Lars Ulrich is a Danish drummer and one of the founding members of the American heavy metal band Metallica. He was born in Gentofte, Denmark to an uppermiddleclass family. A tennis player in his youth , Ulrich was originally a drummer in San Francisco. He then moved to Los Angeles at age sixteen in the summer of 1980 to train in the sport of tennis. However, rather than playing tennis, he began playing the drums. After publishing an advertisement in a local classified ads newspaper called The Recycler, Ulrich met James Hetfield and formed Metallica.
Lars Ulrich was born in Gentofte, Denmark, the son of Lone and Torben Ulrich. His paternal grandfather was tennis player Einer Ulrich. His paternal grandmother, Ulla Meyer, was from a Jewish family, and as a result, Ulrichs father was persecuted by the Nazis during World War II. Saxophonist Dexter Gordon was Ulrichs godfather, and he is a childhood friend of musician Neneh Cherry.