Simmons, Richard 1948-

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Simmons, Richard 1948-


Full name, Richard Milton Teagle Simmons; born July 12, 1948, in New Orleans, LA; son of Leonard (a dancer) and Shirley (a dancer) Simmons. Education: Studied art in Florence, Italy. Avocational Interests: Collecting art dolls and art glass.


Office—Slimmons, 9306 Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210. Agent—(voice work and commercials) Tim Curtis, William Morris Agency, 1 William Morris Pl., Beverly Hills, CA 90212. Manager—Celebrities Plus, 8899 Beverly Blvd., Suite 500, Los Angeles, CA 90048.


Physical fitness specialist, television personality, producer, and writer. Anatomy Asylum, Beverly Hills, CA, founder, 1975; Slimmons (workout studio), founder and aerobics teacher; Ruffage (health food restaurant), founder, 1975; Reach Foundation (fitness centers for the disabled), founder; owner of a national chain of exercise salons; creator of Deal-a-Meal Food Plan; inventor of Deal-a-Meal and FoodMover devices; Carnival Cruise Lines, leader of weight-loss cruises; appeared in commercials for Fruit of the Loom apparel, 1996, Sprint telecommunications, 2000, and other products. Worked for Coty Cosmetics, beginning 1971; also worked as a maitre d' at Derrick's restaurant, Los Angeles.

Awards, Honors:

Emmy Award nomination, 1981, for The Richard Simmons Show.


Television Appearances:

Himself, General Hospital, ABC, 1979.

Host, The Richard Simmons Show, syndicated, 1980-84.

Host, Here's Richard, 1982.

Host, Richard Simmons Slim Cooking, 1987.

Voice of Physedipus, Hercules (animated; also known as Disney's "Hercules"), ABC and syndicated, 1998.

Host, DreamMaker (also known as Richard Simmons' "DreamMaker"), syndicated, 1999.

Television Appearances; Specials:

All Star Salute to Mother's Day, 1981.

Anne Murray's Caribbean Cruise, 1983.

Birthing coach, From Here to Maternity, Cinemax, 1985.

What're My True Colors?, 1987.

Host, Value Television, 1987.

Circus of the Stars # 12, CBS, 1987.

Circus of the Stars # 15, CBS, 1990.

Circus of the Stars and Sideshow (also known as Circus of the Stars # 17), CBS, 1992.

Regis Philbin: Made for TV, 1998.

Richard Simmons: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 2000.

"Richard Simmons: Fit for Life," Biography, Arts and Entertainment, 2001.

Big Fat Documentary (also known as Victoria Wood's "Big Fat Documentary"), BBC, 2004.

Half Ton Man, Channel 4, 2005.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Assistant, All American Ultra Quiz, NBC, 1981.

Himself, "Meet the New Guy," CHiPs (also known as CHiPs Patrol), 1982.

Himself, "Teachers," Fame, syndicated, c. 1983.

Himself, "Remote Control Man," Amazing Stories (also known as Steven Spielberg's "Amazing Stories"), 1985.

Super Password, 1986.

Fame, Fortune & Romance, 1986.

The Match Game (also known as Match Game '90), 1990.

Himself, "Harlan Deals-a-Meal," Evening Shade, 1992.

Himself, "The Warmth Episode," The Larry Sanders Show, HBO, 1992.

Voice of Richard Simmons dinosaur, "Nature Calls," Dinosaurs (animated), ABC, 1992.

Aerobics instructor, "No Pain, No Gain/Who Gives a Buck?," Rocko's Modern Life, 1993.

Hi-Octane, Comedy Central, 1995.

Panelist, Figure It Out (also known as Figure It Out: Family Style and Figure It Out: Wild Style), 1999.

Whose Line Is It Anyway? (also known as Whose Line? and W.L.I.A.), ABC, 2003.

Himself, "Bringing Up Buster," Arrested Development, Fox, 2003.

Voice, "Get Shovelized/T Is for Trouble," Johnny Bravo (animated), Cartoon Network, 2004.

(In archive footage) CMT Insider, Country Music Television, 2006.

(In archive footage) 20 to 1, Nine Network, 2006.

Panelist on the series Body Language, CBS; also appeared in episode of Real People.

Television Guest Appearances; Episodic:

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, NBC, 1981.

The New Hollywood Squares, 1986, 1987, 1988.

The Howard Stern Show, syndicated, 1990, 1991, 1992.

Saturday Night Live (also known as NBC's Saturday Night and SNL), NBC, 1994.

The Late Show with David Letterman (also known as The Late Show), CBS, multiple appearances, between 1994 and 2006.

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, NBC, 1995, 2000.

Howard Stern, 1996, 1999.

The Rosie O'Donnell Show, syndicated, multiple appearances, between 1996 and 2001.

The Howard Stern Radio Show, 1999.

Hollywood Squares (also known as H2 and H2: Hollywood Squares), syndicated, 1999, 2001, 2003.

SoapTalk, Soap Network, 2004.

On-Air with Ryan Seacrest, syndicated, 2004.

Martha, syndicated, 2005.

The Tony Danza Show, syndicated, 2005, 2006.

Your World w/ Neil Cavuto, Fox News Channel, 2006.

Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show, syndicated, 2006.

The Megan Mullally Show, syndicated, 2006.

"Richard Simmons," Howard Stern on Demand (also known as Howard TV on Demand), 2006.

"Richard Simmons Cries," Howard Stern on Demand (also known as Howard TV on Demand), 2007.

Also appeared as guest on talk shows hosted by Phil Donahue, Mike Douglas, Merv Griffin, and Charlie Rose.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Host, Here's Richard, syndicated, 1982.

Television Work; Series:

Coproducer, Richard Simmons Slim Cooking, 1987.

Co-executive producer, DreamMaker (also known as Richard Simmons' "DreamMaker"), syndicated, 1999.

Film Appearances:

Cameo appearances, Satyricon, 1969.

Cameo appearance, The Crowns, 1970.

Himself on television, In & Out, Paramount, 1997.

Voice of Boone, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie (animated), Legacy Releasing, 1998.

(Uncredited) Himself, What Women Want, 2000.



Richard Simmons: Get Started, 1985.

Richard Simmons and the Silver Foxes (also known as Richard Simmons and the Silver Foxes: Fitness for Senior Citizens), 1986.

(And producer) Sweatin' to the Oldies, 1988.

(And executive producer) Sweatin' to the Classics, 1991.

(And producer) Sweat & Shout: An Aerobic Workout, 1992.

(And producer) Sweatin' to the Oldies 2, 1992.

Richard Simmons—Sweat & Shout: An Aerobic Workout, 1994.

(And producer) Sweatin' to the Oldies 3, 1995.

(And producer) Disco Sweat, 1995.

Tone and Sweat, 1998.

Love to Stretch, 1998.

Farewell to Fat, 1998.

Tonin' Uptown/Tonin' Downtown, 1998.

Voice of Physedipus, Hercules: Zero to Hero (animated), 1999.

The Silver Foxes 2: Shape Up America, 2001.

More than fifty other exercise videos include Blast Off the Pounds, Dance Your Pants Off, Platinum Sweat, Sit Tight, and Sweatin' to the Oldies 4.

Audio Books:

Narrator, Never Give Up: Inspirations, Reflections, Stories of Hope, Audio Renaissance, 1993.


Reach, Elektra, 1982.

Vocalist for the song "It's the Most Flattering Time of the Year," Bob Rivers, Twisted Christmas, 1997.


(With Suzy Kalter) Richard Simmons' Never-Say-Diet Book, Warner Books, 1980.

Richard Simmons' Better Body Book, Warner Books, 1983.

Reach for Fitness: A Special Book of Exercises for the Physically Challenged, Warner Books, 1986.

(With Winifred Morice) Deal-a-Meal Cook Book, Deal-a-Meal (Beverly Hills, CA), 1987.

Richard Simmons' Never Give Up: Inspirations, Reflections, Stories of Hope, Warner Books, 1993.

(With Morice) Richard Simmons' Farewell to Fat Cookbook: Homemade in the USA, photographs by Ed Ouellette, GT Publishing, 1996.

Sweetie Pie: The Richard Simmons Private Collection of Dazzling Desserts, GT Publishing, 1997.

FoodMover Cookbook, GT Merchandising and Licensing, 1999.

Still Hungry After All These Years: My Story (autobiography), GT Publishing, 1999.

Richard Simmons Cookin' on Broadway, edited by Lynn Hamlin, GT Merchandising and Licensing, 2000.

Author of "Simmons Says," a column in Soap Opera Digest, beginning in 1981. Contributor to periodicals.



Simmons, Richard, Still Hungry After All These Years: My Story, General Publishing, 1999.


Los Angeles Times, May 11, 2000.


Richard Simmons Official Site,, August 11, 2007.

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