Yano Anaya : Early Life, Education, Career, Net Worth & Family


Yano Anaya is an American professional fitness educator and former child Actor. Initially, he has been a part of movies such as A Christmas Story, Better Off Dead, and The Blue Iguana during his acting career.

He has also appeared in a popular music video, Hot for Teacher, by Van Halen.

After a few years of acting, he changed his career path and left the entertainment business to become a professional in the fitness world. Now, he also owns the National Academy of Sports Medicine licensed gym, OnPoint Academy, and has been a part of various fitness programs.

For many years he has been deliberately working in fitness with numerous people.

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Yano Anaya

Through this article, we will let you know all about Yano Anaya, from his career to his personal life, and discover the sides of him that have not been unexplored. Let’s start this by learning some of his basic facts.

At the age of 10, he was able to grab attention by playing the role of Grover Dill in the popular 80s movie, A Christmas Story.

Quick Facts of Yano Anaya

Let’s dive into the quick facts of Yano Anaya.


Full name Yano Anaya
Date of birth 1972, May 16
Place of birth Miami, U.S.A.
Religion Christianity
Nationality American
Ethnicity Multiracial
Horoscope Taurus
Siblings Katy Kurtzman
Marital status Married
Age [calculate_years datestring=”05/16/1972″] Years Old
Spouse Selena Anduze
Currently living in Woodstock, Georgia
Height 5’6″
Weight 75 kg
Color of hair Black
Color of eyes Dark brown
Occupation Fitness educator and trainer
Net worth $200,000
Social Media  Facebook, Twitter
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Yano Anaya’s Early Life, Family, and Friends

Yano Anaya was born in 1972 on May 16, in Miami, Florida, United States but grew up in Panorama city of the San Fernando Valley in the United States. He grew up in a loving family with his older sister Katy Kurtzman who was born in 1965.

Katy Kurtzman
Katy Kurtzman

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His sister, Katy Kurtzman, is also a Hollywood Actress with active engagement in the entertainment business from an early age. After her first role in Little House on the Prairie in 1977, she has done many notable projects throughout her acting profession. 

Her roles in The New Adventures of Heidi, released in 1978, and the television series Dynasty are some of her career highlights.

Yano Anaya’s Education

Yano went to James Monroe High School to get his education. Soon after completing high school, he enrolled in a college to study health and fitness. Having a passion for fitness, Yano pursued his career in fitness.

He studied Advanced Corrective Exercise at Redcord Suspension Training Media in 2014 and studied P.E.S. at the National Academy of Sports Medicine.

Being influenced by his older sister, he entered acting at the early age of 10 as a child Actor. He did movies such as A Christmas Story, released in 1983, Better Off Dead, released in 1985; and The Blue Iguana, released in 1988.

Further, he also appeared in the music video Hot for Teacher by Van Halen, released in 1984. Out of his all work, he is recognized the most from the movie A Christmas Story, where he played the role of Grover Dill.

Yano as Grover Dill
Yano Anaya as Grover Dill in the movie A Christmas Story

After a few years of acting, he started growing a passion for fitness, perhaps influenced by his mother, who studied Human Nutrition and stepped out of the acting business to have a career in fitness. He is now a health consultant at Dr. Bill Cole – Key Cellular Nutrition. Also, he was a former personal trainer and program director at the Atlanta School of Massage.

Yano Anaya’s Ethnicity

Yano belongs to a multiracial ethnicity with a Dutch mother and a Puerto Rican Father combined with Swedish, German, and Irish heritage genes. Devastatingly, Yano lost his Father at a young age.

Yano Anaya Body Measurements

Being born on May 16, Yano belongs to the zodiac sign Taurus acquiring responsibility and devotion with a charming personality. Celebrating her birthday in May this year, he reached the age of 48 this year.

Yano Anaya is showing his muscles.

He is 5 feet 6 inches tall and takes his health very seriously, as you can tell just by looking at him that he spends a lot of time in the gym working on his physique.

Yano Anaya’s Dating Life & Marriage

Anaya has been married to his beautiful wife, Selena Anduze, for almost eleven years. They tied the knot on 2009 June 26 and lived a happy married life until this date.

The couple’s love story began when they met at a theater convention in 2006. Selena introduced herself to Yano as a fan of A Christmas Story.

Destined for each other, after three years of dating, they exchanged their vows and lived together as husband and wife. They live together in Georgia and are raising together amazing three Pitbulls.

Yano Anaya family
Yano Anaya with his wife Selena and their pets

However, before this marriage, Yano was in a relationship with another woman and had a son from that relationship. He has a close bond with his son and often talks about his son in interviews.

In one interview, he shared a story about how his son invited his friends and watched the movie A Christmas Story with his friends. In an interview, Yano also said that children often didn’t recognize him in the film and would be surprised to know that Grover Dill was Yano himself since he was a kid while playing the movie.

Yano Anaya’s Wife, Selena Anduze

Yano’s wife, Selena, is also an Actress and producer. Some of her most recognizable movies are The Haunting of Hill House, released in 2018, S.W.A.T., released in 2017; and Swamp Thing, released in 2019. Like Yano, Selena also comes from a multiracial heritage.

Selena Anduze
Selena Anduze, wife of Yano Anaya

Yano Anaya Career

He started his career at an early age as an Actor; however, later in his life, he grew interested in fitness and pursued a fitness career.

Yano Anaya Acting Career

He has made his name in the entertainment world through the movie A Christmas story. The character he played in the film, Grover Dill, is the highlight of his acting career. It is a classic comedy family movie released in 1983 and snatched a 7.9 rating on IMDb.

Yano was ten years old when he made his debut in A Christmas Story. Anaya says the movie is guaranteed to bring joy with the Christmas vibe to the viewers. The movie has been awarded with Genie Awards and recognized by National Film Registry for its cultural importance.

A Christmas Story
Left-Yano Anaya as Grover Dill; Right-Yano Anaya’s present picture

The movie has been a great success in the past, and even today, people fan over the classic film and support the film through social media. Yano says in an interview that the film has a fan club, and even after years of the release, the movie cast and fans’ meetings were organized to keep connecting with the fans.

Another movie he did is Better Off Dead, which will crack you up with laughter. In this movie, he played the role of a paperboy and did a voice-over of the main paperboy character’s dialogues. This movie has an IMDb rating of 7.1.

Yano is seen staring in a thriller movie, The Blue Iguana, released in 1988. He has also appeared in a music video of Hot for Teacher by Van Halen, a famous rock song with over twenty-two million views on YouTube.

Above mentioned works are notable works throughout his acting career before he stepped out from the entertainment industry to chase a different passion. After a long break from the industry, he has been associated with S.T.W. Talent Agency as an Actor since the beginning of this year. Stay alert, Yano’s fans; you might see him back on screen.


Yano Anaya Fitness Career

Yano soon realized his interest in fitness and enrolled in a college to study health and wellness. He has devoted his time and energy to this learning by taking many courses in fitness. He looked S.F.G. 1 at StrongFirst and gained certification in Kettlebell.

Yano Anaya training
Yano Anaya as a Personal Trainer

Then he continued by studying Advanced Corrective Exercises at Redcord Suspension Training Manila. He also looked at the National Federation of Professional Trainers for the Personal Trainer Certification. After joining a program at the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), he became a Certified Personal Trainer.

He studied Sports Nutrition at Exercise and Nutrition Works, Inc., PN1 at Precision Nutrition, and P.E.S. at NASM without stopping there.

Yano has put so much effort and passion into fitness with all the programs mentioned above to be the professional he is today. After being a licensed educator at the National Academy of Sports Medicine in 2010, he joined the Atlanta School of Massage as a Personal Trainer and Program Director for almost six years.

It’s found that Yano’s wife, Selena, used to work there previously as a psychology instructor, and she introduced him to the Company to begin his fitness career.

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Yano Anaya at Crew Core Fitness with other members

Yano has also been working as an educator at NASM since 2010. Not only this, but he is also a part of Crew Crow Fitness as a Body Transformation Expert since 2016. And currently, he has joined Dr. Bill Cole – at Key Cellular Nutrition as a Health Consultant.


Yano Anaya’s Net worth

Although we do not have much information about the net worth of Yano Anaya, taking into account his current occupation, 200,000 U.S. dollars might be his approximate net worth. Again, this is only a rough estimation based on his work; he may be worth more, perhaps.

The Net Worth of Yano Anaya is $200,000.

Yano Anaya Social Media Presence

Yano is not very active on all social networking sites. He seems to be active on Facebook, where you can find him by the username Yano Anaya, with more than 1700 friends.

Also, he has a Twitter account with the name Yano Anaya which he uses to upload posts regarding Crew Core Fitness. So, if you want to find him on social media, you can look him up on these sites.

Twitter post by Yano grinding at Crew Core Fitness.

However, Yano also has an Instagram account, but he doesn’t seem to be using it often and has posted only a couple of times. It would be recommended that you check out Yano on Facebook and Twitter for his regular posts.


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