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Milton Teagle Simmons is a famous actor and producer who was born on July 12, 1948 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Better known as Richard Simmons, he gained his popularity in the TV business as a successful fitness instructor and as the host of a talk show with emphasis on personal health and fitness. Simmons is the personality icon for weight-loss programs, exclusively through his Sweatin' to the Oldies aerobics videos. This line of videos became a common household name prominently in the 80s as people everywhere grew to love his flamboyant and energetic personalty and style.

Simmons embarked on his health career and weight-loss journey by opening a gym called Slimmons in Beverly Hills, California. This gym was primarily for the overweight but became widely successful for people of all shapes and sizes after Slimmons gained exposure on television and his successful consumer products.

In the most recent years, Simmons is seen as a frequent guest on the late night talk show with David Letterman. Richard also continues to promote and spread the word about healthy living and weight-loss and is an activist of promoting physical education without competition in public schools. This gesture became a part of the "No Child Left Behind" Act, implemented by George W. Bush in 2001 and quickly became a mandated bill for public schools.