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James Hetfield

James Alan Hetfield is an American musician and songwriter best known for being the co-founder, lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist and main songwriter for the American heavy metal band Metallica. Hetfield is mainly known for his intricate rhythm playing, but occasionally performs lead guitar duties and solos, both live and in the studio. Hetfield co-founded Metallica in October 1981 after answering an advertisement by drummer Lars Ulrich in the Los Angeles newspaper The Recycler. Metallica has won nine Grammy Awards and released ten studio albums, three live albums, four extended plays and 24 singles. In 2009, Hetfield was ranked at no. 8 in Joel McIver's book The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists and no. 24 by Hit Parader on their list of the 100 Greatest Metal Vocalists of All Time. In Guitar World's poll, Hetfield was placed as the 19th greatest guitarist of all time, as well as being placed second (along with Metallica lead guitarist Kirk Hammett) in The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists poll of the same magazine. Rolling Stone placed Hetfield as the 87th greatest guitarist of all time. This page is based on a Wikipedia article written by contributors. Text is available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license; additional terms may apply.

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Aug 3, 1963 In Downey, California, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Metallica: [1983] Kiss the Stone 1983-03-19
Latest Project:
Movie Metallica - Master Of Puppets (Deluxe Box Set) 2023
Known For
Poster of Live Earth: A Concert for a Climate in Crisis
Poster of Ennio: The Maestro
Poster of Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile
Poster of Metallica: Through the Never
Movie Surfing Your Dreams Unknown 2023
Movie Metallica - Master Of Puppets (Deluxe Box Set) Self 2023
Movie Metallica: Sick Out Of Studio 2007 Oslo Self 2023
Series Live Earth: A Concert for a Climate in Crisis Himself 2023
Movie Metallica_ Live in Munich, Germany - May 31, 2015 Unknown 2023
Movie Metallica at Raadi Airfield Estonia in Tartu Himself 2023
Movie Metallica - Beyond Magnetic [Full EP LIVE at the Fillmore] Unknown 2023
Movie Ennio: The Maestro Self 2022-02-17
Movie Metallica - Live At Frankenhalle, Nuremberg, Germany - November 29th, 1992 Unknown 2021-09-10
Movie Metallica - Year and a Half in the Life of Metallica Outtakes Unknown 2021-09-10
Movie Metallica: Live in Lincoln, Nebraska - September 6, 2018 Himself 2021-05-24
Movie Metallica - Live at Gentofte Stadion, Copenhagen, Denmark - August 10th, 1991 Self 2021-09-10
Movie Metallica: Black Album Deluxe Box Set Unknown 2021-09-10
Movie Metallica - Live at Gentofte Stadion, Copenhagen, Denmark August 10, 1991 + Bonus Shit Self 2021-09-10
Movie Metallica: 40th Anniversary - Live at Chase Center (Night 2) Self 2021-12-19
Movie Metallica - Wherever We May Roam Unknown 2021-09-10
Movie Metallica: 40th Anniversary - Live at Chase Center (Night 1) Self 2021-12-17
Movie Metallica - The Black Album - Music Videos + Halfin’s Home Movies Unknown 2021-09-10
Movie Metallica - Live At Festivalpark, Werchter, Belgium - July 4th, 1993 Unknown 2021-09-10
Movie Metallica: Live in Lima, Peru - March 20, 2014 Himself 2020-05-25
Movie Metallica: Live in Salt Lake City, Utah - January 2, 1997 Himself 2020-06-01
Movie Metallica: Live in Melbourne, Australia - March 1, 2013 Himself 2020-06-15
Movie Metallica: Live in Chicago, Illinois - August 12, 1983 Himself 2020-05-18
Movie Metallica: WorldWired Tour - Live in Manchester, England - June 18, 2019 Himself - Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar, Acoustic Guitar 2020-06-08
Movie Metallica: Live at Slane Castle Himself 2020-03-23
Movie Hypnotizing Power: The Story of Master of Puppets Self 2020-03-04
Movie Metallica: Live in Madrid, Spain - May 31, 2008 Himself 2020-06-22
Movie Metallica: Live in Munich, Germany - May 31, 2015 Himself 2020-04-20
Movie Metallica: Live in Muskegon, Michigan (November 1, 1991) Unknown 2020-04-27
Movie Metallica: Live in Nickelsdorf, Austria - June 10, 2012 Himself 2020-05-11
Movie Flying V Unknown 2020-09-11
Movie Metallica: Live in Mexico City, Mexico - March 3, 2017 Himself 2020-08-24
Movie Phil Lynott: Songs for While I'm Away Himself 2020-10-23
Movie Metallica Helping Hands Concert & Auction: Live & Acoustic From HQ Himself 2020-11-14
Movie Metallica - The All Within My Hands Helping Hands Concert & Auction Unknown 2020-11-14
Movie Metallica: Live in Bogotá, Colombia - May 2, 1999 Himself 2020-06-29
Movie Metallica: Live at Yankee Stadium - Bronx, New York - September 14, 2011 Himself 2020-08-17
Movie Metallica: Live in Berlin, Germany - June 6, 2006 Himself 2020-07-20
Movie Metallica: Live in Lisbon, Portugal - June 28, 2007 Himself 2020-07-06
Movie Metallica: Live in Munich, Germany - June 13, 2004 Himself 2020-08-10
Movie Metallica: Live in Irvine, California - September 23, 1989 Himself 2020-07-27
Movie Metallica: Live in Dallas, Texas - August 3, 2000 Himself 2020-08-03
Movie Live Metallica: Barcelona, Spain - May 5, 2019 Unknown 2019-05-05
Movie Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile Officer Bob Hayward 2019-05-02
Movie Live Metallica: Stade de France, Paris - mai 12, 2019 James Hetfield 2019-05-12
Movie Metallica : Live in Moscow 2019 Unknown 2019-07-21
Movie Metallica & San Francisco Symphony: S&M2 Himself 2019-10-09
Movie Murder in the Front Row: The San Francisco Bay Area Thrash Metal Story Self 2019-05-31
Movie Metallica - Live in Berlin 2019 Unknown 2019-06-06
Movie Who the Fuck is That Guy?: The Fabulous Journey of Michael Alago Himself 2017-07-21
Movie Addicted to Porn: Chasing the Cardboard Butterfly Narrator 2017-02-03
Movie Cum On Feel The Noize Self 2017-01-28
Series Carpool Karaoke: The Series Self 2017-08-08
Movie Metallica: Lollapalooza Brazil 2017 Vocals, Guitars 2017-03-25
Movie Metallica - Live at Outside Lands (San Francisco, CA - August 12, 2017) Unknown 2017-08-12
Movie Linkin Park and Friends: Celebrate Life in Honor of Chester Bennington Himself (archive footage) 2017-10-27
Movie Metallica: Live in Paris, France - Sept 8, 2017 Unknown 2017-09-08
Movie Metallica - Live from Edmonton, Canada - August 16, 2017 James Hetfield 2017-08-16
Movie Sad Hill Unearthed Self 2017-10-31
Movie Metallica: The Night Before Unknown 2016-02-06
Series Billions Himself 2016-01-17
Movie Metallica: [2016] Rasputin Music, Berkeley Self - Vocals, Rhythm Guitar 2016-04-16
Movie Metallica - Hardwired... To Self-Destruct Videos Voice & Rithm Guitar 2016-11-18
Series Skylanders Academy Wolfgang 2016-10-28
Movie Metallica: Making of Hardwired... to Self-Destruct Unknown 2016-11-25
Movie Metallica: Live from The House of Vans Vocals, guitars 2016-11-18
Movie Metallica: Rock in Rio USA 2015 Self - Vocals, Rhythm Guitar 2015-05-09
Movie Metallica: [2015] X Games Self - Vocals, Rhythm Guitar 2015-06-06
Movie Mission to Lars Himself 2015-09-25
Movie Metallica: Live at Reading Festival Vocals, Guitars 2015-08-29
Movie Metallica: Rock in Rio 2015 Self - Vocals, Rhythm Guitar 2015-09-19
Series The Hunt Narrator 2014-06-08
Movie Hit the Lights: The Making of Metallica "Through the Never" Himself 2014-01-28
Movie Metallica: Rock AM Ring 2014 Vocals, Guitars 2014-06-08
Movie Metallica: Beyond Thunder and Lightning Himself 2014-03-02
Movie Metallica: This Monster Lives Himself 2014-06-02
Movie Metallica: Masters of Metal Himself 2014-12-11
Movie Metallica: Glastonbury Festival Unknown 2014-06-28
Movie Metallica Live at Blizzcon Himself 2014-11-08
Movie Made in Japan: The Rise of Deep Purple Mk II Unknown 2014-09-12
Movie 'Tallica Parking Lot (voice) 2014-07-25
Movie Metallica: Rock In Rio 2013 Vocals, Guitars 2013-09-19
Movie Metallica: Freeze 'Em All - Live in Antarctica Vocals, Guitars 2013-12-23
Movie Metallica: Through the Never Himself 2013-09-25
Movie Metallica: Live at Rock im Park 2012 Self - Vocals, Rhythm Guitar 2012-06-01
Movie Metallica: Rock AM Ring 2012 Self - Vocals, Rhythm Guitar 2012-06-02
Movie Metallica: Rock in Rio Vox, Guitars 2012-05-25
Movie Anton Corbijn Inside Out Himself 2012-03-22
Movie Metallica: Orion Music Festival Self - Vocals, Rhythm Guitar 2012-06-23
Movie Metallica: The Black Album Unknown 2012-06-20
Movie Metallica: Quebec Magnetic Vocals, Guitars 2012-12-10
Movie Metallica: Live at Orion Music And More 2012 (1st Night) Unknown 2012-06-23
Series The Big 4 Himself 2011-07-04
Movie Absent Himself 2011-09-05
Movie An Evening with Lou Reed & Metallica - Live at Rockpalast Unknown 2011-11-11
Movie Metallica: The 30th Anniversary Event Himself 2011-12-24
Movie Metallica: Rock In Rio 2011 Vocal, Guitar 2011-09-25
Movie Lemmy Self 2010-03-15
Movie Metallica - Live at Sonisphere James Hetfield 2010-06-22
Movie The Big Four: Live in Sofia Guitars 2010-06-22
Movie Metallica: [2010] Live at Sonisphere James Hetfield 2010-06-22
Movie Metallica: Fan Can 6 Vocals, Guitars 2010-11-26
Movie Metallica: Live in Copenhagen, Denmark - July 22, 2009 Himself - Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar, Acoustic Guitar 2009-07-22
Movie Metallica: Français pour une nuit Vocals, Guitars 2009-07-06
Movie Metallica: Fan Can Six Copenhagen Self 2009-07-27
Movie Metallica: Hall of Fame 2009 Vocals, Guitars 2009-10-20
Movie Metallica: Pride, Passion and Glory - Three Nights in Mexico City Vocals, Guitars 2009-11-24
Movie Metallica Touring Europe Unknown 2008-01-01
Movie Metallica - Rock AM Ring Self - Vocals, Rhythm Guitar 2008-06-07
Movie Metallica: Live at Rock in Rio Lisboa 2008 Himself 2008-06-05
Movie Metallica: Making Magnetic Unknown 2008-09-12
Movie Metallica: [2008] Rock en France Festival Self - Vocals, Rhythm Guitar 2008-08-14
Movie Metallica: Rock Milestones - Master of Puppets Unknown 2007-04-10
Series Seven Ages of Rock Unknown 2007-05-19
Movie Metallica - Live Earth Himself 2007-07-07
Movie Metallica: Up Close and Personal Himself 2007-08-13
Movie Heavy Metal: Louder Than Life Himself 2006-01-01
Movie Metallica: Rock AM Ring 2006 Vocals, Guitars 2006-06-03
Movie Metallica: Fan Can 5 Vocals, Guitars 2006-01-01
Series Metalocalypse Fan #1 (voice) 2006-08-06
Movie Metallica: The Videos 1989-2004 Vocalist, Guitarrist 2006-12-04
Movie Metallica: Live in Seoul 2006 Vocals, Guitars 2006-08-15
Series American Dad! James Hetfield (voice) 2005-02-06
Series The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson Self 2005-01-03
Movie The Work of Director Anton Corbijn Unknown 2005-09-13
Series De Wereld Draait Door Unknown 2005-10-10
Movie Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster Unknown 2004-01-21
Movie Metallica: MTV Icon Himself 2003-05-06
Movie Metallica: St-Anger Unknown 2003-06-30
Movie Classic Albums - Metallica - Metallica Self - Vocals, Rhythm Guitar 2001-11-06
Movie Metallica: [2000] Baltimore, Maryland Self - Vocals, Rhythm Guitar 2000-07-04
Movie Metallica: [1999] Plovdiv, Bulgaria Self - Vocals, Rhythm Guitar 1999-06-11
Movie Metallica: [1999] Live at Woodstock Self 1999-07-24
Movie Metallica: S&M Self 1999-12-31
Movie Metallica: Making of S&M Self - Guitar, Vocals 1999-11-23
Movie Metallica With Michael Kamen Conducting The San Francisco Symphony Orchestra ‎– S&M Self - Guitar, Vocals 1999-11-23
Movie Metallica: Live Covers Self - Vocals, Rhythm Guitar 1998-11-24
Movie Metallica: Cunning Stunts Self 1998-12-08
Series Classic Albums Unknown 1997-04-14
Movie Metallica: Fan Can 1 Self 1996-01-01
Movie Metallica: [1995] Loud But Secret Self - Guitar, Vocals 1995-08-23
Series Space Ghost Coast to Coast Unknown 1994-04-15
Movie Metallica: Live in Mountain View, CA - July 22, 1994 Self - Vocals, Rhythm Guitar 1994-07-22
Movie Metallica: [1994] Live at Woodstock Unknown 1994-08-13
Movie Metallica: [1993] Mexico City, Mexico Vox, Guitars 1993-03-01
Movie Metallica: [1993] Santiago, Chile Vox, Guitars 1993-05-04
Movie Metallica: [1993] Basel, Switzerland Vox, Guitars 1993-06-20
Movie Metallica: Live Shit - Binge & Purge, San Diego 1992 Self - Guitar, Vocals 1993-11-23
Movie Metallica: Live Shit - Binge & Purge, Seattle 1989 Self - Guitar, Vocals 1993-11-23
Movie Metallican Vid Himself (Rhythm/Lead Vocal) 1993-07-01
Movie Metallica - ...And Justice For All Self 1992-01-01
Movie The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert Himself 1992-04-22
Movie Metallica: Live at San Diego Himself 1992-01-14
Movie A Year and a Half in the Life Of Metallica Unknown 1992-08-12
Movie Metallica: [1992] Den Bosch, Netherlands Vox, Guitars 1992-12-07
Movie Metallica - Live at Tushino Vocals, Guitar 1991-09-28
Movie Metallica - Monsters of Rock Moscow Himself 1991-09-28
Movie Metallica: Live at Monsters of Rock 1991 Unknown 1991-09-28
Movie Metallica: [1990] Zwolle, Netherlands Unknown 1990-05-16
Movie 2 of One Himself (Rhythm Guitar/Lead Vocal) 1989-06-06
Movie Metallica: [1989] Middletown, NY Vox, Guitars 1989-07-14
Series The Simpsons Unknown 1989-12-17
Movie Metallica: Live at Shoreline Amphitheatre Self 1989-09-15
Movie Metallica: [1988] London, England Vox, Guitars 1988-10-10
Movie Metallica - Cliff 'Em All Himself (Guitarist / Vocalist) 1987-11-17
Movie Metallica: [1986] Uniondale, NY Vox, Guitars 1986-04-28
Movie Metallica: [1986] Detroit, Michigan Vox, Guitars 1986-04-04
Movie Metallica: [1986] Roskilde Festival Vox, Guitars 1986-07-06
Movie Metallica: [1986] Nagoya, Japan Vox, Guitars 1986-11-17
Movie Metallica: Ride The Lightning Unknown 1985-01-01
Movie Metallica: [1985] Day on the Green Vox, Guitars 1985-08-31
Movie Metallica: [1985] Metal Hammer Festival Unknown 1985-09-14
Movie Metallica: [1983] Kiss the Stone Vox, Guitars 1983-03-19
Movie Metallica: Kill 'Em All in Chicago 1983 Vox, Guitars 1983-08-12