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Chuck Norris The true life of an American icon and legend.
How the Boy became a Warrior, Part I This modern-day Horatio Alger's father was an alcoholic, his mother raised him and his two brothers for 10 years on welfare, but blond, muscular and mustached Chuck Norris discovered martial arts during a stint in the Air Force, developing self-discipline and self-esteem that have taken him to the top of the entertainment industry. The Professional World Middleweight Karate Champion from 1968 until retiring undefeated in 1974, Norris entered film at the urging of his celebrity karate student Steve McQueen and under the auspices of Bruce Lee, playing the villain opposite Lee in "Return of the Dragon" (1973). He later parlayed his martial arts prowess into a career in gung-ho action movies like "Good Guys Wear Black" (1979), "Lone Wolf McQuade" (1983), his first crack at creating the character of a Texas Ranger, and "Missing in Action" (1984), which spawned two sequels.
How the Boy became a Warrior, Part II Good-looking in a stern-faced yet Robert Redford-ish sort of way, Norris has taken some shots about his acting (TIME once called him "the most successful really terrible actor since Audie Murphy"), but his style has always been appropriate to the conventions of the genre, as he adopted a Charles Bronson style of terse, determined stoicism to the many perils his characters faced. He took his act to TV, headlining the popular series "Walker, Texas Ranger" (CBS, 1993-2001), surprising everyone with its strong showing on Saturday night and eventual rise into the Top 20. Norris takes umbrage at critics who decry his show as the most violent on TV. In the spirit of martial arts, Walker "kicks butt" only as a last resort, always championing right over wrong, and his large, loyal family viewing audience has responded enthusiastically to the show's moral content.
The Essential Bio Real Name: Carlos Ray Norris, Jr. Born: March 10, 1940 in Ryan, Oklahoma Father: Carlos Ray Norris (Cherokee Indian) Mother: Wilma Norris (Irish) Job Titles: Actor, Fight choreographer, Producer, Screenwriter, Author, Singer, Filing clerk, Karate instructor
Sorry You Had To Miss These 1952: Moved to Torrance, California at age 12 1958: Enlisted in Air Force after graduation from high school; sent to Korea (nicknamed “Chuck” by Air Force buddies); served in military police 1961: Returned to USA 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: Film debut as Garth in "The Wrecking Crew"; uttered one line to Dean Martin in a bar; Bruce Lee was "karate advisor" on film 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 1969: Earned the Triple Crown for the highest number of tournament wins
Sorry You Had To Miss These Too 1971: Karate schools went into debt 1973: Played a baddie opposite Bruce Lee in "Return of the Dragon" 1976: First starring role in "Breaker, Breaker" 1979: First successful film as star, "Good Guys Wear Black" 1983: "Lone Wolf McQuade" established Norris as a bonafide, crossover box-office star; played maverick Texas Ranger 1984: Scored big hit with "Missing in Action" which later spawned two sequels 1985: Co-wrote (with James Bruner) the screenplay for "Invasion USA" 1988: Re-teamed with Bruner, writing "Braddock: Missing in Action III"; first time directed by brother Aaron 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 served as executive producer (with brother Aaron) on the CBS political thriller "The President's Man: A Line in the Sand" 2004: Made a cameo appearance in the comedy "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story”
Fear Chuck Norris! Chuck Norris frequently donates blood to the Red Cross – just never his own. Chuck Norris does not sleep. He waits. The chief export of Chuck Norris is pain. Chuck Norris is currently suing NBC, claiming that “Law and Order” are trademarked names for his left and right legs. Chuck Norris sold his soul to the devil for his rugged good looks and unparalleled martial arts ability. Shortly after the transaction was finalized, Chuck roundhouse kicked the devil in the face and took his soul back. The devil, who appreciates irony, couldn't stay mad and admitted he should have seen it coming. They now play poker every second Wednesday of the month. Chuck Norris eats steak for every single meal. Most times he forgets to kill the cow. If you can see Chuck Norris, he can see you. If you can't see Chuck Norris you may be only seconds away from death. Chuck Norris doesn't read books. He stares them down until he gets the information he wants. When Chuck Norris was in middle school, his English teacher assigned an essay: "What is Courage?" Chuck Norris received an "A+" for writing only the words "Chuck Norris" and promptly turning in the paper.
Chuck Norris Filmography The Wrecking Crew - 1969 (appeared in) Return Of The Dragon - 1973 (feature film debut) Breaker! Breaker! - 1976 Good Guys Wear Black - 1977 A Force Of One - 1978 The Octagon – 1979 An Eye For An Eye – 1980 Silent Rage – 1981 Forced Vengeance - 1981 Lone Wolf McQuade - 1982 Missing In Action – 1984 Missing In Action II: The Beginning – 1985 Code Of Silence - 1985 Invasion USA - 1985 Delta Force - 1986 Firewalker - 1986 Braddock: Missing In Action III – 1987 Hero And The Terror – 1988 Delta Force 2: Operation Stranglehold - 1990 The Hitman - 1991 Sidekicks - 1993 Hellbound - 1994 Top Dog - 1995 Forrest Warrior - 1995 (released on video only)