Billy Blanks
Billy Blanks
Celebrated Name: Billy Blanks
Real Name/Full Name: Billy Wayne Blanks
Gender: Male
Age: 68 years old
Birth Date: 1 September 1955
Birth Place: Erie, Pennsylvania, United States
Nationality: American
Height: 1.82 m
Weight: 70 kg
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Married
Wife/Spouse (Name): Tomoko Sato (m. 2009), Gayle Godfrey (m. 1974–2008)
Children: Yes (Shellie Blanks Cimarosti, Billy Blanks Jr., Angelika Blanks, Marriett Peterson, Erika Peterson)
Profession: American fitness guru, martial artist, actor, and the creator
Net Worth in 2024: $40 million
Last Updated: July 2024

Billy Wayne Blanks is an American fitness expert, martial artist, acting professional and the inventor of the originator of the Tae Bo workout program.

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Early Life

Billy Blanks was born on September 1, 1955, in Erie, Pennsylvania, United States of America. He was the fourth of the fifteen children born to his parents. Billy started his quest of learning the fighting techniques in 1966, at the age of eleven when he enrolled himself for Karate and Taekwondo lessons. However, things didn’t come easy for him, as he was born with an irregularity in his hip joint that mostly affected his activities. The ensuing clumsiness drew taunts from people and siblings alike leading everybody around him to believe that he wouldn’t be able to achieve much in life. Billy found the response to these difficulties in karate and grew increasingly inspired by Bruce Lee. Both these passions eventually helped him overcome the anomaly.

Billy Blanks is a devout Christian. His beliefs have also found reflection in his work, especially the Tae Bo technique, which is comprised of motivational elements derived from religion.

Billy Blanks wedded Gayle H. Godfrey, his karate class-mate in the year 1974. Soon after the matrimony, followed the adoption of Gayle’s little princess, Shellie, who was delivered in 1973. Shellie Blanks Cimarosti is now an adept martial artist herself and is often featured in several Billy’s Tae Bo videos. Gayle and Billy Blanks welcomed their first biological child, Billy Blanks, Jr. a few years after their marriage and their son is now a professional dancer, performer, and personal trainer. In 2008, Billy Blanks and his wife, Gayle decided to part ways, after 33 years of matrimony.

Billy Blanks became the daddy of a daughter named Angelika in 2008. She was born to Tomoko Sato, who served as Billy’s interpreter in Japan when he visited there in 2007.

Age, Height, and Weight

Being born on 1 September 1955, Billy Blanks is 68 years old as of today’s date 20th July 2024. His height is 1.82 m tall, and weight is 70 kg.


Billy Blanks began his career at the young age of 14, even with a disability which hampered his movements. He triumphed in his first world tournament at the tender age of 16.

Billy Blanks rose to fame when he landed the job of renowned actress Catherine Bach’s bodyguard, which offered him the possibility to meet a whole lot of filmmakers and producers as well. Following this, Billy became a sort of a martial arts legend appearing in several action films, like “King of the Kickboxers,” “Kiss the Girls” and “Driving Force” to name a few.

Alongside his movie career, Billy Blanks maintained his passion for martial arts with several karate establishments that he owned in cities, like Massachusetts and Los Angeles, which is where he developed his iconic Tae Bo technique.

Awards and Achievements

Some of the most significant achievements include:

• Five-time Amateur Athletic Union Champion, beginning in 1975.
• Seven-time world karate champion.
• Bagged a total of 36 gold medals in various international competitions.
• Given a place in the Karate Hall of Fame, 1982.
• Massachusetts Golden Gloves champion in the light-heavyweight class, 1984.

Net Worth & Salary of Billy Blanks in 2024

Billy Blanks Net Worth
Billy Blanks Net Worth

Billy Blanks has earned his considerable net worth, as the inventor of the TAE-Bo exercise program as well as by playing roles in famous movies, like “The Last Boy Scout” and “Expect No Mercy.” Billy Blank’s has an estimated net worth of about $40 million as of July 2024.

Billy Blanks turned his liability into his strength and worked on building his career from a very young age. There are not many martial artists in the world who have earned their name in Hollywood. Billy Blanks has managed to reach that level of success by working hard all his life.


  1. Since our gym is closed due to cov-19, I been doing Billy’s video’s at home.
    He is my NEW EXCERCISE GURU! Love the variety of workouts, and really feel in great shape.
    Billy is very motivating and inspirational……Thank You for the excellent workouts and words of encouragement, especially during this ‘difficult’ time!!!!
    BE SAFE…
    Mary xoxo

  2. Billy has inspired me through his hard work and dedication to bettering himself and helping others. I love that I see Jesus in him and didn’t even know he was a Christian until I was compelled to look up his story. I have struggled with lymes disease for 15 years and my body is writhed with pain some days but Billy’s workouts have helped me to stretch and strengthen my body warding off inflammation and pain. I am so thankful my sister shared a tae bo video with me and I fell in love with Billy’s passion from day one! God bless everyone and so happy to share air with people like Billy- he has truly touched my heart and changed my life ❤️

  3. Going through a HORRIBLE divorce I started doing his tapes daily and WOW. His was definitely the best I seen results with and trust me I’ve tried them all. I am now going through a horrible empty nest midlife crisis and I’m trying to get back to doing them just so I have my energy and my happiness again.

  4. Billy Blanks started all the martial arts being used for fitness videos and gyms if today back in the 1990’s. Jane Fonda started the fitness videos but what you see today in the fitness world whether gyms or MMA, Billy Blanks is the founder. He should be credited for the evolution of modern fitness of today. All these fitness entrepreneurs of today would not be where they are at until Billy Blanks who was inspired by Bruce Lee’s martial arts fitness training and original mixed martial arts. Back in the day martial arts fitness was just done in dojos, garage or YMCA’s and not shared with the public as a fitness business. What Billy Blanks did turn it into a business while helping people. That in itself the BLACK government reps should ask the POTUS to place his name in the MEDAL OF FREEDOM for his comtribution to America and internationally. I was not even a fan of his but he deserves all the accolades.


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