Gene Simmons is a songwriter and actor who is associated with the rock band ‘Kiss’. He is an Israeli-American who is also known by his stage name as ‘The Demon’. In his band, he is the co-lead singer and the bass guitarist. Simmons himself co-founded the band in the 1970s with Paul Stanley. He is also a record producer and a TV personality. He has been labeled as the rock and roll legend and has got various other nicknames. Some of his popular calling names are ‘Professor Dope’, ‘Dr. Love’, ‘God of Thunder’, and ‘Reginald Van Helsing’.
Chaim Witz popularly known as Gene Simmons was born on August 25, 1949, in Haifa, Israel. He was born to parents Florence Klein and Ferenc Witz. Both his parents were born in Hungary. When he 8, he moved to New York City along with his mother. His mother was one of the survivors of ‘the Holocaust’. His father was a carpenter and stayed in Israel with his three daughters and one other son. Gene Simmons used to work in different shops in New York City.
He even changed his name to Eugene and then to Gene Kelin by adopting his mother’s surname. He also worked as an assistant to the editor of Vogue magazine. One of his biggest influences was the ‘Beatles’. Simmons first joined the band called Lynx when he was a teenager. Being a part of the band, he also used to do other jobs like trading secondhand comic books. He then joined another band called Bullfrog Bheer and recorded ‘Leeta’.
Gene Simmons has dated his girlfriend Shannon Lee Tweed for over 20 years. Shannon is a former Playboy Playmate and they finally got married in October 2011. They have two children, Nick and Sophie. He was previously in relationships with Diana Ross and Cher. He is fluent in Hebrew, English, German and Hungarian.
In the early 1970s, he formed a rock band with Paul Stanley called ‘Wicked Lester’. Soon they were joined by Paul Frehley and renamed the band as Kiss. They released their debut album in 1974. He was also seen as the demon in the 1978 movie, ‘Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park’. In between, the drummer was replaced by Paul Charles Caravello (better known as Eric Carr). They released ‘Psycho Circus’ in 1998.
Apart from that Gene Simmons have also been a part of various TV projects like ‘Mr. Romance’, ‘Gene Simmons Family Jewels’, ‘Rock School’, and ‘My Dad The Rock Star’. He again portrayed the role of the demon in the 2015 movie ‘Scooby Doo! And Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery’. Apart from that he has appeared in various other movies and has also appeared in music videos. Simmons has also appeared in various TV shows like ‘Ugly Betty’, ‘Family Guy’, ‘Third Watch’, ‘King of the Hill’, ‘That 70s Show’, and ‘American Idol’.
Revolver magazine awarded him the Golden God award in 2012. In December 2015, he was awarded the Golden Medal by Reial Circle Artístic de Barcelona in Spain.
Gene Simmons Net Worth
Gene Simmons had a successful career both in music and in television. He has won numerous accolades and has also made good money. Gene Simmons net worth is an estimated $350 million. He has also produced various music records and is also one of the three owners of ‘LA Kiss Arena Football League’ team. He has also successfully produced various TV programs. Apart from that, he has also made appearances in ‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation’.
He is globally popular for his onstage remarks and also for displaying demonic figure. Simmons has given lead vocals like “Calling Dr. Love”, “A World Without Heroes”, “Rock and Roll All Nite”, “You Wanted the Best”, and “I Love It Loud”. He is also a board member of Little Kids Rock.
Simmons actively supported George W. Bush’s foreign policy. In the 2006 Lebanon War, he sent a video message to an injured Israeli soldier, referring him as his ‘hero’. He has also been associated with various philanthropic projects. His family was awarded the MEND Humanitarian Award for their charitable efforts. He is one of the founding members of “The Children Matter”.