Richard Simmons is a fitness guru who promotes weight loss programs. He is also a comedian and actor. He has got a various line of aerobics video primarily Sweetin’ to the Oldies. He is an energetic, flamboyant, and eccentric personality. He started his career with the gym ‘Simmons’ in Beverly Hills, California. In 1988, he lent his voice in ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie’. Simmons has appeared in many television shows and has released many books in his career. He has also released CDs, DVDs, and Videocassettes. He has been absent in public since 2014. The estimated net worth of Richard Simmons is $17 million.
Milton Teagle “Richard” Simmons was born on July 12, 1948, in New Orleans, Louisiana. He was born to parents Shirley May and Leonard Douglas Simmons. His mother was a traveling fan dancer who later worked in a cosmetics store and his father used to work in thrift stores. He grew up in New Orleans and has a brother Leonard, Jr. He went to Cor Jesu High School (currently known as Brother Martin High School) and was obese during his childhood. At 15, Simmons weighed 83 kilos and by the time he finished his high school, he weighed 122 kilos. As a child, he appeared in the films The Clowns and Satyricon. His first job was as a minor when he used to sell pralines.
The sexual orientation of Richard Simmons has been of speculation. He has not married and has not discussed his sexuality. At present he lives alone with his Dalmatians. He is known to interact with people who use his products or come to his studio. He is a motivational and energetic demeanor.
In the 1970s, Richard Simmons moved to Los Angeles and worked in Maître d’hotel. He became interested in fitness and established gyms which subsequently made him lose 56 kg. He then opened an exercise studio called “The Anatomy Asylum” which also included a salad bar restaurant. His gym was later renamed as “Simmons”. He also used to teach aerobics and motivational classes. His gym was closed in 2016.
Owing to the success of his health club, Simmons became popular in the media. He then went on to appear in many celebrity game shows like Battlestar, Super Password, Body Language, Lose or Draw, Match Game, Figure it Out, and Win. Following this, he became a cast member of the television series ‘General Hospital’. He became the host of the shows The Richard Simmons Show and Slim Cookin. In 1998, he lent his voice to the film ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie’.
Simmons has also featured in numerous other television series like Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Arrested Development, The Larry Sanders Show, Saturday Night Live, and CHiPs. He has also appeared in various advertisements including Herbal Essence Shampoos, Yoplait, and Sprint. He has also penned many books including ‘Never Say Diet’. His books are basically based on fitness and cookery.
Richard Simmons has won four Daytime Emmy Awards for his show ‘The Richard Simmons Show’. One of his biggest career achievements is by opening the gym “Simmons”.
How much is Richard Simmons Net Worth in 2017
Richard Simmons has appeared in many television shows, films, and advertisements. As a fitness guru, he has released many books and DVDs. By doing so, he has gone on to accumulate good wealth for himself. Richard Simmons’s net worth is an estimated $17 million US dollars as of 2017. Part of this wealth comes by releasing cassettes, CDs, and DVDs.
He has also appeared as a guest on ‘The Rosie O’Donnell Show’. In the 1980s, Simmons has appeared frequently on the ‘The Howard Stern Show’. In 2012, he appeared in the commercial for the Canadian company Telus wireless phone. He has also appeared in the movie “Hawker Boat”.
Richard Simmons has appeared many times for the effects of Hurricane Katrina. He has not appeared publicly since 2014. It was speculated that he was held hostage in 2016 by his housekeeper. On March of the same year, he denied the allegations on the Today Show. In March 2017, he was described perfectly fine by LAPD detectives. He sued the American Media, Inc., Radar Online, and National Enquirer in May 2017 for false claims.