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Gene Simmons

Mostly Credited As: Gene Simmons
Sometimes Credited As: Gene Klein
KISS

Birth Name: Chaim Klein Witz
Date Of Birth: August 25, 1949 (Age 65)
Country Of Birth: Israel
Birth Place: Tirat Carmel
Height: 6' 2" (1.87 m)

Gene Simmons


An Israeli-born rock music icon, actor and author, Gene Simmons formed the band KISS with his friend Paul Stanley, and they went on to be one of the most successful rock groups in the world.

He was born on August 25, 1949 Haifa, Israel. His parents immigrated to the U.S. when he was just nine years old. His father is Feri Witz, and his mother is a Hungarian immigrant who survived the Holocaust. As a kid, he enjoyed comic book heroes, monster movies and rock and roll, so it’s no surprise that later he would incorporate these elements into his future musical career.

He was in several bands before he finally found the other people with whom he would find success: Paul Stanley first, and later Peter Criss and Ace Frehley. In 1974 they released their debut album as the band KISS, and they became incredibly popular, selling tons of records and touring all over the world. Their makeup and costumes, as well as Gene's prominent tongue, are 1970s rock and roll icons.

He has been in a long-term romantic relationship with actress/Playboy Playmate Shannon Tweed, and the couple has two children together - a son, Nicholas, and a daughter, Sophie. The entire family can be seen on their reality show, Gene Simmons’ Family Jewels, on A&E.

TV Appearances

Main cast 
4th and Loud (2014)As: Himself (Co-Owner)
100 Most Shocking Music Moments (2009)As: Himself (Interviewee)
Jingles (2008)As: Judge
Gene Simmons Family Jewels (2006)As: Himself
Rock School (2005)As: Himself
Ed's Nite In (2005)As: Himself
The Apprentice (US) (2004)As: Himself (S07; fired in week 3)
Episode Cast Credits 

Welcome To Sweden (2014) 
  Avsnitt 4 01x04: (Apr/11/2014) As Himself 

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000) 
  Long Ride Home 14x17: (Mar/12/2014) As Gene Simmons 

Celebrity Home Raiders (2014) 
  Gene Simmons 01x01: (Mar/06/2014) As Himself 

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992) 
  Terry Bradshaw, Elle Fanning, Chris Mann 21x10: (Dec/21/2012) As Himself (Comedy Segment) 
  Matt LeBlanc, Freida Pinto, Stevie Nicks 19x128: (Jul/28/2011) As Himself (Footage from “Family Jewels”) 

12 Again (2012) 
  Series 2, Episode 7 02x07: (Nov/02/2012) As Himself, [Featuring]

Daybreak (2010) 
  July 3, 2012 02x211: (Jul/03/2012) As Himself 

Jimmy Kimmel Live (2003) 
  Kristen Bell, Ice Cube, KISS 09x222: (Mar/20/2012) As Himself, [Musical Guests]
  Gene Simmons, Kat Von D, Raheem DeVaughn 06x12: (Jan/18/2008) As Himself 
  Gene Simmons, Jeff Ross, the Elected 04x112: (Jul/25/2006) As Himself 

The One Show (2006) 
  November 7, 2011 06x84: (Nov/07/2011) As Himself 

Chelsea Lately (2007) 
  Gene Simmons 05x88: (Jun/09/2011) As Himself, [Interviewees]

Castle (2009) (2009) 
  To Love and Die in L.A. 03x22: (May/02/2011) As Himself 

I Get That A Lot (2009) 
  Julie Chen, Paris Hilton, Snoop Dogg, Rachael Ray, Gene Simmons, Tony Hawk 01x01: (Jan/06/2010) As Himself 

Glenn Martin DDS (2009) 
  Mom Dated That Guy?! 01x13: (Nov/09/2009) Voiced  Himself 

Ugly Betty (2006) 
  The Kids Are Alright 02x17: (May/15/2008) As Himself 
  A Thousand Words by Friday 02x13: (Jan/24/2008) As Himself 

Anderson Cooper 360° (2003) 
  February 28, 2008 06x42: (Feb/28/2008) As Himself 

The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet (2007) 
  Angela Shelf Medearis, Gene Simmons 02x129: (Feb/28/2008) As Himself 
  Danny Glover, Gene Simmons, Shannon Tweed 01x42: (Mar/20/2007) As Himself 

Dave Navarro's Spread (2007) 
  Season 1, Episode 14 01x14: (Aug/16/2007) As Himself 

The Henry Rollins Show (2006) 
  Gene Simmons, Queens Of The Stoneage 02x11: (Jun/22/2007) As Himself 

The Tyra Banks Show (2005) 
  Kathy Griffin & Gene Simmons 02x158: (Jun/12/2007) As Himself 

The Greg Behrendt Show (2006) 
  Unseen, Uncut, Un-Freakin-Believable! 01x73: (Jan/05/2007) As Himself 

The View (1997) 
  Gene Simmons, guest co-host Shannen Doherty 09x146: (Aug/01/2006) As Himself 

Mind of Mencia (2005) 
  Episode 108 01x08: (Aug/24/2005) As Himself 

Family Guy (1999) 
  Don't Make Me Over 04x04: (Jun/05/2005) Voiced  Gene Simmons 
  Road to Europe 03x20: (Feb/07/2002) Voiced  Himself 
  A Very Special Family Guy Freakin' Christmas 03x16: (Dec/21/2001) Voiced  Himself 

The Apprentice (US) (2004) 
  Bling It On 03x08: (Mar/10/2005) As Himself 

American Idol (2002) 
  New Orleans, Louisiana Auditions 04x03: (Jan/25/2005) As Himself 

Third Watch (1999) 
  More Monsters 06x01: (Sep/17/2004) As Donald Mann 
  Monsters 05x22: (May/07/2004) As Donald Mann 
  Higher Calling 05x21: (Apr/30/2004) As Donald Mann 

King of the Hill (1997) 
  Reborn To Be Wild 08x02: (Nov/09/2003) Voiced  Jessie, [Special Guest Stars]

The New Tom Green Show (2003) 
  Episode 6 01x06: (Jun/30/2003) As Himself 

That '70s Show (1998) 
  I Can't Quit You Baby (a.k.a. Jackie and Hyde Get Busted) 05x02: (Sep/24/2002) As Himself 

Last Call with Carson Daly (2002) 
  Adam Sandler, Gene Simmons, Enrique Iglesias 01x86: (Jun/28/2002) As Himself 

Jackass (2000) 
  Season 3, Episode 8 03x08: (Feb/10/2002) As Himself 

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (1996) 
  Gene Simmons 06x69: (Jun/12/2001) As Himself, [Interviewees]

E! True Hollywood Story (1996) 
  Miami Vice 05x24: (Jun/03/2001) As Himself 

Where Are They Now? (1999) 
  Bad Boys of Rock 02x12: (Aug/28/2000) As Himself 

Millennium (1996) 
  ...Thirteen Years Later 03x05: (Oct/30/1998) As Hector Leachman, [Co-Guest Stars]

The Hitchhiker (1983) 
  O.D. Feelin' 02x07: (Jan/28/1986) As Mr. Big 

Miami Vice (1984) 
  The Prodigal Son 02x01: (Sep/27/1985) As Newton Windsor Blade 
Crew Credits

Show Crew


Action League Now!!! (2003)• Staff Writer
My Dad the Rock Star (2003)• Executive Producer
• Creator

Episode Crew


Action League Now!!! (2003) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
Action League Rocks 04x02 Apr/17/2004 As: Writer
Trivia

Once planned on being a rabbi.

He claims to have had sex with almost 5,000 different women. He has taken Polaroids of them and they hang in his basement.

Both he and his now-wife Shannon Tweed have each been profiled on the cover of Playboy Magazine.

The only official girlfriends he ever had were Cher, Diana Ross and Shannon Tweed.

His band KISS is right behind "The Beatles" in the number of albums they have sold.

Is outspoken about sobriety. He claims to have never smoked, drank alcohol or used narcotics of any kind (with the one exception being a pot-laced brownie he had at a party that he had no idea was doped up).

His mother and father were both holocaust survivors.

He's known for his KISS stage-persona character "The Demon" and the use of fire-breathing and regurgitating blood in his act. He often sticks his 8-inch tongue at the audience.

Authored the best-sellers "KISS-And-Tell," "KISS-And Make-Up" and "Ladies Of The Night."

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