LARCHMONT, N.Y. -- Happy birthday to Larchmont’s Michael "Flea" Balzary.
Balzary, who grew up in Larchmont, turns 52 on Thursday.
Balzary, a musician and actor, was born Oct. 16, 1962, in Melbourne, Australia. He is best-known as the bassist, co-founding member, and one of the composers of the rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers with whom he was inducted into the 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Widely regarded as one of the best rock bass players of all time, in 2009, Rolling Stone's readers ranked Flea the second-best bassist of all-time in their top 10 poll, ranked behind only John Entwistle and ahead of Paul McCartney.
Flea has also made occasional forays into acting, appearing in films that span many genres such as "Suburbia," "Back to the Future Part II and Part III," "My Own Private Idaho," "The Chase," "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," "Thrashin'" and "The Big Lebowski," in addition to voicing the character Donnie Thornberry in "The Wild Thornberrys" animated television series and films.
Flea is also the co-founder of Silverlake Conservatory of Music, a nonprofit music education organization founded in 2001 for underprivileged children.
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