Before Richard Simmons' hand was turned to fitness, it was often turning a fork. An early break came while Simmons was studying art in Italy, when he was cast in the famous food orgy scene in Fellini's Satyricon
. Simmons also once appeared in an early Italian TV commercial. His role? A dancing meatball.
["He's a little chubby for a diet guy," George Miller once declared, "but lately he's dropped three dress sizes."]
[Richard Simmons once slapped a man at an airport for making fun of his "Sweating to the Oldies" videos.]