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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 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 >

Gene Simmons -- Last Minute Father's Day Trip to 'X Factor' Auditions

Gene Simmons
Last Minute Father's Day Trip to 'X Factor' Auditions

Gene Simmons spent Father's Day with Simon Cowell and Britney Spears ... but not by choice -- he joined his daughter at the last minute as she tried out for "X-Factor." Sources close to… READ MORE >

- 1952 days ago
Gene Simmons -- Got Any Sex Advice for Tim Tebow?

Gene Simmons
Got Any Sex Advice for Tim Tebow?

Gene Simmons has reportedly slept with over 4,000 women. Tim Tebow has reportedly slept with none. So the question ... does the legendary KISS rocker have any tips for Timmy's first time? READ MORE >

- 2113 days ago
Gene Simmons BLASTS Madonna -- 'Not Appropriate' for the Super Bowl

Gene Simmons
BLASTS Madonna -- 'Not Appropriate' for Super Bowl

Madonna has no business performing at the Super Bowl ... this according to legendary KISS frontman Gene Simmons, who thinks the game would be better off with a "real band." Simmons was leaving… READ MORE >

- 2145 days ago
Gene Simmons’ Son -- My Parents’ Marriage Is Not a Sham

Gene Simmons’ Son
My Parents’ Marriage Is NOT A Sham

Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed are total publicity whores but their son Nick is ADAMANT their marriage is 100% legit despite criticism that they only tied the knot for reality show ratings.… READ MORE >

- 2201 days ago
Gene Simmons & Shannon Tweed -- Married

Gene Simmons & Shannon Tweed
Tie the Knot

After 28 years together, Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed finally tied the knot yesterday at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Among the nearly 400 guests were Hugh Hefner, Bill Maher and the members of KISS… READ MORE >

- 2211 days ago
Gene Simmons -- The Smart Ass Wedding Announcement

Gene Simmons
The Smart Ass Wedding Announcement

Gene Simmons is finally revealing what Shannon Tweed told him when he asked for her hand in marriage ... and SHOCKER ... she didn't say no. Now, the couple is planning the wedding -- and they've… READ MORE >

- 2242 days ago
La Toya Jackson -- Forgiving the MJ Haters

La Toya Jackson
Forgiving the MJ Haters

La Toya Jackson thinks a lot of Michael Jackson haters have had a change of heart since her brother died -- but it's unclear whether she's including Gene Simmons in that group.You'll recall KISS… READ MORE >

- 2252 days ago
Michael Jackson Tribute Concert - We're Killing KISS From the Roster

Michael Jackson Tribute Concert
We're Killing KISS From the Roster

The promoters of the Michael Jackson Tribute Concert have heard fans loud and clear -- Gene Simmons, who has accused Michael of being a pedophile, and his band KISS, have been dropped from the… READ MORE >

- 2258 days ago
Michael Jackson Estate Threatens MJ Tribute Promoters

Michael Jackson Estate
Something Stinks Over MJ Tribute Concert

The honchos in charge of the Michael Jackson Estate are threatening the people behind the Michael Jackson Tribute concert, claiming the promoters have sullied Michael's name and are possibly even… READ MORE >

- 2258 days ago
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