Lee was born in Athens, Greece as Thomas Lee Bass. His father (David Lee Thomas Bass) is American and his mother (Vassiliki "Voula" Papadimitriou) is Greek.
He married in 1986 to actress Heather Locklear, known from, among other things, Dynasty and Melrose Place. After his divorce from Locklear in 1993 remarried a few years later Lee with the actress/model Pamela Anderson. Anderson and Lee have two sons: Brandon Thomas Lee (born on June 5, 1996) and Dylan Jagger Lee (born on 29 december 1997). After the birth of his son, Brandon Lee wrote a song for this song ' Brandon ' is on the Mötley Crüe album Generation Swine . Anderson and Lee separated in 1999.
After the release of the Mötley Crüe album Generation Swine stepped Lee left the band and was replaced by Randy Castillo (d. 26 april 2002). Lee went on with his new band Methods of Mayhem; This band was lifted in 2000. Since 2004, Lee back as drummer of Mötley Crüe.