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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 Responseproducer post-production
You Wanted the Best... You Got the Best: The Official Kiss Movie2016Documentary executive producer
Gene Simmons: Family Jewels2006-2012TV Series executive producer - 71 episodes
Drake & Josh2005TV Series executive producer - 1 episode
My Dad the Rock Star2003TV Series executive producer - 2 episodes
Smash2001TV Series executive producer
Detroit Rock City1999producer

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Nice Guys2016writer: "ROCK AND ROLL ALL NITE"
Tu cara me suena - Argentina2015TV Series writer - 1 episode
Scooby-Doo! And Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery2015Video writer: "Rock and Roll All Nite", "Shout It Out Loud"
Mike & Mike2014TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Dancing with the Stars2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
Monsterimies2014Documentary writer: "I Love It Loud"
Atop the Fourth Wall2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
Duck Dynasty2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
Born to Be Wild: The Golden Age of American Rock2014TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
The Simpsons2013TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Tonight Show with Jay LenoTV Series writer - 4 episodes, 2011 - 2013 performer - 1 episode, 2012
Magic Mike2012writer: "Calling Dr. Love"
Metal Evolution2011TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Gulliver's Travels2010writer: "ROCK AND ROLL ALL NITE"
Por Toda Minha Vida2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
Somewhere2010writer: "Love Theme From Kiss"
Madden NFL 112010Video Game writer: "Rock and Roll All Nite"
Glee2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
Guitar Hero 52009Video Game writer: "Shout it Out Loud"
American Idol2009TV Series writer - 1 episode
Role Models2008writer: "Rock and Roll All Nite"
Paul Stanley: One Live Kiss2008Video documentary writer: "Strutter"
Ugly Betty2008TV Series writer - 1 episode
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock2007Video Game writer: "Rock and Roll All Night"
The Singing Bee2007TV Series writer - 1 episode
KISSology: The Ultimate KISS Collection Vol. 2 1978-19912007Video documentary writer: "Deuce", "Calling Dr. Love", "Shout It Out Loud", "Rock & Roll All Night", "Radioactive", "Fits Like a Glove", "I Love It Loud"
Rage2006TV Series writer - 1 episode
Guitar Hero II2006Video Game writer: "STRUTTER"
7th Inning Stretch2006TV Movie documentary performer: "Rock And Roll All Nite" / writer: "Rock And Roll All Nite"
Air Guitar Nation2006Documentary writer: "God Gave Rock and Roll to You II"
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas2004Video Game writer: "Strutter"
Karaoke Revolution Volume 22004Video Game "Rock And Roll All Nite"
Tony Hawk's Underground2003Video Game writer: "Rock 'N Roll All Night"
What's New, Scooby-Doo?2003TV Series writer - 1 episode
Du ska nog se att det går över2003Documentary writer: "C'mon Now"
Ash Wednesday2002writer: "Shout It Out Loud"
ER2002TV Series writer - 1 episode
Detroit Rock City1999writer: "Rock And Roll All Night" Garage Version, "Ladies Room", "Shout It Out Loud", "Christine Sixteen", "Strutter", "Calling Doctor Love"
KISS Live: The Ultimate Halloween Party1998TV 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 & Greg1998TV Series writer - 1 episode
KaBlam!1997TV Series 1 episode
Unplugged1995TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Tommy Boy1995"I Love It Loud Injected Mix"
Full House1994TV Series writer - 1 episode
Dazed and Confused1993writer: "Rock & Roll All Nite"
Beavis and Butt-Head1993TV Series writer - 1 episode
Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey1991writer: "GOD GAVE ROCK N' ROLL TO YOU II"
The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years1988Documentary PLUS SPECIAL MESSAGES BY:
Less Than Zero1987writer: "Rock And Roll All Nite"
Reform School Girls1986writer: "It's My Life"
Cool Cats: 25 Years of Rock 'n' Roll Style1983Video documentary writer: "I Love It Loud" - uncredited

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Armed Responsepost-production
Angie Tribeca2016TV SeriesGene Simmons
Scorpion2015TV SeriesGene Simmons
Scooby-Doo! And Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery2015VideoThe Demon (voice)
Comic Book Men2015TV Series
Welcome to Sweden2014TV SeriesGene Simmons
Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff2014Video GameGene Simmons (voice)
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation2014TV SeriesGene Simmons
A Very Satan Christmas2013ShortSatan
Epic School Battle2012Short
Castle2011TV SeriesGene Simmons
Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock2010Video GameNarrator (voice)
Expecting Mary2010Taylor
Extract2009Joe Adler
Detoroito Metaru Shiti2008Jack Il Dark
Ugly Betty2008TV SeriesGene Simmons
KISSology: The Ultimate KISS Collection Vol. 3 1992-20002007VideoGene Simmons
SpongeBob SquarePants2007TV SeriesSea Monster
Sea Tales2007Video
Family Guy2001-2005TV SeriesGene Simmons / Prisoner #3
Be Cool2005Gene Simmons
Todd's Coma2005TV MovieGene Simmons
Third Watch2004TV SeriesDonald Mann
King of the Hill2003TV SeriesJessie
Wish You Were Dead2002Vinny
The New Guy2002Reverend
My First Mister2001Mrs. Wilson Benson's Fantasy Head (uncredited)
At Any Cost2000TV MovieDennis Berg
Detroit Rock City1999KISS
Millennium1998TV SeriesHector Leachman
Action League Now!!: Rock-A-Big-Baby1997ShortGene Simmons (voice)
Red Surf1989VideoDoc
Wanted: Dead or Alive1987Malak Al Rahim
Trick or Treat1986Nuke
Never Too Young to Die1986Carruthers / Velvet Von Ragner
The Hitchhiker1986TV SeriesMr. Big
Miami Vice1985TV SeriesNewton Windsor Blade
Runaway1984Luther
KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park1978TV MovieThe Demon

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Action League Now!!2003TV Series writer
My Dad the Rock Star2003TV Series book "My Dad the Rockstar: Rebel without a Nose Ring."
KISS: eXposed1987Video documentary

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
KISS vs. MCZ2014TV Movie documentary
Kiss: Beyond the Makeup2001TV Movie documentary
Kiss: The Last Kiss2000TV Movie

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Gene Simmons: Family Jewels2009TV Series lyrics - 1 episode

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
VH1 Classic One Hit Wonders2008-2010TV Series very special thanks - 16 episodes
2001 Maniacs: Field of Screams2010special thanks
Now: That's What I Call Dance Music2009TV Movie special thanks
No Good TV: Apocalypse2008Short very special thanks
Rock School2005-2006TV Series with thanks to - 11 episodes
My First Mister2001special thanks
Free Enterprise1998special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Inside Edition2014TV Series documentaryHimself
The Ultimate Wedding Planner2014DocumentaryHimself
Glad All Over: The Dave Clark Five and Beyond2014TV Movie documentaryHimself
Mending Kids International: All Star Concert for Children Worldwide2014TV SpecialHimself
The Arsenio Hall Show2014TV SeriesHimself
Good Day L.A.2006-2014TV SeriesHimself
Kiss Live in Japan 20132013TV MovieHimself
Sunday Brunch2013TV SeriesHimself
The Best Hit USA2013TV SeriesHimself
Lovitz or Leavitz with Jon Lovitz2013TV SeriesHimself
The Kiss Monster World Tour: Live from Europe2013TV SpecialHimself
Fashion News Live2007-2013TV SeriesHimself
Toy Hunter2013TV SeriesHimself
The Burn with Jeff Ross2013TV SeriesHimself
Rock and Roll Roast of Dee Snider2013TV MovieHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2002-2012TV SeriesHimself
Richard E. Grant's Hotel Secrets2012TV Series documentaryHimself
Sample This2012DocumentaryNarrator
The X Factor2012TV SeriesHimself - Sophie Tweed-Simmons' Dad
Gene Simmons: Family Jewels2006-2012TV SeriesHimself / Herself
Tanked2012TV SeriesHimself
Dancing with the Stars2012TV SeriesHimself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2006-2012TV SeriesHimself
Life, in Hollywood: Homevideo2011VideoHimself
The One Show2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
2011 Primetime Creative Arts Emmys2011TV MovieHimself
The Marilyn Denis Show2011TV SeriesHimself
The Talk2011TV SeriesHimself
Chelsea Lately2007-2011TV SeriesHimself
Lopez Tonight2010TV SeriesHimself
Freedom Watch with Judge Napolitano2010TV SeriesHimself
The Hour2010TV SeriesHimself
Bill Zucker's Day with the Simmons2010TV MovieHimself
In the House with Peter Bart & Peter Guber2010TV Series
I'm in a Rock 'n' Roll Band2010TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Singer & Bass, Kiss
Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage2010DocumentaryHimself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2010TV SeriesHimself
Eye on Entertainment2010TV SeriesHimself
The Dudesons2010TV SeriesHimself
Shatner's Raw Nerve2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest
I Get That a Lot2010TV SeriesHimself
Glenn Martin DDS2009TV SeriesHimself
Fuse Fest: Voodoo 20092009TV MovieHimself
Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel2009DocumentaryHimself
American Idol2005-2009TV SeriesHimself - Guest Judge
The Fairly OddParents2009TV SeriesHimself
Fantástico2009TV Series documentaryHimself
At the Table with...2009TV Series documentaryHimself
Leftcoast TV2009TV SeriesHimself
Q with Jian Ghomeshi2009TV SeriesHimself
Jingles2008TV SeriesHimself
Kiss Over Vegas2008ShortHimself
Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?2008TV SeriesHimself
Ed's Nite In2008TV SeriesHimself
Criss Angel Mindfreak2007-2008TV SeriesHimself
Battleground Earth: Ludacris vs. Tommy Lee2008TV SeriesHimself
Robot Chicken2006-2008TV SeriesHimself / Maax
Shrink Rap2008TV SeriesHimself
The Apprentice2005-2008TV SeriesHimself
The Footy Show2008TV SeriesHimself
Rachael Ray2008TV SeriesHimself
Extra2008TV SeriesHimself
Entertainment Tonight1983-2008TV SeriesHimself
Larry King Live2007TV SeriesHimself
2007 American Music Awards2007TV SpecialHimself
Spread TV2007TV SeriesHimself
KISSology: The Ultimate KISS Collection Vol. 2 1978-19912007Video documentaryHimself
Seven Ages of Rock2007TV Series documentaryHimself
Entertainment Tonight Canada2007TV SeriesHimself
Webnation2007TV SeriesHimself
Howard Stern on Demand2006-2007TV SeriesHimself
Identity2007TV SeriesHimself
2007 AVN Awards Show2007TV SpecialHimself
Red Hot Carpet2007TV SpecialHimself
Vegas Background2007Himself
The Paul O'Grady Show2007TV SeriesHimself
KISSology: The Ultimate KISS Collection2006Video documentaryHimself
MSNBC Live2006TV SeriesHimself
The View2006TV SeriesHimself
7th Inning Stretch2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
In the Cutz2006TV Series
Look, Up in the Sky! The Amazing Story of Superman2006TV Movie documentaryHimself - Musician and Comic Book Fan
VH1's Heavy: The Story of Metal2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch2006TV SeriesHimself
Rock School2005-2006TV SeriesHimself
Jenna's American Sex Star2006TV SeriesHimself - Guest-Judge
Long Island Music Hall of Fame's 1st Induction Awards Gala2006TV MovieHimself
Pop Nation: America's Coolest Stuff2005TV SeriesHimself
Kiss: Rock the Nation - Live2005VideoHimself
Richard & Judy2005TV SeriesHimself
Mind of Mencia2005TV SeriesHimself
XWF: In Your Face2005VideoHimself
Rockin' the Corps: An American Thank You2005DocumentaryHimself
The Contender2005TV SeriesHimself
Adult Video News Awards 20052005VideoHimself
Hannity & Colmes2005TV SeriesHimself
Biography2004TV Series documentaryHimself
Retrosexual: The 80's2004TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The 32nd Annual American Music Awards2004TV SpecialHimself
52 Most Irresistible Women2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
When Playboy Ruled the World2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Greatest2003-2004TV Series documentaryHimself
T42004TV SeriesHimself
20th Century Masters: The Best of Kiss - The DVD Collection2004Video shortHimself
Store studio2004TV SeriesHimself
Gene Simmons Speaking in Tongues2004Video documentaryHimself
Bill Stanton Project2003TV SeriesHimself
Kiss Symphony2003Video documentary
The Van Halen Story: The Early Years2003Video documentaryHimself
Tony Hawk's Underground2003Video GameHimself (uncredited)
Banzai2003TV SeriesHimself
The New Tom Green Show2003TV SeriesHimself
The Panel2002TV SeriesHimself
Hollywood Squares2002TV SeriesHimself
E! True Hollywood Story2001-2002TV Series documentaryHimself
Adult Video News Awards 20022002Video documentaryHimself
Jackass2002TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien2002TV SeriesHimself
The 29th Annual American Music Awards2002TV SpecialHimself
Still Cher2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
Satan's Top Forty2001Video documentary shortHimself
Crossover2001TV SpecialHimself
Howard Stern1995-2001TV SeriesHimself
Rage2001TV SeriesHimself
The Daily Show1999-2001TV SeriesHimself
Kiss: Beyond the Makeup2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire2001TV SeriesHimself
The Test2001TV SeriesHimself - Panelist
Turn Ben Stein On2001TV SeriesHimself
Intimate Portrait2001TV Series documentaryHimself
Porn Star: The Legend of Ron Jeremy2001DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock2000TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Member, KISS
VH-1 Where Are They Now?2000TV Series documentaryHimself
Kiss: The Last Kiss2000TV MovieHimself
Power Vision - Pop Galerie2000TV Series documentaryHimself
Talk to Me2000TV SeriesHimself
Miscellaneous Shit: Behind the Scenes of 'Detroit Rock City'1999Video documentary shortHimself
WCW Monday Nitro1999TV SeriesHimself
Kiss: The Second Coming1998VideoHimself
The 25th Annual American Music Awards1998TV SpecialHimself
KISS Live: The Ultimate Halloween Party1998TV MovieHimself
MADtv1998TV SeriesHimself
Kiss Psycho Circus1998Video shortHimself
KaBlam!1997TV SeriesHimself (segment "Action League Now!")
Playboy Celebrity Centerfold: Shannon Tweed1997Video documentaryHimself
MTV Video Music Awards 19961996TV SpecialHimself
The History of Rock 'n' Roll1995TV Series documentaryHimself
The Anti Gravity Room1995TV SeriesHimself
Unplugged1995TV Series documentaryHimself
KISS My A**: The Video1994Video documentaryHimself
American Bandstand's Teen Idol1994TV SpecialHimself
The 21st Annual American Music Awards1994TV SpecialHimself
Kiss: Konfidential1993VideoHimself
Kiss: X-treme Close-Up1992VideoHimself
The 18th Annual American Music Awards1991TV SpecialHimself
The 1989 Annual MTV Video Music Awards1989TV SpecialHimself
The 31st Annual Grammy Awards1989TV SpecialHimself
America's Top 101989TV SeriesHimself
Hard 'N Heavy Volume 41989Video documentaryHimself
The Geraldo Rivera Show1988TV SeriesHimself
Rockstop!1988TV SeriesHimself
The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years1988DocumentaryHimself
KISS: eXposed1987Video documentaryHimself
Fridays1982TV SeriesHimself
Countdown1980TV SeriesHimself
Tomorrow Coast to Coast1979TV SeriesHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1974-1979TV SeriesHimself - Rock Vocalist / Himself
Evening Magazine1979TV SeriesHimself
The Midnight Special1975TV SeriesHimself
From the Bridge2017DocumentaryHimself
Rush: A Salute to Kings2016ShortHimself
The Colossus of Destiny: A Melvins Tale2016Documentary
Anderson Cooper 360°2016TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
Kiss Rocks Vegas2016TV MovieHimself
Molly: The Real Thing2016TV Movie documentaryHimself - Kiss
The Doctors2016TV SeriesHimself
Dr. Phil2016TV SeriesHimself
We Are X2016DocumentaryHimself
The Naked Entrepreneur2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest
You Wanted the Best... You Got the Best: The Official Kiss Movie2016DocumentaryHimself
The Ritchie Blackmore Story2015DocumentaryHimself
Good Morning America2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Loose Women2015TV SeriesHimself
The Meredith Vieira Show2015TV SeriesHimself
KISS vs. MCZ2014TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Wendy Williams Show2014TV SeriesHimself
Geraldo at Large2014TV Series documentaryHimself
The 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade2014TV MovieHimself
The Chew2014TV SeriesHimself - Author, Me Inc.
Fox and Friends2013-2014TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Author, Me, Inc.
Outnumbered2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest Co-Host
Today2012-2014TV SeriesHimself
TMZ on TV2014TV SeriesHimself
The Big Interview with Dan Rather2014TV SeriesHimself
Through the Keyhole2014TV SeriesHimself
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Season 14: Guest Who's Coming to Visit?2014Video documentary shortHimself
4th and Loud2014TV SeriesHimself
Diners, Drive-ins and Dives2014TV SeriesHimself
Kid President: Declaration of Awesome2014TV SeriesHimself
The 2014 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony2014TV MovieHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Tu cara me suena - Argentina2014-2015TV SeriesHimself
Inside Edition2015TV Series documentaryHimself
Provokation2015Documentary shortHimself
The Apprentice2015TV SeriesHimself
The Comfort Zone2013TV SeriesHimself
Chelsea Lately2013TV SeriesHimself
1002 Momentos de la tele2012TV SeriesHimself
Pearl Jam Twenty2011DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Let's Spend the Night Together2010DocumentaryHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2010TV SeriesHimself
Religulous2008DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Mike Douglas: Moments & Memories2008VideoHimself
20 to 12006TV Series documentaryHimself
Howard Stern on Demand2006TV SeriesHimself
End Game: Making 'Millennium' Season Three2004Video documentary shortHimself / Hector Leachman (uncredited)
Kiss Loves You2004Documentary
WWE: The Stone Cold Truth2004VideoHimself
Tupac: Resurrection2003DocumentaryHimself
Playboy: Inside the Playboy Mansion2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
Top Ten2001TV Series documentaryHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1994TV SeriesHimself

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2012People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite TV Celebreality StarGene Simmons: Family Jewels (2006)


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#Fact
1Attended a Beverly Hills fundraiser for the Israeli Defense Forces. (6 November 2015).
2Found out after his father died in 2002 that he had 3 half sisters: Drora, Ogenia and Sharon; and one half brother Kobi.
3Brother-in-law of Tracy Tweed.
4During 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.
5At 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".
6According 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.
7A 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".
8KISS was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 7080 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
9Lives in Beverly Hills, California.
10Grew up in Jackson Heights, Queens.
11Good friends with Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi.
12In 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.
13Prides 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.
14Before 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.
15Was offered the role of Nick Hurley in Flashdance, but turned it down due to his agenda with KISS.
16Speaks Hungarian, Hebrew, High German, Japanese and, of course, English.
17He has a business partner named Rich Abramson. Their company is known as Simmons Abramson Marketing.
18Taught 6th grade at PS 75 in Spanish Harlem.
19Earned a Bachelor's degree in Education from Richmond College in Staten Island, New York.
20Simmons, 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.
21Is one of the top fire-breathers in the world. The world record is a 27 feet flame. Gene can hit 15 feet.
22His famous tongue has been measured at over 7 inches long.
23Once 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.
24Is "The Demon" in the hard rock band, KISS.
25He has one non-negotiable condition for anyone interested in signing with his record label Simmons Records: No Drugs.
26Even 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.
27He 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).
28When Simmons' came to America, his name was changed from Chaim Witz to Gene Klein. He later decided to use "Gene Simmons" for professional purposes.
29Is the founder of Simmons Publishing, which publishes books and magazines.
30Once 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.
31Has never drank alcohol, used drugs or smoked
32Claims to have slept with over 4,600 women.
33Gave Elijah Allman (Cher's son) his first guitar at age 11.
34With 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.
35Launches fashion label, "Gene Simmons - Dragonfly" [August 2002]
36Publisher 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.
37Discovered 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).
38Produced many acts in the 1980s, including Keel, Wendy O. Williams, "EZO" and "Black and Blue".
39There is a KISS tribute band in Seattle called Gene's Addiction.
40Designer of the axe shaped bass guitar.
41Once considered becoming a rabbi.
42Was 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).
43Edward 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.
44Has a son, Nick Simmons (b. 1989), and a daughter, Sophie Simmons (b. 1992), with Shannon Tweed.
45Has 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.
46Lived with Cher for several years.
47Prior to forming KISS, Gene Simmons was an elementary school teacher.
48Co-founder of the famous hard-rock group, KISS, famous for outrageous antics and kabuki-like make-up.

#Quote
1David Bowie, you will be sorely missed. Bowie's 'Changes' and the Ziggy story songs were a major influence for me.
2I 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.
3People 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.
4That beautiful idea in religion about the meek inheriting the earth is naiveté at its highest. The strong inherit the earth; the meek inherit shit.
5Where'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.
6It'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).
7I have never been high or drunk in my life.
8Politicians 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.
9I 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.
10No karaoke singers allowed. No fake bullshit. Leave that to Rihanna-Schmianna and everybody else whose name ends with an 'a.'
11I 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.
12Some 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.
13Music, 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.
14If 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.
15Don'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.
16It 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.
17This 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.
18The 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.
21Everyone has SOMETHING for which everybody else will gladly shell out a ton of money...whether or not they know exactly what it is.
22The best things in life are never given; they're earned. Responsibility, for instance.
23The best you can do is set your kids on the right track; staying on it without falling is up to the kids.
24Kids should never be allowed, much less forced, to leave the nest until and unless they can fly - or, preferably, soar.
25We 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.
26We 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?
28You 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!
31Whoever said 'Money can't buy you love or joy' obviously was not making enough money.
32The root of all evil isn't money; rather, it's not having enough money.
33Marriage 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.
35My 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.'
36The 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.
37When 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.
38Anyone who tells you they got into rock n' roll for reasons other than girls, fame and money is full of shit.
39Walk amongst the natives by day, but in your heart be Superman.
40It's a dirty job but somebody's got to do it.

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

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