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Gene Simmons

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 Haifa, Israel in August, 1949 of Hungarian background and 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 it's 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).

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Aug 25, 1949 In Tirat Carmel, Israel
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series The Hitchhiker 1983-11-23
Latest Project:
Series 4th and Loud 2014-08-12

1 nomination.

Known For
Poster of Gene Simmons: Family Jewels
4th and Loud Unknown 2014-08-12
Born to Be Wild: The Golden Age of American Rock Unknown 2014
Welcome to Sweden Unknown 2014-07-10
The Arsenio Hall Show Unknown 2013-09-09
Comic Book Men Unknown 2012-02-12
The Burn with Jeff Ross Unknown 2012-06-01
Toy Hunter Unknown 2012-08-15
Tanked Unknown 2011-08-07
The X Factor Unknown 2011-09-01
Metal Evolution Unknown 2011-11-11
Castle Unknown 2009
Glee Unknown 2009-05-19
The Wendy Williams Show Unknown 2008-05-14
Chelsea Lately Unknown 2007-07-01
The Singing Bee Unknown 2007-10-07
The Dudesons Unknown 2006-07-06
Gene Simmons: Family Jewels Self 60 episodes, 2006-2012 2006-08-07
Ugly Betty Unknown 2006-09-28
Diners, Drive-ins and Dives Unknown 2006-11-04
Dancing with the Stars Unknown 2005-06-01
Robot Chicken Unknown 2005-02-20
The Contender Unknown 2005-03-07
Mind of Mencia Unknown 2005-07-06
Criss Angel Mindfreak Unknown 2005-07-20
Drake & Josh Unknown 2004-01-11
American Idol Unknown 2002-06-11
What's New, Scooby-Doo? Unknown 2002-09-14
The Fairly OddParents Unknown 2001-03-30
Jackass Unknown 2000-04-12
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Unknown 2000-10-06
Spongebob Squarepants Unknown 1999-05-01
Family Guy Unknown 1999-01-31
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Unknown 1999-08-16
Third Watch Unknown 1999-09-23
King of the Hill Unknown 1997-01-12
Dharma & Greg Unknown 1997-09-24
The View Unknown 1997-08-11
The Daily Show Unknown 1996-07-22
Millennium Unknown 1996-10-25
ER Unknown 1994-09-19
The Miracle That Is Beavis, Impotence, Inventors, and Canned Unknown 1993-03-08
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
The Simpsons Unknown 1989-12-17
Full House Unknown 1987-03-10
Miami Vice Unknown 1984-09-16
The Hitchhiker Unknown 1983-11-23