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Short Info

Net Worth$70 million
Date Of BirthNovember 18, 1962
SpouseLani Hammett, Rebecca Hammett, Lani Hammett, Rebecca Hammett
MarkESP Kirk Hammett guitar
FactHis musical influences are Led Zeppelin, UFO and Jimi Hendrix.

Kirk Hammett is an American musician who is best known as the lead guitarist and a co-founder of the heavy metal band Metallica. Hammett was born on November 18, 1962 in San Francisco, California to Teofila “Chefela” (née Garcia) and Dennis L. Hammett. His mother is of Filipino descent and his father is of Irish descent. Hammett has an older brother, Rick, and a younger sister, Lori. Hammett was raised in the town of El Sobrante, California. He attended De Anza High School in Richmond, California.

Hammett’s interest in music began when he was five years old, when he first heard the song “Purple Haze” by Jimi Hendrix on the radio. He began playing guitar when he was fifteen years old. Hammett’s first band was Exodus, which he joined in 1981. Exodus was a thrash metal band that was influential in the development of the genre. Hammett’s work with Exodus helped him develop his guitar playing style.

In 1983, Hammett auditioned for Metallica after the band’s lead guitarist, Dave Mustaine, was fired. Hammett was selected as Mustaine’s replacement and he made his debut with the band on their 1984 album, Ride the Lightning. Hammett has been a member of Metallica ever since. He has appeared on all of the band’s studio albums and has been a major contributor to their sound.

Hammett is considered to be one of the greatest guitarists of all time. He is ranked #11 on Rolling Stone’s list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.” Hammett has won numerous awards for his guitar playing, including nine Grammy Awards.

Hammett has been married twice. His first marriage was to Rebecca Hammett (née McKnight) from 1987 to 1990. His second marriage is to Lani Hammett (née Hamilton), which began in 1998. He has three daughters: Angelique, Ava, and Olivia.

Hammett is a fan of horror movies and has appeared in several films, including Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985) and A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987). He is also a collector of horror movie memorabilia.

Hammett is a vegetarian and an animal rights activist. He has been a supporter of PETA since 2002.

As of 2021, Kirk Hammett has a net worth of $200 million. He has earned his wealth through his successful career as a musician and guitarist.

General Info

Full NameKirk Hammett
Net Worth$70 million
Date Of BirthNovember 18, 1962
Height1.72 m, 1.72 m
ProfessionAuthor, Bassist, Songwriter, Pianist, Nothing Else Matters, Enter Sandman, The Unforgiven, Bassist, Author, Songwriter, Pianist, Nothing Else Matters, Enter Sandman, The Unforgiven
EducationSan Francisco State University, De Anza High School, Nothing Else Matters, Enter Sandman, The Unforgiven, San Francisco State University, De Anza High School, Nothing Else Matters, Enter Sandman, The Unforgiven
NationalityAmerican, American


SpouseLani Hammett, Rebecca Hammett, Lani Hammett, Rebecca Hammett
ChildrenVincenzo Kainalu Hammett, Angel Ray Keala Hammett, Nothing Else Matters, Enter Sandman, The Unforgiven, Vincenzo Kainalu Hammett, Angel Ray Keala Hammett, Nothing Else Matters, Enter Sandman, The Unforgiven
ParentsTeofila "Chefela" Oyao, Dennis L. Hammett, Nothing Else Matters, Enter Sandman, The Unforgiven, Dennis L. Hammett, Teofila "Chefela" Oyao, Nothing Else Matters, Enter Sandman, The Unforgiven
SiblingsTracy Hammett, Rick Hammett, Nothing Else Matters, Enter Sandman, The Unforgiven, Tracy Hammett, Rick Hammett, Nothing Else Matters, Enter Sandman, The Unforgiven


AwardsGrammy Award for Best Metal Performance, Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance, MTV Video Music Award for Best Rock Video, Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance, Kerrang! Award for Best Album, Kerrang! Award for Best International Band, Kerrang! Hall of Fame Award, American Music...
Music GroupsMetallica, Exodus, Nanowar of Steel, Devilhead, Nothing Else Matters, Enter Sandman, The Unforgiven, Metallica, Exodus, Nanowar of Steel, Devilhead, Nothing Else Matters, Enter Sandman, The Unforgiven
MoviesMetallica Through the Never, Metallica: Dark Souls, Metallica: Master of Puppets, Metallica: Reflections, Metallica: Phantom Puppets, Metallica Through the Never, Metallica: Dark Souls, Metallica: Master of Puppets, Metallica: Reflections, Metallica: Phantom Puppets

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#Marks / Signs
1ESP Kirk Hammett guitar
2Curly hair
3Heavy guitar solos


1I think it's morally wrong to keep someone away from what keeps him happy.
2There was a lot of anguish after Cliff died, and basically Jason was the punching bag. We vented so much on him, and it wasn't really fair. [on how Metallica coped with the transition from bassist Cliff Burton to Jason Newsted]
3We were very, very frightened. I had to sit down and take stock of my life and see if I had a life outside the band, because I was questioning if there was even a future for Metallica. That was a scary thought; when you've been in a band for as long as we have, you take for granted that it's always going to be there. [recalling the uncertainty of Metallica's future, after Jason Newsted left the band and James Hetfield entered rehab]
4A life lived unexplored is a life not worth living.


1When he plays the guitar wearing a bandage on the hand to avoid scratching.
2Lives in San Francisco, California.
3His father had Irish, English, Scottish, and German ancestry. His mother's family is Filipino.
4Son, Vincenzo Kainalu was born on June 28, 2008.
5Officially endorsed by ESP Guitars (a Japanese company). He has several signature ESP guitar models (mostly identified by "KH" letters) and he has worked with the company since the late 80s.
6Son Angel Ray Keala, born October 6, 2006.
7In November 6, 1998 he suffered from appendicitis when Metallica was on tour in England. He went to a London hospital, recovered, and couple of weeks later flew back to San Francisco.
8Replaced Dave Mustaine as permanent guitarist for Metallica in 1983.
9His musical influences are Led Zeppelin, UFO and Jimi Hendrix.
10Previous band before Metallica was the trash metal band Exodus.
11In a 1998 issue of Guitar Legends: The Top 100 Guitar solos, Kirk is credited with 3 songs: "One" (No. 7), "Fade To Black (No. 24), and "Master of Puppets" (No. 51).
12Known for his custom made guitars with horror film graphics
13Has one dog, Darla
14Collects horror film memorabilia
15Avid surfer
17Has his birth date and place tattooed on his stomach
18Took guitar lessons from Joe Satriani.




The Big Short2015writer: "Master of Puppets", "Eye of the Beholder"
Mike & Mike2013-2015TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Brows Held High2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
Metallica: Amped for IMAX2013Short writer: "Fixxxer", "Damage, Inc"
Metallica Through the Never2013writer: "...And Justice for All", "Fuel", "Enter Sandman" - as Hetfield'/Urich/Hammett / writer: "Creeping Death", "Master Of Puppets" - as Hetfield'/Urich/Burton/Hammett / writer: "Cyanide"
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2011TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Late Show with David Letterman2010-2011TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory2011Documentary writer: "Welcome Home Sanitarium", "Fade to Black", "The Day That Never Comes"
Ruisrock - 40 vuotta rockia ja rakkautta2011TV Movie documentary writer: "Master of Puppets", "Enter Sandman"
Cry Baby: The Pedal that Rocks the World2011Video documentary writer: "Enter Sandman"
Trauma2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
Super Bowl XLIV2010TV Special writer: "Cyanide" - uncredited
Casino Jack and the United States of Money2010Documentary writer: "ENTER SANDMAN"
House M.D.2009TV Series writer - 1 episode
WWE Raw2009TV Series writer - 1 episode
California's Gold2009TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Guitar Hero: Metallica2009Video Game writer: "All Nightmare Long", "Broken Beat & Scarred", "Creeping Death", "Cyanide", "Disposable Heroes", "Dyers Eve", "Enter Sandman", "Fade To Black", "Frantic", "Fuel", "King Nothing", "Master of Puppets", "My Apocalypse", "The Memory Remains", "The Thing That Should Not Be", "The Unforgiven", "Welcome Home Sanitarium"
A Cross the Universe2008Video documentary writer: "Final" - as Hammet
Guitar Hero World Tour2008Video Game writer: "Trapped Under Ice"
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock2007Video Game writer: "One"
Heavy Metal in Baghdad2007Documentary writer: "Fade to Black"
Rock Band2007Video Game "Enter Sandman"
Metal: A Headbanger's Journey2005Documentary writer: "Master of Puppets" - as Hammett
The Work of Director Anton Corbijn2005Video documentary writer: "Hero Of the Day"
The Devil and Daniel Johnston2005Documentary writer: "Master of Puppets"
Metallica: Some Kind of Monster2004Documentary writer: "Frantic", "Some Kind of Monster", "Dirty Window", "My World", "Shoot Me Again", "Enter Sandman", "Purify", "Master of Puppets", "The Unnamed Feeling", "Sweet Amber", "All Within My Hands", "Damage, Inc.", "St. Anger", "Invisible Kid" - as Hammett
Old School2003writer: "Master Of Puppets"
Biker Boyz2003writer: "We Did It Again"
The Forsaken2001writer: "Enter Sandman" - as Kirk L. Hammett
The Sopranos2000TV Series writer - 1 episode
Metallica: Cunning Stunts1998Video documentary writer: "Creeping Death", "Hero of the Day", "King Nothing", "Fuel", "Until It Sleeps", "Fade to Black", "Master of Puppets", "Enter Sandman"
Your Friends & Neighbors1998writer: "Enter Sandman", "Welcome Home Sanitarium"
Spawn1997performer: "Satan"
Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills1996Documentary writer: "Welcome Home Sanitarium", "Orion"
ECW Hardcore Heaven 19941994Video writer: "Enter Sandman" - uncredited
MTV Video Music Awards 19911991TV Special writer: "Enter Sandman"
Metallica: Enter Sandman1991Video short writer: "Enter Sandman"
Metallica: Cliff 'Em All!1987Video documentary writer: "Creeping Death", "Damage, Inc.", "Master of Puppets", "Fade To Black", "Welcome Home Sanitarium"


Billions2016TV SeriesMetallica
Tallica Parking Lot2013Short voice
Howard Stern on Demand2013TV Series
Metalocalypse2006-2010TV SeriesBarkeep / Queen of Denmark / Smoked Fingers fan
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Live: Whole Lotta Shakin'2009Video
The Simpsons2006TV SeriesKirk Hammett
Metallica: Enter Sandman1991Video shortKirk Hammett (uncredited)


Metallica Through the Never2013executive producer
Too Much Horror Business: The Kirk Hammett Collection2012Short executive producer


Metallica Through the Never2013screenplay by


Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory2011Documentary special thanks: Metallica


Metallica: Cliff 'Em All!1987Video documentaryHimself (Guitarist) (as Metallica)
Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk2017Documentary completedHimself
Smokestack Lightning: The Legendary Howlin' Wolf2016Documentary post-production
Pop Wrapped TV2015TV Series documentary
Lennon or McCartney2014Documentary shortHimself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Metallica Live at Blizzcon2014TV MovieHimself
Metallica: This Monster Lives2014Documentary shortHimself
Hit the Lights: The Making of Metallica Through the Never2014VideoHimself
The 56th Annual Grammy Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - Performer (uncredited)
Le grand journal de Canal+2013TV Series documentaryHimself
Sidewalks Entertainment2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Metallica: Amped for IMAX2013ShortHimself
Metallica Through the Never2013Himself
Too Much Horror Business: The Kirk Hammett Collection2012ShortHimself - Host
Metallica: Quebec Magnetic2012VideoHimself
Music Nuggets2012TV SeriesHimself
Metal Evolution2011-2012TV Series documentaryHimself
MSN Exclusives2012TV SeriesHimself (2013)
Rock in Rio2011TV SeriesHimself
That Metal Show2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Cry Baby: The Pedal that Rocks the World2011Video documentaryHimself
X-Play2010TV SeriesHimself
Metallica/Slayer/Megadeth/Anthrax: The Big 4 - Live from Sofia, Bulgaria2010DocumentaryHimself
Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage2010DocumentaryHimself
Metallica: Orgullo pasión y gloria. Tres noches en la ciudad de México.2009VideoHimself
Metallica - Français pour une nuit2009VideoHimself - guitar
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Live: Message of Love2009VideoHimself
Metallica: In Their Own Words2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
Guitar Hero: Metallica2009Video GameHimself
Lars Ulrich - En metalrod vender hjem2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
Metallica: The Videos 1989-20042006VideoHimself
Get Thrashed: The Story of Thrash Metal2006DocumentaryHimself
The Darwin Awards2006Himself
The Work of Director Anton Corbijn2005Video documentaryHimself (segments "Hero of the Day" and "Mama Said") (as Metallica)
When Metallica Ruled the World2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien2005TV SeriesHimself
Rage2004TV SeriesHimself
Metallica: Some Kind of Monster2004DocumentaryHimself
MTV Backstage Pass: Summer Sanitarium Tailgate Party2003TV ShortHimself
MTV Video Music Awards 20032003TV SpecialHimself - Performer (as Metallica)
Slayer: War at the Warfield2003Video documentaryHimself (In Special Feature) (DVD)
Boogie2003TV SeriesHimself
Metallica: Dark Souls2003Video documentaryHimself
Metallica: St. Anger Rehearsals2003Video documentaryHimself (Guitarist) (as Metallica)
Headbangers Ball2003TV SeriesHimself
MTV Icon: Metallica2003TV Special documentaryHimself (Guitarist) (as Metallica)
End of the Century2003DocumentaryHimself, Metallica
Classic Albums: Metallica - The Black Album2001Video documentaryHimself (Guitarist) (as Metallica)
MTV Video Music Awards 20002000TV SpecialHimself (Guitarist) (as Metallica)
100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock2000TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Member, Metallica
S&M Documentary2000Video shortHimself (uncredited)
FanClub2000TV SeriesHimself
Making the Video2000TV Series documentaryHimself
MADtv2000TV SeriesHimself
Metallica: S&M2000TV Special documentaryHimself (Guitarist) (as Metallica)
MTV Video Music Awards 19991999TV SpecialHimself - Performer (as Metallica)
Woodstock '991999TV SpecialHimself (Guitarist) (as Metallica)
Hero of the Day1998VideoHimself (Guitarist) (as Metallica)
Metallica: Cunning Stunts1998Video documentaryHimself (Guitarist) (as Metallica)
Metallica: Live Covers1998TV MovieHimself (Guitarist) (as Metallica)
Metallica TV1998TV SpecialHimself
Behind the Music1998TV Series documentaryHimself
Metallica: Reload/Rehearse/Request1998TV Movie documentaryHimself - Guitarist
The 24th Annual American Music Awards1997TV SpecialHimself (Guitarist) (as Metallica)
In a Metal Mood1996DocumentaryHimself
Space Ghost Coast to Coast1996TV SeriesHimself
Woodstock '941995Video documentaryHimself (Guitarist) (as Metallica)
Headbangers Ball1995TV SeriesHimself
Metallica: Live Shit - Binge & Purge, San Diego1993Video documentaryHimself (Guitarist) (as Metallica)
Metallica: Live Shit - Binge & Purge, Seattle1993VideoHimself
For Those About to Rock: Monsters in Moscow1992DocumentaryHimself (as Metallica)
MTV Video Music Awards 19921992TV SpecialHimself - Metallica Guitarist
A Year and a Half in the Life of Metallica1992Video documentaryHimself - Guitarist
Metallica: Live Tushino Airfield, Moscow 28 Sept 1991 - Monsters of Rock Festival1991VideoHimself (as Metallica)
Metallica: 2 of One1989VideoHimself (Guitarist) (as Metallica)

Archive Footage

Video on Trial2006TV SeriesHimself
Sendung ohne Namen2003TV Series documentaryJames Hetfield
SNL: 25 Years of Music1999TV MovieHimself (as Metallica)

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