Real Names vs. Stage Names: Celebrity Edition!

Gene Simmons (Real Name is Chaim Witz)

We’re dead serious when kicking off this piece. Gene Simmons — the man with the crazy-long tongue/arguable face of Kiss/noted business genius — was actually not born with this name. Instead, his beloved mother gifted him with the name Chaim Witz. Both of his parents hailed from Hungary, and raised Simmons in Israel before moving to New York when he was a child. In the following years, Simmons became enthralled with music. So much, in fact, that his stage name ‘Gene Simmons’ was partially selected as a tribute to fellow musician “Jumpin” Gene Simmons.

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