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Gene Simmons Family Jewels: Season 5... Legendary rock god Gene Simmons returns with his unconventional family for... more info $19.98was $19.98 Buy Now

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Also Known As: Gene Klein, Chaim Witz Died:
Born: August 25, 1949 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Israel Profession: musician, bass guitarist, singer, entertainment mogul, assistant to editor-in-chief of <i>Glamour</i> magazine, teacher, deli cashier

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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...

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.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Expecting Mary (2010)
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 Extract (2009)
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 Be Cool (2005) Cast
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 New Guy, The (2002) Cameo Appearance
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 At Any Cost (2000)
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 Detroit Rock City (1999) Himself--Member Of Rock Band Kiss
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Formed Wicked Lester in the early 1970s with childhood friend Steve Coronel and Stanley Eisen (also known as Paul Stanley); signed to Epic Records
1973:
With Eisen left Wicked Lester to form Kiss, adding guitarist Paul "Ace" Frehley and drummer Peter Crisscoula (later dubbed Peter Criss)
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Worked as a sixth grade teacher in New York¿s Spanish Harlem during the band's early years
1974:
Released their first self-titled debut album <i>Kiss</i>
1975:
Earned a nationwide following with the release of Kiss' <i>Alive!</i>
1976:
Released Kiss' most successful album <i>Destroyer</i>
1978:
Appeared with the band in their own TV-movie, NBC¿s "KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park"
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Established his own short-lived label, Simmons Records in the 1980s
1983:
In a move to boost sales, removed their make-up for the release of <i>Lick it Up</i>
1984:
Acted in "Runaway" with Tom Selleck
1985:
Appeared as a drug dealer on the popular NBC crime drama "Miami Vice"
1986:
Portrayed multiple characters in "Never Too Young To Die"
1987:
Played a terrorist being tracked by Rutger Hauer in "Wanted Dead or Alive"
1990:
Played an aging surfer in "Red Surf," starring George Clooney and Doug Savant
1992:
Released the album <i>Revenge</i>, Kiss' first album since the death of long-time drummer Eric Carr
1996:
Participated in a reunion tour with the original line up of Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley, and Peter Criss
1998:
Boosted their album sales by putting their make-up back on for the album and accompanying tour <i>Psycho Circus</i>
1999:
Appeared as himself in "Detroit Rock City," about four teenagers in a Kiss cover band; also produced
2001:
Published his autobiography <i>KISS and Make-up</i>
2002:
Launched the magazine <i>Tongue</i>, a men's magazine named after his most famous attribute
2002:
Acted in the comedy/thriller "Wish You Were Dead" costarring Christopher Lloyd
2003:
Produced "My Dad the Rock Star," a cartoon series about the mild mannered son of a Gene Simmons-like rock star
2005:
Cast on the VH1 reality series "Rock School," teaching classically trained 13 to 14-year-olds how to rock
2005:
Appeared on Fox's "American Idol" as a guest judge
2004:
Guest starred on a three-episode arc of NBC¿s rescue drama "Third Watch"
2005:
Created and hosted "Mr. Romance" on the Oxygen cable television channel
2007:
Appeared with his family on the A&E reality series "Gene Simmons Family Jewels," documenting their home life; also executive produced show
2008:
Guest starred as himself on two episodes of ABC's "Ugly Betty"
2009:
Acted opposite Jason Bateman and Mila Kunis in Mike Judge directed "Extract"
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Education

Newton High School: Queens , New York -
Richmond College: Staten Island , New York -
Sullivan County Community College: Platskill , New York -

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