Gene Simmons

Musician, Singer, Bass guitarist
A founding member of KISS, one of rock-n-roll's most iconic acts, Gene Simmons was also a master of merchandizing and self-promotion, second to none. Born in Israel but raised in New York City, Simmons and friend Paul ... Read more »
Born: 08/24/1949 in Israel

Filmography

Actor (71)

4th and Loud 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Celebrity Home Raiders 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Welcome To Sweden 2014 (Tv Show)

Himself

Wish You Were Dead 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

20/20 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sample This 2013 (Movie)

Narrator (Actor)

Gene Simmons Family Jewels 1998 - 1999, 2004 - 2010, 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 2011 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

Castle 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Citizen U.S.A: A 50 State Road Trip 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Expecting Mary 2010 (Movie)

Taylor (Actor)

Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel 2010 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

I Get That a Lot 2004 - 2007, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mad TV 2004 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Millennium 1998 - 1999, 2004 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Shatner's Raw Nerve 2004 - 2007, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Apprentice 2004 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Extract 2009 (Movie)

Joe Adler (Actor)

Glenn Martin, DDS 2009 (Tv Show)

Voice

RUSH: Beyond the Lighted Stage 2009 (Movie)

(Actor)

Battleground Earth: Ludacris VS. Tommy Lee 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Criss Angel: Mindfreak 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Detroit Metal City 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

Gene Simmons Family Jewels: Raw & Uncut 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

MTV Cribs 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 2007 American Music Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The Gene Simmons Roast 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Ugly Betty 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Identity 2004 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

SpongeBob SquarePants 2007 (Tv Show)

Voice

Heavy: The Story of Metal 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Robot Chicken 2006 (Tv Show)

Voice

Be Cool 2005 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Family Guy 2001 - 2002, 2005 (Tv Show)

Voice

Gene Simmons' Rock School 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mr. Romance 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Retrosexual: The '80s 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

American Idol 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Third Watch 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

When KISS Ruled The World 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

When Playboy Ruled the World 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

King of the Hill 2003 (Tv Show)

Voice

Crossover 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 29th Annual American Music Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The New Guy 2002 (Movie)

cameo appearance (Actor)

The Secret History of Rock 'n' Roll 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 News Special: Islamabad Rock City 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

KISS: Beyond the Makeup 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Miami Vice: The E! True Hollywood Story 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Last KISS 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Talk to Me 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Detroit Rock City 1999 (Movie)

Himself--Member of Rock Band Kiss (Actor)

KISS Live: The Ultimate Halloween Party 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

MTV Presents KISS Unplugged 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Rock & Roll 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Stan Lee: The ComiX-MAN! 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The History of Rock 'n' Roll 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

American Bandstand's Teen Idols 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The American Music Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Red Surf 1990 (Movie)

Doc (Actor)

Wanted Dead or Alive 1987 (Movie)

Malak Al Rahim (Actor)

Never Too Young to Die 1986 (Movie)

Carruthers (Actor)

The American Music Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Trick or Treat 1986 (Movie)

Norman "The Nuke" Taurog (Actor)

Runaway 1984 (Movie)

Dr Charles Luther (Actor)

Attack of the Phantoms 1979 (Movie)

Kiss Band Member (Actor)

KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

1975 (TV Show)

Actor
Music (12)

Magic Mike 2012 (Movie)

("Calling Dr. Love") (Song)

Somewhere 2010 (Movie)

("Love Theme From Kiss") (Song)

Role Models 2008 (Movie)

("Rock And Roll All Nite") (Song)

Air Guitar Nation 2007 (Movie)

"God Gave Rock 'N' Roll To You II" (Song)

A Scooby-Doo Halloween 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Song

Detroit Rock City 1999 (Movie)

songs("Rock & Roll All Night" "Ladies Room" "Shout It Out Loud" "Christine Sixteen" "Strutter" "Calling Doctor Love") (Song)

Dazed and Confused 1993 (Movie)

("Rock & Roll All Nite") (Song)

Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey 1991 (Movie)

("God Gave Rock N' Roll to You II") (Song)

Less Than Zero 1987 (Movie)

("Rock and Roll All Nite") (Song)

The Legend of Billie Jean 1985 (Movie)

("It's My Life") (Song)

Attack of the Phantoms 1979 (Movie)

songs("Radioactive" "Almost Human" "Mr Make Believe" "Man of 1000 Faces" "Rip and Destroy" "Rock 'n' Roll All Nite" "Shout It Out Loud") (Song)
Producer (1)

Detroit Rock City 1999 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

A founding member of KISS, one of rock-n-roll's most iconic acts, Gene Simmons was also a master of merchandizing and self-promotion, second to none. Born in Israel but raised in New York City, Simmons and friend Paul Stanley became the nucleus of the face-painted, outlandishly-costumed act later known as KISS in 1973. Dubbed "The Demon," in accordance with his nightmarish stage persona and makeup, the bass player's fire-breathing, blood-spewing onstage antics helped make their concert album Alive! one of the biggest of the 1970s. Related merchandize like KISS comic books, action figures, lunch boxes and even a movie, "KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park" (NBC, 1978) made the group a cottage industry. Although the band's record sales and reputation suffered throughout the 1980s, Simmons balanced his music career with side-jobs acting in films like "Runaway" (1984) and pursuing various business opportunities. Having never regained their former glory after unmasking themselves more than a decade earlier, Simmons joined his original bandmates (once again in full makeup) for a historic, massively successful KISS reunion tour in 1996. In the years that followed the resurgence, he became a staple on reality television, most notably on "Gene Simmons Family Jewels" (A&E, 2006- ), which followed the surprisingly straight-laced life of the rocker, girlfriend Shannon Tweed and their two children. Once considered one of rock's most dangerous men, Simmons ultimately evolved into a shrewd corporate figure head, albeit one who occasionally donned platform boots and devilish face paint.

Relationships

Cher Actor

Companion
Dated and lived together for several years in the late 1970s No longer together

Flora Klein

Mother
Jewish Hungarian immigrant Only member of her family to survive the Holocaust Raised son Gene Simmons alone after husband abandoned the family

Liza Minnelli Actor

Companion
Dated the singer/actress; managed her recording career managed her recording career

Diana Ross Actor

Companion

Sophie Simmons Actor

Daughter
Born July 7, 1992; mother, Shannon Tweed Appeared together on A&E reality series "Gene Simmons: Family Jewels"

Nick Simmons Actor

Son
Born Jan. 22, 1989; mother, Shannon Tweed Appeared together on A&E reality series "Gene Simmons: Family Jewels"

Shannon Tweed Actor

Wife
Born March 10, 1957 in St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada Began dating in 1984 Living together since 1986 Appeared together on the A&E reality series "Gene Simmons: Family Jewels" Married Oct. 1, 2011 in Beverly Hills, CA

Liv Ullmann Actor

Companion

Georgeann Ward

Companion
Dated c. 1971-74

Feri Witz

Father
abandoned family when Gene was young

EDUCATION

Sullivan County Community College

Platskill , New York

Newton High School

Queens , New York

Richmond College

Staten Island , New York
(teachers degree)

Milestones

2009

Acted opposite Jason Bateman and Mila Kunis in Mike Judge directed "Extract"

2008

Guest starred as himself on two episodes of ABC's "Ugly Betty"

2007

Appeared with his family on the A&E reality series "Gene Simmons Family Jewels," documenting their home life; also executive produced show

2005

Created and hosted "Mr. Romance" on the Oxygen cable television channel

2005

Appeared on Fox's "American Idol" as a guest judge

2005

Cast on the VH1 reality series "Rock School," teaching classically trained 13 to 14-year-olds how to rock

2004

Guest starred on a three-episode arc of NBC’s rescue drama "Third Watch"

2003

Produced "My Dad the Rock Star," a cartoon series about the mild mannered son of a Gene Simmons-like rock star

2002

Acted in the comedy/thriller "Wish You Were Dead" costarring Christopher Lloyd

2002

Launched the magazine Tongue, a men's magazine named after his most famous attribute

2001

Published his autobiography KISS and Make-up

1999

Appeared as himself in "Detroit Rock City," about four teenagers in a Kiss cover band; also produced

1998

Boosted their album sales by putting their make-up back on for the album and accompanying tour Psycho Circus

1996

Participated in a reunion tour with the original line up of Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley, and Peter Criss

1992

Released the album Revenge, Kiss' first album since the death of long-time drummer Eric Carr

1990

Played an aging surfer in "Red Surf," starring George Clooney and Doug Savant

1987

Played a terrorist being tracked by Rutger Hauer in "Wanted Dead or Alive"

1986

Portrayed multiple characters in "Never Too Young To Die"

1985

Appeared as a drug dealer on the popular NBC crime drama "Miami Vice"

1984

Acted in "Runaway" with Tom Selleck

1983

In a move to boost sales, removed their make-up for the release of Lick it Up

1978

Appeared with the band in their own TV-movie, NBC’s "KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park"

1976

Released Kiss' most successful album Destroyer

1975

Earned a nationwide following with the release of Kiss' Alive!

1974

Released their first self-titled debut album Kiss

1973

With Eisen left Wicked Lester to form Kiss, adding guitarist Paul "Ace" Frehley and drummer Peter Crisscoula (later dubbed Peter Criss)

Formed Wicked Lester in the early 1970s with childhood friend Steve Coronel and Stanley Eisen (also known as Paul Stanley); signed to Epic Records

Worked as a sixth grade teacher in New York’s Spanish Harlem during the band's early years

Established his own short-lived label, Simmons Records in the 1980s

Bonus Trivia

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Simmons was fluent in Hungarian, German, English and Hebrew.

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Simmons claimed he has never been drunk or taken drugs.

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In 2005, Simmons was sued by a former lover, Georgeann Walsh Ward, who alleged that she had been "defamed" in the VH1 documentary "When Kiss Ruled the World. She claimed he portrayed her as an "unchaste woman" and implied that she had been merely a band groupie than a committed girlfriend of Simmons. Ward insisted that she was involved in an "exclusive monogamous relationship" with Simmons since before Kiss was formed. The suit was settled as of June 29, 2006.

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