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Gene Simmons

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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 »

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Gene Simmons -- Home Raided for Child Porn ... Gene NOT a Suspect

Gene Simmons
Home Raided for Child Porn Gene NOT a Suspect

6:24 AM PST: Shannon Tweed tweeted: "Thanks for your support. We couldn't be more horrified that someone used our residence for such heinous crimes. Law enforcement is on it. Goodnight and don't… READ MORE >

L.A. Kiss QB -- Team Left Me Homeless ... And Stole My Wife's Meds

L.A. Kiss QB Sues
Team Left Me Homeless ... And Stole My Wife's Meds

Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley's arena football team is getting blasted by its own QB ... who says the L.A. Kiss kicked him out of his home just because he suffered an injury during a game. READ MORE >

- 680 days ago
Gene Simmons -- Eats Food Off the Ground at LAX (VIDEO)

Gene Simmons
Eats Food Off the Ground at LAX

*** WARNING -- DO NOT WATCH THIS VIDEO WHILE EATING ***Gene Simmons believes in the five-second rule a little too much, because Monday he ate a piece of his hamburger -- AFTER IT FELL ON THE… READ MORE >

- 1002 days ago
Gene Simmons -- I WON'T Hire Ray Rice ... On My Arena Football Team

Gene Simmons
I Won't Hire Ray Rice On My Arena Football Team

With Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson wondering if they'll ever play pro football again, one owner is taking a stand ... Gene Simmons ... who says he'd NEVER hire either one of 'em on his arena… READ MORE >

- 1006 days ago
Paul Stanley Kissed and Made Up With Eric Stonestreet

Paul Stanley
Kissed and Made Up With Eric Stonestreet

The Kiss vs. Eric Stonetreet (and his mother) beef is over ... so says Paul Stanley, who has even extended an invite to a Kiss concert as a show of friendship.The social media battle between… READ MORE >

- 1125 days ago
Eric Stonestreet Beefs with Kiss Over Perceived Mom Diss

Eric Stonestreet
Beefs with Kiss Over Perceived Mom Diss

"Modern Family" star Eric Stonestreet called out Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley for being rude to his mother on a flight yesterday, but Stanley claims the whole thing was a misunderstanding.… READ MORE >

- 1126 days ago
Gene Simmons -- Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Is a Sham!

Gene Simmons
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Is a Sham!

Just because Kiss was just inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, it doesn't mean Gene Simmons has to like it ... because he's raggin' on the honor, calling out -- among others -- LL Cool… READ MORE >

- 1126 days ago
Gene Simmons on Jews in Football -- 'Somebody's Gotta Own the Teams'

Gene Simmons
On Jews in Football: 'Somebody's Gotta Own the Teams'

Jews don't play football, they RUN football ... so says Kiss frontman Gene Simmons. The rock legend -- who happens to be both Jewish and the owner of a football team -- was leaving The Ivy in… READ MORE >

- 1188 days ago
'Foo Fighters' Taylor Hawkins -- Gene Simmons is an Idiot ... Cobain and Winehouse Are Icons

'Foo Fighters' Taylor Hawkins
Gene Simmons is an Idiot Cobain and Winehouse are Icons

Gene Simmons disputing Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse's icon status is nuts ... so says Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, who tells us it doesn't matter how many albums both made.In case… READ MORE >

- 1355 days ago
Gene Simmons to Kids: Get Out of My House

Gene Simmons
I Want My Kids Outta My House

Who wants to be the children of Gene Simmons?  The answer is absolutely everyone, because when Gene gets sick of his kids freeloading at home, he gets them out by buying them their own crib.… READ MORE >

- 1524 days ago
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