Les Claypool
Les Claypool
Celebrated Name: Les Claypool
Real Name/Full Name: Leslie Edward Claypool
Gender: Male
Age: 60 years old
Birth Date: 29 September 1963
Birth Place: Richmond, California, U.S.
Nationality: American
Height: 1.85 m
Weight: 75 kg
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Married
Wife/Spouse (Name): Chaney Claypool (m. 1995)
Children/Kids (Son and Daughter): Yes (Cage Oliver Claypool, Lena Tallulah Claypool)
Dating/Girlfriend (Name): N/A
Is Les Claypool Gay?: No
Profession: Musician, Singer, Songwriter, Producer, Author, Director, Actor
Salary: N/A
Net Worth in 2024: $20 Million
Last Updated: April 2024

Leslie Edward Claypool is a musician, singer, songwriter, producer, author, director, and actor. He is famous as the founder, lead singer, bassist, primary songwriter, and only continuous member of the band Primus. His playing style on the bass is known for mixing tapping, flamenco-like strumming, whammy bar bends and slapping.

Maybe you know about Les Claypool very well but do you know how old and tall is he and what is his net worth in 2024? If you do not know, we have prepared this article about details of Les Claypool’s short biography-wiki, career, professional life, personal life, today’s net worth, age, height, weight, and more facts. Well, if you’re ready, let’s start.

Early Life & Biography

Leslie Claypool was born on September 29, 1963, in Richmond, California, to a working-class family whose profession was of car repairing. He decided to become a bass player, pursuing the instrument from the age of fourteen.

Claypool has cited Chris Squire, Tony Levin, Roger Waters, Geddy Lee, Paul McCartney, Geezer Butler, Bootsy Collins, John Paul Jones, and the Residents as most of his musical influences. He went to school with and was a friend of Kirk Hammett of Metallica. Before forming Primus, Claypool worked as a carpenter.

Personal Life

He lives in Occidental, California, with his wife Chaney Claypool and their children. His home is called Rancho Relaxo. He records most of his music from his home.

Claypool is famous for his sense of humour and overall eccentric personality. He is also known for his cannabis use. Although his love for marijuana was known to the public, it is alleged he had grown tired of smoking it for a brief period. He was also quoted saying “wine over weed” by an unknown source during an unaired taping of Fly Fishing the World in late 2004.

Claypool is an avid fly fisher and appeared as a special guest on a 2004 episode of Fly Fishing the World filmed in Idaho and a 2005 episode filmed in Quebec. He stated in an interview that he loves the sea but hates surfing as he has heard stories from friends of many dangerous incidents that have happened to surfers.

Starting in 2007, Claypool began a wine-making project (for personal use) that turned into a boutique business. Claypool Cellars makes wines from grapes grown in the Russian River Valley. The wines have names inspired by his music like “Purple Pachyderm” and “Pink Platypus”.

Age, Height, and Weight

Being born on 29 September 1963, Les Claypool is 60 years old as of today’s date 16th April 2024. His height is 1.85 m, and his weight is 75 kg.


In 1986, after the death of the bassist of Metallica, Kirk Hammett encouraged Les to audition for Metallica. Hetfield told that Claypool was not given the work was because “he was too good” and “should do his own thing”.

Claypool is considered to be the leader of the band. Claypool sometime utilizes the slap-bass technique, prominent in rock music. Because of Claypool’s strong interest in influence, Primus is often described as “thrash-funk” or funk metal, though Claypool dislikes these labels, stating: “We’ve been lumped in with the funk metal thing just about everywhere. I guess people just have to categorize you.”

From 1989 to the end of the century, Primus was one of the most unusual bands to gain significant mainstream airplay, headlining Lollapalooza in 1993, appearing on Late Show with David Letterman and Late Night with Conan O’Brien in 1995, and even appearing at Woodstock 1994, where they performed their Pork Soda hit “My Name Is Mud” and were consequently pelted with mud by the audience. In 1991, the band was featured in the movie Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, performing “Tommy the Cat” live.

Claypool and Tom Wait first recorded on each other’s records in 1991. In 1997, they were asked to play and record the theme song for the television show South Park. In mid-2003, Claypool reunited with former drummer Tim Alexander and guitarist Larry LaLonde to record an EP called Animals Should Not Try to Act Like People.

In October of 2003, the band embarked on a two-month tour in which two sets were performed the per show, the second set consisting of their 1991 release Sailing the Seas of Cheese being performed in its entirety. Primus continued touring into 2004. He also has a very successful solo career and has also collaborated with other bands and famous singers.

Awards & Achievements

Les Claypool has not won awards, but he has 3 Grammy nominations which is no easy feat,

At the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards 2016, his band was nominated in the Best Surround Album category.

At the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards 2013, his band was nominated in the Best Surround Album category.

At the 38th Annual GRAMMY Awards 1995, his band was nominated for the Best Hard Rock Performance category.

Net Worth & Salary of Les Claypool in 2024

Les Claypool Net Worth
Les Claypool Net Worth

Professional for over four decades, Les Claypool gained massive fame as well as fortune as one of the founding members of the funk metal band Primus. Claypool, the lead singer and plays the bass and is the only continuous member of the band; owns the net worth of $20 million as of April 2024.

Without a doubt, the major source of his money is not only his music venture but also, film directorial & career as an author assisted in an increment of net worth.

Les Claypool has left bassists many things to learn from. He was voted best bassist of all time, as well as the most unorthodox bassist of all time. His slap technique has left bassists something different to try and perfect. Les Claypool was, and still is, an amazing bassist and an amazing hero.


  1. I went to grammar school and jr high with leslie clay pool its great to see him find great success in what he loves. Way to go Les you hardwork paid off very happy for you, peace…..shannon brownlee, pinole ca, now residing in Crockett,


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here