Richard Simmons Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 14 Sep, 2021
Facts of Richard Simmons
Date of Birth: 1948 , July-12
Age: 73 years old
Birth Nation: United States of America
Height: 5 Feet 7 Inch
Name Richard Simmons
Birth Name Milton Teagle Simmons
Nick Name Richard
Father Leonard Douglas Simmons
Mother Shirley May Simmons
Nationality American
Birth Place/City New Orleans, Louisiana
Ethnicity White
Profession Actor
Working For Movies and TV shows
Net Worth $ 15 million
Eye Color Blue
Hair Color Brown
Famous for Fitness guru, actor, comedian
Affair with N/A
Married N/A
Divorce N/A
Education Florida State University ,University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Movies Sweatin' to the Oldies: Vol. 2, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie
Books New Leisure Trusts
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Known for his flamboyant, eccentric, energetic, and funny personality, Richard Simmons is an American fitness instructor, actor, and comedian. He promoted weight-loss programs through his Sweatin' to the Oldies line. Simmons started his weight-loss career by opening a gym named Simmons near Beverly Hills, California. He also frequently appeared as a guest in many television and radio talk shows like The Howard Stern Show and Late Show with David Letterman.

He also involved himself in politics by supporting 'non-competitive physical education in public schools as a part of the "No Child Left Behind Act"' in 2008. The fitness guru, however, has not been seen in public since February 2014. His gym was also closed in 2016. No media person knows about his current whereabouts, he practically has disappeared from the limelight.

Who is Richard Simmons?

Richard Simmons is an American fitness master, actor, and comedian. He advances health improvement plans, conspicuously through his Sweatin' to the Oldies line of vigorous exercise recordings and is known for his erratic, colorful, and vivacious identity.

Simmons was born Milton Teagle Simmons in New Orleans, Louisiana on July 12, 1948, the child of Leonard Douglas Simmons, Sr.and, Shirley May. He is also known by the name Dicky. He is of American nationality while his ethnicity is unknown.

He was destined to be the entertainment biz guardians and was brought up in the French Quarter of New Orleans. He has one more sibling named Leonard, Jr. His dad was raised Methodist and filled in as a speaker and later in thrift stores. His mom was Russian Jewish and was a voyaging fan artist and later a store beauty care products businessperson.         

In his young days, he was very fat whose weight was around 268 pounds by the time he graduated out of high school. He experienced asthma for a long time and was heavy all through his pre-adulthood. 

Simmons later changed over to Catholicism and went to Cor Jesu High School, now Brother Martin High School. Later on, he joined the University of Southwestern Louisiana and shifted from there to  Florida State University and earned a B.A degree. During his University days, he changed his name to Richard after his uncle who helped with his education. 

Richard Simmons' Professional Career And Wiki

After moving to Los Angeles in the 1970s, Richard Simmons joined Derek's, a restaurant in Beverly Hills as the Maître hotel, and started developing an interest in fitness. He was, however, not satisfied with the unhealthy fad diets such as the Scarsdale diet, Atkins diet, and Hollywood/Grapefruit diet. He later opened his own gym originally named The Anatomy Asylum mainly focusing on creating healthy eating and exercising environments. His growing interest in Fitness helped him lose 123 lb (56 kg).

Later renamed Simmons, Richard taught aerobics and motivational classes in his gym. It was shut down in November 2016.

During an interview in 2010, he stated that, "he had kept off his own 100+ pound (45 kg) weight loss for 42 years, had been helping others lose weight for 35 years, and that in the course of his fitness career had helped humanity lose approximately 12,000,000 pounds (5,500,000 kg)."

Simmons slowly began to gain popularity due to the success of his health club and made guest appearances in many television shows such as Nickelodeon's Figure It Out, Battlestars, Super Password, Body Language, Win, Lose or Draw, and so on.  He also appeared in a recurring role as himself in the show General Hospital.

He is also the host of two popular shows Slim Cookin and The Richard Simmons Show. Latter was an Emmy Award-winning talk show where he focused on fitness, personal health, healthy cooking, and exercise.

Simmons featured on numerous popular shows as himself such as Whose Line Is It Anyway?, The Larry Sanders Show, Arrested Development, CHiPs, and Saturday Night Live.

Disappeared from Public Eye

Richard has not made any public appearance since 2014. There were also rumors that he was being held by his housekeeper Teresa Reveles but in response to that on March 14, 2016, he gave an audio interview on the Today Show, denying all the rumors.

The podcast Missing Richard Simmons was launched in February 2017, investigating the reason behind his sudden disappearance. Similarly, in March 2017, LAPD detectives his home to conduct a welfare check. Later he issued a statement saying:

"Simmons is "perfectly fine" and that "right now he is doing what he wants to do and it is his business."

Following hospitalization for severe indigestion on April 19, 2017, Richard made his first public comment after a year posting his photo on a Facebook with a caption, "I'm not 'missing, just a little under the weather", but his fans immediately noticed that the phone posted was the old one and he might be not the one who posted that image on his Facebook page.        

Further in May 2017, he filed a lawsuit against Radar Online, National Enquirer, and American Media, Inc as they falsely claimed that he was undergoing gender reassignment. He, however, lost the lawsuit and was ordered to pay the defendants' attorney's fees. The Judge said:

"because courts have long held that a misidentification of certain immutable characteristics do not naturally tend to injure one's reputation, even if there is sizeable portion of the population who hold prejudices against those characteristics, misidentification of a person as transgender is not actionable defamation absent special damages."    

In 2018, Richard sued a private investigator Scott Brian Mathews who allegedly put a tracking device on his housekeeper's car. His manager Michael Catalano said:  

“Career in the public eye notwithstanding, Richard believes everyone has the right to privacy. I am anxious to discover who is responsible for placing tracking devices on his vehicle. Those responsible should be prosecuted”.

His lawsuit also stated that 'he purposely retreating from public life.

It further stated:

“As a result of discovering that Mr. Mathews was tracking his whereabouts by placing a tracker on Ms. Reveles’ vehicle, Mr. Simmons and Ms. Reveles have suffered significant mental anguish, including, without limitation, anxiety, feelings of powerlessness, frustration and humiliation in discovering that they were being tracked, and their privacy invaded.”

Looks like he does not have any desire to come out in public anytime sooner.

Richard Simmons' Net Worth, Salary, And Major Source of Income

Considering his success, Richard Simmons is able to collect a net worth of around $15 million as of 2019.  His main source of income is his gym and besides that, he was a popular media person appearing on numerous television and radio shows, from where he earned a decent salary.

The multi-talented personality owns a house in Los Angeles, California. The financial details of the house are yet to be revealed. He is also the proud owner of Acura NSX which is worth around $155,000. 

He also published several books and released videos and cassettes. He starred in the soap opera General Hospital for four years and hosted Slim Cookin and The Richard Simmons Show, for which he won an Emmy Award. He has done ads for Sprint, Yoplait, and Herbal Essence Shampoos. From 2010 to 2012 he starred in the TV series Fish Hooks. 

Richard Simmons' Affair, Married, Husband, And Dating Life

Richard Simmons' sexual introduction has been the subject of many hypotheses; he has never openly talked about his sexuality. In the previous time, he was encountered with Daniel Holt but he mentioned there was nothing serious between them in the year 1992. He is not married until the date neither he has any wife.

With his regular workout now he still looks healthy and energetic. On his 22nd birthday, he announced he was not interested in women. It seems he will never get married according to him being single is a more flexible and happening thing ever to happen rather than being in love. 

As of 2018, he is not in the media limelight and his relationship status is a big mystery. 

Richard Simmons' Height And Age

Moving to physical presence, it seems his weight is totally maintained. Along with this, his height is 5 feet 7 inches and he often shares his fitness secret with people.

As of 2019, Richard is aged 70 years.

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