Richard Simmons

American fitness instructor, actor, and video producer

Milton Teagle Simmons (born July 12, 1948), better known as Richard Simmons, is a fitness guru and actor. He promotes programs aimed towards weight loss.[1] He is known for his eccentric, outgoing, and flamboyant personality.

Richard Simmons
Simmons on September 23, 2011
Milton Teagle Simmons

(1948-07-12) July 12, 1948 (age 72)
Other namesMilton Teagle Simmons
Milton Simmons
Richard Teagle Simmons
OccupationFitness guru, actor, comedian
Years active1978-present

While growing up, Simmons had asthma. He was obese when he was a teenager. By the time he graduated from high school, he weighed 268 pounds (122 kg).[2][3] He had tried many failed diets for losing weight.[4]

In the 1980s he had his own fitness show, The Richard Simmons Show. It lasted four years. The show was a hit. It taught people how to lose weight. It also taught healthy cooking and exercise.

Simmons was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. He later moved to Los Angeles.

Related pagesEdit


  1. "Richard Simmons". Biography. Retrieved May 16, 2016.
  2. Klemesrud, Judy (February 15, 1981). "BEHIND THE BESTSELLERS". The New York Times. Retrieved May 17, 2016.
  3. Kathy Mackay (November 2, 1981). "The Sultan of Svelte". People. Retrieved May 17, 2011.
  4. "Richard Simmons Biography". The Famous People. Retrieved May 16, 2016.

Other websitesEdit

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