Billy Blanks

Billy Blanks

  • Born on
    • September 1st, 1955
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.

Starring Billy Blanks on Plex


Acting (18 Credits)

2017Almost Amazing as Mr. Wilson
2017The Clapper as Billy Blanks
2015Dark Moon Rising as Sheriff Tom
2011Jack and Jill as Billy Blanks
1997Assault on Devil's Island as Craegan
1997Kiss the Girls as Instructor
1994Back in Action as Billy
1993Showdown as Billy Grant
1993TC 2000 as Jason Storm
1992The Master as Black Thug (uncredited)
1991Timebomb as Mr. Brown
1991The Last Boy Scout as Billy Cole
1990The King of the Kickboxers as Khan
1990Lionheart as African Legionnaire
1990China O'Brien II as Baskin's Fighter #1
1989Bloodfist as Black Rose
1989Tango & Cash as Prison Thug (uncredited)
1986Low Blow as Guard

Himself (2 Credits)

2019Iron Fists and Kung Fu Kicks as Himself
2015The Real Miyagi as Himself

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