We review the acting roles of Gene Simmons
Exhibitionistic KISS bassist Gene Simmons renounces privacy yet again on A&E realityfest Gene Simmons Family Jewels (premiering Aug. 7). The tongue wagger isn’t new to TV; here are a few of his rockin’ roles.
KISS MEETS THE PHANTOM OF THE PARK (1978)
Role: The Demon
In this NBC telepic, Simmons and the band must battle evil robot versions of themselves, fend off a mummy, and, in their downtime, ride a merry-go-round. He also engages in some awesome fights with a body double, who, unlike the Ace Frehley clone, is not randomly played by a black dude.
MIAMI VICE (1985)
Role: Newton Blade
Appearing in the ”Prodigal Son” episode, Simmons shines as ”the Sears and Roebuck of controlled substances.” In under two minutes of screen time, Simmons — sporting a gold chain and a shirt undone to the belly button — manages to bring up three of his favorite topics: spanking, his disdain for taxes, and a ”soiree in the Everglades.”
THIRD WATCH (2004)
Role: Donald Mann
As a Mob leader obsessed with avenging the death of his son, Simmons terrorizes New York’s Finest in a three-episode arc. Demonstrating his famous flair for pyrotechnics, he orders someone to crash a bomb-laden car into a funeral home and then sends gunmen to the hospital to finish off the survivors. How Demonesque of him.