Born Chaim Weitz, he gained fame after founding the commercially successful hard rock band KISS, which sold over 100 million albums.
He scraped by on bread and milk in his childhood, and worked as an assistant for an editor at Vogue magazine.
Kiss has released over 25 gold albums, more than any American rock band in history.
He got married to Shannon Tweed on October 1, 2011, and they had two children together.
He firmly supported the administration of George W. Bush and the invasion of Iraq in 2003.
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