Billy Blanks Martial Artist

Billy blanks

Billy Wayne Blanks (born September 1, 1955) is an American fitness guru, martial artist, actor, and the inventor of the Tae Bo exercise program. Blanks began his study of the martial arts at the age of eleven and practices Karate and Taekwondo. He was born with an anomaly in his hip joints that impaired his movement, and a clumsiness that earned him the taunts of his siblings and caused his coaches to believe he’d never accomplish much. Billy found the answer to these challenges in karate. When he saw Bruce Lee on TV, he decided he wanted to be a world martial-arts champion. The discipline of the program began to transform his body. Blanks began his acting career in the 1980s where he starred in several unsuccessful action-adventure feature films. He was hired to act as a bodyguard for lead actress Catherine Bach during the filming of Driving Force, due to the political unrest present in Manila at the time; he impressed the producers so much, they wrote him into the script. In the late 1980s, Blanks invented the Tae Bo workout, while running a karate studio in Quincy, Massachusetts. He used components of his martial arts and boxing training.

Personal details

Date of birth
September 1st, 1955
Place of birth
Erie
Nationality
United States of America
Religion
Christian
Places lived
Erie , Pennsylvania
pop. 100,671 (2013)

Family

Siblings
Spouses
Children

Music albums

Album title Release date Release type Recording type Recording length Additional artists Contributors
Billy's Bootcamp Jamz 2 Maximum
2005 Album

Movie performances

Average rating by genre

GenreNum. of titlesAvg. rating
Comedy25.2
Crime36.4
Action105.14
Drama35.93
Sci-Fi44.77
Sport35.2

1. Jack & Jill (2011)

Comedy
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
91.0
, ,
Todd Garner
27 Show list 13 Show list $79M

Jack and Jill is a 2011 comedy film written by Steve Koren, Robert Smigel, Ben Zook and directed by Dennis Dugan.

Awards

2012 Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Movie Actor
2011
2011
2011 Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actress
2011 Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actor
2011 Razzie Award for Worst Picture
2011 Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screenplay
2011 Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Director
2011 Razzie Award for Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-off or Sequel
2011 Razzie Award for Worst Actress
2011 Razzie Award for Worst Actor
2011 Razzie Award for Worst Screen Couple/Ensemble
2011 Razzie Award for Worst Screen Ensemble

Top cast

Al Pacino
Monica's Boyfriend
Erin Sadelstein
Monica
Eduardo
Funbucket
Carter Simmons
Xavier
Scrapply Puppeteer
The Price Is Right Contestant #1
Theater Patron
The Price Is Right Showcase Girl #2
Theatergoer #1
Bitsy Simmons
Angry Moviegoer #1
Sham-Wow Guy
Cruise Waiter
The Price Is Right Showcase Girl #1
The Price Is Right Showcase Girl #3
Stage Manager
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Ellen Lutter
English
United States of America

2. Billy Blanks: Tae Bo Freestyle Funk (2008)

Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
45.0

Awards

Top cast

Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
United States of America

3. Billy Blanks: Tae Bo Funk (2008)

Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
46.0

Awards

Top cast

Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
United States of America

4. Billy Blanks: Tae Bo Amped: Full Throttle (2007)

Sport
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
55.0

Awards

Top cast

Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

5. Billy Blanks: Tae Bo: Celebrity Fit Sculpt (2006)

Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
44.0

Awards

Top cast

6. Billy Blanks Bootcamp Elite: Mission 1: Get Started (2006)

Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
43.0

Awards

Top cast

Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
United States of America

7. Billy Blanks: Tae Bo: Celebrity Fit Cardio (2006)

Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
43.0

Awards

Top cast

8. Billy Blanks: Billy's BootCamp: Cardio BootCamp Live (2006)

Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
55.0

Awards

Top cast

9. Tae Bo: Billy's Favorite Moves (2006)

Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
60.0

Awards

Top cast

10. Billy Blanks: Tae Bo: Fat Blasting Cardio (2005)

Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
45.0

Awards

Top cast

Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
United States of America

11. Billy Blanks: Billy's Bootcamp: Basic Training Bootcamp (2005)

Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
55.0

Awards

Top cast

12. Billy Blanks: Billy's Bootcamp: Ab Bootcamp (2005)

Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
35.0

Awards

Top cast

13. Billy Blanks: Billy's Bootcamp: Ultimate Bootcamp (2005)

Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
55.0

Awards

Top cast

14. Billy Blanks: Tae Bo: Contact 1 (2004)

Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
60.0

Awards

Top cast

15. Billy Blanks: Tae Bo Strength & Power (2004)

Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
93.0

Awards

Top cast

16. Billy Blanks: Tae Bo: Flex Express (2004)

Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
20.0

Awards

Top cast

Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
United States of America

17. Billy Blanks: Tae Bo: Cardio Circuit 1 (2004)

Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
37.0

Awards

Top cast

18. Billy Blanks: Tae Bo: Cardio Circuit 2 (2004)

Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
53.0

Awards

Top cast

19. Kiss the Girls (1997)

Crime, Drama, Mystery
played Kickboxing Instructor
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
120.0
,
Joe Wizan
25 Show list $27M

Kiss the Girls is a 1997 American crime thriller film directed by Gary Fleder and starring Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, and Cary Elwes. The screenplay by David Klass is based on the best-selling novel Kiss the Girls by James Patterson. A sequel titled, Along Came a Spider was released in 2001.

Awards

Top cast

Chief Hatfield, Durham P.D.
Clerk in Bookstore
Henry Castillo, LAPD
Det. Nick Ruskin
John Sampson
Coty Pierce
Locksmith
Seth Samuel
Dr. Kate McTiernan
FBI Agent Kyle Craig
Dr. William 'Will' Rudolph
Reporter #7
FBI Agent at Lair
Vickie Cross
Reporter #2
Dr. Ruocco
Beautiful Girl #5
Woman at Nepenthe Bar
Beautiful Girl #1
Janell Cross
Naomi Cross
LAPD Sergeant
Nana Cross
Reporter #3
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Serial killer
Abigail Murray
Standard Chinese, English
United States of America

20. Balance of Power (1996)

Action
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
92.0

Awards

Top cast

Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

21. Expect No Mercy (1995)

Action, Sci-Fi
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
91.0
Zale Dalen
1 Show list

Expect No Mercy is a 1995 action/science-fiction film starring Billy Blanks, Jalal Merhi, Wolf Larson, Laurie Holden, Anthony De Longis, and Michael Blanks. The soundtrack was composed by Varouje. The film was written by Stephen J. Maunder, produced by Jalal Merhi, and directed by Zale Dalen.

Awards

Top cast

Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

22. Talons of the Eagle (1992)

Action, Adventure
played Tyler Wilson
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
90.0
,
Curtis Petersen
,
Dale Hildebrand
,
Kevin Ward
J. Stephen Maunder
6 Show list

Talons Of The Eagle is a 1992 American martial arts action film starring Billy Blanks, Jalal Merhi, Matthias Hues and James Hong and directed by Michael Kennedy. It received a limited release on November 6, 1992, and was released on video on December 23, 1992.

Awards

Top cast

Mr. Li
Cassandra
Michael Reed
Master Pan Quing Fu
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Varouje
Curtis Petersen
Erika Larner
English
Canada

23. The Last Boy Scout (1991)

Action, Comedy, Crime
played Billy Cole
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
105.0
,
Michael Levy
Greg Hicks
,
26 Show list $29M

The Last Boy Scout is a 1991 American action comedy film directed by Tony Scott, starring Bruce Willis, Damon Wayans, Chelsea Field, Noble Willingham, Taylor Negron and Danielle Harris. The film was released in the United States on December 13, 1991.

Awards

Top cast

Joseph Cornelius 'Joe' Hallenbeck
Mike Matthews
Chet
Football Mom
Marcones Henchman
Pool Owner
Garage Patrolman
Senator Baynard
Cigar Thug
Big Ray Walston
Sheldon Marcone
Secret Service Man
Locker Room Kid
Darian Hallenbeck
Granddad Thug
Alley Thug
Bessalo
McCaskey
Sarah Hallenbeck
Football Player #1
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
American football
Ward Russell
English
United States of America

24. Timebomb (1991)

Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
96.0
1 Show list $6M

Timebomb is a 1991 sci-fi action film written and directed by Avi Nesher and starring Michael Biehn and Patsy Kensit.

Awards

Top cast

Eddy Kay/Oliver Dykstra
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

25. The King of the Kickboxers (1990)

Action, Crime, Sport
played Khan
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
99.0
Boonlert Setthamongkol
,
Keith W. Strandberg
Lucas Lowe
Keith W. Strandberg
7 Show list

The King of the Kickboxers is a 1990 martial arts film directed by Lucas Lowe and starring Loren Avedon as Jake Donahue and Billy Blanks as Khan.

Awards

Top cast

Anderson
Drug Dealer
Captain O'Day
Prang
Molly
Jake Donahue
Sean Donahue
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Richard Yuen
Viking Chiu
Amy Tam
,
Malival Danudom
English
United States of America, Hong Kong

26. Bloodfist (1989)

Action, Sport
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
89.0
Robert King

Bloodfist is a 1989 American martial arts film directed by Terence H. Winkless, written by Robert King, and starring Don "The Dragon" Wilson. Wilson plays a dojo sensei in California who travels to Manila to avenge his professional kickboxer brother, who was murdered after a fight. It has become a cult film.

Awards

Top cast

Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

27. Driving Force (1989)

Action, Sci-Fi
played Pool
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
D. Howard Grigsby
,
Rod S.M. Confesor
Andrew Prowse
Patrick Edgeworth
3 Show list

Driving Force is a 1989 action sci-fi film written by Patrick Edgeworth and directed by Andrew Prowse.

Awards

Top cast

Steve
Nelson
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Jun Pereira
,
Kevan Lind
,
Richard Michalak
English
United States of America, Philippines

Guest TV appearances

ER

Program genre

Drama

Official site

External resources

ER is an American medical drama television series created by novelist Michael Crichton that aired on NBC from September 19, 1994 to April 2, 2009. It was produced by Constant c Productions and Amblin Entertainment, in association with Warner Bros. Television. ER follows the inner life of the emergency room of fictional County General Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, and various critical issues faced by the room's physicians and staff. The show ran for 15 seasons with a total of 331 episodes, becoming the longest-running primetime medical drama in American television history. It won 23 Emmy Awards, including the 1996 Outstanding Drama Series award, and received 124 Emmy nominations, which makes it the most nominated drama program in history. ER won 116 awards in total, including the Peabody Award, while the cast earned four Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Ensemble Performance in a Drama Series.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S05-E14 February 11th, 1999

Late Show with David Letterman

Program genre

Comedy
Variety show
Talk show
Music

Official site

External resources

Late Show is an American late-night television talk and variety show on CBS. It first aired in August 1993 with host David Letterman, who previously hosted Late Night with David Letterman on NBC from 1982 to 1993. It is produced by Letterman's production company, Worldwide Pants, and CBS Television Studios. It originates from the Ed Sullivan Theater. In most U.S. markets the show airs from 11:35 p.m. to 12:37 a.m. Eastern and Pacific Time.nOn April 3, 2014, Letterman announced that he planned to retire in 2015. CBS announced Stephen Colbert as his successor soon after. CBS has confirmed that the new program will retain the Late Show name, and it will continue to be broadcast from the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S07-E26 October 12th, 1999
Jerry Foley

Melrose Place

Program genre

Soap opera
Drama

External resources

Melrose Place is an American primetime soap opera that aired on Fox from July 8, 1992 to May 24, 1999, for seven seasons. The show follows the lives of a group of young adults living in a brownstone apartment complex called Melrose Place, in Los Angeles, California. The show was created by Darren Star for Fox and executive produced by Aaron Spelling for his company, Spelling Television. It is the second series in the Beverly Hills, 90210 franchise. Season one and season two were broadcast on Wednesday at 9pm, after Beverly Hills, 90210. In 1994, for its third season premiere, the show moved to Monday at 8pm.nThe show had many cast changes during the run. Thomas Calabro was the only original cast member to remain on the series throughout its entire run.nThe show earned several Golden Globe nominations and placed #51 on Entertainment Weekly's New TV Classics list.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S07-E12 October 26th, 1998
Jefferson Kibbee

Sabrina, the Teenage Witch

Program genre

Children's television series
Supernatural
Fantasy television
Puppet
Fantasy
Comedy
Sitcom

External resources

Sabrina, the Teenage Witch is an American sitcom based on the Archie comic book series of the same name. The show premiered on September 27, 1996, on ABC to over 17 million viewers in its T.G.I.F. line-up.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S04-E07 November 5th, 1999

The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Program genre

Comedy
Talk show

Official site

External resources

The Ellen DeGeneres Show, often shortened to Ellen, is an American television talk show hosted by comedian/actress Ellen DeGeneres. Debuting on September 8, 2003, it is produced by Telepictures and airs in syndication, including stations owned by NBCUniversal, in the United States and Canada. For its first five seasons, the show was taped in Studio 11 at NBC Studios in Burbank, California. It later moved to Stage 1 on the nearby Warner Bros. lot. Since the beginning of the sixth season, Ellen has broadcast in high definition. The show has won 36 Daytime Emmy Awards as of 2013. It was announced on March 11, 2013 that the show had been renewed through 2017, which would extend the show through its 14th season.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S04-E108 February 15th, 2007

The Parent 'Hood

Program genre

Comedy
Sitcom

External resources

The Parent 'Hood is an American sitcom that aired on The WB airing from January 18, 1995 to July 25, 1999. The series starred Robert Townsend and Suzzanne Douglas.nOriginally to have been titled Father Knows Nothing, the series was one of the four sitcoms that aired as part of the original Wednesday night two-hour lineup that helped launch The WB network.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S04-E21 May 3rd, 1998
Loretha C. Jones

The Parkers

Program genre

Sitcom
Comedy

External resources

The Parkers is an American sitcom that aired on UPN from August 30, 1999, to May 10, 2004. A spin-off of UPN's Moesha, The Parkers features the mother-daughter team of Nikki and Kim Parker. The Parkers' signature Heeyyy greeting became very popular in the early 2000s.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S01-E04 September 20th, 1999

The Tony Danza Show

Program genre

Talk show
Sitcom

External resources

The Tony Danza Show was a daytime variety talk show that premiered on September 13, 2004 in syndication and was distributed by Buena Vista Television. For its entire two-season run the show aired live in the Eastern Time Zone at 10 AM for markets that chose to carry it at that time. The Tony Danza Show was recorded at the ABC studio complex on Manhattan's Upper West Side.nThe program was hosted by actor and New York native Tony Danza. For the first season Danza was joined by Ereka Vetrini as his co-host, with music provided by pianist Nadia DiGiallonardo. After the first season Vetrini, who gained fame appearing on The Apprentice, was let go from the program and DiGiallonardo took over most of her co-hosting duties.nOn May 9, 2005, during a go-kart race with NASCAR star Rusty Wallace, Danza's kart flipped after Wallace accidentally bumped him. Danza suffered a concussion; neither he nor Wallace were wearing a helmet.nThe most-viewed episode of the series featured the heavy metal band, The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza, and their appearance followed an email from a viewer.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S01-E165 July 15th, 2005

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