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Mike Patton: Height, Weight, Zodiac Sign, and More

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He’s a multi-talented artist who has had major influence over a number of and a wide range of genres, including alternative metal, opera, contemporary classic, alternative rock, punk, and so many more. He’s given his life for the sake of his music, despite the relationships it affected, without turning back. He’s lent his talents to several musical groups over the years, forever leaving his mark on their history.

Who is Mike Patton? Find out that and more below.

Who is Mike Patton?

Mike Patton is a man of many talents. Over the years, he has established himself as a singer, songwriter, producer, musician, and voice actor. He is widely known for his diverse singing techniques, his huge range of projects, his proficiency in vocals, and his eccentric public image.

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When was Mike Patton Born?

Michael Allan Patton’s birthdate is January 27, 1968.

Mike Patton’s Zodiac sign is Aquarius. As an Aquarius, Patton would be considered a humanitarian, creative, independent, and intelligent. He would also be known for exhibiting unpredictability, being aloof, and being an extremist. Hey, it all balances out in the end.

Where is Mike Patton From?

Mike Patton was born in Eureka, California, and later grew up in San Jose, California, for a time before his family moved back to Eureka.

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Where Does Mike Patton Live?

Mike Patton spends most of his time living in San Francisco, California. However, he has also been known to have resided in Bologna, Italy.

Mike Patton’s Ethnicity

While Mike Patton was born American, Medium reports that his family has a long history that dates back to Columbus. A deep dive into this supposed ancestry reveals that he has a touch of Finnish and Welsh in his background.

How Tall is Mike Patton?

Mike Patton’s height is approximately five feet, nine inches tall.

How Much Does Mike Patton Weigh?

Mike Patton’s weight is said to be around 163 pounds.

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How Did Mike Patton Become Famous?

Mike Patton started to garner fame when he joined the band Faith No More as its lead singer after the band members asked him to audition in 1988. This offer came after the band had heard his second demo tape for Mr. Bungle, recorded in 1987. Patton was one of more than 15 singers who auditioned, but his obvious versatility ultimately won him the role and launched his career.

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Mike Patton’s Parents

Mike Patton is the son of Carole Anne Jarvela and Patrick Patton, who were married in August 1967.

Carole Anne was a social worker, while Patrick was a physical education teacher. While his father’s career led to Patton’s love of sports, it was his father who also blossomed Patton’s love of music. He has noted that one of his earliest memories of music was listening to records by Earth, Wind & Fire, and Frank Zappa that his father owned. Still, it was only later that he really started to discover his call to make music.

Who is Mike Patton Married To?

Mike Patton has been married to Italian artist Cristina Zuccatosta since 1994. Although the two hit a rough patch in 2001, taking a formal separation from each other, they have since reconciled.

Throughout their marriage, the couple has split their time between San Francisco and Bologna, Italy. In interviews and other public comments, Patton has called Zuccatosta his “best friend” and noted that “she probably understands me more than I do.”  

What is Mike Patton Known For?

Mike Patton is a legendary lead vocalist. He has contributed his voice to such groups as Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, Peeping Tom, Tomahawk, Lovage, and many more.

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What is Mike Patton’s Vocal Range?

Mike Patton has one of the most impressive vocal ranges in the business. He can reportedly sing a full six octaves, and he is considered a master of every level.

Interestingly, Patton himself doesn’t believe this. He said in a 2019 interview, “I think that range of things is all bullshit. I don’t think that I have the biggest range. And even if I do, who cares? […] This is not like the Olympics of vocals. I could make a record without singing a note, and I’ll be happy with it.”

How Many Bands Has Mike Patton Been In?

Mike Patton has served as frontman and musician for a whopping 12 different bands. His most famous are the rock bands Faith No More and Mr. Bungle. The others include Tomahawk, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Fantômas, Moonchild Trio, Kaada/Patton, Dead Cross, Lovage, Mondo Cane, the X-ecutioners, and Peeping Tom.

Is Mike Patton a Good Vocalist?

That’s certainly an objective question, but he is widely considered “one of the most talented dudes on the planet.”

How Many Instruments Can Mike Patton Play?

Mike Patton is not just skilled as a vocalist. He’s also quite a musician. He is skilled in the drums, electronics, samples, keyboards, guitars, and basses.

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Upon being chosen as the new lead singer of Faith No More, Mike Patton’s career was off and running, beginning with several live shows that the band played together. Then, he was officially announced as the new lead singer in January 1989 as Chuck Mosley’s replacement.

Although it meant that Patton had to forego his education at Humboldt State University, it didn’t seem to phase him.

Patton’s first album with Faith No More came in 1989 with The Real Thing, which reached the top 20 on the charts and got much recognition for the music video for the single “Epic,” which was a hit on MTV. From there, three more albums were released over the next nine years – Angel DustKing for a Day … Fool for a Lifetime, and Album of the Year. But then, the band disbanded, with Patton noting the declining quality of the band’s work as part of the reason.

Thankfully, Faith No More fans could rejoice on February 24, 2009, when the band announced it would reunite after more than ten years apart. That led to The Second Coming Tour reunion and the release of the compilation album The Very Best Definitive Ultimate Greatest Hits Collection in the UK on June 8, 2009. This was all followed by the release of the album Sol Invictus in 2015.

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Although Faith No More disbanded for several years, Patton did not sit around doing nothing. Even while with the band during its original run, Patton didn’t stop working with Mr. Bungle, and his success is what helped the band obtain a Warner Bros. record deal.

With that record deal, the band released four studio albums between 1991 and 2020, including their self-titled debut album, Disco VolanteCalifornia, and The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny Demo.

What Patton really delved into during this time, however, were his solo projects. These included the Mike Patton albums Adult Themes for Voice (1996), Pranzo Oltranzista (1997), and Mondo Cane (2010). He also delved into film scores, writing for such movies as A Perfect Place (2008), The Solitude of Prime Numbers (2011), 1922 (2018), and more.

Still, over the years, he never got bored because of his many bands, including Fantômas, formed in 1998, and Tomahawk, formed in 1999, among others.

It seems that there is no adventure that Patton is too shy to tackle, and it’s become a huge part of the legacy that will live with him forever. It is what has earned him the moniker of “Renaissance man” by several publications.

According to English singer-songwriter Robert Barry, “The world [Patton] moves in is occupied as much by academically-minded and conservatory-trained musicians as punks and freaks. […] [But his diversity] should not be dismissed as superficial po-mo posturing. In fact, it could be compared to that of Olivier Messiaen. […] ‘There is nothing superficial about Messiaen’s eclecticism,’ said conductor Pierre Boulex, and ‘Just as we can speak of eclecticism in his choice of composers, so his actual style of writing – juxtaposing and superimposing rather than developing and transforming – may be called eclectic.’ Words that could just as easily have been written about Patton.”

His talent has left nothing to be desired, either. He has shown off his skills in everything from alternative metal to contemporary classics, art pop, and even rapping and beatboxing.

“Patton could very well be one of the most versatile and talented singers in rock music,” critic Greg Prato once wrote. Further, Blake Butler said that Patton is “a complete and utter musical visionary and a mind-blowing and standard-warping genius.”

Through it all, Patton has continued to remain humble. In 2013, he said of his music, “I’m not a poet. I’m not up onstage to get something off my chest. I’m making musical statements or, most of the time, musical questions for people to figure out, and I’m not going to get in the way of that.”

With all this in mind, we only have one thing to say: Mike Patton has been a complete gift to the world of music, and we cannot wait to find out what he will grace us with next.

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Written by Katie Peterson

Katie Peterson received her bachelor's degree in English from the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth in 2015. She has worked in journalism since 2015, beginning as production assistant and eventual head staff writer of the Fort Leavenworth Lamp newspaper in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Currently, she is a multimedia journalist with the Diocese of Nashville's Office of Media and Evangelization where she writes, does photography, and edits for several types of content, including the Tennessee Register, Catholic Awakenings, and She has also worked as a freelance journalist with the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas's newspaper, The Leaven, since 2016.
In her spare time, Peterson enjoys reading, spending time with her pup, Sadie Lynn, singing and songwriting.


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