Russell Simmons

Producer, Music mogul, Entrepreneur
Arguably one of the most successful and influential entrepreneurial figures of the late 20th century and beyond, Russell Simmons rose to prominence as co-founder of the legendary Def Jam Records, which helped to ... Read more »
Born: 10/03/1957 in Queens, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (64)

Acting Disruptive 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Awake: The Life of Yogananda 2014 (Movie)

(Himself)

Moesha 1995 - 1996, 2003 - 2004, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Rap Sheet: Hip-Hop and the Cops 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Real Husbands of Hollywood 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Himself

Real Time with Bill Maher 2003 - 2004, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ride With Funkmaster Flex 2003 - 2004, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Run's House 1995 - 1996, 2003 - 2009, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 99%: Occupy Everywhere 2014 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Other Side of Hip Hop: The Sixth Element 2014 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Tanning of America: One Nation Under Hip Hop 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Himself

Decoding Deepak 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Apprentice 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

All About Aubrey 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

In the Flow with Affion Crockett 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane 2006 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Running Russell Simmons 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 Hip Hop Honors 2009 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

BET Hip Hop Awards 2008 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The 40th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Hip Hop vs. America 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

MTV Cribs 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

2 Turntables & A Microphone 2007 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The 38th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hip Hop Project 2007 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

VH1 Hip Hop Honors 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

25 Strong! The BET Silver Anniversary Special 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Chappelle's Show 2002 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Fashion Rocks 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Lockdown, USA 2006 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Drug Years 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The L Word 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

VH1 Hip Hop Honors 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Host

Choose or Lose: Vote or Die! 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Russell Simmons Presents: Hip Hop Justice 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Host

2003 Vibe Awards: Beats, Style, Flavor 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

America Beyond the Color Line 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Hip Hop Babylon 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Letter to the President 2003 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Beef 2002 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Brown Sugar 2002 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Journeys in Black 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Def Jam Uncensored 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Sean "Puffy" Combs 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Soul Train Christmas Starfest 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 15th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Russell Simmons' Oneworld Music Beat 1998 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Source Hip-Hop Music Awards 1999 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 47th Miss USA Pageant 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Rock & Roll 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Show 1995 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

To Be a Black Man 1994 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Tougher Than Leather 1988 (Movie)

Russell (Actor)

Krush Groove 1985 (Movie)

Crocket (Actor)

Butter (TV Show)

Actor

It's Black Entertainment (TV Show)

Actor

The N-Word (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (18)

Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry 1995 - 1996, 2003 - 2005, 2007 - 2008, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam 1995 - 1996, 2003 - 2005, 2007 - 2008, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Russell Simmons Presents 2009 - 2012 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The House I Live In 2012 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Daddy's Girls 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Russell Simmons Presents Brave New Voices 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Waist Deep 2006 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

And You Don't Stop: 30 Years of Hip Hop 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Gridlock'd 1997 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

How to Be A Player 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Nutty Professor 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Addiction 1995 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Show 1995 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Bad Girls of Def 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

New Music Report 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Tougher Than Leather 1988 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Krush Groove 1985 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)
Music (6)

Rio 2 2014 (Movie)

("Tell Me When To Go") (Song)

It's Kind of a Funny Story 2010 (Movie)

("The Breaks") (Song)

Notorious 2009 (Movie)

("The Breaks") (Song)

Soul Food 1997 (Movie)

("The Breaks") (Song)

The Jerky Boys 1995 (Movie)

("Dial a Jam (contains 'The Breaks')") (Song)

Krush Groove 1985 (Movie)

("You're Blind") (Song)
Writer (1)

Krush Groove 1985 (Movie)

(Story Consultant)
Other (2)

Paul Rodriguez: Crossing Gang Lines 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Other

Zebrahead 1992 (Movie)

(Thanks)

Biography

Arguably one of the most successful and influential entrepreneurial figures of the late 20th century and beyond, Russell Simmons rose to prominence as co-founder of the legendary Def Jam Records, which helped to introduce hip-hop music to mainstream culture through such landmark rap acts as Run-DMC, the Beastie Boys, LL Cool J and Public Enemy. But Simmons' vision extended far beyond the music business, and he soon parlayed the financial returns from his label into film and television production, including the popular "Def Comedy Jam" (HBO, 1992-97, 2006-08) series and Eddie Murphy's "Nutty Professor" (1996) remake, as well as his own fashion line, Phat Farm. These and other ventures helped to make Simmons one of the wealthiest figures in the music business, with a net worth of $340 million by 2011. Simmons would later parlay his gains into numerous charitable organizations while continuing to maintain a hand in entertainment through film and television production. Throughout his storied career, Simmons emphasized the importance of hip-hop as a unifying force that transcended race, class and circumstance, which in turn fueled both his personal and business philosophies. His extraordinary list of accomplishments helped to make Russell Simmons a major figure in the business, entertainment and philanthropic worlds.

Relationships

Porschla Coleman

Companion
Reportedly dating as of June 2007

Kimora Lee Simmons Actor

Wife
Met 1994 Married in a civil ceremony Dec. 15, 1998 Announced separation March 2006 Divorce finalized January 2009

Aoki Lee Simmons Actor

Daughter
Born 2003; mother, Kimora Lee Simmons

Evelyn Simmons

Mother
Deceased

Ming Lee Simmons Actor

Daughter
Born 2000; mother, Kimora Lee Simmons

Daniel J. Simmons Actor

Brother

Daniel Simmons Actor

Father

Joseph "Reverend Run" Simmons Actor

Brother
Born Nov. 14, 1964; one third of rap trio Run-D.M.C. Officiated brother's non-denominational wedding to Kimora Lee Simmons Dec. 15, 1998

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