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: 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.
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.