Peter Criss, or “The Catman,” is an American musician and actor who founded a hard rock band named ‘Kiss.’ He became internationally famous as a drummer of the band. He retired from Kiss in the year 2001, when he decided to take a break from his music group. He also acted in a biographical film and a few other TV series.
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Biography and Early Life
The birthplace of Peter Criss is Brooklyn, New York, where he has grown up with four younger siblings. His father was Joseph Criscuolo, and his mother was Loretta Criscuolo. He was the oldest child of his parents. He belongs to a middle-class family as his parents used to own an antique shop in Brooklyn, New York.
Age, Height, Weight & Body Measurement
So, how old is Peter Criss in 2021 and what is his height and weight? Well, Peter Criss’s age is 75 years old as of today’s date 2nd August 2021 having been born on 20 December 1945. Though, he is 5′ 8″ in feet and inches and 175 cm in Centimetres tall, he weighs about 167 lbs in Pound and 76kg in Kilograms.
Peter was never interested in formal education. He was interested in music and painting. So he started his schooling by attending Art School where he studied Painting and Music. He went to his idol Gene Krupa and took drum lessons from him. He also learned Jazz Style from him. Later, he revealed that he mixed some of Krupa’s drum techniques with his solo drum performance with ‘Kiss.’
Personal Life: Dating, Girlfriends, Wife, Kids
Peter was the first member of his band ‘Kiss’ who got married in 1970. His first wife was Lydia Di Leonardo, with whom he was in a nine years marriage relationship. The couple filed a petition for divorce stating inconceivable differences. Their divorce was finalized in 1979. Peter got married to Debra Jensen in 1979. The couple welcomed their first daughter named Jenilee Criss, in 1981. Peter divorced Debra in 1994. In 1998, Peter got married for the third time to Gigi Criss. The couple now lives in New Jersey.
Is Peter Criss Gay?
Peter Criss has been married three times till now. His last marriage is running for more than 20 years. He also has a daughter from his second marriage. He was never heard of getting linked to any men ever. These facts prove him to be straight. It is safe to assume that his sexual orientation is straight.
From the mid to late 1960s, Peter was associated with several bands before founding his crew. He recorded two albums with Decca Records and published a self-titled album in 1970. But he never recorded their second album because one of their bandmates left the band. Then he joined Chelsea and released an album named ‘Captain Sanity.’
He then formed his band named ‘Kiss’ along with Paul Stanley and Gene Simons. They released their first album in 1974. Criss gave his voice to ‘Black Diamond,’ ‘Hard Luck Woman’ songs besides playing drums. Their song ‘Beth’ became number 7 in the U.S Billboard. The song brought them several prestigious awards. In 1979, after making songs like ‘Dirty Livin’, ‘Dynasty,’ Peter was fired from his band for unknown reasons.
In 1980, he left the band officially. Then he released his second solo album named ‘Out of Control,’ but that didn’t become successful commercially. His third album was also a failure. From 1980-1990 he collaborated with other bands. In 1995, he returned to Kiss for a Live Performance produced by MTV Unplugged. In 1996, Kiss made an announcement stating that Peter was joining them for a reunion tour.
In 1996-1997, their world tour was a huge success that led them to release another album named ‘Psycho Circus’ where Peter played drums only on one song. Because of a contract dispute, Peter left Kiss again in 2001. He joined them one more time in 2002 but finally left two years later. He retired from his musical career officially in 2005.
In 1977, Peter won the People’s Choice Award for his song ‘Beth.’ In 1984, Peter and his band were nominated for the MTV Video Music Award but didn’t win it. In 1996, Peter, along with his other bandmates, won 8 Metal Edge Reader’s Choice Awards, making it a record. In the next three years, he won 8 more awards in the same Award show. In 1999, along with his bandmates, he was nominated for a Grammy but didn’t win it.
In 2007 and 2008, he won Classic Rock And Roll Honour Awards. In 2014, he and his bandmates earned the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee Award for their fantastic contribution.
Net Worth, Salary & Earnings of Peter Criss in 2021
According to the year 2021, it has been revealed that Peter has an estimated net worth of around $4 million which he has earned through his successful musical and acting career. He has worked with numerous bands and also appeared in a biographical movie.
Some Interesting Facts You Need To Know
- Peter formed a street corner singing group at the age of thirteen.
- Peter had recorded his drums in numbers of commercial jingles.
- In the year 2008, he was diagnosed with male breast cancer. He got aware of the same when he noticed a small lump around his chest, but later it can successfully be cured following lumpectomy surgery.
Peter Criss, popularly known as “The Catman” among his fans, is an inspiration to any musician who is afraid to dream big. He made several records through his successful music albums with his band “Kiss.” He was famous for his Jazz style drums playing. After 2004, he has been found rarely in public. He was also a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, where he was inducted in the year 2014.
Facts of George Peter John Criscuola
- Gender Male
- full nameGeorge Peter John Criscuola
- birthplaceBrooklyn, New York, United States
- Date of Birth December 20, 1945
- Age 76 years 11 months
- Horoscope Sagittarius
- Lucky Number 6
- Lucky Stone Turquoise
- Lucky Color Orange
- Best Match for Marriage Leo, Aquarius
- net worth$4 million
- professionRetired musician and actor
- weightIn Kilograms – 76 Kg, In Pounds – 167 lbs
- heightIn Centimetres – 175 cm, In Feet and Inches – 5′ 8″
- hair colorDark Brown
- eye colorDark Brown
- high schoolBrooklyn Art School