Joseph Ward Simmons (born November 14, 1964) is an American rapper, producer, DJ, and television personality better known by his stage names Run, Rev. Run, and DJ Run. Simmons is a founding member of Run-DMC, an influential hip hop group. Reverend Run, as he is known, is also a practising minister.
Simmons was born in Hollis, Queens, on November 14, 1964. He is the younger brother of Def Jam Records co-founder Russell Simmons and musician Danny Simmons.
Valerie Vaughn, better known as the ex-wife of Joseph Simmons, also known as Rev. Run, is a United States-based teacher.
Angela Simmons and Vanessa Simmons, who star in the reality TV show Growing Up Hip Hop, are her daughters.
Vaughn married Joseph Ward Simmons, also known as Rev. Simmons, in 1983.
Run is an actor, rapper, and musician. Angela Simmons, Vanessa Simmons, and Joseph “Jojo” Ward Simmons Jr. are the couple’s three children.