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.
Gene Simmons Facts
|Birth Name||Chiam Witz|
|Birthday||August 25, 1949 (72)|
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