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.”.
"I loved the show long before I did it," Petty admitted in a 2007 interview with IGN.
"And it was a complete coincidence that I got called, because it was really one of my favorite shows.".
The rock legend enjoyed his initial King of the Hill experience so much, he offered to reprise the role. »