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Gene Simmons

Gene Simmons was born Chaim Witz in Haifa, Israel, in 1949, but was raised in Queens, New York. He co-founded Kiss in the early ’70s and has since become the group’s most visible and most outspoken member. Along with Paul Stanley, bassist and singer Simmons has steered Kiss through several member changes over the years, and he’s always quick to share his opinion on his ex-bandmates (among other things). In addition to music, Simmons has spread his entertainment empire to include movies (like ‘Runaway’ and ‘Trick or Treat’) and television (‘Gene Simmons Family Jewels’).

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Jamie McCarthy, Getty Images

Gene Simmons’ Daughter Sophie Is Now a Hip-Hop Songwriter

Gene Simmons' daughter Sophie is getting on with her music career — but Kiss fans shouldn't expect the results to sound like her dad's work.

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Frederick M. Brown, Getty Images

Watch Gene Simmons Take a Fall on Stage During Kiss Concert

Gene Simmons slipped onstage during Kiss' concert last night (July 17).

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Helix Unveil ‘(Gene Simmons Says) Rock Is Dead’ Video

Helix take on Gene Simmons's infamous "Rock Is Dead" declaration with a comical new song and video.

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Gene Simmons Brings Foster Child to Los Angeles for Leg Surgery

Gene Simmons is using a physical ailment suffered by one of his foster children as an opportunity to encourage charity efforts from anyone who has a little extra to lend a hand.

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Gene Simmons Opens Up About His Family’s Holocaust History

Gene Simmons is aware of his family's connection to the Holocaust, but only because of his own research.

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30 Years Ago: Gene Simmons Plays a Hermaphrodite Super-Villain in ‘Never Too Young to Die’

Many actors struggle through years of bit parts before earning the opportunity to step into the spotlight. Gene Simmons had made only a couple of films before he was handed the role of a lifetime.

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Gene Simmons, Movie Star: Exploring the Demon's Film Career

Gene Simmons, Movie Star: Exploring the Demon’s Film Career

Almost as soon as Kiss achieved household-name status, Simmons set about using the band's success as a launchpad into Hollywood.

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Kevork Djansezian / Ethan Miller, Getty Images

Paul Stanley Responds to Nikki Sixx’s Gene Simmons Comments: ‘Would You Please Shut Up’

Paul Stanley might be willing to publicly express frustration with Gene Simmons, but that doesn't mean he'll sit idly by while others pile on his fellow Kiss co-founder.

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Ethan Miller / Alberto E. Rodriguez, Getty Images

Nikki Sixx Calls Gene Simmons an ‘Overrated, Lucky Guy That Dresses Like a Clown’

Gene Simmons has apologized for calling Prince's death "pathetic," but Nikki Sixx isn't willing to forgive and forget.

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Ethan Miller / Kevork Djansezian (2) / John Sciulli, Getty Images

Gene Simmons’ Prince Remarks Spur Response From Nikki Sixx, Twitter Fight Between Shannon Tweed and Paul Stanley

Gene Simmons has reaped a whirlwind of controversy since referring to Prince's death as "pathetic" — some of it from his fellow Kiss co-founder Paul Stanley.

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