Richard Simmons Biography

Updated On Jun 14, 2019 Published On Dec 06, 2015
Facts of Richard Simmons
Date of Birth: 1948 , July-12
Birth Nation: United States
Height: 5 Feet 7 Inch
Name Richard Simmons
Birth Name Milton Teagle Simmons
Nick Name Richard
Father Leonard Douglas Simmons
Mother Shirley May Simmons
Nationality American
Birth Place/City New Orleans, Louisiana
Religion Christian
Ethnicity White
Profession Actor
Working For Movies and TV shows
Net Worth $ 15 million
Eye Color Blue
Hair Color Brown
Famous for Fitness guru, actor, comedian
Affair with N/A
Married N/A
Divorce N/A
Education Florida State University ,University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Movies Sweatin' to the Oldies: Vol. 2, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie
Books New Leisure Trusts
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Richard Simmons is a famous American fitness guru, actor and video instructor. He is widely known for his weight loss video compilation, Sweatin' to the Oldies, where he flaunts his energetic and flamboyant personality.

Childhood, Family, & Education

Richard Simmons was born to parents Leonard Douglas Simmons, Sr. and Shirley May on 12th July 1948 in  Milton Teagle Simmons, New Orleans.

He is of American nationality is American while his ethnicity is mixed consisting of Russian, Jewish and American ancestry. Simmons also has an elder brother named  Leonard, Jr Simmons.

He attended Brother Martin High School and later enrolled into the University of Louisiana, Lafayette. He later graduated from Florida State University and weighed around 268 pounds when he left.

After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree he began working as a waiter and he also worked for cosmetics companies Revlon.

Acting Career: TV Shows & Movies

He developed an interest in fitness and started his own gym studio, previously known as The Anatomy Asylum, which was later renamed Slimmons. The studio officially shut down in 2016. 

Richard Simmons has released numerous videotapes during his career which are the real reason behind his popularity. His videos are all fitness related, where he talks about health, diets and regular exercises.

Richard who once dreamed to become a priest began his acting career in 1969 and that was in the movie Fellini Satyricon. He has voice credits in the film Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer:
The Movie, starring John Goodman and Bob Newhart

Simmons has been featured in several television shows like The Larry Sanders Show, Saturday Night Live, Whose Line Is It Anyway?, hosted by Ryan Stiles. He has appeared in commercials of Herbal Essence, Sprint etc. Richard has guest appeared in The Rosie O'Donnell Show, alongside singer Celina Dion.

Love Affairs & Relationships

Once Richard was asked his sexual orientation and he didn't reply to this question. Till now there is no information related to his personal life matters like his love affairs, married life and also about his loving spouse.

He has a couple of friends, with whom he is quite close. Besides that Richard Simmons lives a private life with his 3 Dalmatians and two maids in a house in Beverly Hills.

Net Worth & Salary

Richard Simmons net worth is said to be around $15 million dollars. The fitness instructor has earned the most part of his net worth from the sales of his videotapes.

He has also released a couple of books that have had good sales in the past. However, he has not disclosed the salary he received from his works as an actor in many different TV series.

Age, Height

Age: Born on July 12, 1948, Richard is 70 years old in 2019.

Height: Richard stands 5 feet 6.5 inches tall, ie. 1.69 m.

Social Media

Richard is active both on Instagram and Twitter. He has over 16.7k followers on his Instagram account, whereas his Twitter follower exceeds 50.5k.

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Born in New Orleans, Louisiana

July 12 , 1948

Richards who is also known by his nickname Dicky was born as Milton Teagle Simmons in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America to Shirley May Simmons and Leonard Douglas Simmons. He is an American and is of white ethnicity.

Appeared in Fellini Satyricon


Graduate of Brother Martin High School, Richard weighted 268 pounds when he graduated from there. Richard who once dreamed to become a priest began his acting career in 1969 and that was in the movie Fellini Satyricon.

Began working in the restaurant


After earning Bachelor of Arts degree he began working as a waiter and he also worked for cosmetics companies Revlon. He also worked at Derek's. When he was there he began interest in fitness program and he began losing his own weight.

Opened his own exercise studio, The Anatomy Asylum


After he began losing his weight, he formed his own exercise studio, The Anatomy Asylum. He began running a program there. There they focused mainly on proper balanced diet with a supportive exercise in the serene environment.

Published his own book, Reach for Fitness


Besides being a famous fitness personality and an actor, he is also the great writer and he has published several books related to fitness program and losing weight. He published his first book Never Say Diet and then in 1986 he also released another book and that was titled Reach for Fitness. 

Appeared in Rosie O'Donnell Show

November 18 , 1997

Till now, he has appeared in several television shows and once he was also the host of the radio show, Lighten Up with Richard Simmons. At the end of 1997, he appeared on the show, Rosie O'Donnell Show.