Birth Name: Russell Simmons
Birth Place: Queens, New York, USA
Born Russell Wendell Simmons in the Jamaica neighborhood of Queens, NY on Oct. 4, 1957, he was the second of three sons by public school administrator Daniel Simmons, Sr., and his wife, Evelyn Simmons, a New York City park administrator. His older brother, Daniel Simmons, Jr., was a noted painter and later co-producer of "Def Poetry Jam" (HBO, 2002- ), while younger brother, Joseph Simmons, gained worldwide fame as the hip-hop artist Run of Run-DMC. After moving to Hollis, Queens, the Simmons brothers endured a rough childhood; Daniel Simmons became a heroin addict and later served jail time, while Russell sold marijuana while still in middle school. By the time he reached his teenaged years...
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