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Gene Simmons was born in Haifa, Israel, in 1949 and is the only child of his mother, a German Nazi concentration camp survivor. He has always attributed his ethics, morals and drive to his mother's notion's about life. Every day above ground, is a good day, his mother is apt to say. Every day above ground, indeed.

He came to America at eight-and-a-half years of age. He graduated State University (NYSU) and City University (CUNY) and got a Bachelor of Education degree.

He taught sixth grade in Spanish Harlem in New York City. He then became the Assistant to the Director of the Puerto Rican InterAgency Council, a government funded research and demonstration project. He worked at Glamour and then at Vogue, as the assistant to the editor Kate Lloyd.

Simmons speaks a few languages: English, Hungarian, Hebrew, German and is getting better at Japanese every day. At present, he is becoming fascinated by Mandarin Chinese and has every intention of becoming fluent in it. Make no mistake about it. He will.

Gene Simmons co-founded KISS more than 30 years ago. KISS continues to be the juggernaut of licensing/merchandising, with over 2,500 licenses. KISS has broken box office records set by the Beatles and Elvis and continues stronger than ever. KISS has been America's number one Gold Record Award-winning group of all time. (RIAA).

Simmons also discovered Van Halen and produced their 15-song demo and managed the recording careers of, among others, Liza Minnelli. He produced New Line Pictures' Detroit Rock City and appeared in movies such as Runaway (Tristar) and Wanted Dead or Alive (New World), New Guy (Revolution) and television series such as Third Watch (NBC), Miami Vice (NBC) and scores of others. He has written two New York Times Best Selling Books, Kiss and Makeup (Crown) and Sex, Money, Kiss (Simmons Books/New Millenium).

Gene Simmons has never been married. He has had live-in relationships with Cher and Diana Ross. He has been happily unmarried for 23 years to Shannon Tweed, the mother of his two beautiful children. He lives in Beverly Hills, California. A Gene Simmons US Postage Stamp is available at your local Post Office.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2008.

Gene Simmons Facts

Birth NameChiam Witz
OccupationMusician, Actor
BirthdayAugust 25, 1949 (72)
BirthplaceHaifa, Israel
Height6' 2" (1m88)  How tall is Gene Simmons compared to you?
Social Media genesimmons

Selected Filmography

Gene Simmons
Gene Simmons Family Jewels: The Final Season
Kiss: Live in Vegas
Belize It Or Not
Lil' Gene
Wanted Dead or Alive
Sophie's Sweet 16
The Demon Turns 60
Under the Knife?
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