Tony

Quick Facts

Tony has over 45 million customers. His shows have grossed more than most motion pictures (Over 3 billion dollars)
Tony is believed to log more airtime than any other celebrity.
Tony has appeared on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno 4 times.
Tony’s infomercials have generated more than $3 billion in sales globally.
Tony is seen on TV in 81 countries.
Tony has been parodied on TV by stars such as Alec Baldwin and Chris Farley.
Tony’s character has been portrayed on shows such as The Simpsons and South Park.
Tony comes from the same town in Ohio that produced Rutherford B. Hayes, the 19th President of the United States.
Tony was a well-established bodybuilding champion before a car accident ended his promising career.
Tony is an avid collector of antiques and classic cars. He owns eight of the latter.
Tony Little

Tony Little

  • Age: 57
  • Residence: Tampa Bay, Florida
  • Hometown: Fremont, Ohio
  • Family: Three sons, one daughter
  • Claim to fame: America`s Personal Trainer, TV personality, Mr. HyperActive

Timeline

1956

Born September 16 in Fremont, Ohio.

1974

Moves to Florida to live with uncle.

1975

Graduates from St. Petersburg Dixie Hollins High School.

1978

Wins Mr. St. Petersburg bodybuilding competition.

1979

Mr. Suncoast champion.

1980

Mr Southern States champion.

1981

Mr. Florida, Mr. Southern USA champion.

1983

Finishes second to eight-time Mr. Olympia Lee Haney by one point at Junior Nationals. Sustains serious back and neck injuries from car accident that effectively ends bodybuilding career.

1985

Introduces his first exercise show on local cable television – “Work Out & Shape Up with Tony®”.

1987

Successfully lobbies Home Shopping Network to sell his exercise tapes. First celebrity (along with Phyllis Diller) ever to appear on any shopping channel.

1992

Has $32 million in annual sales for HSN.

1993

Releases first infomercial (Target Training), which brings in more than $100 million to rank No. 1 in sales in both the U.S. and Europe.

1995

Releases Ab Isolator infomercial — over 7 million units are sold. Was cover story for December issue of Muscle & Fitness Magazine.

1997

Needs 200 facial stitches after being involved in another serious car accident. Begins promoting the Gazelle product line.

1998

On New Year’s Eve, sells more than 200 tractor trailer truckloads of the Gold Gazelle Glider on QVC.

1999

Hosts Ms. Fitness USA, Ms. Fitness World and Ms. Venus Swimwear competitions.

2001

Sets United Kingdom record by selling 8,000 units of the Gazelle Platinum in less than two hours of airtime on QVC UK.

2004

Releases the book One-on-One Trainer with Tony Little.

2005

Appears on popular TV commercial for Geico Insurance. Starts Cheeks® Footwear. Becomes HSN’s largest footwear supplier.

2006

Inducted into National Fitness Hall of Fame; Appears on VH1’s Celebrity Paranormal Project; Begins endorsing HyperActive Extreme Energy drink.

2007

Appears on popular CNBC show The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch.

2008

Appeared on NFL Countdown on 12/7/08. He was “training” the players on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Begins selling the Body by Bison® line. Becomes the 2nd largest distributor of Bison in the U.S.

2009

Won Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year®

2010

Releases his 3rd book “There’s Always a Way™”

2011

Introduces Cheeks® Footwear Barefoot technology, Cheeks® socks, the Health Rider and Smart Health Watch

2012

Winner of the HSN Legend Award.

2013

The Smithsonian Institution National Zoo names a newborn Dama Gazelle (a critically endangered species) after Tony. His name – “Little Tony”

2014

Inducted into the DRTV (Direct Television) Hall of Fame.