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Overview (3)

Born in Massapequa, Long Island, New York, USA
Birth NameDaniel Dee Snider
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Dee Snider was born on March 15, 1955 in Massapequa, Long Island, New York, USA as Daniel Dee Snider. He is an actor and composer, known for Twisted Sister: We're Not Gonna Take It (1984), StrangeLand and Rock of Ages (2012). He has been married to Suzette Snider since October 23, 1981. They have four children.

Family (1)

Spouse Suzette Snider (23 October 1981 - present)  (4 children)

Trade Mark (3)

The makeup he wears onstage
Football shoulder pads with feathers

Trivia (18)

Lead vocalist for early '90s metal band Widowmaker.
Lead vocalist for the 80s metal band, Twisted Sister.
Before Ice-T's "Cop Killer" (1992) and 2 Live Crew's "As Nasty As They Wanna Be" (1989), Twisted Sister was one of the first rock groups to come under fire by the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC), a "watchdog" group founded by Tipper Gore, wife of former Vice-Prresident Al Gore. The music videos for "We're Not Gonna Take It" and "I Wanna Rock" (c. 1984) depicted violence and, in both videos, Mark Metcalf plays a bullying authority figure, either a dominant father or school principal. As a result of the Senate hearings in 1985, parental advisory stickers were placed on records that contained "explicit" lyrics--especially rap music--and vulgar sexual overtones or that promoted misogyny, racism and anti-cop lyrics.
Has three sons, Jesse Blaze Snider, Shane Snider and Cody Blue Snider, plus a daughter, Cheyenne Snider.
He took on Tipper Gore and her "watchdog" group, the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC), when she tried to get his band Twisted Sister's album banned, and he spoke in favor of musicians rights included in the First Amendment. He actively campaigned for Arnold Schwarzenegger in that actor's campaign for the California governor (even going as far as to sing his song "We're Not Gonna Take It" at rallies for both men).
Graduated Baldwin Senior High School, Baldwin, New York (Long Island) in 1973
Shares a birthday with Poison lead singer Bret Michaels.
Oldest son, Jesse Blaze Snider, is in a band called "Baptized by Fire".
In 2006, Twisted Sister became the first metal band to release a Christmas album.
Father of Jesse Blaze Snider.
Hosts a prime-time radio show for Philadelphia based 93.3 WMMR. [January 2005]
Dee Snider currently lives in Hartford, Connecticut. He also used to host a hit radio show on Connecticut rock radio station WMRQ. [March 2003]
Co-host of Fangoria Radio on Sirius Satellite Radio, Sirius Stars channel 102 [June 2006]
Dee continues to do selective dates with the reunited Twisted Sister. He continues to do work in the voice-over world and still does the syndicated "House of Hair" radio show, which is in over 150 markets. Currently, Dee is focusing on the project, Van Helsings Curse (VanHelsingsCurse.com), which is a horror musical spectacular. [November 2005]
Is good friends with Lita Ford, who has frequently opened for Twisted Sister and vice-versa. For this reason, and to her delight, Lita's fans have affectionately nicknamed her "Twisted Sister's Twisted Sister".
Has his personal credo - "Don't let the bastards get you down", in Italian - tattooed on himself.
Revealed in his book "Shut Up and Give Me the Mic!" that after he testified at the Congress hearing against the PMRC, his phone lines were tapped and his mail and packages were checked by the Feds.
Was contacted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation in 1984 for a 16-year-old boy named Robert, who was dying of leukemia and whose last wish was to meet him. In 1985, Robert, in remission and recovering thanks in part to Dee's advice on bodybuilding and weight gain supplements from his hospital visit, attended an outdoor concert Twisted Sister and Iron Maiden played in Tempe, Arizona. Dee was later told by the foundation that only terminal children got wishes fulfilled, and Robert was the first recipient who ever survived. Immediately following Snider's visit, his leukemia went into remission, and though doctors told his mother the cancer could return at any time and he would die, Dee wrote in his book "Shut Up and Give Me the Mic" that Robert was still alive in his 40s and had a wife and kids.

Personal Quotes (15)

I love scary movies.
I wanted to be a rich, famous rock-and-roll star in that order.
I've got a lot to do, and I hope that by the end of it all, people will say that Dee Snider was an entertainer, and he did his job well.
My family is out of the ordinary in our physical lifestyle and the day-to-day things that we deal with, but my approach to them is pretty rational and sound. And I'm the quiet one! It's very different from my performing life.
I was born and raised a Christian, and I still adhere to those principles.
I tested the waters on producing a record, but I'm more of a creative guy. I can't get into minute details.
Being a parent is not a reasonable thing. It is a very hard thing. I am a parent and I know.
You can't stop rock-n-roll!
Twisted Sister plays 20, 25 shows a year. But if the band had their druthers, they'd be out playing all the time.
I don't conduct myself like a rock 'n' roll star in my day-to-day living. Am I a celebrity? Yes. Do people recognize me on the street? Yes, they do. But at the same time, it's not a media center out here. People get used to you.
Nowadays people sell millions of records that can't sing.
There's no tour plans, no reunion, no new album... nothing.
I only have one child. But I am learning that there is a lot to being a parent that you did not expect.
I went for an outrageous form of expressing myself. It seemed to be a way that I could make my name and show that I was somebody.
But most of my songs were about believing in yourself, standing up for yourself and fighting for what you believe in.

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