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Cliff Burton (1962–1986)

Clifford Lee Burton was born on February 10, 1962 in Castro Valley, California, to Janet (Morgen) and Ray Herbert Burton. He had two siblings. His mother was from a German Jewish family, and his father was of British Isles descent. As a youngster, Clifford always liked music, listening to genres such as blues, classical, country and jazz, and he ... See full bio »

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Zombieland
Zombieland Soundtrack
(2009)
The Big Short
The Big Short Soundtrack
(2015)
Old School
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(2003)
Metallica Through the Never
(2013)

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 2015 Daddy's Home (writer: "For Whom the Bell Tolls" - as Clifford Burton)
 2015 The Big Short (writer: "Master of Puppets")
 2015 Mike & Mike (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 23 September 2015 (2015) ... (writer: "Master Of Puppets")
 2015 The Devil's Candy (performer: "For Whom the Bell Tolls") / (writer: "For Whom the Bell Tolls")
 2015 Wrestle Donst Wrestle (Documentary short) (writer: "For Whom the Bells Tolls" - as Hetfield/Urich/Burton)
 2013 Metallica: Amped for IMAX (Short) (writer: "For Whom The Bell Tolls" performed by Metallica, "Damage, Inc")
 2013 Metallica Through the Never (writer: "For Whom the Bells Tolls", "Orion" - as Hetfield'/Urich/Burton) / (writer: "Ride the Lightning", "Creeping Death", "Master Of Puppets")
 2011 Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (Documentary) (writer: "Fade to Black")
 2011 Ruisrock - 40 vuotta rockia ja rakkautta (TV Movie documentary) (writer: "Master of Puppets")
 2011 WrestleMania XXVII (TV Special) (writer: "For Whom The Bell Tolls")
 2010 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #19.52 (2010) ... (writer: "Ride the Lightning")
 2010 Hesher (writer: "Fight Fire With Fire", "Anesthesia (Pulling Teeth)")
 2009 Zombieland (writer: "For Whom the Bell Tolls")
 2009 Guitar Hero: Metallica (Video Game) (writer: "Creeping Death", "Fade To Black", "Fight Fire With Fire", "For Whom The Bell Tolls", "Master of Puppets", "Orion")
 2008 A Cross the Universe (Video documentary) (writer: "Final" - as Burton)
 2007 Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock (Video Game) (writer: "One")
 2007 Heavy Metal in Baghdad (Documentary) (writer: "Fade to Black")
 2006 The Simpsons (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Mook, the Chef, the Wife and Her Homer (2006) ... (writer: "Master Of Puppets")
 2006 The Darwin Awards (writer: "No Leaf Clover", "Sad but True" - as Clifford Lee Burton)
 2005 Metal: A Headbanger's Journey (Documentary) (writer: "Master of Puppets" - as Burton)
 2005 The Devil and Daniel Johnston (Documentary) (writer: "Master of Puppets")
 2004 Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (Documentary) (writer: "Master of Puppets", "Damage, Inc.", "For Whom the Bell Tolls" - as Burton)
 2003 Old School (writer: "Master Of Puppets")
 1999 American Movie (Documentary) (writer: "Fight Fire With Fire")
 1998 Metallica: Cunning Stunts (Video documentary) (writer: "Creeping Death", "For Whom the Bell Tolls", "Ride the Lightning", "Fight Fire with Fire", "Master of Puppets")
 1997 Spawn (writer: "For Whom the Bell Tolls (The Irony of it All)" - as Burton)
 1996 Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (Documentary) (writer: "The Call of Ktulu", "Orion")
 1987 Metallica: Cliff 'Em All! (Video documentary) (writer: "Creeping Death", "Damage, Inc.", "Master of Puppets", "Fade To Black", "For Whom The Bell Tolls")
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Before joining Metallica, Burton played in the bands A.D. 2 Million, Agents Of Misfortune, EZ Street, and Trauma.


Height:

6' 2" (1.88 m)
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Personal Quote:

Why should we change on stage? We're not trying to be something big and fancy, it's just us, doing what we do, we'd like to keep it that way.

Trivia:

Was a big fan of the band The Misfits. Metallica even covered two Misfits songs ("Die, Die My Darling" and "Last Caress/Green Hell") on their 1998 double cover album, "Garage Inc.". See more »

Trademark:

Unique bass style with heavy use of effects and distortion See more »

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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