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George Peter John Criscuola was born on the 20th December 1945, in Brooklyn, New York City, USA of Italian American descent. He is a musician well known under the name of Peter Criss who was one of the founders, and drummer and vocalist of the legendary music group Kiss. In the hard rock band, Criss was also known as The Catman. As a member of Kiss he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994. Peter Criss has also added to his net worth as a solo artist and actor. He has been active in the entertainment industry since 1964.

How much is Peter Criss net worth? It has been estimated that the overall size of his net worth is as much as $2 million, accumulated during his lengthy career in the music industry.

Peter Criss Net Worth $2 Million

Peter grew up together with his four siblings in the Williamsburg district of Brooklyn, New York. He shared his passion of playing the drums with a friend, Jerry Nolan, who became the successful drummer of the New York Dolls band. Criss played in a number of bands including Chelsea and Lips in 1960s. In the early 1970s he became a founding member of the band Kiss; Paul Stanley took the position of vocalist and rhythm guitarist, Ace Frehley – leading guitarist, Gene Simmons – vocalist, bass guitarist and Peter Criss – drummer, percussionist and vocalist. Their debut album “Kiss” (1974) was successful with gold certifications received in USA and Canada. It should be noted that Criss served as a lead vocalist on various hits, including “Black Diamond” (1974), “Hard Luck Woman” (1976) and “Beth” (1976) which was certified gold. During the decade of the 1970s, the band released many studio albums including the gold ones “Hotter Than Hell” (1974), “Dressed to Kill” (1975), “Alive!” (1975) and “Double Platinum” (1978); platinum ones “Rock and Roll Over” (1976) and “Love Gun” (1977); and two multi-platinum studio albums “Destroyer” (1976) and “Alive” (1977). Unfortunately, Peter suffered a serious injury from a car crash in 1978, and could not participate in the active life of the band, and as the result was voted out.

Officially, he left the hard rock band in 1980 and immediately pursued a solo career. His debut solo album entitled “Peter Criss” (1978) entered the album charts in Canada and USA, as well as receiving respectively gold and platinum certifications for sales. Later, he successfully continued his solo career with other studio albums, “Out of Control” (1980), “Let Me Rock You” (1982), “Cat #1” (1994) and “One for All” (2007). These recordings added significantly to Peter’s net worth.

It should be mentioned that Peter Criss returned to the Kiss band in 1995 and left again in 2001, and then rejoined the band for the third time in 2002 though he left in 2004. Because of many disagreements and frustration he could not be a permanent part of the band, nevertheless Kiss added much financially to the net worth of Peter Criss.

Additionally, as an actor Criss appeared in the television series “Millennium” (1998) and “Oz” (2002). He landed a role in the feature films “Detroit Rock City” (1999) directed by Adam Rifkin and “Frame of Mind” (2009) directed by Chris Noth. Criss and Larry Sloman wrote the autobiography of the artist entitled “Make-up to Break-up: My Life In and Out of Kiss” (2012). All the above mentioned engagements also increased the net worth of Peter Criss.

In his personal life, Peter Criss has been married three times, to Lydia Di Leonardo (1970 – 1979), Debra Jensen (1979 – 1994) with whom he has a daughter, and Gigi Criss (1998 – present).

Quick Facts

Birth date: December 20, 1945
Birth place: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States
Height:5 ft 8 in (1.75 m)
Profession:Drummer, Musician, Songwriter, Record producer
Nationality:United States of America
Spouse:Gigi Criss (m. 1998), Debra Jensen (m. 1979–1994), Lydia Di Leonardo (m. 1970–1979)
Music groups:Kiss, Wicked Lester, Chelsea
Movies:“Millennium” (1998), “Oz” (2002), “Detroit Rock City” (1999 (1999), “Frame of Mind” (2009)
Albums:“Peter Criss” (1978), “Out of Control” (1980), “Let Me Rock You” (1982), “Cat #1” (1994), “One for All” (2007), “Hotter Than Hell” (1974), “Dressed to Kill” (1975), “Alive!” (1975), “Double Platinum” (1978), “Rock and Roll Over” (1976), “Love Gun” (1977), “Destroyer” (1976), “Alive” (1977)
Books:“Make-up to Break-up: My Life In and Out of Kiss” (2012)
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Interesting Facts

#Fact
1K.I.S.S. was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 7080 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
2The song "Beth" was actually inspired by Rebecca; the girlfriend of a former band member. Originally, the song was titled "Beck". The song was released in 1976.
3April 7, 1981 daughter Jenilee, was born.
4First wife Lydia was his inspiration for KISS' 1975 Top 10 hit "Beth", which he wrote and sang lead on.
5Is 'Cat Man' In The Hard Rock Band, KISS
6According to a statement on his website, he is now permanently out of KISS. His contract was not renewed and Gene Simmons allegedly made some slanderous comments, which angered him. [April 2004]
7Played in such bands as The Barracudas, Chelsea (which released an album in 1969) and Lips before becoming the drummer for KISS in 1973.
8Plans to focus on big-band jazz music in his post-KISS career.
9Drummer for KISS from 1973-1980 and 1995-2000. Has rejoined the group for a second time for their 2003 tour with Aerosmith.
10Successfully sued the National Enquirer in 1995 for falsely reporting that he was a homeless drunk living on the beach. The person featured in the Enquirer article was actually an impersonator named Chris Dickinson, whom Peter met on the 'Donahue' show in February 1991.
11Member of the rock band KISS.


Trademarks

#Trademark
1Catman makeup


Quotes

#Quote
1I find myself evil. I believe in the devil as much as God. You can use either one to get things done.


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Filmography

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Metal Evolution2011-2012TV Series documentary writer - 2 episodes
Glee Encore2011Video writer: "Beth"
Somewhere2010writer: "Love Theme From Kiss"
Glee2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
I Love You, Beth Cooper2009writer: "Beth"
American Idol2009TV Series writer - 1 episode
Role Models2008writer: "Beth"
KISSology: The Ultimate KISS Collection Vol. 2 1978-19912007Video documentary writer: "Beth"
Wet Hot American Summer2001writer: "Beth"
Detroit Rock City1999writer: "Beth"
KISS Live: The Ultimate Halloween Party1998TV Movie writer: "Beth"
Beautiful Girls1996writer: "Beth"
Unplugged1995TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
The Paul Lynde Halloween Special1976TV Special performer: "Beth" - uncredited / writer: "Beth" - uncredited

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Frame of Mind2009Mike
KISSology: The Ultimate KISS Collection Vol. 3 1992-20002007VideoPeter Criss
Oz2002TV SeriesMartin Montgomery
Family Guy2001TV SeriesPeter Criss
Detroit Rock City1999KISS
Millennium1998TV SeriesNice Cop
Action League Now!!: Rock-A-Big-Baby1997ShortPeter Criss (voice)
KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park1978TV MovieCat Man

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Kiss: Beyond the Makeup2001TV Movie documentary
Kiss: The Last Kiss2000TV Movie

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Finding Sandler2016Documentary post-productionHimself
You Wanted the Best... You Got the Best: The Official Kiss Movie2016DocumentaryHimself
That Metal Show2009-2014TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Metal Evolution2011-2012TV Series documentaryHimself
American Idol2009TV Series
Fantástico2009TV Series documentaryHimself
KISSology: The Ultimate KISS Collection Vol. 2 1978-19912007Video documentaryHimself
KISSology: The Ultimate KISS Collection2006Video documentaryHimself
Long Island Music Hall of Fame's 1st Induction Awards Gala2006TV MovieHimself
Kiss Symphony2003Video documentary
Tony Hawk's Underground2003Video GameHimself (uncredited)
Kiss: Beyond the Makeup2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
Porn Star: The Legend of Ron Jeremy2001DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Kiss: The Last Kiss2000TV MovieHimself
Power Vision - Pop Galerie2000TV Series documentaryHimself
Miscellaneous Shit: Behind the Scenes of 'Detroit Rock City'1999Video documentary shortHimself
WCW Monday Nitro1999TV SeriesHimself
Kiss: The Second Coming1998VideoHimself
MADtv1998TV SeriesHimself
Kiss Psycho Circus1998Video shortHimself
KaBlam!1997TV SeriesHimself (segment "Action League Now!")
MTV Video Music Awards 19961996TV SpecialHimself
The Anti Gravity Room1995TV SeriesHimself
Unplugged1995TV Series documentaryHimself
KISS My A**: The Video1994Video documentaryCat Man
Kiss: X-treme Close-Up1992VideoHimself / the Catman
The Midnight Special1975TV SeriesHimself - Musician

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Provokation2015Documentary shortHimself
End Game: Making 'Millennium' Season Three2004Video documentary shortNice Cop (uncredited)
Kiss Loves You2004Documentary
Tupac: Resurrection2003DocumentaryHimself
KISS: eXposed1987Video documentaryHimself / The Catman

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