Billy Blanks Biography

Billy Blanks

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Birth Name: Billy Blanks
Date of birth:
Birth Country: United States
Height: 6 Feet
Birth Sign: virgo
Age:   62 Years
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Billy Wayne Blanks is an American actor, fitness guru, and martial artist, better known as the creator of the Tae Bo exercise program. He was one of the fifteen children of his parents, born on 1 September 1955 in Erie, Pennsylvania. 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. Regarding his Nationality, he is African-American and belongs to black ethnicity.

Firstly, Blank started his career as a bodyguard for led actress Catherine Bach. Later he got the chance to featured in the film 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.  

Furthermore, Billy opened his karate studio in Quincy, Massachusetts where he runs Boxing, Taekwondo and fitness activities. He also established fitness center in Los Angeles, where he attracted some celebrities and the popularity of workout grew quickly. He also released his mass-marketed videos wich sold in millions with grossed over $130 Million.   

Moving towards his personal life, Billy married twice in his life. Firstly, he was married to Gayle Godfrey and shortly after their wedding, the couple adopted a child: a daughter named Shellie. They got divorced after years of their marital relationship because of their "irreconcilable differences". Later, he went on to date a new girlfriend, Tomoko Sato and after months of dating they eventually got married. They also adopted two daughters, Marietta Peterson and Erika Peterson

Regarding her Net worth, Billy earns the tremendous amount of salary from his successful career. The big chunk of his net worth has been estimated as $ 30 Milion. 

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Born in Erie, Pennsylvania

1955 1st of September

Billy Wayne was born on 1st Septemeber 1955 in Erie, Pennsylvania. He is one of the fifteen children of his parents and suffered from dyslexia and tendon problems. He atteneded martial arts classes and graduated in Tae-Kwon-do. Regarding his Nationality, he is African-American.


Married to Gayle Godfrey

1974 28th of June

Billy had married twice in his life. Firstly, he was married to Gayle Godfrey on 28 June 1974. He met her in a karate class and start dating each other. They together have two children but they got divorced after having married for several years.


First child Shellie

1974 28th of June

After getting married to Gayle, they adopted a child named as 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.


Won Amateur Athletic Union


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.


Became Karate Hall of Fame


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.


Won Massachusetts Golden Gloves Boxing


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.


Began his acting career


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. 


Divorced to Gayle Godfrey


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. 


Became the father of daughter Angelika

2008 of November

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. 


Married again to Tomoko Sato

2009 20th of June

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.


Current Net worth.


Billy Wayne Blanks earns the tremendous amount of money from his career. The big chunk of his net worth has been estimated as $30 Million by which he is living luxury life with his wife and children. 

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