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      Joseph "Rev Run" Simmons

      Joseph "Rev Run" Simmons

      Highest Rated: 55% Made in America (2013)

      Lowest Rated: 43% Krush Groove (1985)

      Birthday: Nov 14, 1964

      Birthplace: Queens, New York, USA

      A founding member of ground-breaking hip-hop trio Run-D.M.C., rapper, reality TV staple and Pentecostal minister Joseph 'Rev Run' Simmons also enjoyed solo success as the star of "Run''s House" (MTV, 2005-09) and "All About the Washingtons" (Netflix, 2018-). Born in Queens, NY in 1964 to a truant officer father and teacher mother, Simmons began his music career DJing for pioneering MC Kurtis Blow in his mid-teens where he earned his Run nickname. Simmons then stepped up to the mic when he teamed up with high school friends Darryl McDaniels (DMC) and Jason Mizell (Jam Master Jay) to form Run-D.M.C. Managed by Simmons' brother, and Def Jam founder, Russell, the trio helped to revolutionize the hip-hop scene in the mid-1980s with their harder-edged sound, love of Adidas sportswear and collaborations with producer Rick Rubin and rock royalty Aerosmith. They were also the first hip-hop act to reach gold, platinum and multi-platinum status, pick up a Grammy nomination, become an MTV regular and grace the cover of Rolling Stone, and were the genre's only representative at Live Aid. After 21 years and seven albums, Run-D.M.C. came to a tragic end in 2002 when Mizell was fatally shot at his recording studio in Jamaica, Queens. Simmons retreated from the spotlight for several years, working at Russell's apparel company, Phat Farm, and becoming ordained as a Pentecostal minister. He returned under the new guise of Rev Run in 2005, scoring a UK top five hit with Liberty X collaboration "Song for Lovers" and releasing his first solo LP, Distortion. But it was his first major small screen venture that same year which truly kickstarted the second phase of Simmons' career. "Run's House" (MTV, 2005-09) saw the star invite the cameras to document his home life with wife Justine and his six children, including the tragic moment when daughter Victoria died just two hours after being born. Following the show's end, Simmons turned his hand to hosting numerous factual series including "Rev Run's Renovation" (DIY Network, 2014-15), "Rev Run's Sunday Suppers" (Cooking Network, 2014-16) and "Rev Runs Around the World" (Travel Channel, 2015-16), joined Tyrese Gibson as the co-anchor of talk show "It's Not You, It's Men" (OWN, 2016) and enjoyed sporadic Run-D.M.C. reunion performances with McDaniels at various festivals. Having briefly appeared in hip-hop comedy "Who's the Man" (1993) and horror prequel "Red Dragon" (2002), Simmons landed his first major acting role when he starred alongside wife Justine as retired MC Joey Washington in family comedy "All About the Washingtons" (Netflix, 2018-).

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      JINGLE BELL ROCKS!, from left: Mitchell Kezin, Joseph Simmons, Bill Adler, 2013. ©Oscilloscope Pictures TOUGHER THAN LEATHER, Darryl McDaniels,(DMC)Joseph Simmons, (Run of Run DMC), 1988 TOUGHER THAN LEATHER, Joseph Simmons, (Run of Run DMC)Jenny Lumet, 1988 KRUSH GROOVE, Run-D.M.C. : Darryl McDaniels, Joseph Simmons, Jason Mizell, 1985. (c) Warner Bros.. Run's House, Joseph "Reverend Run" Simmons, 'Jo Jo's Graduation', Season 4, Ep. #1, 10/25/2007, ©MTV Run's House, Justine Simmons (L), Joseph "Reverend Run" Simmons (R), 'Season 6', ©MTV Run's House, Joseph "Reverend Run" Simmons (L), Diggy Simmons (R), 'Season 6', ©MTV Run's House, Joseph "Reverend Run" Simmons, 'Season 6', ©MTV Run's House, Joseph "Reverend Run" Simmons, 10/13/2005, ©MTV Run's House, Justine Simmons (L), Joseph "Reverend Run" Simmons (R), 'Season 5', 07/16/2008, ©MTV Run's House, Joseph "Reverend Run" Simmons, 'Season 5', 07/16/2008, ©MTV Run's House, Joseph "Reverend Run" Simmons, 'Jo Jo's Graduation', Season 4, Ep. #1, 10/25/2007, ©MTV Run's House, Joseph "Reverend Run" Simmons, 10/13/2005, ©MTV Run's House, Joseph "Reverend Run" Simmons, 'Season 2', 06/15/2006, ©MTV KRUSH GROOVE, Joseph Simmons, 1985. ©Warner Bros. Run's House, Angela Simmons (L), Joseph "Reverend Run" Simmons (R), 10/13/2005, ©MTV Rev Run at arrivals for Fame and Philanthropy Inaugural Gala Benefit, The Vineyard, Beverly Hills, CA March 2, 2014. Photo By: James Atoa/Everett Collection

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 67% The Hip Hop Nutcracker Unknown (Character) - 2022
      55% 33% Made in America Self - 2013
      No Score Yet 83% School Gyrls Unknown (Character) - 2010
      43% 81% Krush Groove Self $11.1M 1985

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 24% The Jennifer Hudson Show Guest 2024
      No Score Yet 10% The View Guest 2016 2020 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Dr. Oz Show Guest 2019-2020
      75% No Score Yet You Ain't Got These Self 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rachael Ray Guest 2013 2016 2020
      100% No Score Yet AMC Visionaries: Rap Yearbook Unknown (Character) 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Martha & Snoop's Potluck Party Challenge Guest 2019
      40% 94% All About the Washingtons Joey Washington (Character) 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives Self 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Guy's Big Bite Unknown (Guest Star) 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Next Food Network Star Judge 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rev Run's Sunday Suppers Host 2014-2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Doctors Guest 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Kitchen Unknown (Guest Star) 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rev Runs Around the World Executive Producer,
      Self
      2015-2016
      No Score Yet 48% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet FABLife Guest 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rev. Run's Renovation Self,
      Executive Producer
      2014-2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sesame Street Guest 2010
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Run's House Self 2005-2009
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Grounded for Life Run (Guest Star) 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 227 Unknown (Guest Star) 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Yo! MTV Raps Classic Self 1988