Russell Simmons

Russell Simmons

Oct. 4th, 1957
Born in
Queens, New York, USA
5' 8

Russell Simmons' Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Run's House TV Show
Run's House
Def Comedy Jam TV Show
Def Comedy Jam
Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry TV Show
Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry
American Mogul: Russell Simmons TV Show
American Mogul: Russell Simmons
Russell Simmons' Oneworld Music Beat TV Show
Russell Simmons' Oneworld Music Beat

Main Movie Roles

2014 - Awake: The Life Of Yogananda
2013 - How to Make Money Selling Drugs
2013 - The Muslims Are Coming!
2008 - 2 Turntables and a Microphone
2006 - The Hip Hop Project
2006 - Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes
2003 - Beef
2003 - Beef
2002 - Brown Sugar
1985 - Krush Groove

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Himself - Customer
Russell Simmons
Himself - Guest
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Russell Wendell Simmons (born October 4, 1957) is an American entrepreneur, the co-founder, with Rick Rubin, of the pioneering hip-hop label Def Jam, and creator of the clothing fashion lines Phat Farm, Argyleculture, and American Classics.

Russell Simmons is the younger brother of Daniel Simmons, Jr., and he is the older brother of Rev. Joseph Simmons, better known as "Run" of Run-DMC, and son of Daniel Simmons, Sr, a public school administrator and Evelyn Simmons, a New York City park administrator. His brother Daniel Simmons, Jr., is an accomplished abstract artist.

Russell Simmons is the third richest figure in hip-hop, having a net-worth estimate of $340 million.

  • Passed up on signing 'Madonna' (qv) to his Def Jam Recordings in the early 1980s.
  • Co-founded Def Jam Recordings with 'Rick Rubin' (qv) in 1984.
  • CEO of Rush Communications Inc.
  • In 1992, he founded Phat Farm, a popular brand of urban clothing (wife 'Kimora Lee' (qv) later launched her own extension of the line, called Baby Phat).
  • He and 'Kimora Lee' (qv) were married in St. Bart's by his brother, Rev. 'Joseph Simmons' (qv) (aka "Run" of 'Run-D.M.C.' (qv)).
  • Brother of 'Daniel J. Simmons' (qv).
  • Older brother of Rev Run ('Joseph Simmons' (qv)) of the hip-hop group 'Run-D.M.C.' (qv).
  • Son of 'Daniel Simmons (I)' (qv)

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