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Best known as the fire breathing, blood splitting and larger than life co-founder of hard rock supergroup, KISS. Simmons was actually born Chaim Witz in August 1949 in Haifa, Israel, the son of Hungarian Jewish parents, Flóra "Florence" (Klein or Kovács) and Feri Yechiel Witz. He moved to New York as a young child. Like many American teenagers of the 1960s, he was influenced by a fascination with comic book super heroes, monster movies and rock and roll music, thus the teenage Simmons set about creating what he perceived as the ultimate music supergroup. Simmons eventually crossed paths with like-minded musician / songwriter Paul Stanley (born Stanley Eisen) in the early 1970s, and after several failed attempts to create their dream band, they recruited fellow New Yorkers spaced out guitarist Ace Frehley (born Paul Daniel Frehley) and "do anything to make it" drummer Peter Criss (born Peter Crisscuola). The four struggling young musicians practiced relentlessly in a rundown loft in New York City refining their music & stage show before eventually launching themselves on the New York live music scene in the early 1970s with their blitzkrieg style of hard rock, kabuki stage make up and unforgettable high energy performances. After bombarding media, TV & public relations identities with invites to their shows, Simmons and Stanley soon brokered a deal with Madison Ave executive Bill Aucoin for him to manage the band, and Aucoin soon scored KISS a record deal with the fledgling Casablanca Records & Filmworks.....and the rest as they say is KISStory! Since their first album debuted in 1974, KISS have sold over 80 million albums and played over 2,000 shows to millions of loyal fans (known as the KISS Army) right around the globe. Never one to keep still for too long, the charismatic Simmons made his first feature film appearance as his alter ego (The Demon from KISS) in the 1978 telemovie KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park (1978), which received scathing reviews in the USA from TV critics. However KISS fans internationally loved the film and it played theatrically to strong box office business in dozens of countries, and has since become something of a cult film....despite its corny, cartoonish plot! Since KISS didn't drop wearing their distinctive make up until 1983, it was several years before Simmons appeared in front of the cameras again (this time without the Demon make up), as an evil techno-junkie killer battling Tom Selleck in the thriller Runaway (1984). Simmons has since continued to turn up in low-key roles in B-grade thrillers such as Wanted: Dead or Alive (1987) and Red Surf (1989) that utilize his ability to glower and look menacingly into the camera. In addition, Simmons has appeared in minor guest roles in several TV crime shows including Miami Vice (1984), Millennium (1996) and, most recently, in Third Watch (1999).  See full bio on IMDb »

Gene Simmons Explains Why Rock Stars Should Stop Abusing Drugs

Gene Simmons
Wake Up, Rock Stars ... Cut the Drugs Now

Gene Simmons wants rockers to say no to drugs ... not just because it's killing the musicians, but mostly because of its impact on fans. We got the KISS frontman Monday at LAX and asked him… READ MORE >

Gene Simmons Says f*** Yeah, KISS Would Play North Korea!!!

Gene Simmons
F*** Yeah We'd Play North Korea

Gene Simmons would love -- LOVE -- to play North Korea, and Russia too, for that matter. We got the KISS frontman Tuesday at LAX and he groused about music boycotts ... in particular, bands that… READ MORE >

- 41 days ago
Gene Simmons' Son Nick Defends His Dad After Sexual Assault Lawsuit

Gene Simmons' Son
My Dad Can Be An Asshole ... But He's No Weinstein

Gene Simmons' oldest son is coming to his dad's defense -- sort of -- calling him a cheater, egomaniac and sometimes abrasive ... but saying he's absolutely not a sexual abuser. Nick Simmons was… READ MORE >

- 60 days ago
Gene Simmons Sued For Sexual Assault (UPDATE)

Gene Simmons
Sued for Sexual Assault ... Woman Claims He Grabbed Her Ass

12/16 7:30 PM PT -- Simmons has responded to the allegations, saying he intends to defend himself. He adds ... "For the record, I did not assault the person making these accusations in the manner… READ MORE >

- 67 days ago
Gene Simmons Says George Lopez Still in with KISS After Drunken Antics

Gene Simmons
George Lopez Had a Drunken Good Time ... KISS Still Loves Him!!!

Gene Simmons is giving his pal, George Lopez, a pass for his drunken antics at a KISS event, and says there's still room for him the next time the band parties at sea. We got the rock… READ MORE >

- 96 days ago
Steven Tyler Says Ric Flair Is 'Full of Sh*t' with Sex Talk

Steven Tyler
Ric Flair's Totally 'Full of Sh*t' Didn't Bang 10,000 Chicks!!

Steven Tyler's banged an astronomical amount of groupies over the years -- but even he's calling B.S. on Ric Flair's claim that he got 10,000 chicks to ride "Space Mountain." We got the… READ MORE >

- 97 days ago
Gene Simmons Rips Justin Bieber for Complaining About his White Privileged Life

Gene Simmons
Quit Whining, Justin Bieber ... You're Rich and White!!!

Gene Simmons thinks Justin Bieber's a spoiled brat who needs to get a life -- and yet he also wishes him well. The KISS co-founder was out in Bev Hills Wednesday when a pap asked him if he had… READ MORE >

- 201 days ago
Russell Westbrook Gets Love from Gene Simmons Over KISS Pre-Game Swag

Russell Westbrook
Mad Love from Gene Simmons ... Over Pre-Game KISS Swag

The KISS shirt that Russell Westbrook rocked to the OKC Thunder vs. Houston Rockets playoff game Sunday night went over REAL WELL with Gene Simmons. The leader of the KISS army was out in L.A.… READ MORE >

- 309 days ago
Gene Simmons Tongue Tied for New Years (VIDEO)

Gene Simmons
Tongue Tied for New Years

Gene Simmons has the most famous tongue in the world, so the question ... does he use it when the clock strikes 12? We got Gene, Shannon Tweed and the kids at LAX Thursday and they were both open… READ MORE >

- 417 days ago
Gene Simmons' Wife Says KISS Declined Trump Inauguration Invite (VIDEO)

Gene Simmons
Wife Says KISS Gave Trump Kiss Off

Gene Simmons and KISS turned down Donald Trump's invite to perform on Inauguration Day ... so says Gene's famous wife. Poor Gene couldn't get a word in edgewise Wednesday night as he, wife… READ MORE >

- 425 days ago
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