Who is Billy Blanks and what is his net worth 2018? Billy Blanks is an American actor, fitness preceptor and martial artist. He is better known as the maker of the “TAE Bo” exercise program called the “Believer’s” series that includes motivational prayers and other Christian components. According to the Billy,T means to Totally Commit – To yourself, To the regime. A is for Awareness and E stands for Excellence – excelling on your own level, nobody else’s. B represents your Body and God.
Billy Blank is a Christian who used his fame to spread the gospel through fitness and has inspired Christians everywhere to lose weight and get fit. Blank produced and created a tailored line of ‘TAE Bo’ workouts which he Christian principles and motivational prayers into the regime, which has aired on the Christian network, TBN.
Billy Blanks was born in Erie, Pennsylvania, United States on Sep 1, 1955 and began developing his interest in martial arts at the young age of 11. Billy was born disabled.He suffering from Dyslexia and Tendon problems in childhood and raised with 14 siblings began taking ‘TAE-KWON-DO” and Karate lessons after watching his inspirational hero Bruce Lee on television.
Regarding his nationality, he is African – American and belongs to black ethnicity. Despite being born with a hip joint anomaly Blanks used the discipline of his martial arts to transform his body into the fitness machine it is today.
Blanks was made famous by nailing a gig as the bodyguard for actress Catherine Bach, which offered him the opportunity to meet a lot of filmmakers and producers as well. Hence a star was born.Later he featured in the film in Manila as he was able to impress the producers and writer of the movie.
His small breakthrough led him to cast in King of the Kickboxers, Bloodfist, The last Boy Scout, Kiss the Girls,etc. Billy Blank is recently featured in CES-2017 as a welcome replacement to the booth babes that the floor show is known for.
Billy Blanks has married twice. Firstly he was married to Gayle Godfrey in 1974.He met her in Karate class and after a short time of their marriage, the couple adopted a child: a daughter named Shellie Blanks Cimarosti and a son named as Billy Blank Jr. Shellie Blanks who is a martial artist is prominently featured in many TAE-Bo videos. Shellie has produced her own videos called ‘Postnatal Power’ as well and hosted her father’s new TAE-Bo 3 ( Total Transformation training ).
Billy has son a son from Blanks named as Billy Blank Jr who works as a dancer, singer and fitness instructor. Jr Billy has also produced numerous best selling DVD’s. The couple got divorced after years of their marital relationship in 2008 because of their irreconcilable differences. Later he went on the date with new girlfriend Tomoko Sato anfter months of dating he got married in 2009. They also adopted two daughters Marietta Peterson and Erica Peterson. He has five children.
Billy Blank has stared his career at the age of 14 even having the disability. He won his first world championship at the age of just 16. As a 7th degree Black Belt, he boasted one the best records of the United States has ever seen. He also has the designation of the Tri- State champion of champions boxing title. During his international career he won 30 international medals and was rated as the number 1 or 2 for seven years.
He had over 300 career victories and in 1982 he was also inducted into the Karate Hall of Fame. He made the United States Karate team champion as well. He retired from the competitive martial art champion in 1991 to concentrate on his acting career developing his fitness center as well. His brother Michael Blank also done numerous films like his brother Billy with his latest being in 2011 is ‘Jack and Jill’.
His career was started eventually because he was employed to be a bodyguard for Catherine Bach for a shoot in Philippines. This was happened at the time of political instability and directors were so impressed with his that they wrote him into the script of the film Driving force and from there his acting career was progressed.
Then after he also acted in Lost Boy Scout, Talon of Eagle, TC200 and Except No-Mercy. As part of his promotion Billy was also appeared on TV shows and even appeared in Emergency Room in 1999. All in all he acted in 20 films and all they are generally fast moving action film.
In the late 1980, Billy opened the TAE-Bo workout, while running a Karate studio in Quincy, Massachusetts. He used his components in martial arts and in boxing training. This name is derived from Taekwondo and boxing. Billy opened the fitness center in Los Angeles to teach his new workout. He later attracted some celebrity clients such as Paula Abdul and the popularity of the workout quickly grew and became a pop culture phenomenon after Blanks began releasing mass-marketed videos.
He sold over 1.5 million VHS tapes in his first year and is reported to have grossed between $80 million and $130 million in sales. Billy will be seen in Devotion(2017) with fellow martial artist Matthias Hues and Don ‘The Dragon’ Wilson and Mark Moon Rising(2015) with Eric Roberts.
Billy Blanks Net Worth
Billy Blanks earned his net worth as the inventor of the TAE-Bo exercise program in addition to playing roles in films such as The Last Boy Scout and Except No Mercy. He has an estimated net worth of $33 millions.
Billy Blanks is a unique in that not many martial artists or fitness gurus make it big as Hollywood stars. Yet Billy has been acting successfully since 1986. Billy got his Hollywood debut in the film “Low Blow” which gave him first big break. After that he went on to appear in a number of Hollywood blockbusters.