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Billy Blanks

Muscular African American sports star, actor, media identity and inventor of the phenomenally popular "Tae Bo" fitness system, derived from his extensive martial arts training. Blanks was born in Eerie, Pennsylvania in 1955 amongst humble backgrounds and grew up as one of 15 children, battling dyslexia and tendon problems. However that didn't stop him from starting his martial arts training at age 14 and eventually achieving black belts in tae kwon do & several other arts, and winning numerous US martial arts tournaments. Blanks first popped up on movie screens in the mid 1980s in tough guy parts utilizing his athletic background and grim faced looks. Films roles included Tango & Cash (1989), Driving Force (1989) and A.W.O.L.: Absent Without Leave (1990). Things looked up in 1991, when Blanks scored the minor role of drug addicted running back "Billy Cole" in the explosive The Last Boy Scout (1991)....and further work followed often sharing lead billing in low budget - high action fare such as Talons of the Eagle (1992), TC 2000 (1993) and Expect No Mercy (1995). In the late 1990s, Billy's innovative and exciting "Tae Bo" workout routine swept around the world like wildfire, and propelled him into the position of one of the world's most recognizable and biggest selling fitness trainers. The remarkable Blanks continues to refine and promote his unique "Tae Bo" fitness system, and he operates the Billy Blanks World Training Center in Sherman Oaks, California. 7th Degree Black Belt Billy Blanks had one of the greatest karate fight records in the sport's long history. Blanks was a 7-time world karate champion, the first Amateur Athletic Union Champ in 1975, the 1984 Massachusetts Golden Gloves Boxing Champion, and the Tri-State Golden Gloves Champion of Champions. He was the captain of the United States Karate Team and won over 30 gold medals in international competition. He was the number 1 or number 2 rated full-contact karate fighter in the United States for almost seven straight years. His epic battles with "Nasty" Anderson are legends among martial arts fans. He posted over 300 career victories. In 1982, Billy Blanks was honored by being inducted into the Karate Hall of Fame.

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Sep 1, 1955 In Erie - Pennsylvania - USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Low Blow 1986-04-01
Latest Project:
Movie Billy's BootCamp: Basic Training Bootcamp 2022
Known For
Poster of Billy Blanks Tae Bo: Amped Fat Burn Accelerator
Poster of Kiss the Girls
Poster of The Last Boy Scout
Poster of Tango & Cash
Movie Billy's BootCamp: Basic Training Bootcamp Billy Blanks 2022
Movie Iron Fists and Kung Fu Kicks Himself 2019-08-02
Movie The Clapper Billy Blanks 2018-01-26
Movie Almost Amazing Mr. Wilson 2017-11-12
Movie The Real Miyagi Himself 2015-02-20
Movie Dark Moon Rising Sheriff Tom 2015-08-04
Movie Jack and Jill Billy Blanks 2011-11-11
Movie Billy Blanks: This Is Tae Bo Himself 2010-09-07
Movie Billy Blanks: Ultimate Tae Bo Billy Blanks 2007-10-02
Movie Billy Blanks Tae Bo: Amped Fat Burn Accelerator Billy Blanks 2007-12-04
Movie Billy Blanks' Tae Bo: Total Body Fat Blaster Himself 2005-03-15
Movie Billy's BootCamp: Ultimate BootCamp Himself 2005-09-06
Movie Billy Blanks: Tae Bo Kicks Himself 2005-05-03
Movie Billy Blanks - Tae Bo: Strength Power Billy Blanks 2004-01-01
Series The Tony Danza Show Unknown 2004-09-13
Movie Billy Blanks: Tae Bo Cardio Unknown 2003-10-07
Movie Billy Blanks' TaeBo Believer's Workout: The Strength Within Himself 2003-10-07
Series The Ellen DeGeneres Show Unknown 2003-09-08
Movie Billy Blanks: Tae Bo Flex Unknown 2003-10-07
Movie The Best of TaeBo: Ultimate Upper Body Himself 2002-12-24
Movie TaeBo II: Get Ripped - Basic 1 Workout Unknown 2001-09-25
Movie TaeBo II: Get Ripped - 8-Minute Workout Himself 2001-09-25
Movie TaeBo II: Get Ripped - Advanced 1 Workout Himself 2001-09-25
Movie TaeBo II: Get Ripped - Advanced 2 Workout Himself 2001-09-25
Movie Billy Blanks' Tae Bo: Gold Himself 2000-04-25
Movie Billy Blanks' Tae Bo: Advanced Workout Himself 1999-10-12
Series The Parkers Unknown 1999-08-30
Movie Billy Blanks' Tae Bo: 8-Minute Workout Himself 1999-10-12
Movie Billy Blanks' Tae Bo: Basic Workout Himself 1999-10-12
Movie Billy Blanks' Tae Bo: Instructional Himself 1999-10-12
Series V.I.P. Self 1998-09-26
Movie Kiss the Girls Instructor 1997-09-29
Movie Assault on Devil's Island Craegan 1997-10-28
Movie Balance of Power Niko 1996-06-25
Series Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Billy Blanks 1996-09-27
Series The Parent 'Hood Unknown 1995-01-18
Movie Tough and Deadly John Portland 1995-02-14
Movie Expect No Mercy Justin Vanier 1995-02-28
Movie Encyclopedia of Martial Arts: Hollywood Celebrities Himself 1995-08-28
Series ER Tae-Bo Instructor 1994-09-19
Movie Back in Action Billy 1993-01-01
Movie TC 2000 Jason Storm 1993-08-18
Movie Showdown Billy Grant 1993-09-16
Movie The Master Black Thug (uncredited) 1992-05-28
Series Melrose Place Unknown 1992-07-08
Movie Talons of the Eagle Tyler Wilson 1992-11-06
Movie Invincible 1992-12-05
Movie Timebomb Mr. Brown 1991-05-25
Movie The Last Boy Scout Billy Cole 1991-12-11
Movie Lionheart African Legionnaire 1990-06-07
Movie China O'Brien 2 Baskin's Fighter #1 1990-01-01
Movie The King of the Kickboxers Khan 1990-11-01
Movie Bloodfist Black Rose 1989-09-22
Movie Tango & Cash Prison Thug (uncredited) 1989-12-22
Movie Driving Force pool 1988-01-01
Movie Low Blow Guard 1986-04-01