Lars Ulrich, Danish-born drummer and co-founder of American heavy metal band Metallica, shifted from aspiring tennis pro to music icon. He met James Hetfield in 1981, and together they became the core of Metallica, both contributing extensively to the band’s songwriting. Known for pioneering fast thrash drum beats, Ulrich later simplified his style but returned to his roots for the 2016 album “Hardwired… to Self-Destruct.”
Outside music, he briefly ran a failed record label and dabbled in acting. A vocal critic of Napster’s file-sharing, Ulrich has also hosted an Apple Music show and garnered various honors, including Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction and Danish knighthood.