Billy Blanks Net Worth 2017: Short Bio & Wiki

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Billy Wayne Blanks was born on 1st September 1955, in Erie, Pennsylvania USA. He is a martial artist, fitness coach and actor. All the above mentioned careers have added to the outright size of Billy Blanks net worth. Tae Bo, the body fitness system, which includes the techniques of martial arts, was developed by Billy Blanks.

Reportedly, the overall amount of Billy Blanks net worth is as much as $30 million. According to his financial data, Billy received $31 million from the lawsuit settlement after he filed a malpractice suit against Seyfarth Sha, his lawyer and his firm.

Billy Blanks Net Worth $30 Million

Blanks was born into a huge family in which he was raised together with fourteen siblings. Unfortunately, his hip joints had an anomaly from birth and it was difficult for him to move. As a result, nobody believed he could be a successful martial artist. Nevertheless, Billy decided he would become as good as Bruce Lee through thick and thin. He took tae kwon do and karate classes and step by step the result became more than visible. Later, it evolved into a successful career which added sums to Billy Blanks net worth. When Blanks was more than good in both boxing and tae kwon do, he managed to develop a new workout. At that time he ran his own karate studio and it was a really good way to stand out from all other studios – making his own workout. Billy named it Tae Bo as components from tae kwon do and boxing were used. Due to the popularity of this new program, a new fitness centre located in Los Angeles was opened. More, videos and DVDs were released which grew into a phenomenon of the pop culture. Many celebrities used this program to lose weight or keep fit which has also attracted audiences to try Tae Bo workout. This system gave an enormous boost to Billy’s net worth.

Moreover, his career as an actor began quite by accident. Billy worked as a bodyguard for actress Catherine Bach who was the lead star of the action film “Driving Force” (1989) directed by Andrew Prowse. Blanks made a great impression on all the producers as well as the film director and they invited him to play a small role in the film. Later, Billy appeared in the main cast of the martial arts films “Bloodfist” (1989) directed by Terence H. Winkless, “The King of the Kickboxers” (1990) directed by Lucas Lowe, “Talons Of The Eagle” (1992) directed by Michael Kennedy and “Showdown” (1993) directed by Robert Radler. He landed the roles in the sci-fi action films “Timebomb” (1991) directed and written by Avi Nesher, “TC 2000” (1993) directed by T.J. Scott, “Expect No Mercy” (1995) directed by Zale Dalen and the action film “The Last Boy Scout” (1991) directed by Tony Scott. To add more, he created many small roles on television and in films. All these appearances increased the total size of Billy Blanks net worth, too.

In his personal life, Billy Blanks has been married twice. In 1973, he married Gayle H. Godfrey, and adopted her daughter. However, in 2007 Billy and Gayle divorced. In 2009, he married an interpreter, Tomoko Sato, with whom he has fathered a daughter born in 2008. He is also the stepfather of Sato’s two daughters.

Quick Facts

Birth date: September 1, 1955
Birth place: Erie, Pennsylvania, United States
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.82 m)
Profession:Actor, Martial Artist, Fitness professional
Nationality:United States of America
Spouse:Tomoko Sato (m. 2009), Gayle Godfrey (m. 1974–2008)
Children:Shellie Blanks Cimarosti, Erika Peterson, Billy Blanks Jr., Marriett Peterson, Angelika Blanks
Siblings:Michael Blanks
Movies:“Driving Force” (1989), “Bloodfist” (1989), “The King of the Kickboxers” (1990), “The Last Boy Scout” (1991)
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Interesting Facts

#Fact
1Father-in-law of Sharon Catherine Blanks.
2Has two children with Gayle Godrey Blanks: Shellie Blanks Cimarosti and Billy Blanks Jr..
3Despite an anomaly in his hip joints, he became a world champion martial artist in the 80s and a famous actor and trainer.
4Martial Arts stats: 7-Time World Karate Champion, Nationally ranked by Karate Illustrated from 1982-1989, Karate Hall of Fame since 1982, 1980 Captain of the US Olympic Karate Team, Member of the US Karate Team, winning 36 gold medals in international competition, 1975 Amateur Athletic Union Champion.
5Seventh degree black belt in tae kwon do and fourth degree black belt in kung fu
6is dyslexic
7Brother of actor Michael Blanks.
8Invented Tae-Bo, a popular exercise which is a mix of Tae Kwon Do and Boxing
9Is the 4th born out of 15 children. Born & raised in Erie, Pennsylvania.


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Filmography

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Clapper2017post-productionBilly Blanks
Almost Amazing2016post-productionMr. Wilson
Devotionpre-productionBilly Blanks
Dark Moon Rising2015Sheriff Tom
Jack and Jill2011/IBilly Blanks
Dance Club: The Movie2007ShortDance Club Dancer
Neo the Office Chuckler2004TV Series
Sunset Beach1999TV SeriesBilly
Martial Law1999TV SeriesTravis King
ER1999TV SeriesKickboxing Instructor
The Parent 'Hood1998TV SeriesTrainer
The Infinite Power Workout1997TV Series
Assault on Devil's Island1997TV MovieCreagan
Soldier of Fortune, Inc.1997TV Series
Kiss the Girls1997Kickboxing Instructor
Muppets Tonight1996TV SeriesDancing Muppet
Balance of Power1996Niko
Expect No Mercy1995Justin Vanier
Tough and Deadly1995VideoJohn Portland
Sister, Sister1994TV SeriesDriver
Back in Action1993Billy
Showdown1993/IBilly Grant
TC 20001993Jason Storm
Zhan long zai ye1992Billy
Talons of the Eagle1992Tyler Wilson
Street Justice1992TV SeriesTsiet Na Champion
Long hang tian xia1992Black Thug (uncredited)
The Last Boy Scout1991Billy Cole
Timebomb1991Mr. Brown
The King of the Kickboxers1990Khan
China O'Brien II1990VideoBaskin's Fighter #1 (uncredited)
Lionheart1990African Legionnaire
Tango & Cash1989Prison Thug (uncredited)
Bloodfist1989Black Rose
Driving Force1989Pool
Low Blow1986Guard
Kids Incorporated1984TV SeriesBilly

Stunts

Stunts

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Kazaam1996stunts
TC 20001993fight coordinator
Driving Me Crazy1991stunts
China O'Brien II1990Video stunts

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Expect No Mercy1995fight choreographer
Talons of the Eagle1992fight choreographer

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Tae Bo Amped2006Video live director

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ultimate Goalpost-productionHimself
The Real Miyagi2015DocumentaryHimself
Larry King Now2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Dislecksia: The Movie2012DocumentaryHimself
The Wendy Williams Show2011TV SeriesHimself
Actor's Day in LA2010TV SeriesHimself
American Grandmaster: The Life and Death of Mr. Parker2008DocumentaryHimself
Identity2007TV SeriesHimself - Stranger
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2007TV SeriesHimself
The Tony Danza Show2005TV SeriesHimself
Praise the Lord2001-2005TV SeriesHimself
Celebrity Fit Club2005TV SeriesHimself
Hollywood Squares2004TV SeriesHimself
The Wayne Brady Show2004TV SeriesHimself
E! True Hollywood Story2003TV Series documentaryHimself
Combat Tae-Bo2000VideoHimself
Tae-Bo: Three Energising Workouts2000VideoHimself
Tae-Bo Gold2000Video shortHimself
Tae-Bo Junior1999Video shortHimself
Tae-Bo Workout: Advanced1999VideoHimself
Tae-Bo Workout: Basic1999Himself
V.I.P.1999TV SeriesHimself
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch1999TV SeriesHimself
The Martin Short Show1999TV SeriesHimself
Late Show with David Letterman1999TV SeriesHimself
Tae-Bo Workout: 8-Minute Workout1999Video shortHimself
The Parkers1999TV SeriesHimself
Melrose Place1998TV SeriesHimself
Masters of the Martial Arts Presented by Wesley Snipes1998TV Special documentaryHimself
Tae-Bo Instructional Workout1998Video shortHimself - Instructor
Encyclopedia of Martial Arts: Hollywood Celebrities1995Video documentaryHimself
Extra1994TV SeriesHimself
Hollywood Stuntmakers1991TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Me Gusta: Með Gústa2013TV SeriesHimself

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