Biography

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.

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.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 47

Birthday 1955-09-01

Place of Birth Erie - Pennsylvania - USA

Official Site -

Also Known As

  • William Wayne "Billy" Blanks

Acting TV ShowsMovies

Billy's BootCamp: Basic Training Bootcamp as Billy Blanks
2018 The Clapper as Billy Blanks
2015 Dark Moon Rising as Sheriff Tom
2015 The Real Miyagi
2010 Billy Blanks: This Is Tae Bo as Himself
2005 Billy's BootCamp: Ultimate BootCamp as Himself
2005 Billy Blanks: Tae Bo Kicks as Himself
2005 Billy Blanks' Tae Bo: Total Body Fat Blaster as Himself
2004 The Tony Danza Show (1 episode)
2004 Billy Blanks - Tae Bo: Strength Power as Billy Blanks
2003 Billy Blanks: Tae Bo Cardio
2003 Billy Blanks: Tae Bo Flex
2003 Billy Blanks' TaeBo Believer's Workout: The Strength Within as Himself
2003 The Ellen DeGeneres Show (1 episode)
2002 The Best of TaeBo: Ultimate Upper Body as Himself
2001 TaeBo II: Get Ripped - 8-Minute Workout as Himself
2001 TaeBo II: Get Ripped - Advanced 1 Workout as Himself
2001 TaeBo II: Get Ripped - Advanced 2 Workout as Himself
2001 TaeBo II: Get Ripped - Basic 1 Workout
2000 Billy Blanks' Tae Bo: Gold as Himself
1999 Billy Blanks' Tae Bo: Advanced Workout as Himself
1999 Billy Blanks' Tae Bo: 8-Minute Workout as Himself
1999 Billy Blanks' Tae Bo: Basic Workout as Himself
1999 Billy Blanks' Tae Bo: Instructional as Himself
1999 The Parkers (1 episode)
1997 Assault on Devil's Island as Craegan
1996 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (1 episode) as Himself
1996 Balance of Power as Niko
1995 Encyclopedia of Martial Arts: Hollywood Celebrities as Himself
1995 Expect No Mercy as Justin Vanier
1995 Tough and Deadly as John Portland
1995 The Parent 'Hood (1 episode)
1994 ER (1 episode)
1993 Showdown as Billy Grant
1993 TC 2000 as Jason Storm
1993 Back in Action as Billy
1992 Invincible
1992 Talons of the Eagle as Tyler Wilson
1992 Melrose Place (1 episode)
1992 The Master as Black Thug (uncredited)
1991 The Last Boy Scout as Billy Cole
1990 The King of the Kickboxers as Khan
1990 Lionheart as African Legionnaire
1990 China O'Brien II as Baskin's Fighter #1
1989 Bloodfist as Black Rose
1988 Driving Force as pool
1986 Low Blow as Guard

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