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Also Known As: Carlos Ray Norris Jr. Died:
Born: March 10, 1940 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Ryan, Oklahoma, USA Profession: actor, screenwriter, producer, fight choreographer, singer, author, karate instructor, filing clerk

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A martial arts master and competitive champion, Chuck Norris followed in the footsteps of Bruce Lee to become a popular action star on the big screen, before having his greatest success on television as the star of "Walker, Texas Ranger" (CBS, 1993-2001). In fact, Norris made one of his first feature impressions playing the villain opposite Lee in "Way of the Dragon" (1972), before branching out as the star of surprising box office hits like "Breaker! Breaker!" (1977) and "Good Guys Wear Black" (1978). He made his first studio film with "Silent Rage" (1982) and had one of the biggest hits of his career with "Lone Wolf McQuade" (1983). Following on both of those successes, Norris delivered perhaps his most popular movie, the jingoistic, action-packed "Missing in Action" (1984), which spawned two sequels of diminishing commercial and critical acclaim. Never one to be cited for his acting abilities, Norris received rare praise for just that with his turn as a hard-working cop in "Code of Silence" (1986), before topping the box office again with "Delta Force" (1986). But from there, his film career sagged considerably and Norris was unable to recover his commercial prowess. He did, however, draw sizeable...

A martial arts master and competitive champion, Chuck Norris followed in the footsteps of Bruce Lee to become a popular action star on the big screen, before having his greatest success on television as the star of "Walker, Texas Ranger" (CBS, 1993-2001). In fact, Norris made one of his first feature impressions playing the villain opposite Lee in "Way of the Dragon" (1972), before branching out as the star of surprising box office hits like "Breaker! Breaker!" (1977) and "Good Guys Wear Black" (1978). He made his first studio film with "Silent Rage" (1982) and had one of the biggest hits of his career with "Lone Wolf McQuade" (1983). Following on both of those successes, Norris delivered perhaps his most popular movie, the jingoistic, action-packed "Missing in Action" (1984), which spawned two sequels of diminishing commercial and critical acclaim. Never one to be cited for his acting abilities, Norris received rare praise for just that with his turn as a hard-working cop in "Code of Silence" (1986), before topping the box office again with "Delta Force" (1986). But from there, his film career sagged considerably and Norris was unable to recover his commercial prowess. He did, however, draw sizeable ratings for eight seasons on "Walker," and later became Internet-famous for the tongue-in-cheek Chuck Norris Facts, while rankling liberals with his staunchly conservative views as he became part of presidential politics in 2008, all of which he weathered with typical good humor.

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Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

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 Cutter, The (2006)
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 President's Man, The (2000) Joshua Mccord
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 Logan's War: Bound By Honor (1998) Jake Fallon
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 Walker, Texas Ranger: Sons of Thunder (1997) Cordell Walker
10.
 Forest Warrior (1996)
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Milestones close milestones

1952:
Moved to Torrance, CA at age 12; by this time had moved 16 times with family (date approximate)
1958:
Enlisted in Air Force and sent to Korea (nicknamed 'Chuck' by Air Force buddies); served in military police
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Became devoted to judo and karate in Oscan, Korea (first studied Tang Soo Du)
1961:
Returned to U.S. from Korea with a black belt in karate and a brown belt in judo
1962:
Began teaching karate
1968:
Was World Middleweight Karate Champion; held title until retired from competition
1968:
Opened a chain of karate schools in Los Angeles, attracting a number of celebrity pupils including the Osmond family and Steve McQueen who urged him to enter acting (date approximate)
1968:
Film debut as Garth in "The Wrecking Crew"; uttered one line to Dean Martin in a bar; Bruce Lee was "karate advisor" for film
1969:
Earned the Triple Crown for the highest number of tournament wins; named Fighter of the Year by <i>BLACK BELT</i> magazine
1971:
Karate schools went into debt
1973:
Played a baddie opposite Bruce Lee in "Return of the Dragon"
1976:
First starring role, "Breaker, Breaker"
1979:
First succesful film as star, "Good Guys Wear Black"
1983:
Established as a bonafide, crossover box-office star with role of maverick Texas Ranger in "Lone Wolf McQuade"
1984:
Scored big hit with "Missing in Action" as Col. James Braddock
1985:
Co-wrote (with James Bruner) the screenplay for "Invasion U.S.A."
1985:
Reprised role of Col. Braddock in sequel "Missing in Action 2: The Beginning"
1988:
Reteamed with Bruner, writing "Braddock: Missing in Action III"; first time directed by brother Aaron
1993:
First film as executive producer, "Sidekicks"
1993:
Best known for playing Cordell Walker on the CBS series "Walker, Texas Ranger"; also executive produced
1994:
Debuted as song performer of theme song ("Eyes of a Ranger") for "Walker, Texas Ranger"
1996:
Became first westerner to be awarded an eighth-degree black belt in Tae Kwan Do
2002:
Starred in and produced (with brother Aaron) the CBS political drama "The President's Man: A Line in the Sand"
2004:
Made a cameo appearance in the comedy "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story"
2005:
Reprised his role as Cordell Walker in CBS Movie of the Week "Walker, Texas Ranger: Trial By Fire"
2006:
Began penning a column for the conservative news website <i>WorldNetDaily</i>
2007:
Filled in for Sean Hannity as a co-host on the popular Fox News Channel debate program "Hannity & Colmes"
2010:
With brother Aaron, named an honorary Texas Ranger by Texas Governor Rick Perry
2012:
Joined an all-star cast including Sylvester Stallone and Jason Statham in action sequel "The Expendables 2"
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Education

North Torrance High School: Torrance , California - 1958

Notes

Norris became Chairman of the Hospitalized Vietnam Veterans in 1988.

Norris is chairman of Kick Drugs Out of America, an organization he personally developed which offers the martial arts as an alternative to drugs and gangs. He also has strong ties to Veterns Administration National Salute to Hospitalized Veterns, Funds for Kids and the United Way Make-a-Wish Foundation.

Norris' take on critics panning him: "I've been with an independent [Cannon Pictures] for years, and critics aren't afraid of them. But they are afraid of Warner Bros. I saw 'Under Siege'. Nothing against [Steven] Seagal, but there's a girl [Erika Eleniak] who comes bouncing out of a cake naked and becomes a female commando. If I did that, I'd get crucified by the critics. But because it was a Warner Bros. release, they didn't say a word about it." --Chuck Norris, quoted in Entertainment Weekly, April 8, 1994.

"What 'Walker' is, is justice fighting injustice and justice prevailing at the end of the episode.

"The show is about emotional enlightenment and making you feel good. That's why it's successful." --Norris to Daily News, April 23, 1997.

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Dianne Holecheck. Married in December 1958; divorced c. 1989; high school sweetheart, married after graduation.
companion:
Monica Hall. Interior designer. Engaged; planned August 1996 wedding, but called it off.
wife:
Gena O'Kelley. Actor, model. Born c. 1964; met in 1997 when she made guest appearance on "Walker, Texas Ranger"; married on November 28, 1998.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Carlos Ray Norris Sr. Mechanic, bus and truck driver. Alcoholic; Cherokee Indian.
mother:
Wilma Norris. Irish.
brother:
Aaron Norris. Director, former stuntman. Has directed brother frequently (seven features by 1997 plus episodes of "Walker, Texas Ranger"), including "The Hitman" (1991); also worked as stunt man, stunt coordinator and actor, as well as associate producer; born c 1952; executive producer of "Walker, Texas Ranger".
son:
Mike Norris. Director. Born in 1963.
son:
Eric Norris. Director, stuntman. Born in 1965; has directed episodes of "Walker, Texas Ranger".
daughter:
Dina Norris. Publicist. Mother, Dianne Holecheck.
son:
Dakota Alan Norris. Twin of Danilee; born on August 30, 2001; mother, Gena Norris.
daughter:
Danilee Kelley Norris. Twin of Dakota; born on August 30, 2001; mother, Gena Norris.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"The Secret of Inner Strength: My Story" Little, Brown
"The Secret Power Within: Zen Solutions to Real Problems" Little, Brown

Contributions

trev ( 2006-02-24 )

Source: http://www.worldblackbelt.com/Living_Legends/Sereff_Charles.asp

Chuck Norris was not the first westerner to receive 8th Degree Black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Charles Serref was awarded 8th degree in 1989 by General Choi Hong Hi, the president of the International TKD Federation. He later received a 9th Dan the same year Chuck Norris received his 8th. Furthermore, GrandMaster Edward Sell was also awarded 8th Dan in 1987 by WTF. Mr Norris may have been the first westerner awarded by a specific TKD governing body but he was certainly not the first 8th Dan westerner.

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