David Lee Roth (sometimes referred to as "Diamond Dave") (born October 10 1954 in Bloomington, Indiana) is an American rock vocalist, songwriter, actor, author, and former radio personality, best known for his work with the band Van Halen and his fast-talking, oversized personality. Roth is a mountain climber and excels in various martial arts.
David Lee Roth is the son of Nathan J Roth, a prominent ophthalmologist, and Sybil Roth. Brother to sisters Allison Roth and Lisa Roth. Roth's Jewish grandparents immigrated to Indiana from Ukraine. Roth's uncle, Manny Roth, is an influential New York City nightclub owner and entertainment entrepreneur. Manny Roth owned the famous New York establishment Cafe Wha?. In the early 1960s when the likes of Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix were working there, seven-year-old David Lee got his first taste of, and desire for, show business from the inside by hanging out at "the Wha?".
Roth moved to Pasadena, California, in his teens after living in Swampscott, Massachusetts, and Bloomington, Indiana.