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Gene Simmons – Chaim Witz in Hebrew – was born on 25 August 1949 in the city of Haifa in Israel. The Israeli-born of Hungarian descent, and American-raised guitarist, singer, songwriter and record producer is a rock legend and one of the world’s most renowned live performers, best known for his work with the rock band “Kiss”. Gene Simmons has found huge commercial and critical success during his time with the group, helping write and perform a number of hit singles and albums. With 100 million record sales behind them, “Kiss” has been confirmed as one of the best-selling bands in the world – and Gene Simmons has certainly had a big part in their success, and has received appropriate rewards for his work, as evidenced by his considerable net worth.

So just how rich is Gene Simmons? Sources estimate that Gene has accrued an impressive net worth of $300 million during his career in the music industry over more than 40 years,

Gene Simmons Net Worth $300 Million

Gene Simmons has spent most of his life in America – having lived there since his parents moved to the New York City borough of Queens, when the future rock legend was just eight years old. Simmons has been quoted attributing his decision to pursue a career in music to the legendary success of “The Beatles”, saying he was “blown away” they could perform music on such a level. Simmons’s first encounters with music and performing came when he helped found a number of bands during his teenage years – including the rock group “Wicked Lester”, which was where he met his future “Kiss” co-member Paul Stanley. Together with Stanley, Gene Simmons developed the idea of creating the greatest rock band of all time. When, in 1974, Simmons and Stanley were joined by drummer Peter Criss and guitarist Ace Frehley, “Kiss” was born – complete with their iconic make-up and vivid stage personalities (with Gene Simmons himself taking the role of “Demon”).

Since then, Gene Simmons has found worldwide success, both with “Kiss” and in independent projects. Always famous for their lively and enthusiastic live performances, “Kiss” rose to prominence after releasing the ‘Alive’ album recorded live on stage in 1975 – which proved a huge success. With “Kiss” earning almost $20 million between 1976 and 1978, Gene Simmons certainly benefitted from this enormous commercial success, his net worth skyrocketing. During the next 30 years, the group released 20 studio, seven live, and 13 compilation albums, as well as over 50 singles. In addition, Simmons has released seven solo albums, and at one point, run his own recording label – “Simmons Recording”, Further, he has since made numerous appearances on television, and lent his likeness to several animated shows and video games. The royalties from all these projects have contributed to Simmons’s considerable current net worth.

The rock legend, bass guitarist and vocalist owes his fortune not only to his work with “Kiss” – one of the best-selling bands of all time – but also to his appearances in various other projects. Apart from his music career, Gene Simmons has appeared on the popular American reality show “American Idol”, and on several episodes of Seth MacFarlane’s hit animated sitcom “Family Guy”.

Today, Gene Simmons lives in California together with his long-standing partner, actress and model Shannon Tweed. Despite Simmons’s earlier statements that he did not support marriage, and that he and Tweed were instead “happily unmarried”, the couple finally married in 2011. Simmons and Tweed have two children together – their son Nick, and their daughter Sophie.


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Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Armed Response producer post-production
You Wanted the Best... You Got the Best: The Official Kiss Movie 2016 Documentary executive producer
Gene Simmons: Family Jewels 2006-2012 TV Series executive producer - 71 episodes
Drake & Josh 2005 TV Series executive producer - 1 episode
My Dad the Rock Star 2003 TV Series executive producer - 2 episodes
Smash 2001 TV Series executive producer
Detroit Rock City 1999 producer

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Nice Guys 2016 writer: "ROCK AND ROLL ALL NITE"
Tu cara me suena - Argentina 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Scooby-Doo! And Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery 2015 Video writer: "Rock and Roll All Nite", "Shout It Out Loud"
Mike & Mike 2014 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Dancing with the Stars 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Monsterimies 2014 Documentary writer: "I Love It Loud"
Atop the Fourth Wall 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Duck Dynasty 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Born to Be Wild: The Golden Age of American Rock 2014 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
The Simpsons 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno TV Series writer - 4 episodes, 2011 - 2013 performer - 1 episode, 2012
Magic Mike 2012 writer: "Calling Dr. Love"
Metal Evolution 2011 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Gulliver's Travels 2010 writer: "ROCK AND ROLL ALL NITE"
Por Toda Minha Vida 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Somewhere 2010 writer: "Love Theme From Kiss"
Madden NFL 11 2010 Video Game writer: "Rock and Roll All Nite"
Glee 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Guitar Hero 5 2009 Video Game writer: "Shout it Out Loud"
American Idol 2009 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Role Models 2008 writer: "Rock and Roll All Nite"
Paul Stanley: One Live Kiss 2008 Video documentary writer: "Strutter"
Ugly Betty 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock 2007 Video Game writer: "Rock and Roll All Night"
The Singing Bee 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
KISSology: The Ultimate KISS Collection Vol. 2 1978-1991 2007 Video documentary writer: "Deuce", "Calling Dr. Love", "Shout It Out Loud", "Rock & Roll All Night", "Radioactive", "Fits Like a Glove", "I Love It Loud"
Rage 2006 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Guitar Hero II 2006 Video Game writer: "STRUTTER"
7th Inning Stretch 2006 TV Movie documentary performer: "Rock And Roll All Nite" / writer: "Rock And Roll All Nite"
Air Guitar Nation 2006 Documentary writer: "God Gave Rock and Roll to You II"
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas 2004 Video Game writer: "Strutter"
Karaoke Revolution Volume 2 2004 Video Game "Rock And Roll All Nite"
Tony Hawk's Underground 2003 Video Game writer: "Rock 'N Roll All Night"
What's New, Scooby-Doo? 2003 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Du ska nog se att det går över 2003 Documentary writer: "C'mon Now"
Ash Wednesday 2002 writer: "Shout It Out Loud"
ER 2002 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Detroit Rock City 1999 writer: "Rock And Roll All Night" Garage Version, "Ladies Room", "Shout It Out Loud", "Christine Sixteen", "Strutter", "Calling Doctor Love"
KISS Live: The Ultimate Halloween Party 1998 TV Movie writer: "Shout It Out Loud", "Let Me Go, Rock N' Roll", "Calling Dr. Love", "Nothin' to Lose", "She", "Within", "100,000 Years", "Deuce", "Rock and Roll All Nite"
Dharma & Greg 1998 TV Series writer - 1 episode
KaBlam! 1997 TV Series 1 episode
Unplugged 1995 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Tommy Boy 1995 "I Love It Loud Injected Mix"
Full House 1994 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Dazed and Confused 1993 writer: "Rock & Roll All Nite"
Beavis and Butt-Head 1993 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey 1991 writer: "GOD GAVE ROCK N' ROLL TO YOU II"
The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years 1988 Documentary PLUS SPECIAL MESSAGES BY:
Less Than Zero 1987 writer: "Rock And Roll All Nite"
Reform School Girls 1986 writer: "It's My Life"
Cool Cats: 25 Years of Rock 'n' Roll Style 1983 Video documentary writer: "I Love It Loud" - uncredited

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Armed Response post-production
Angie Tribeca 2016 TV Series Gene Simmons
Scorpion 2015 TV Series Gene Simmons
Scooby-Doo! And Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery 2015 Video The Demon (voice)
Comic Book Men 2015 TV Series
Welcome to Sweden 2014 TV Series Gene Simmons
Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff 2014 Video Game Gene Simmons (voice)
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2014 TV Series Gene Simmons
A Very Satan Christmas 2013 Short Satan
Epic School Battle 2012 Short
Castle 2011 TV Series Gene Simmons
Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock 2010 Video Game Narrator (voice)
Expecting Mary 2010 Taylor
Extract 2009 Joe Adler
Detoroito Metaru Shiti 2008 Jack Il Dark
Ugly Betty 2008 TV Series Gene Simmons
KISSology: The Ultimate KISS Collection Vol. 3 1992-2000 2007 Video Gene Simmons
SpongeBob SquarePants 2007 TV Series Sea Monster
Sea Tales 2007 Video
Family Guy 2001-2005 TV Series Gene Simmons / Prisoner #3
Be Cool 2005 Gene Simmons
Todd's Coma 2005 TV Movie Gene Simmons
Third Watch 2004 TV Series Donald Mann
King of the Hill 2003 TV Series Jessie
Wish You Were Dead 2002 Vinny
The New Guy 2002 Reverend
My First Mister 2001 Mrs. Wilson Benson's Fantasy Head (uncredited)
At Any Cost 2000 TV Movie Dennis Berg
Detroit Rock City 1999 KISS
Millennium 1998 TV Series Hector Leachman
Action League Now!!: Rock-A-Big-Baby 1997 Short Gene Simmons (voice)
Red Surf 1989 Video Doc
Wanted: Dead or Alive 1987 Malak Al Rahim
Trick or Treat 1986 Nuke
Never Too Young to Die 1986 Carruthers / Velvet Von Ragner
The Hitchhiker 1986 TV Series Mr. Big
Miami Vice 1985 TV Series Newton Windsor Blade
Runaway 1984 Luther
KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park 1978 TV Movie The Demon

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Action League Now!! 2003 TV Series writer
My Dad the Rock Star 2003 TV Series book "My Dad the Rockstar: Rebel without a Nose Ring."
KISS: eXposed 1987 Video documentary

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
KISS vs. MCZ 2014 TV Movie documentary
Kiss: Beyond the Makeup 2001 TV Movie documentary
Kiss: The Last Kiss 2000 TV Movie

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Gene Simmons: Family Jewels 2009 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
VH1 Classic One Hit Wonders 2008-2010 TV Series very special thanks - 16 episodes
2001 Maniacs: Field of Screams 2010 special thanks
Now: That's What I Call Dance Music 2009 TV Movie special thanks
No Good TV: Apocalypse 2008 Short very special thanks
Rock School 2005-2006 TV Series with thanks to - 11 episodes
My First Mister 2001 special thanks
Free Enterprise 1998 special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Inside Edition 2014 TV Series documentary Himself
The Ultimate Wedding Planner 2014 Documentary Himself
Glad All Over: The Dave Clark Five and Beyond 2014 TV Movie documentary Himself
Mending Kids International: All Star Concert for Children Worldwide 2014 TV Special Himself
The Arsenio Hall Show 2014 TV Series Himself
Good Day L.A. 2006-2014 TV Series Himself
Kiss Live in Japan 2013 2013 TV Movie Himself
Sunday Brunch 2013 TV Series Himself
The Best Hit USA 2013 TV Series Himself
Lovitz or Leavitz with Jon Lovitz 2013 TV Series Himself
The Kiss Monster World Tour: Live from Europe 2013 TV Special Himself
Fashion News Live 2007-2013 TV Series Himself
Toy Hunter 2013 TV Series Himself
The Burn with Jeff Ross 2013 TV Series Himself
Rock and Roll Roast of Dee Snider 2013 TV Movie Himself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2002-2012 TV Series Himself
Richard E. Grant's Hotel Secrets 2012 TV Series documentary Himself
Sample This 2012 Documentary Narrator
The X Factor 2012 TV Series Himself - Sophie Tweed-Simmons' Dad
Gene Simmons: Family Jewels 2006-2012 TV Series Himself / Herself
Tanked 2012 TV Series Himself
Dancing with the Stars 2012 TV Series Himself
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2006-2012 TV Series Himself
Life, in Hollywood: Homevideo 2011 Video Himself
The One Show 2011 TV Series Himself - Guest
2011 Primetime Creative Arts Emmys 2011 TV Movie Himself
The Marilyn Denis Show 2011 TV Series Himself
The Talk 2011 TV Series Himself
Chelsea Lately 2007-2011 TV Series Himself
Lopez Tonight 2010 TV Series Himself
Freedom Watch with Judge Napolitano 2010 TV Series Himself
The Hour 2010 TV Series Himself
Bill Zucker's Day with the Simmons 2010 TV Movie Himself
In the House with Peter Bart & Peter Guber 2010 TV Series
I'm in a Rock 'n' Roll Band 2010 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself - Singer & Bass, Kiss
Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage 2010 Documentary Himself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2010 TV Series Himself
Eye on Entertainment 2010 TV Series Himself
The Dudesons 2010 TV Series Himself
Shatner's Raw Nerve 2010 TV Series Himself - Guest
I Get That a Lot 2010 TV Series Himself
Glenn Martin DDS 2009 TV Series Himself
Fuse Fest: Voodoo 2009 2009 TV Movie Himself
Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel 2009 Documentary Himself
American Idol 2005-2009 TV Series Himself - Guest Judge
The Fairly OddParents 2009 TV Series Himself
Fantástico 2009 TV Series documentary Himself
At the Table with... 2009 TV Series documentary Himself
Leftcoast TV 2009 TV Series Himself
Q with Jian Ghomeshi 2009 TV Series Himself
Jingles 2008 TV Series Himself
Kiss Over Vegas 2008 Short Himself
Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? 2008 TV Series Himself
Ed's Nite In 2008 TV Series Himself
Criss Angel Mindfreak 2007-2008 TV Series Himself
Battleground Earth: Ludacris vs. Tommy Lee 2008 TV Series Himself
Robot Chicken 2006-2008 TV Series Himself / Maax
Shrink Rap 2008 TV Series Himself
The Apprentice 2005-2008 TV Series Himself
The Footy Show 2008 TV Series Himself
Rachael Ray 2008 TV Series Himself
Extra 2008 TV Series Himself
Entertainment Tonight 1983-2008 TV Series Himself
Larry King Live 2007 TV Series Himself
2007 American Music Awards 2007 TV Special Himself
Spread TV 2007 TV Series Himself
KISSology: The Ultimate KISS Collection Vol. 2 1978-1991 2007 Video documentary Himself
Seven Ages of Rock 2007 TV Series documentary Himself
Entertainment Tonight Canada 2007 TV Series Himself
Webnation 2007 TV Series Himself
Howard Stern on Demand 2006-2007 TV Series Himself
Identity 2007 TV Series Himself
2007 AVN Awards Show 2007 TV Special Himself
Red Hot Carpet 2007 TV Special Himself
Vegas Background 2007 Himself
The Paul O'Grady Show 2007 TV Series Himself
KISSology: The Ultimate KISS Collection 2006 Video documentary Himself
MSNBC Live 2006 TV Series Himself
The View 2006 TV Series Himself
7th Inning Stretch 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
In the Cutz 2006 TV Series
Look, Up in the Sky! The Amazing Story of Superman 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself - Musician and Comic Book Fan
VH1's Heavy: The Story of Metal 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch 2006 TV Series Himself
Rock School 2005-2006 TV Series Himself
Jenna's American Sex Star 2006 TV Series Himself - Guest-Judge
Long Island Music Hall of Fame's 1st Induction Awards Gala 2006 TV Movie Himself
Pop Nation: America's Coolest Stuff 2005 TV Series Himself
Kiss: Rock the Nation - Live 2005 Video Himself
Richard & Judy 2005 TV Series Himself
Mind of Mencia 2005 TV Series Himself
XWF: In Your Face 2005 Video Himself
Rockin' the Corps: An American Thank You 2005 Documentary Himself
The Contender 2005 TV Series Himself
Adult Video News Awards 2005 2005 Video Himself
Hannity & Colmes 2005 TV Series Himself
Biography 2004 TV Series documentary Himself
Retrosexual: The 80's 2004 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
The 32nd Annual American Music Awards 2004 TV Special Himself
52 Most Irresistible Women 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
When Playboy Ruled the World 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Greatest 2003-2004 TV Series documentary Himself
T4 2004 TV Series Himself
20th Century Masters: The Best of Kiss - The DVD Collection 2004 Video short Himself
Store studio 2004 TV Series Himself
Gene Simmons Speaking in Tongues 2004 Video documentary Himself
Bill Stanton Project 2003 TV Series Himself
Kiss Symphony 2003 Video documentary
The Van Halen Story: The Early Years 2003 Video documentary Himself
Tony Hawk's Underground 2003 Video Game Himself (uncredited)
Banzai 2003 TV Series Himself
The New Tom Green Show 2003 TV Series Himself
The Panel 2002 TV Series Himself
Hollywood Squares 2002 TV Series Himself
E! True Hollywood Story 2001-2002 TV Series documentary Himself
Adult Video News Awards 2002 2002 Video documentary Himself
Jackass 2002 TV Series Himself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 2002 TV Series Himself
The 29th Annual American Music Awards 2002 TV Special Himself
Still Cher 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself
Satan's Top Forty 2001 Video documentary short Himself
Crossover 2001 TV Special Himself
Howard Stern 1995-2001 TV Series Himself
Rage 2001 TV Series Himself
The Daily Show 1999-2001 TV Series Himself
Kiss: Beyond the Makeup 2001 TV Movie documentary Himself
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire 2001 TV Series Himself
The Test 2001 TV Series Himself - Panelist
Turn Ben Stein On 2001 TV Series Himself
Intimate Portrait 2001 TV Series documentary Himself
Porn Star: The Legend of Ron Jeremy 2001 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock 2000 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself - Member, KISS
VH-1 Where Are They Now? 2000 TV Series documentary Himself
Kiss: The Last Kiss 2000 TV Movie Himself
Power Vision - Pop Galerie 2000 TV Series documentary Himself
Talk to Me 2000 TV Series Himself
Miscellaneous Shit: Behind the Scenes of 'Detroit Rock City' 1999 Video documentary short Himself
WCW Monday Nitro 1999 TV Series Himself
Kiss: The Second Coming 1998 Video Himself
The 25th Annual American Music Awards 1998 TV Special Himself
KISS Live: The Ultimate Halloween Party 1998 TV Movie Himself
MADtv 1998 TV Series Himself
Kiss Psycho Circus 1998 Video short Himself
KaBlam! 1997 TV Series Himself (segment "Action League Now!")
Playboy Celebrity Centerfold: Shannon Tweed 1997 Video documentary Himself
MTV Video Music Awards 1996 1996 TV Special Himself
The History of Rock 'n' Roll 1995 TV Series documentary Himself
The Anti Gravity Room 1995 TV Series Himself
Unplugged 1995 TV Series documentary Himself
KISS My A**: The Video 1994 Video documentary Himself
American Bandstand's Teen Idol 1994 TV Special Himself
The 21st Annual American Music Awards 1994 TV Special Himself
Kiss: Konfidential 1993 Video Himself
Kiss: X-treme Close-Up 1992 Video Himself
The 18th Annual American Music Awards 1991 TV Special Himself
The 1989 Annual MTV Video Music Awards 1989 TV Special Himself
The 31st Annual Grammy Awards 1989 TV Special Himself
America's Top 10 1989 TV Series Himself
Hard 'N Heavy Volume 4 1989 Video documentary Himself
The Geraldo Rivera Show 1988 TV Series Himself
Rockstop! 1988 TV Series Himself
The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years 1988 Documentary Himself
KISS: eXposed 1987 Video documentary Himself
Fridays 1982 TV Series Himself
Countdown 1980 TV Series Himself
Tomorrow Coast to Coast 1979 TV Series Himself
The Mike Douglas Show 1974-1979 TV Series Himself - Rock Vocalist / Himself
Evening Magazine 1979 TV Series Himself
The Midnight Special 1975 TV Series Himself
From the Bridge 2017 Documentary Himself
Rush: A Salute to Kings 2016 Short Himself
The Colossus of Destiny: A Melvins Tale 2016 Documentary
Anderson Cooper 360° 2016 TV Series Himself - Interviewee
Kiss Rocks Vegas 2016 TV Movie Himself
Molly: The Real Thing 2016 TV Movie documentary Himself - Kiss
The Doctors 2016 TV Series Himself
Dr. Phil 2016 TV Series Himself
We Are X 2016 Documentary Himself
The Naked Entrepreneur 2016 TV Series Himself - Guest
You Wanted the Best... You Got the Best: The Official Kiss Movie 2016 Documentary Himself
The Ritchie Blackmore Story 2015 Documentary Himself
Good Morning America 2015 TV Series Himself - Guest
Loose Women 2015 TV Series Himself
The Meredith Vieira Show 2015 TV Series Himself
KISS vs. MCZ 2014 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Wendy Williams Show 2014 TV Series Himself
Geraldo at Large 2014 TV Series documentary Himself
The 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2014 TV Movie Himself
The Chew 2014 TV Series Himself - Author, Me Inc.
Fox and Friends 2013-2014 TV Series Himself / Himself - Author, Me, Inc.
Outnumbered 2014 TV Series Himself - Guest Co-Host
Today 2012-2014 TV Series Himself
TMZ on TV 2014 TV Series Himself
The Big Interview with Dan Rather 2014 TV Series Himself
Through the Keyhole 2014 TV Series Himself
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Season 14: Guest Who's Coming to Visit? 2014 Video documentary short Himself
4th and Loud 2014 TV Series Himself
Diners, Drive-ins and Dives 2014 TV Series Himself
Kid President: Declaration of Awesome 2014 TV Series Himself
The 2014 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 2014 TV Movie Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Tu cara me suena - Argentina 2014-2015 TV Series Himself
Inside Edition 2015 TV Series documentary Himself
Provokation 2015 Documentary short Himself
The Apprentice 2015 TV Series Himself
The Comfort Zone 2013 TV Series Himself
Chelsea Lately 2013 TV Series Himself
1002 Momentos de la tele 2012 TV Series Himself
Pearl Jam Twenty 2011 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
Let's Spend the Night Together 2010 Documentary Himself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2010 TV Series Himself
Religulous 2008 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
Mike Douglas: Moments & Memories 2008 Video Himself
20 to 1 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
Howard Stern on Demand 2006 TV Series Himself
End Game: Making 'Millennium' Season Three 2004 Video documentary short Himself / Hector Leachman (uncredited)
Kiss Loves You 2004 Documentary
WWE: The Stone Cold Truth 2004 Video Himself
Tupac: Resurrection 2003 Documentary Himself
Playboy: Inside the Playboy Mansion 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself
Top Ten 2001 TV Series documentary Himself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 1994 TV Series Himself

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2012 People's Choice Award People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite TV Celebreality Star Gene Simmons: Family Jewels (2006)


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#Fact
1 Attended a Beverly Hills fundraiser for the Israeli Defense Forces. (6 November 2015).
2 Found out after his father died in 2002 that he had 3 half sisters: Drora, Ogenia and Sharon; and one half brother Kobi.
3 Brother-in-law of Tracy Tweed.
4 During an interview on William Shatner's Shatner's Raw Nerve (2008), Gene revealed how he and Paul Stanley came up with the name KISS. They knew they wanted a band name that was short, blunt, and stood out. For a while, they played with the notion of calling their band "Fuck" with the idea that each record album they made would have a title with a variation of the word (i.e.: Fuck You, Fuck Off, Fuck Me, Fuck Him, etc.) But, then, they realized they would never get signed to a record deal with that kind of a name, so Paul Stanley came up with "KISS" instead.
5 At the height of their popularity in the 70's, various right-wing Christian groups, who often demonized rock-n-roll as "the devil's music", claimed that "KISS" stood for "Knights In Satan's Service".
6 According to the KISS band members on VH1's Behind the Music (1997), their garish costumes (created from various S&M sex gear) and make-up was born out of their mutual love of comic books and sci-fi/horror films. According to Gene, each member (Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley, Peter Criss and himself) fashioned their stage characters from their own personalities. Gene loved horror films and chose "The Demon" as his persona. Paul Stanley always dreamed of being a stage star and became "Star-Child". Ace Frehley loved science fiction and chose the "Space Ace" persona. And Peter Criss' "Cat Man" character was a reference to his growing up in a rough neighborhood (He quipped "I had nine lives like a cat just make it out of there"). Gene says that Ace Frehley was the one who drew the KISS logo.
7 A customized electric bass guitar - the "Gene Simmons Axe Bass" - was especially created for him by South Korean giant Cort. The body of the instrument is shaped like the head of an axe with the neck affecting the "handle".
8 KISS was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 7080 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
9 Lives in Beverly Hills, California.
10 Grew up in Jackson Heights, Queens.
11 Good friends with Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi.
12 In his autobiography Kiss and Makeup, said that his mother is primarily the reason why he has never used drugs. He decided years ago that she'd already been through enough having survived the horrors of the Holocaust, and he didn't want to break her heart by becoming a drug addict.
13 Prides himself on living his life like an open book. Said that when he gets into a relationship with a woman, one of the first things he does is show her his infamous book, which contains photos of the countless women he's been with. This is done so that a prospective girlfriend sees what he's about and so that there are no secrets from his side of the relationship.
14 Before forming KISS, he played in bands called Cathedral, Bullfrog Beer, Coffee, The Long Island Sounds, and Wicked Lester. This last one had another future KISS member, Paul Stanley.
15 Was offered the role of Nick Hurley in Flashdance, but turned it down due to his agenda with KISS.
16 Speaks Hungarian, Hebrew, High German, Japanese and, of course, English.
17 He has a business partner named Rich Abramson. Their company is known as Simmons Abramson Marketing.
18 Taught 6th grade at PS 75 in Spanish Harlem.
19 Earned a Bachelor's degree in Education from Richmond College in Staten Island, New York.
20 Simmons, in terms of political views, describes himself as neither Democrat nor Republican, but voting based on the issues. While he supports a woman's right to abortion, the environment and church/state separation, he supported Bush in 2004 because he agreed with Bush's foreign policy stands.
21 Is one of the top fire-breathers in the world. The world record is a 27 feet flame. Gene can hit 15 feet.
22 His famous tongue has been measured at over 7 inches long.
23 Once said he bought a ticket to one of his own shows, then walked in completely out of makeup and character, and took his seat. Nobody knew who he was.
24 Is "The Demon" in the hard rock band, KISS.
25 He has one non-negotiable condition for anyone interested in signing with his record label Simmons Records: No Drugs.
26 Even though his father left the family when Simmons was a child, once he became rich he felt an obligation to buy both of his parents homes and provide them with financially worry-free lifestyles.
27 He is the son of Hungarian Jews. His mother, Florence, is a Holocaust survivor. In his book "Sex Money KISS", Simmons wrote that his grandmother willingly went into a gas chamber with his great-grandmother because she didn't want her mother to have to die alone. Simmons' mother is the only member of her entire family to survive the Holocaust. She managed to survive partly due to her skills as a hairdresser (a wife of one of the Nazi German officer liked how she did hair and had her kept around to be her hairstylist).
28 When Simmons' came to America, his name was changed from Chaim Witz to Gene Klein. He later decided to use "Gene Simmons" for professional purposes.
29 Is the founder of Simmons Publishing, which publishes books and magazines.
30 Once played in a band called Cathedral, several years before forming KISS. Among the names the band considered before settling on KISS in 1973 were Albatross, The Crimson Harpoon and F**k. Paul Stanley was the band member who suggested KISS.
31 Has never drank alcohol, used drugs or smoked
32 Claims to have slept with over 4,600 women.
33 Gave Elijah Allman (Cher's son) his first guitar at age 11.
34 With KISS no longer occupying his time, Gene has a number of ventures he's turned to: resurrecting his record label, $immons Records, acting in and producing feature films, starting up his own Women of Wrestling league (with a W.O.W. magazine and clothing line to follow), creating his own radio talk show, and possibly even going on the lecture circuit.
35 Launches fashion label, "Gene Simmons - Dragonfly" [August 2002]
36 Publisher of the magazine 'Tongue' since late 2001. Is currently working on a KISS brand of condoms, among other things. Most of his post-KISS career will be concentrated on producing feature films and creating new KISS merchandise.
37 Discovered Van Halen in 1977 and produced the demo that got them signed to Warner Brothers Records. Unfortunately, Simmons had to release them from their contract when he couldn't convince anyone at WB of the band's potential. Bill Aucoin, then-manager of KISS, told Simmons he didn't think Van Halen would have any commercial success (Van Halen's debut self-titled album went platinum, and their famous 1984 album has sold more than 10 million copies and has been certified diamond).
38 Produced many acts in the 1980s, including Keel, Wendy O. Williams, "EZO" and "Black and Blue".
39 There is a KISS tribute band in Seattle called Gene's Addiction.
40 Designer of the axe shaped bass guitar.
41 Once considered becoming a rabbi.
42 Was once in a band called "Bullfrog Beer". Other pre-KISS bands he was a member of included "Coffee", "the Long Island Sounds", and "Wicked Lester" (with Paul Stanley).
43 Edward Van Halen once begged Gene and Paul Stanley to let him join KISS, during a time when his band, Van Halen, was having problems. Van Halen played guitar in a session for KISS, and, according to Simmons, impressed them with his use of synthesizers. Simmons eventually told Van Halen that despite his feelings about working with David Lee Roth, he should stick things out since his musical abilities would never be fully recognized within KISS' style.
44 Has a son, Nick Simmons (b. 1989), and a daughter, Sophie Simmons (b. 1992), with Shannon Tweed.
45 Has lived with model/actress Shannon Tweed since 1986, but didn't marry until 2011. Simmons had previously said that while he respects the rights of those who choose to marry, it's not something he ever planned to do; specifically, he doesn't feel man by nature is meant to be in a monogamous relationship. "The only thing wrong with marriage is that one of the persons involved is a man," he often says.
46 Lived with Cher for several years.
47 Prior to forming KISS, Gene Simmons was an elementary school teacher.
48 Co-founder of the famous hard-rock group, KISS, famous for outrageous antics and kabuki-like make-up.

#Quote
1 David Bowie, you will be sorely missed. Bowie's 'Changes' and the Ziggy story songs were a major influence for me.
2 I think Shakespeare (William Shakespeare) is shit. Absolute shit! The guy may have been a genius in his time, but I can't relate to it at all. 'Thee, thou...' The guy sounds like a fairy.
3 People think that, in KISS, Paul and I are alike, as are Peter and Ace with each other. Bullshit. Paul and I are like black and white; there's almost nothing we share an opinion on. I think Judge Dredd is one of the greatest movies ever made, and Paul think it's a piece of shit. The one guy in KISS that I have much in common with would be Peter.
4 That beautiful idea in religion about the meek inheriting the earth is naiveté at its highest. The strong inherit the earth; the meek inherit shit.
5 Where's the next Bob Dylan? Where's the next Beatles (The Beatles)? Where are the songwriters? Many of them now have to work behind the scenes, to prop up acts and write their stuff for them.
6 It's very sad for new bands. My heart goes out to them. They just don't have a chance. If you play guitar, it's almost impossible. You're better off not even learning how to play guitar or write songs and just singing in the shower and auditioning for The X Factor (2011).
7 I have never been high or drunk in my life.
8 Politicians trot out celebrities and rock stars to convince us they're worthy of the job, and we the masses, fall for it. Shame on us. Celebrities are morons, myself included. They should stick to what they do best. Act. Sing. Or burp. But keep the candidates clean of their stains.
9 I think Barack Obama is actually a good guy. He has no fucking idea what the world is like because he doesn't have to live there.
10 No karaoke singers allowed. No fake bullshit. Leave that to Rihanna-Schmianna and everybody else whose name ends with an 'a.'
11 I would urge all bands that say they only care about credibility and don't care about money to send Gene Simmons every dollar that they don't want. I'd be happy to take it off them.
12 Some bands use a lot of tapes...U2? I'm sorry, it's a fucking tape. The great bands like Metallica, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin - what you see and what you hear is what these people are actually playing.
13 Music, marriage and religion, it's all a business. Even God passes the hat around. It is your fiduciary duty not just to understand how to play a minor chord but how to maximize your pay.
14 If someone offered me a billion dollars for the Kiss brand I wouldn't sell. We now have 3,000 licensed products. There's no limit to what Kiss can do. We have everything from condoms to caskets - we'll get you coming and we'll get you going.
15 Don't believe bands who say it's all about the fans and they want to give their music away for free. The result is they will continue to live in their mother's basement.
16 It is time for me to grow up. I'm 62. I've been doing a lot of wacky stuff for an awfully long time... and there's nobody I've ever said 'I love you' to. I even find it difficult to say 'I love you' to my mother. But I love Shannon with all my heart and all my soul, and always will.
17 This is a privileged life. There are rewards. But at any time I could say 'I don't want to do this, don't bother me' and quit. I do it because I love it.
18 The TV show, for me, is medicinal. I'm able to watch it and realize that I'm not aware how I come off. I can be short, I can be impolite, and not be aware of it, and it certainly hurts people's feelings.
19 [on touring as a family group] I think it's good for me and good for the family. It forces [us] to confront issues that would normally be hidden. We've been together twenty-eight years and I don't know of a single highway you can drive on that doesn't have bumps in the road. Love is the answer. If you care enough about somebody, you confront those issues.
20 [on pop duo "Boy Meets Girl", aka George Merrill & Shannon Rubicam] Their worst and only mistake was actually getting married, when they already had a gorgeous little girl *and* a booming music career. Had those two just left well-enough alone, like Shannon (Tweed) and I have, they'd probably still be a couple today.
21 Everyone has SOMETHING for which everybody else will gladly shell out a ton of money...whether or not they know exactly what it is.
22 The best things in life are never given; they're earned. Responsibility, for instance.
23 The best you can do is set your kids on the right track; staying on it without falling is up to the kids.
24 Kids should never be allowed, much less forced, to leave the nest until and unless they can fly - or, preferably, soar.
25 We own some very big houses that critics have bought us with their bad reviews. Critics are an unnecessary life form. There's a large Kiss cemetery at the back of our houses where we bury them.
26 We broke Lawrence Welk's attendance record in Abilene, Texas. I'm very proud of that.
27 [on Radiohead's plan in 2007 to let fans choose how much to pay for their new album] That's not a business model that works. I open a store and say, 'come on in and pay whatever you want'. Are you on fucking crack?
28 You can't argue with facts and figures. Either people want it, in which case they pay for it, or it's two guys sitting around at the Plaza having a discussion, which means nothing. I mean, Titanic (1997). I wasn't crazy about the movie. But you know what? I'm gonna shut up, because the people have spoken. End of story!
29 [on the dismissal of his KISS band-mates Peter Criss and Ace Frehley in the early 1980s] They were let go for being into alcohol and worse drugs, pure and simple. I love both those guys to death. But I didn't want them to die on tour.
30 [on his children, Nick Simmons and Sophie Simmons] Why are they so funny and creative and charming and generous? Because I won't stand for them being anything less, that's why!
31 Whoever said 'Money can't buy you love or joy' obviously was not making enough money.
32 The root of all evil isn't money; rather, it's not having enough money.
33 Marriage is an institution, and you must be fully committed to it. That sounds crazy to me.
34 [on why he was voting for George W. Bush in 2004] When you walk through a bad neighborhood, you don't want a poodle by your side. You want a Rottweiler.
35 My hero is me. Why? Because I was a poor little kid who was told, 'Hey stupid, can't you speak English?' Now all those people work for me. Despite whatever circumstances I came across, I was always able to rise to the top and there's only one way to do that - by being selfish, but also by believing in yourself. Belief is self-knowing. Even Yoda out of Star Wars said, 'Do or do not. There is no try.'
36 The first thing I did when I met Shannon Tweed, or Cher, was say: 'Here, there are no skeletons in Gene Simmons's closet.' I refuse to lead a Dr Jekyll-and-Mr Hyde life. There are DJs who get caught with prostitutes, MPs with stockings on their head. It's a waste of time. Just say, 'This is who I am. Take it or leave it'. Then you sleep well.
37 When I'm gone, on my tombstone I'd like 'Thank you and goodnight', because I have no regrets. The sad thing is most people have to check with someone before they do the things that make them happy. We're all passing through; the least we can do is be happy, and the only way to do that is by being selfish.
38 Anyone who tells you they got into rock n' roll for reasons other than girls, fame and money is full of shit.
39 Walk amongst the natives by day, but in your heart be Superman.
40 It's a dirty job but somebody's got to do it.

#Trademark
1 Spits fake blood and breathes fire onstage
2 Deep voice
3 Sunglasses
4 Spike platform boots, flame-shaped afro, and spiked armor plating
5 Long tongue
6 The axe-shaped bass guitar
7 The Demon makeup worn from 1973-1983 then from 1996 to present

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