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Gene Simmons Biography

Birth Name:
Chaim Witz
Birth Place:
Haifa, Israel
Musician, reality-show star, author, actor

Fast Facts

  • Worked as an editorial assistant for Vogue and Glamour magazines in the early 1970s
  • Released self-titled debut album with KISS, featuring hits like "Strutter" and "Deuce," in 1974
  • Helped discover Van Halen and produced the band's 15-song demo; also briefly managed Liza Minnelli's recording career
  • He and entertainment-industry veteran Richard G
  • Abramson started a marketing firm; their most prominent client was the Indy Racing League
  • His on-stage KISS character is known as "The Demon
  • " Has been instrumental in securing licensing for more than 2,800 KISS-related products
  • Appeared on Celebrity Apprentice in 2008, but was fired in the third episode
  • Claims to have never used cigarettes, drugs or alcohol
  • In 2010, joined with KISS member Paul Stanley to plot out a children's TV program with E1 Television