Billy Blanks Biography


Billy Blanks

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Birth Name: Billy Blanks
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Birth Country: United States
Height: 6 Feet
Birth Sign: virgo
Age:   61 Years
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Billy Wayne Blanks (born September 1, 1955) is an American actor, fitness guru, and martial artist. He is better known as the creator of the Tae Bo exercise program. He was born in Erie, Pennsylvania, Unites States of America. He is one of the fifteen children of his parents. He suffered from dyslexia and tendon problems in childhood. When he was eleven, he began to learn martial arts. And he eventually achieved his black belts in tae-kwon-do & several other forms of martial arts. The discipline of these games began to transform his body.

Billy is a married man. He has been married twice in his life. First, he was married to Gayle Godfrey on 28 June 1974. They together have two children. He met her in a karate class. Their first child, daughter Shellie, born on June 28, 1974, was adopted shortly after they married. Now she is also an accomplished martial artist, just like her father. He and his wife, Godfrey divorced in 2008. The reason for the divorce is "irreconcilable differences". Then he had some love affairs with his girlfriend, Tomoko Sato and they got married on 20 June 2009. Their marriage was registered in January 2009. He also adopted her two daughters. They are still together and are believed to be living happily. He began his career as a bodyguard. He was a bodyguard of actress Catherine Bach while she was playing her role in 'Driving Force'. His service made some impression on producers, who later wrote him into the script. These days, he is earning a huge salary from his own exercise program.

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Born in Erie, Pennsylvania

1955 1st of December

He is from a humble background. He was born in Erie, Pennsylvania, Unites States of America. He is one of the fifteen children of his parents. He suffered from dyslexia and tendon problems. When he was eleven, he began to learn martial arts.

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Married to Gayle Godfrey

1974 28th of December

Billy is a married man. He has been married twice in his life. First he was married to Gayle Godfrey on 28 June 1974. They together have two children. He met her in a karate class. They remained together for more than three decades.

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First child Shellie

1974 28th of December

His first child, daughter Shellie was born on 28 June, 1974. She was adopted by them shortly after they get married. She also entered into the martial arts and now she is also an accomplished martial artist, just like her father.

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Won Amateur Athletic Union

1975

Billy has accomplished lots of thing from karate and other exercise programs. In 1975, he won the Amateur Athletic Union Champion. He was also the first Amateur Athletic Union champion. He made history by winning this award.

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Became Karate Hall of Fame

1982

In 1982, he was in the Karate Hall of Fame. He was also the 7-time world karate champion. From 1982-1989, he was Nationally ranked by Karate Federation as ranking number 1. During 1980s, he was considered almost invincible, and it was thought to be impossible to win against him.

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Won Massachusetts Golden Gloves Boxing

1984

1984 was a remarkable year for him. During that year, he became the Massachusetts Golden Gloves Boxing Champion. He also won the Tri-State Golden Gloves Champion of Champions. He achieved various successes in 1980s.

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Began his acting career

1988

He began his career as a bodyguard. He was the bodyguard of actress Catherine Bach while she was playing her role in Driving Force. His service made some impression on the producers who later included him into the script. 

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Divorced to Gayle Godfrey

2008

After being involved in married life for more than three decades, they divorced in 2008. It is claimed that his wife filed the Petition for Legal Separation on April 22, 2008, in Los Angeles Superior Court. And it was also stated that they had been living separate since September 25, 2007. 

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Became the father of daughter Angelika

2008 of December

Shortly after being divorced with his wife, Gayle Godfrey, he again became the father of a new daughter, named Angelika in November 2008. Her mother is his Japanese interpreter at the time, Tomoko Sato. 

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Married again to Tomoko Sato

2009 20th of December

He met his second wife, Tomoko Sato in 2007. She was his interpreter at that time. Their marriage was formally registered in January 2009 and their wedding ceremony was held on June 20, 2009. He also adopted his new wife's two daughters.

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