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Peter Criss

Biography

Drummer for the glam rock and roll group KISS who was simply nicknamed The Catman due to his performance make-up. He examined under his idol, Gene Krupa, on the Metropole Membership in NY. He was presented to his bandmates after finding a contact about an advertisement he put into Rolling Stone searching for are a drummer. He wedded Lydia Di Leonardo in January 1970, Debra Jensen in Dec 1979, and Gigi Criss in-may 1998. He was an integral part of the music group KISS with Paul Stanley.

Quick Facts


Full Name Peter Criss
Date Of Birth December 20, 1945
Place Of Birth Brooklyn, NY
Height 1.75 m
Profession Drummer
Nationality American
Spouse Gigi Criss, Debra Jensen, Lydia Di Leonardo
Parents Loretta Criscuola, Joseph Criscuola
Music Groups Kiss, Wicked Lester, Chelsea
Movies Detroit Rock City, Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park, The Second Coming, Kiss: Hell's Guardians, Kiss: MTV Unplugged, KISS: Immortals, Kiss: Cat Tales, Kiss: Resurrection, KISS: Live at the Sydney Showgrounds
Star Sign Sagittarius

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#Fact
1K.I.S.S. was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 7080 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
2The song "Beth" was actually inspired by Rebecca; the girlfriend of a former band member. Originally, the song was titled "Beck". The song was released in 1976.
3April 7, 1981 daughter Jenilee, was born.
4First wife Lydia was his inspiration for KISS' 1975 Top 10 hit "Beth", which he wrote and sang lead on.
5Is 'Cat Man' In The Hard Rock Band, KISS
6According to a statement on his website, he is now permanently out of KISS. His contract was not renewed and Gene Simmons allegedly made some slanderous comments, which angered him. [April 2004]
7Played in such bands as The Barracudas, Chelsea (which released an album in 1969) and Lips before becoming the drummer for KISS in 1973.
8Plans to focus on big-band jazz music in his post-KISS career.
9Drummer for KISS from 1973-1980 and 1995-2000. Has rejoined the group for a second time for their 2003 tour with Aerosmith.
10Successfully sued the National Enquirer in 1995 for falsely reporting that he was a homeless drunk living on the beach. The person featured in the Enquirer article was actually an impersonator named Chris Dickinson, whom Peter met on the 'Donahue' show in February 1991.
11Member of the rock band KISS.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Metal Evolution2011-2012TV Series documentary writer - 2 episodes
Glee Encore2011Video writer: "Beth"
Somewhere2010writer: "Love Theme From Kiss"
Glee2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
I Love You, Beth Cooper2009writer: "Beth"
American Idol2009TV Series writer - 1 episode
Role Models2008writer: "Beth"
KISSology: The Ultimate KISS Collection Vol. 2 1978-19912007Video documentary writer: "Beth"
Wet Hot American Summer2001writer: "Beth"
Detroit Rock City1999writer: "Beth"
KISS Live: The Ultimate Halloween Party1998TV Movie writer: "Beth"
Beautiful Girls1996writer: "Beth"
Unplugged1995TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
The Paul Lynde Halloween Special1976TV Special performer: "Beth" - uncredited / writer: "Beth" - uncredited

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Frame of Mind2009Mike
KISSology: The Ultimate KISS Collection Vol. 3 1992-20002007VideoPeter Criss
Oz2002TV SeriesMartin Montgomery
Family Guy2001TV SeriesPeter Criss
Detroit Rock City1999KISS
Millennium1998TV SeriesNice Cop
Action League Now!!: Rock-A-Big-Baby1997ShortPeter Criss (voice)
KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park1978TV MovieCat Man

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Kiss: Beyond the Makeup2001TV Movie documentary
Kiss: The Last Kiss2000TV Movie

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Finding Sandler2016Documentary post-productionHimself
You Wanted the Best... You Got the Best: The Official Kiss Movie2016DocumentaryHimself
That Metal Show2009-2014TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Metal Evolution2011-2012TV Series documentaryHimself
American Idol2009TV Series
Fantástico2009TV Series documentaryHimself
KISSology: The Ultimate KISS Collection Vol. 2 1978-19912007Video documentaryHimself
KISSology: The Ultimate KISS Collection2006Video documentaryHimself
Long Island Music Hall of Fame's 1st Induction Awards Gala2006TV MovieHimself
Kiss Symphony2003Video documentary
Tony Hawk's Underground2003Video GameHimself (uncredited)
Kiss: Beyond the Makeup2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
Porn Star: The Legend of Ron Jeremy2001DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Kiss: The Last Kiss2000TV MovieHimself
Power Vision - Pop Galerie2000TV Series documentaryHimself
Miscellaneous Shit: Behind the Scenes of 'Detroit Rock City'1999Video documentary shortHimself
WCW Monday Nitro1999TV SeriesHimself
Kiss: The Second Coming1998VideoHimself
MADtv1998TV SeriesHimself
Kiss Psycho Circus1998Video shortHimself
KaBlam!1997TV SeriesHimself (segment "Action League Now!")
MTV Video Music Awards 19961996TV SpecialHimself
The Anti Gravity Room1995TV SeriesHimself
Unplugged1995TV Series documentaryHimself
KISS My A**: The Video1994Video documentaryCat Man
Kiss: X-treme Close-Up1992VideoHimself / the Catman
The Midnight Special1975TV SeriesHimself - Musician

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Provokation2015Documentary shortHimself
End Game: Making 'Millennium' Season Three2004Video documentary shortNice Cop (uncredited)
Kiss Loves You2004Documentary
Tupac: Resurrection2003DocumentaryHimself
KISS: eXposed1987Video documentaryHimself / The Catman

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#Quote
1I find myself evil. I believe in the devil as much as God. You can use either one to get things done.

#Trademark
1Catman makeup

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