After writers described the character as “Tom Petty without the success,” Mike Judge ventured to actually ask Tom Petty to voice Lucky in King of the Hill. Petty said yes and voiced the character for 28 episodes.

Rock Stars Who Appeared on ‘King of the Hill’

When King of the Hill writers created the character Elroy “Lucky” Kleinschmidt in 2004, they never envisioned that a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer would eventually join the ranks of the many musicians, including ZZ Top and Gene Simmons, who lent their voices to the show.

Lucky was the invention of showrunner John Altschuler, created as a small part of the Season Eight episode “The Redneck on Rainey Street.” The writer described the character as looking like “Tom Petty without the success.” So when it came time to find a voice for Lucky, show creator Mike Judge wondered if the rock legend would be up to the task. “And he said, ‘Yeah, I’ll do it,’ Judge recalled to the Chicago Tribune, adding that Petty “just killed at the table read.”

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10 thoughts on “After writers described the character as “Tom Petty without the success,” Mike Judge ventured to actually ask Tom Petty to voice Lucky in King of the Hill. Petty said yes and voiced the character for 28 episodes.”

  1. RedDirtPreacher

    You ain’t tasted nothing till you’ve tasted a corn chip right off the line.

  2. black_flag_4ever

    I like how his character becomes grudgingly accepted over time.

  3. sonofabutch

    > Me? I don’t go to church, church goes with me. I’m worshipin’ when I’m drinkin’ a beer, diggin’ a hole, or fishin’ for trout.

  4. 2010_12_24

    I was just watching an episode where Bobby offered Lucky a corn chip. Lucky turned down the offer because he once worked at a corn chip manufacturer and ate the chips right off the production line. He said once you taste them hot and fresh like that, you’ll never eat a chip from the bag ever again.

    Bobby is in awe and says he’d love to try that some day.

    Lucky says, “I’ll help you run down that dream, Bobby.”

  5. Dont__Grumpy__Stop

    I’m rewatching King of the Hill during quarantine and it’s a top five show. It’s so good.

  6. Mecmecmecmecmec

    Only 28 episodes? Feels like so much more

  7. rogerg411

    Jesus I feel he was there forever

  8. sodangbutthurt

    I need some slip on pee pee money in my life

  9. Acidsparx

    Cigarette math is full of surprises.

  10. Whatsuplionlilly

    RIP Tom and Brittany.

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