, German, Irish, and Scottish ancestry.

Hair Color

Light Brown

He often tends to dye his hair ‘blonde’.

Eye Color


Sexual Orientation


Distinctive Features

  • Hand Tattoos
  • Tall height
James Hetfield during a performance in August 2010
James Hetfield during a performance in August 2010 (Alberto Cabello / Flickr / CC BY-2.0)

Brand Endorsements

  • James has done endorsement work for brands like ESP Guitars.
  • He also appeared in a TV commercial for Guitar Center in 2014.


He grew up in a strict Christian household.

Best Known For

Being the co-founder, lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist, and main songwriter for the famous American heavy metal band, Metallica

First Album

James released his first studio album Kill ‘Em All along with the band Metallica on July 25,  1983. The album was declared ‘platinum’ by The Recording Industry Association of America, The Australian Recording Industry Association, and Music Canada.

First Film

James made his theatrical film debut in The Darwin Awards as himself in 2006.

First TV Show

He made his first TV show appearance in U as himself in 1993.

James Hetfield Favorite Things

  • Childhood Influence – Aerosmith
  • Influences – Queen, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Misfits, AC/DC, Cheap Trick, Rush, Van Halen, Blue Öyster Cult, Scorpions, Alice Cooper, Kiss, Ramones, The Damned, The Stooges, UFO, Jimi Hendrix, Motörhead, S*x Pistols, Venom, Mercyful Fate, King Diamond, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, ZZ Top, Thin Lizzy, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Clash, Ted Nugent, MC5, Rainbow, Deep Purple
  • American Football Team – Oakland Raiders
  • Baseball Team – San Francisco Giants
  • Ice Hockey Team – San Jose Sharks


James Hetfield in an Instagram selfie as seen in February 2018
James Hetfield in an Instagram selfie as seen in February 2018 (James Hetfield / Instagram)

James Hetfield Facts

  1. He grew up with strict parents who were Christian Scientists and did not believe in the use of medicine or any other medical treatment.
  2. At the age of 9, he began to take piano lessons, then played drums and at the age of 14, he learned how to play the guitar.
  3. His parents got divorced when he was 13 years old and 3 years after their divorce, in 1979, his mother died of cancer.
  4. His mother was so loyal to her faith that even after being diagnosed with cancer, she did not take medical help.
  5. He has reflected his upbringing and childhood in the songs like Dyers Eve and The God That Failed.
  6. After the death of his mother, he went to live with his older half brother.
  7. As a teenager, he had been part of a few bands such as Leather Charm and Obsession.
  8. James battled alcohol addiction but now maintains complete abstinence as, since 2002, he has been undergoing a rehab program.
  9. Some of his ideal interests include hunting, farming, beekeeping, customizing cars and motorcycles in his garage, and going to hot rod shows.
  10. He is also an avid sports lover and enjoys baseball, American football, and ice hockey.
  11. One of his prized possessions was the 1968 Chevrolet Camaro which was featured in the music video of I Disappear. It was given to him as a gift after the video was shot. James put the car on eBay and the proceeds were given to a Music for Schools program.
  12. His first ever signature guitar was by ESP Company, a Japanese guitar manufacturer company.
  13. Till now, he has used more than 50 different guitars including ESP EclipseKen Lawrence Doubleneck ExplorerZemaitis GZ Series GZV500MF-MBKGibson Firebird, and many more.

Featured Image by Gage Skidmore / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0

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