Billy Blanks has been known as a man with many, many jobs under his belt. Billy Blanks is best recognized as a fitness expert, martial artist, and an occasional actor.
For many people all around the world, he is simply known as the founder of a multimillion-dollar fitness program, titled ‘Tae Bo’.
- Birthday: September 1, 1955 (age 62)
- Ethnicity: Afro-American
- Nationality: American
- Profession: Fitness expert, actor and martial artist
Billy Blanks Wife – Son and Family
Billy Blanks married his first wife, Gayle H. Godfrey, during the very struggling phase of his life in 1974. They struggled financially and were just steps away from being homeless in an apartment in Woodland Hills.
Today, the tides have turned, and Billy is one successful man with millions in his bank.
Shortly after marrying Gayle, Billy adopted her daughter, Shellie and the ex-couple went on to have a son together, Billy Blanks, Jr, who works as a fitness trainer, singer, and daughter.
Even after 33-years of marriage and a son together, Billy and Gayle divorced in 2008.
In November 2008, Billy became a father for the second time and welcomed a daughter named Angelika with his girlfriend, Tomoko Sato.
Billy Blanks and Tomoko Sato married on June 20, 2009, and he legally adopted her daughters, Marriett & Erika Peterson. Upon the marriage, he moved to Japan with his wife.
Billy is the fourth of fifteen children born to Mabeline and Isaac Blanks. He was raised in a Christian household by a poor but very hard-working couple from Erie, Pennsylvania.
His dad was manual labor by day and a truck driver at night and mother was a homemaker.
- Parents: Mabeline and Isaac Blanks
- Wife: Tomoko Sato (2009) and Gayle Godfrey (1974-2008)
- Children: Shellie Blanks, Billy Blanks Jr, Angelika Blanks, Erika Peterson and Marriett Peterson
- Marital Status: Married
Billy had trouble academically as he struggled with dyslexia, a disease which wasn’t diagnosed until he was 37. Additionally, he had an anomaly in his hip joints by birth that impaired his movement, earning him the taunts of his relatives and led his martial arts coach to believe he’d never accomplish much.
Billy began taking martial arts training at age 11, attending Taekwondo and Karate classes. Slowly, the practice of the program began to transform his body and by 16, he was a black belter and went on to make a spot on the U.S. Karate team. It was the first step towards his foresight future!
Billy Blanks Age, Height and Body Measurements
Blanks is the sexiest male fitness trainer with his muscular, toned physique and ripped abs.
Billy, being a fitness junkie, has been hitting the gym to look at his best and achieved that well-sculpted six-pack that we all have been dreaming of.
The 62-year-old martial artist isn’t planning to slow down anytime soon. As his super-fit body is undeniable, he credits super-setting exercises & a strict diet for his bulkier body and we’ve been impressed ever since.
- Height: 6 foot (182cm)
- Body Measurements: N/A
- Plastic Surgery: N/A
- Weight: N/A
Billy, 62, defies the laws of aging as he flaunts his well-sculpted beach body whenever he decides to strip down his shirts while making content for his video or pictures. Billy is a fitness professional who lives a healthy and wealthy lifestyle. He avoids the consumption of unhealthy foods and always stars on a nutritious diet.
Just a glimpse of his athletic body with tall height, wide shoulders, intense men’s taunt abdomens and bulging biceps are enough to feel his hotness. Also, the pictures of Billy’s shirtless are available on the internet.
Billy Blanks Movies
Blanks’ career started after moving to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. Successfully, he landed a job insecurity and soon was hired as a bodyguard to Catherine Back during the filming of 1988’s ‘Driving Force’.
While guarding the actress on location, Billy caught the eye of producer, who later cast him in a supporting role. The exposure led him to star in numerous martial arts movies, including ‘Bloodfist’, ‘The Last Boy Scout’ and ‘Kickboxers’.
- 1980- Launched his successful fitness venture, ‘Tae Bo’
- 1989- Starred as Black Rose in martial arts movie, ‘Bloodfist’
- 1991-Appeared as Billy Cole in action comedy film, ‘The Last Boy Scout’
- 1997- Starred as the kickboxing instructor to Ashley Judd’s character in a movie, ‘Kiss the Girl’
In 1975, he became the first Amateur Athletic Union champ, a title he conquered for five times. He has also won 36 gold medals in international Karate completion, becoming the caption of the U.S. Karate team in 1980. Additionally, he became the Tri-State Golden Gloves Champion of Champions and the 1984 Massachusetts Golden Gloves Champion.
During the period of the 1980s, Billy came with an innovative idea of developing exercise program called ‘Tae Bo’. At the time, he was working in karate studio and after garnering some experience, he launched his own fitness center.
His ‘Tae Bo’ fitness center in Los Angeles attracted several celebrities clients like Paula Abdul and soon the popularity of workout grew after Billy released mass-marketed videos. His VHS tapes sold over 1.5 million in its first years and are known to have grossed between $80million & $130 million in sales.
Billy Blanks Net Worth and Salary
Billy Blanks net worth: Billy Blanks is an American fitness guru, martial artist, and actor who has a net worth of $30 Million. He has accumulated huge part of his net worth as the creator & investor of the ‘Tae Bo’ exercising program.
Billy’s personal choice to study karate was a great decision which later brought a hefty money to his accounts.
As Billy is a successful fitness expert, martial artist, an occasional actor & foremost the investor/creator of multi-million exercising business, there is a high possibility that $30 million isn’t the end for his net worth’s growth.
- Net Worth: $30 million
- Salary: N/A