Member DragonClaws Posted March 29, 2017 Member Share Posted March 29, 2017 (edited) Billy Blanks Brief Biogrpahy & Filmography Billy Blanks was born in Erie Pennsylvannia, on the 1st of September 1955. Despite suffering from a hip anomaly, which he was born with. Blanks still pursued an interest in Martial Arts, aged just eleven he began attending Tae Kwon Do & Karate lessons. Eventually attaining a seventh degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and became the leader of the 1980 U.S Olympic Karate Team. Boxing was also a big interest of his, becoming the 1984 Massachusett's Golden Gloves Boxing Champion. In addition he won the Tri-State Golden Gloves Champion of Champions. He made his movie debut in the indiependent Frank Harris directed Low Blow(1986). Starring a former student of Bruce Lee, Leo Fong. He was written into the script of Driving Force(1988), after impressing the producers with his Martial Arts skills on-set. While he was working as a body guard for actress Catherine Bach, who starred in the movie. image source- https://www.unlockingconnecticut.com/2018/01/interview-with-billy-blanks/ This led to minor roles in other movies, such as Tango And Cash(1989) Bloodfist(1989) China O'Brien 2(1990) and A.W.O.L (1990)starring Jean Claude Van-Damme. His first T.V appearance was in Spenser for Hire(1986). Blanks also appeared season six of the T.V series Kids Incorporated(1984). Where he played a Karate instructor. His role as the bad guy Khan, in the cult Martial Arts classic King Of The Kickboxers(1990) was his first substantial role. Which lead to him appearing/starring in a number of American produced Martial Arts actioners, including Talons Of The Eagle, Balance Of Power and Showdown, to name just a few. Two of his most memorable roles was opposite the late Roddy Piper in Back In Action(1993) and Tough & Deadly(1995). In the late 1990's he gained the attention of non Martial Arts film fans, with the success of his Tae-Bo exercise videos. Which has later spawned into a series of ever expanding Videos/DVD's which have grossed over $130 million dollars. Making his last on-screen Martial Arts performance in the 1999 Sammo Hung show Martial Law. At age 61 he is still active in the film and fitness industry’s. With a recent role in the 2017 production The Clapper starring Amanda Seyfried, which is currently in production. With two more productions just recently announced, A Cup Full of Crazy and Devotion. He relocated from America to Japan in 2009, and currently lives there with his wife. Additional Trivia - He was the fourth of fifteen children in his family, battling Dyslexia and tendon problems. - He was inducted into the Karate Hall Of Fame in 1982. - Blanks was the captain of the U.S Karate Team and he won over 30 gold medals in International competition - In 1984 he became the Massachusetts Golden Gloves Boxing Champion, and the Tri-State Golden Gloves Champion of Champions. - Starred in a stage version of the musical Fame. - 7-time World Karate Champion Filmography (1986 - 2022) 1980's - Low Blow (1986) - Driving Force (1986) - Bloodfist (1989) - Tango & Cash (1989) - The Master (1989) Above- Billy Blanks faces fellow Martial Artist Loren Avedon, in the finale of King Of The Kickboxers (1990). 1990's - China O'Brien 2 (1990) - Lionheart (1990) - The King of The Kickboxer's (1990) - TimeBomb (1991) - The Last Boy Scout (1991) - Talons of The Eagle (1992) - Invincible (1992) - T.C 2000 (1993) - Showdown (1993) - Back in Action (1994) - Tough & Deadly (1995) - Expect No Mercy (1995) - Balance of Power (1996) - Kiss the Girls (1997) - Assualt on Devils Island (1997) 2000 - 2022 - Dance Club: The Movie (2007) - Jack & Jill (2011) - Dark Moon Rising (2015) - Almost Amazing (2017) - The Clapper (2017) - Devotion (Pre-Proudction) T.V Roles - Spencer For Hire (1987) - Kid Incorporated (1989) - Street Justice (1982) - Muppet's Tonight (1996) - Soldier of Fortune Inc (1997) - The Parent 'Hood (1998) - E.R (1999) - Martial Law (1999) - Sabrina The Teenage Witch (1999) - Sunset Beach (1999) - Neo the Office Chuckler (2004) - Anamoty of an Anti-Hero 2 (2017) - The Circuit 2020 (2021) Edited July 5, 2022 by DragonClaws 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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