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      Tom Petty

      Tom Petty

      Highest Rated: 95% Great Performances (2003)

      Lowest Rated: 10% The Postman (1997)

      Birthday: Oct 20, 1950

      Birthplace: Gainesville, Florida, USA

      Singer-songwriter Tom Petty was the driving force behind the Heartbreakers, an impeccable and versatile group that generated dozens of Top 20 hits, including "Don't Do Me Like That," "Refugee," "You Got Lucky," "Don't Come Around Here No More," and "Mary Jane's Last Dance," among others that became touchstones of both Top 40 and AOR radio play. Petty's musical style derived inspiration from '60s-era garage rock and pop from both sides of the Atlantic and delivered his urgent, biting songs with a heavy serving of Southern soul and Petty's own signature, Dylan-esque vocals. Arriving on the music scene during the late 1970s, the Heartbreakers were frequently slotted with punk and New Wave acts, though their sound also found favor with classic rock fans. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers tenaciously carved out a career for the next decade before reaching the top of the rock pile in the late 1980s. Petty himself would step away from the band to collaborate in the all-star Traveling Wilburys before releasing 1989's Full Moon Fever, the highest charting record of his career. In the nearly three decades that followed, Petty would balance his time between solo efforts and reunions with the Heartbreakers while never losing sight of his rock-n-roll ideals. In doing so, he earned the undying respect of popular music fans for generations. His October 2, 2017 death from a heart attack at his Malibu home at the age of 66, only a week after finishing the Heartbreakers' 40th anniversary tour (which he had already hinted would be his last extensive road outing) shocked fans and peers around the world.

      Highest rated movies

      Great Performances
      Tom Petty, Somewhere You Feel Free
      Made in Heaven
      The Postman

      Photos

      MADE IN HEAVEN, Tom Petty, 1987 THE POSTMAN, Tom Petty, 1997 MADE IN HEAVEN, Timothy Hutton, Tom Petty, 1987 POSTMAN, Kevin Costner, Olivia Williams, Tom Petty, 1997 The Simpsons, from left: Elvis Costello, Tom Petty, Brian Setzer, Dan Castellaneta, Mick Jagger, Lenny Kravitz, Keith Richards, 'How I Spent My Strummer Vacation', Season 14, Ep. #2, 11/10/2002, ©FXX 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Tom Petty (L), Jackson Browne (C), John Fogerty (R), 'Season 1', ©HBO ECHO IN THE CANYON, JAKOB DYLAN, TOM PETTY, 2018. © GREENWICH ENTERTAINMENT

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      90% 100% Tom Petty, Somewhere You Feel Free Unknown (Character) - 2021
      90% 92% Echo in the Canyon Self $3.4M 2018
      No Score Yet 67% Classic Albums Unknown (Character),
      Unknown (Character)
      - 2010
      No Score Yet 75% Concert for George Self $131.0K 2003
      95% 96% Great Performances Unknown (Character) - 2003
      10% 50% The Postman Bridge City Mayor (Character) $17.6M 1997
      62% 41% She's the One Original Music $9.5M 1996
      56% 82% Made in Heaven Stanky (Character) $4.6M 1987

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Elvis Presley: The Searcher Self 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tavis Smiley Guest 2017
      100% 90% The Defiant Ones Self 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Soundbreaking Self 2016
      No Score Yet 36% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Great Performances Music Performer 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet George Harrison: Living in the Material World Self 2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Classic Albums Self 2010
      No Score Yet 71% King of the Hill Lucky (Guest Voice),
      Unknown (Voice)
      2004-2009
      85% 76% The Simpsons Himself (Guest Voice) 2002