Gene Simmons (born Chaim Weitz Hebrew: ; August 25, 1949) is an Israeli American rock bassist, singer-songwriter, producer, entrepreneur and actor. Known by his stage persona 'The Demon,' he is the bassist/co-vocalist of Kiss, a hard rock band he co-founded in the early 1970s. With Kiss, Simmons has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide. Chaim Weitz (later Gene Simmons) was born at the Rambam Hospital in Haifa, Israel in 1949. With his mother, he emigrated to Jackson Heights, Queens in New York City at the age of eight. His mother Flra 'Florence' Klein (formerly Kovcs) was born in Jnd, Hungary. The German name Klein (means: small) is sometimes used informally in Hungarian as Kis, this however, did not give the band its name. Florence 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.
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