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Gene Simmons is a Actor and Producer Israelien born on 25 august 1949

Gene Simmons

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Birth name Chaim Witz ()
Nationality Israel
Birth 25 august 1949 (70 years)

Chaim Witz (Hebrew: חיים ויץ‎; born August 25, 1949), better known by his stage name Gene Simmons, is an Israeli-American rock bass guitarist, singer-songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, actor, and television personality. Known by his stage persona The Demon, he is the bass guitarist and co-lead singer of Kiss, the rock band he co-founded in the early 1970s.

Biography

Early life
Chaim Witz was born at Rambam Hospital in Haifa, Israel, on August 25, 1949. With his mother, he emigrated to New York City, at eight years of age, settling in the Jackson Heights section of Queens. Simmons was raised in a Jewish home where he practiced on his guitar hours without end. His mother Flóra "Florence" Klein (formerly Kovács) was born in Jánd, Hungary. The name Klein, which means "small" in German, has the Hungarian equivalent Kis (a common Hungarian surname); this, however, did not give the band its name. Simmons' mother Florence survived internment in Nazi concentration camps. She and her brother, Larry Klein, were the only members of the family to survive the Holocaust.

Simmons' father, Feri Witz, also Hungarian-born, remained in Israel, where he had one other son and three daughters, and worked as a carpenter. Simmons says the family was "dirt poor," scraping by on bread and milk. In the United States, Simmons changed his name to Eugene Klein (later Gene Klein), adopting his mother's maiden name.

Before his musical career began, Simmons worked a variety of jobs in the city. An "excellent typist," he served as an assistant to an editor of the fashion magazine Vogue, and also spent several months as a sixth grade instructor on the Upper West Side.

A significant influence on Simmons was the Beatles. "There is no way I'd be doing what I do now if it wasn't for the Beatles. I was watching The Ed Sullivan Show and I saw them. Those skinny little boys, kind of androgynous, with long hair like girls. It blew me away that these four boys [from] the middle of nowhere could make that music."


Kiss

Simmons became involved with his first band, Lynx, then renamed The Missing Links, when he was a teenager. Eventually, he disbanded the band to form The Long Island Sounds, the name being a pun on Long Island Sound. While he played in these bands, he kept up odd jobs on the side to make more money, including trading used comic books. Simmons attended Sullivan County Community College in Loch Sheldrake, New York. He then joined a new band, Bullfrog Bheer, and the band recorded a demo, "Leeta"; this was later included on the Kiss box set.

Simmons formed the rock band Wicked Lester in the early 1970s with Stanley Bert Eisen (now known as Paul Stanley) and recorded one album, which was never released. Dissatisfied with Wicked Lester's sound and look, Simmons and Stanley attempted to fire their band members; they were met with resistance, and they quit Wicked Lester, walking away from their record deal with Epic Records. They decided to form the "ultimate rock band," and started looking for a drummer. Simmons and Stanley found an ad placed by Peter Criscuola, known as Peter Criss, who was playing clubs in Brooklyn at the time; they joined and started out as a trio. Paul Frehley, better known as Ace Frehley, responded to an ad they put in The Village Voice for a lead guitar player, and soon joined them. Kiss released their self-titled debut album in February 1974. Stanley took on the role of lead performer on stage, while Simmons became the driving force behind what became an extensive Kiss merchandising franchise. The eye section of his "Demon" makeup with Kiss came from the wing design of comic book character Black Bolt.

In 1983, while Kiss' fame was waning, the members took off their trademark make-up and enjoyed a resurgence in popularity that continued into the 1990s. At this time, Peter Criss, the original drummer, had decided to leave the band, and a replacement was sought to fill the drummer's vacancy. The new drummer was Paul Charles Caravello, who went by the stage name of Eric Carr, and played for Kiss from 1980 until his death in 1991. The band hosted its own fan conventions in 1995, and fan feedback about the original Kiss members reunion influenced the highly successful 1996–1997 Alive Worldwide reunion tour. In 1998, the band released Psycho Circus. Since then, the original line-up has once again dissolved, with Tommy Thayer replacing Ace Frehley on lead guitar and Eric Singer (who performed with Kiss from 1991 through 1996) replacing Peter Criss on drums.


Stage makeup and persona
During an interview in 1999, Simmons was asked about the source and significance of Kiss' stage makeup and personas:


I've always been a fan of Americana, and Americana has always been about imagery, often above content. I think there's nothing wrong with that. The world worships this culture. Most people only think about America in terms of rock & roll, movies and television. Kiss is very all-American, in the sense that our constituency has never had anything in common with critics... because our power, our lifeblood, our very reason for existence is our fans. Without them, we'd be nothing.

Political views
Simmons was a supporter of the foreign policy of the George W. Bush administration. He supported the 2003 invasion of Iraq, writing on his website: "I'm ashamed to be surrounded by people calling themselves liberal who are, in my opinion, spitting on the graves of brave American soldiers who gave their life to fight a war that wasn't theirs...in a country they've never been to... simply to liberate the people therein". In a follow-up, Simmons explained his position and wrote about his love and support for the United States: "I wasn't born here. But I have a love for this country and its people that knows no bounds. I will forever be grateful to America for going into World War II, when it had nothing to gain, in a country that was far away... and rescued my mother from the Nazi German concentration camps. She is alive and I am alive because of America. And, if you have a problem with America, you have a problem with me."

During the 2006 Lebanon War between Israel and Lebanon, Simmons sent a televised message of support (in both English and Hebrew) to an Israeli soldier seriously wounded in fighting in Lebanon, calling him his "hero."

In 2010, Simmons said he regretted voting for Barack Obama and criticized the 2009 health care reforms. Following Obama's 2011 Mideast speech, in which the President called on Israel and the Palestinians to negotiate a settlement "based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps," Simmons told CNBC that Obama was gravely misguided. "If you have never been to the moon, you can't issue policy about the moon. For the president to be sitting in Washington D.C. and saying, 'Go back to your '67 borders in Israel' – how about you live there and try to defend an indefensible border – nine miles (14 km) wide?" Simmons also accused the United Nations of being "the most pathetic body on the face of the earth."

During his visit to Israel in 2011, he stated that the artists refusing to perform in Israel for political reasons are "stupid," referring to artists who canceled planned concerts in Israel.

In an April 2012 interview, Simmons endorsed Republican Mitt Romney for President, stating as well that "America should be in business and it should be run by a businessman."

Usually with

Wesley Snipes
Wesley Snipes
(1 films)
Shannon Tweed
Shannon Tweed
(2 films)
Scot McFadyen
Scot McFadyen
(1 films)
Adam Rifkin
Adam Rifkin
(2 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Gene Simmons (21 films)

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Actor

Armed Response
Directed by John Stockwell
Genres Thriller, Action, Horror
Actors Wesley Snipes, Anne Heche, Dave Annable, Mo Gallini, Anthony Azizi, Gene Simmons
Roles Male Suspect
Rating37% 1.8719651.8719651.8719651.8719651.871965
Une unité de l'armée se retrouve prisonnière d'une enceinte gérée par une intelligence artificielle...
Why Him?
Why Him? (2016)
, 1h51
Directed by John Hamburg
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Christmas films, Children's films
Actors James Franco, Bryan Cranston, Zoey Deutch, Megan Mullaly, Griffin Gluck, Keegan-Michael Key
Roles Himself
Rating62% 3.101493.101493.101493.101493.10149
Ned (Bryan Cranston), sa femme Barb (Megan Mullally) et son fils Scotty (Griffin Gluck) vont fêter Noël chez leur fille Stephanie (Zoey Deutch) et son richissime copain Laird (James Franco). Mais Ned n'apprécie pas Laird et lui voue une haine vengeresse, lui refusant la main de sa fille.
Scooby-Doo! and Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery, 1h10
Origin USA
Genres Fantastic, Comedy, Adventure, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Films about music and musicians, Films about dogs, Musical films, Comedy horror films, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Matthew Lillard, Frank Welker, Grey DeLisle, Jason Mewes, Mindy Cohn, Gene Simmons
Roles Demon (voice)
Rating65% 3.27533.27533.27533.27533.2753
Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy and Scooby-Doo are traveling to an amusement park called Kiss World to see Kiss at their big Halloween concert and solve a mystery, mostly because Daphne has a crush on Paul Stanley (Starchild), much to Fred's jealousy.
Expecting Mary, 1h37
Directed by Dan Gordon, Dan Gordon
Origin USA
Genres Comedy-drama
Actors Elliott Gould, Linda Gray, Lainie Kazan, Cloris Leachman, Della Reese, Olesya Rulin
Roles Taylor
Rating57% 2.860742.860742.860742.860742.86074
Mary (Olesya Rulin) is a 16-year-old girl who is 8 months pregnant. She had all the trappings of an upscale life, but ran away from her mother Meg (Cybill Shepherd) and stepfather Phil Cuthbart (Duncan Bravo). It's only when she finds herself in a small New Mexico town in a downtrodden trailer park where she learns the real meaning of love, sacrifice, and family.
Extract
Extract (2009)
, 1h32
Directed by Mike Judge
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Films about sexuality, Erotic films, Films about prostitution, Erotic thriller films
Actors Jason Bateman, Mila Kunis, Kristen Wiig, Ben Affleck, J. K. Simmons, Clifton Collins, Jr.
Roles Joe Adler
Rating60% 3.048473.048473.048473.048473.04847
Joel Reynolds is the owner and founder of Reynolds' Extract, a flavoring-extracts company. Although his business is successful, his marriage is now completely sexless. His best friend Dean, a bartender and pothead, offers to ease his mind with Xanax and various other drugs, but the straight-laced Joel refuses.
Be Cool
Be Cool (2005)
, 1h58
Directed by F. Gary Gray
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Mob film, Crime
Themes Films about music and musicians, Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, Musical films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Vince Vaughn, Kenan Thompson, Harvey Keitel, Cedric the Entertainer
Roles Gene Simmons
Rating55% 2.7992452.7992452.7992452.7992452.799245
Chili Palmer (John Travolta) helps Edie Athens (Uma Thurman), the widow of an executed friend, Tommy Athens (James Woods), to resurrect a record company using the talents of young and talented female vocalist and songwriter, Linda Moon (Christina Milian). The plot is complicated by several facts:
The New Guy, 1h28
Directed by Edward Decter
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes L'adolescence, Films about education, Films about children, Prison films, L'enfance marginalisée, Films about school violence
Actors DJ Qualls, Eliza Dushku, Zooey Deschanel, Eddie Griffin, Jerod Mixon, Parry Shen
Roles Reverend
Rating58% 2.9486552.9486552.9486552.9486552.948655
The film begins with prison inmate Luther speaking directly to the camera to an unseen individual, telling the story of Dizzy Gillespie Harrison, an 18-year-old nerdy high school senior. Dizzy is friends with Nora, Kirk, and Glen, who together started a funk rock band and are addicted to video games. They attend Rocky Creek High School, where Dizzy is picked on by basically everyone, especially star football player Barclay. This occurs before and after sex symbol Tina Osgood holds his hands, causing him to have an erection and ends up activating the trap where the jocks belittle him with no mercy. Dizzy's white briefs were yanked from underneath his pants and placed around his head - revealing the erect penis in plain sight to nearly everyone instead of "covering it." The school librarian would eventually "break" it after Dizzy refuses to "hand" over the "weapon" to her. Dizzy is misdiagnosed with Tourette's syndrome; he is then placed on medication by the school counselor who advises his father to spend every moment possible with him. While at the mall's food court, the heavily medicated Dizzy makes a fool of himself at a church revival and gets arrested.
My First Mister, 1h49
Directed by Christine Lahti
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romance
Actors Albert Brooks, Leelee Sobieski, John Goodman, Carol Kane, Desmond Harrington, Michael McKean
Rating70% 3.547493.547493.547493.547493.54749
In an effort to secure employment at the upscale Century City Mall in Los Angeles, Jennifer (Sobieski), an 18-year-old "goth-punk" girl who just graduated from high school, makes a nuisance of herself at a clothing store run by 49-year-old Randall Harris (Brooks), who eventually hires her on a trial basis as a stockroom clerk. Jennifer refers to herself simply as "J", and thus asks Randall if it's okay if she calls him "R", to which he accedes.
Detroit Rock City, 1h34
Directed by Adam Rifkin
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Action, Adventure, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Films about religion, Transport films, Musical films, Road movies
Actors Edward Furlong, Sam Huntington, Giuseppe Andrews, James DeBello, Lin Shaye, Melanie Lynskey
Roles Kiss
Rating68% 3.449183.449183.449183.449183.44918
In Cleveland, Ohio, 1978, a middle-aged woman (Lin Shaye) is relaxing at home and puts on a vinyl record to listen to. While sipping a red wine and reading while humming The Carpenters' "We've Only Just Begun", she becomes agitated as rock music plays. When she discovers the record being KISS' Love Gun album and a secret cache of KISS albums, she is revealed to be ultra-conservative when she says "KISS, the devil's music". She then leaves the house.