Chuck Norris
American martial artist
Chuck Norris
Carlos Ray "Chuck" Norris is an American martial artist and actor. After serving in the United States Air Force, he began his rise to fame as a martial artist, and has since founded his own school, Chun Kuk Do. Norris appeared in a number of action films, such as Way of the Dragon, in which he starred alongside Bruce Lee, and was The Cannon Group's leading star in the 1980s. He played the starring role in the television series Walker, Texas Ranger from 1993 to 2001.
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Chuck Norris's personal information overview.
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CNN and our rose tinted shades
Huffington Post - about 1 month
#CNNGetItRight was trending recently after the just ended elections in Ghana. Africans and I guess the world, suddenly seemed to have the rotten egg of truth splattered across its face. The outcry against wrong, lazy, inaccurate (whatever you call it) journalism suddenly seemed too glaring for the eye to defocus. According to the misinformed CNN story, Ghanaians stand in long lines to get food and supplies in 2016! This off course is furthest from the truth. Ghana is a thriving country and has been so for many years. Anyone who cares to do the most basic of researches should know this. Just over seven years ago or so, we were actually counted amongst the fastest growing economies in the world at over 5% if my memory serves me correctly. The hash tag was started by Joy FM' sports journalist Gary Al-Smith early Sunday morning. In an initial tweet, Gary wrote: "I didn't know Ghanaians 'stand in long lines to obtain products' or 'struggle to obtain food'. And I live there." http://www.m ...
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Best new artist: Some celebrities wrote their first checks to candidates in 2016
Huffington Post - about 1 month
Alec Baldwin (right) won a Golden Globe in 2007 for his work on "30 Rock" and posed with Donald Trump, actress Tina Fey and Melania Trump. Nine years later Baldwin played Trump on Saturday Night Live -- but he contributed to no presidential candidates. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles) BY: Andrew Mayersohn The Hollywood liberal has been a stock figure in American politics for decades. Conservative politicians have long denounced or mocked the alleged political influence of musicians, TV stars, and Golden Globe recipients. While the entertainment industry does indeed lean well to the left, though, most of that money comes from producers and media magnates, not the people you see on screen. The only household names in the entertainment industry to make our list of top 100 donors in 2016 were Jeffrey Katzenberg of Dreamworks and the conservative McMahons of the WWE (and, now, the Small Business Administration). In terms of the "talent," though, the same handful of politically aware celeb ...
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Trump - Let the Shit Show Begin
Huffington Post - 3 months
So this is what happened. When I vented my frustrations to my good friend Tim Theiler about the travesty that is Trump-- http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rumni-saha/fucktrump_b_12896068.html, this is what he had to say: "The following is for you and all the crest-fallen fellow patriots. I want you to know that there is plenty of hope and a great deal to look forward to over the next four years. Best of all you won't even have to wait up for late night T.V. to see some of the funniest shit you've ever witnessed. According to my predictions, Trump's first 100 day initiatives will include: Boob job for the Statue of Liberty. Repairing the crack in the Liberty Bell. Moving the nation's capital to Las Vegas. Reopening Guantanamo as the ultimate resort destination. Adding more color to Arlington National Cemetery (because it is so drab and has low energy). An All You Can Eat Buffet at the White House in place of State Dinners featuring endangered species (the seal c ...
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Waking Up On November 9th
Huffington Post - 4 months
Well America, once again the lessons taught in Ghostbusters II are coming to the forefront. If we continue on this path of acknowledging and entertaining the rage-filled-diatribes pursued by so many of our citizens, a giant ocean of pink slime will rise up to terrorize us all. Weird art-restorationists will become our overlords and Vigo the Carpathian will replace Andrew Jackson on the twenty-dollar bill. Because, here's the thing. No matter what any rant-filled talking head will have us believe, come November 9th we will all need to look each other in the eye again. As rally signs sail down in the wind and pundits look for new jobs, we will have to return to our lives. The angry cousins that we blocked on Facebook will still be related to us and the Twitter war we had with that one guy we knew for five minutes in 1998 will be forever archived on the Internet. We will need to return to being the America we were before leaked pervy video's, discussions of emails, late-night T ...
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When a college professor has to channel Chuck Norris
Chicago Times - 6 months
As students prepare to head back to college by completing paperwork, purchasing supplies and updating their wardrobes, my preparation is different. I'm a professor for a state-funded institution in Texas, a job that, since the introduction of concealed carry on a college campus, has become less...
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Fly like an eagle (or a pegasus) into the future on this VR exercise bike
Yahoo News - about 1 year
VirZoom may look like a fairly standard exercise bike from the nineties, but neither Suzanne Sommers nor Chuck Norris will be riding this in an infomercial. Rather than just a nineties throw back, it’s taking advantage of an established design so that your brain doesn’t totally explode at the awesome freedom of virtual reality. VirZoom, the exercise bike-controller for gamers just opened for preorders. DT got a chance to try VirZoom out when CEO and Co-founder Eric Jansen and Director of Business development Spencer Honeyman stopped by New York. Sit on it and pedal like you would a regular exercise bike; buttons on the bars function as they would on a handheld controller. Through the VirZoom Active Play app on PC or PlayStation 4, players can lasso bandits in Stampede!, get into Go Fast Car and race as a dog with excellent driving skills (why not?), and fly like an eagle – or more literally as a Pegasus in Pegaso . “It’s kind of modeled on dream flight,” Eric said. “If you were in a dr ...
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Time to kill? Here are 130 riveting movies you can watch on Netflix right now
Yahoo News - about 1 year
This list is updated monthly to reflect recent availability and to showcase films currently streaming on Netflix, whether talking classics or modern gems. Netflix offers roughly a gazillion different movies available through its streaming platform — well, approximately a gazillion. However, while the landmark service might become surprisingly accurate with its suggestions once you’ve been using it for a while, it’s still often tough to find something worth watching amid the trove of terrible choices.That being the case, we’ve taken the time to wade through the ridiculous amount of content in order to bring you a list of some of the best films currently available on Netflix Instant. Planning your weekend has never been easier. Related: Here’s what’s new on Netflix in December, and what’s going away Choose a genre: Recent Additions Documentaries Comedies Dramas Thrillers & Action Adventure Foreign Sci-Fi & Fantasy Kids Horror Romance New for December 2015 A League of Their Own Pl ...
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5 Lessons Die Hard</em> Can Teach Us About Storytelling
Huffington Post - over 1 year
This Post originally appeared on the blog ScreenCraft. ScreenCraft is dedicated to helping screenwriters and filmmakers succeed through educational events, screenwriting competitions and the annual ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship program, connecting screenwriters with agents, managers and Hollywood producers. Follow ScreenCraft on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. Die Hard, written by Jeb Stuart and Steven E. de Souza, has stood the test of time as not only one of the best action films in cinematic history, but also as one of the best scripts ever written. ScreenCraft featured it in 10 Scripts to Read Before You Die. The film debuted in 1988, released during a decade in which the action genre was at its highest, having given birth to action icons like Arnold Schwarzenegger (Commando) and Sylvester Stallone (Rambo). Those two figures dominated the action genre with the likes of other action stars later in the decade -- Dolph Lundgren, Jean Claude Van Damme, Steven Seagal, ...
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The Socialists Are Coming
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
I feel bad for Texans, all of them, not just the fringe "nut jobs." They will be surrounded, under siege and against overwhelming odds. A modern day "Alamo." Summer is approaching and a take-over of their homeland is coming. It will be hot. Folks will find some relief inside air-conditioned movie houses, but have to surrender some freedom while indulging in the usual high-octane special effects of smash-bam-explosive movie blockbusters filled with absurd content of mutant forces of evil against mutant forces of psychologically fragile do-gooders. The good guys will win. They always win in the movies, but will they in real life? Hopefully, summer cinema fantasy will provide solace for the masses by distracting them against their paranoid darker fears. Because while they cool inside, it will sizzle and rumble outside when the Socialist Obama, who originally did not wear an American flag lapel pin, deploys his socialized military to execute secret agenda "Jade Helm 15." The Socialis ...
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Chuck Norris Warns that US Special Forces is a Threat to Texans
Fox News - almost 2 years
Actor and karate king Chuck Norris warns that an Army exercise in several western states could be a threat to American freedoms.
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'Daily Show's' Jason Jones Turns Into The Music Man To Sell Koch Bros. To Small Town
Huffington Post - about 3 years
"It was kind of like being endorsed by Charles Manson." That's how City Councilman Chris Turner of Coralville, Iowa described the support of the Koch brothers in his small town election on Wednesday's "Daily Show." Correspondent Jason Jones headed to the city of 20,000 to investigate why the Koches and their Americans for Prosperity super PAC have been propping up conservative candidates in small towns. Mayor John Lundell told Jones that most citizens of the town felt that the presence of AFP had brought "an air of ugliness" to the typically well-mannered city. Councilman Turner, who told Jones that he tied for last, agreed that their election methods were "reprehensible." Vice President Joe Biden even gave Lundell a congratulatory phone call last November when Koch-run campaigns were defeated on the ballot in Coralville. But some plutocrats fail to see the problem in large private entities penetrating local elections. Matthew Vadum, a conservative operative whom "The Daily Show ...
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A Roger Ailes Movie Will Likely Happen—Here's Who Should Play Him
Mother Jones - about 3 years
Earlier this week, TheWrap published an interview with author and journalist Gabriel Sherman, about The Loudest Voice in the Room, his new, much-discussed unauthorized biography of Fox News president Roger Ailes. The biography has gained attention for its juicy content (such as a producer claiming that Ailes, then at NBC, offered her an extra $100 a week if she agreed to have sex with him whenever he asked), and for being the target of a campaign, by Fox News and others in conservative media, to discredit Sherman's reporting. At the end of the Wrap Q&amp;A, reporter L.A. Ross asks Sherman if he has received any offers from studios or production companies about turning his book into a movie. "Well...it's too early to talk about that, but I think Ailes is an incredibly cinematic character, and would find a natural home on the big screen," Sherman replied. When pressed further, he simply said, "No comment." The idea of a Hollywood epic chronicling the saga of Ailes was intriguing, ...
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Ultimate Inventions for a Good Night Out
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Technology is an incredible thing. Every week there is another astonishing breakthrough in the fields of medicine, computing, aviation, the list goes on and on. Even as we speak we are getting closer to a working holographic generator and the total immersion pornography that is no doubt the intended result, and I salute this, and will be first in line to buy the Kaley Cuoco upgrade package when it becomes available. Sadly, though, one field does not enjoy the same kind of investment: the science of a good night out. Imagine for one second what NASA, CERN, or, perhaps even Microsoft, could do if they were to spend just one lunchtime thinking about our evenings instead of space travel, solving the indisputable mysteries of mankind or developing patches for issues with their operating system that they should have figured out before they sold it to us. Imagine how immaculately packaged that Apple product would be, and how great its CEO would feel in his key note speech when he said, "G ...
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Predators highlight USA to celebrate win over Toronto
USA Today - about 3 years
A video shown before the Predators-Rangers game highlighted hot dogs, Chuck Norris.
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Apparently, Chuck Norris Really Hates The Common Core State Standards
The Huffington Post - over 3 years
Chuck Norris is apparently not a fan of the Common Core State Standards. The actor-turned-conservative activist explained his disdain for the standards Monday, in a column for the right-wing content analysis website Newsbusters. The column, which is ostensibly the first in a series, says the standards are an example of federal overreach. He says they allow the government to invade local classrooms. The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) have been adopted by 45 states with the goal of making sure students across the country are being taught to the same benchmarks. While a group of governors and state education leaders developed the standards, the federal government tied states’ adoption of the standards to funding. Read More...
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Vladimir Putin Earns 9th Degree Black Belt In Taekwondo, Because That's What Vladimir Putin Does
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Not content with recently being named the most powerful person alive by Time Magazine, Vladimir Putin continued his world conquest this week by joining the ranks of the most elite of martial artists. According to Russia's ITAR-TASS news agency, the Russian president was awarded a ninth Dan ranking in Taekwondo by Choue Chung-won, the president of the World Taekwondo Federation, while on a recent trip to the South Korean capital Seoul. Putin, an avid martial artist, offered a few humble words upon earning the honorary title, saying, "I don't think I have earned such a high Dan," according to IB Times UK. A Dan measures proficiency in a martial art, ranking from one to 10. The Grand Master title puts Putin into rare air, surpassing even the world-renowned martial artist and Total Gym spokesman Chuck Norris, who reportedly holds an eighth-degree black belt in the discipline. Other leaders and celebrities have earned honorary black belts, according to Ria Novosti, including U.S. P ...
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10 Things We'd Lose If Texas Actually Seceded
Huffington Post - over 3 years
A year ago this week, more than 125,000 people signed a secession petition asking the Obama administration to “Peacefully grant the State of Texas to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government.” Texas Railroad Commissioner Barry Smitherman (R), who is running to be the state’s next attorney general, told WorldNetDaily in September that he has been preparing for secession in case "the rest of the country falls apart.” “Generally speaking, we have made great progress in becoming an independent nation, an ‘island nation’ if you will, and I think we want to continue down that path so that if the rest of the country falls apart ... Texas can operate as a stand-alone entity with energy, food, water and roads as if we were a closed-loop system," Smitherman said. Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) expressed similar sentiments in 2009, threatening secession if "Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people." Let’s take a look at what our Union ...
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50 Improbable #WorldSeriesEndings More Bizarre Than Game-Ending Obstruction And Pickoff Plays
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
With a pair of never-seen-before endings, the 109th edition of the World Series has taught baseball fans -- and pennant winners -- to expect the unexpected. Of course, that hasn't stopped everyone from guessing what might possibly come next. One night after Game 3 between the Red Sox and the Cardinals became the first-ever World Series game to end on an obstruction call, Game 4 included the first-ever game-ending pickoff. After that second straight unprecedented ending, baseball fans and media couldn't help but wonder what bizarre developments were yet to come. The hashtags #WordSeriesEndings, #Game5Ending, #Game5Predictions and #HowWillGame5End all popped up on Twitter as the speculation ranged from the relatively mundane to the magical. There were references to classic scenes from sports films, predictions of improbable-yet-possible baseball situations and, of course, a call for intervention by Chuck Norris.
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A Short Guide to Having It All By the Time You're 30
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Today is October 3. October 3 is a day, that in history books, is relatively unimportant. Save for some great games and moments in sports history, Sinead O'Connor tearing up a picture of the Pope on national television, and O.J. Simpson being acquitted of two murders, October 3 is a day relatively void of any significance. Today, though, took on new significance for me. Today, I realized that save for some surprise I'm currently unaware of, I will not be a mother by the time I'm 30. Save for something short of a miracle, or a Britney Spears Vegas-style wedding, I will not be wed by the time I'm 30. The fact that this is an item of significance may seem surprising to anyone who knows me. It would seem surprising, because I've spent the bulk of my life focused upon academics and career success rather than expressing the desire to or actually building a family. But, like everyone else, I want it all. I want a job that I love that brings home a solid paycheck. I want a warm ho ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Chuck Norris
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 75
    In March 2016, it was reported that Norris endorsed Republican Texas Senator Ted Cruz and that he would be attending a Cruz rally, but two days later, Norris stated he would only endorse the GOP nominee once that nominee has been nominated by the party.
    More Details Hide Details On March 28, 2007, Commandant Gen. James T. Conway made Norris an honorary United States Marine during a dinner at the commandant's residence in Washington, D.C. On December 2, 2010, he (along with brother Aaron) was given the title honorary Texas Ranger by Texas Governor Rick Perry. In late 2005, Norris became the object of an ironic internet meme known as "Chuck Norris Facts", which document fictional, often absurdly heroic feats and characteristics about Norris. Norris has written his own response to the parody on his website, stating that he does not feel offended by them and finds some of them funny, claiming that his personal favorite is that they wanted to add his face to Mount Rushmore, but the granite is not hard enough for his beard. On November 29, 2007, Gotham Books, the adult division of Penguin USA, released a book entitled The Truth About Chuck Norris: 400 facts about the World's Greatest Human based on the Chuck Norris Facts. Norris filed suit in December against Penguin USA and author Ian Spector, claiming, "trademark infringement, unjust enrichment and privacy rights." Norris dropped the suit in May of the following year.
    Norris endorsed Huckabee again in the 2016 Republican Primary before he dropped out.
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  • 2012
    Age 71
    After Gingrich suspended his campaign in May 2012, Norris endorsed Republican presumptive nominee Mitt Romney, despite Norris having previously accused Romney of flip-flopping and of trying to buy the nomination for the Republican Party candidacy for 2012.
    More Details Hide Details On the eve of the election he and his wife Gina made a video warning that if evangelicals didn't show up at the polls and vote out President Obama, " our country as we know it may be lost forever ". Norris also produced the film Answering the Call, which featured his 2007 trip to Iraq to visit the troops.
    During the 2012 presidential election, Norris first recommended Ron Paul, and then later formally endorsed Newt Gingrich as the Republican presidential candidate.
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  • 2008
    Age 67
    On November 18, 2008, Norris became one of the first members of show business to express support for the California Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage, and he chided activists for "interfering" with the democratic process and the double standard he perceived in criticizing the LDS Church without criticizing African Americans, who had voted for the measure by a wide margin.
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    After the 2008 presidential election, Norris drafted a letter to President-elect Barack Obama, stating that he should "use and cite the Constitution... protect American life... learn from the mistakes of your Democratic predecessors... and lead more from the center".
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  • 2007
    Age 66
    On October 22, 2007, Norris announced his endorsement of Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee for President.
    More Details Hide Details Norris said, "I believe the only one who has all of the characteristics to lead America forward into the future is ex-Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee."
    Norris is a devout Christian and politically conservative. He has written several books on Christianity and donated to a number of Republican candidates and causes. In 2007 and 2008, he campaigned for former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, who was running for the Republican nomination for president in 2008.
    More Details Hide Details Norris also writes a column for the conservative website WorldNetDaily. Since 2005 Norris has been widely associated with an internet meme which documents fictional and often absurd feats associated with him.
  • 2006
    Age 65
    In 2006, Norris began penning a column for the conservative news website WorldNetDaily, sharing his "musings about faith, family, freedom, country, loyalty – maybe even kickboxing."
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  • 2005
    Age 64
    In 2005, Norris founded the World Combat League (WCL), a full-contact, team-based martial arts competition, of which part of the proceeds are given to his Kickstart Kids program.
    More Details Hide Details Additionally, Norris supports the Vijay Amritraj Foundation, which aims at bringing hope, help and healing to the defenceless and innocent victims of disease, tragedy and circumstance in India. Through his donations, he has helped the foundation support Paediatric HIV/AIDS homes in Delhi, a blind school in Karnataka, and a mission that cares for HIV/AIDS infected adults, as well as mentally ill patients in Cochin. Norris is a Republican, and has donated more than $32,000 to Republican candidates and organizations since 1988. Norris supports gun rights and ownership and is against public schools celebrating the Day of Silence.
    In 2005, Norris reported in his autobiography that his mother gave birth to him when she was 18 years old.
    More Details Hide Details Norris has nine grandchildren. An outspoken Christian, Norris is the author of several Christian-themed books, such as The Justice Riders. He has also been in a few TV commercials promoting Bible study and prayer in public schools, in addition to efforts to reduce drug use. In his WorldNetDaily columns, he has expressed his belief in Biblical creationism, that those who are troubled should turn to Jesus, and is quoted as saying "true patriots" do not stay clear of discussing religion and politics. On April 22, 2008, Norris expressed his support for the intelligent design movement when he reviewed Ben Stein's Expelled for Townhall.com. Norris has received a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu from the Machado family. In his February 15, 2010 WorldNetDaily column, Norris announced that, starting in the fall of 2010, he will begin a second weekly column for Creators Syndicate. This new column, "C-Force", will focus on personal fitness.
  • 2004
    Age 63
    On September 22, 2004, Norris told Entertainment Tonights Mary Hart that his daughter Dina was the result of an extramarital affair.
    More Details Hide Details He did not meet her until she was 26, although she learned that he was her father when she was 16. She sent a letter informing him of their relationship. After meeting her, Norris said he knew she was his daughter upon seeing her.
  • 2001
    Age 60
    She delivered twins on August 30, 2001: Dakota Alan Norris, a boy, and Danilee Kelly Norris, a girl.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1998
    Age 57
    On November 28, 1998, he married former model Gena O'Kelley, 23 years Norris' junior.
    More Details Hide Details O'Kelley had two children from a previous marriage.
  • FORTIES
  • 1988
    Age 47
    After 30 years of marriage, Norris and Holechek divorced in 1988.
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  • 1986
    Age 45
    In 1986, he was involved in the production of the Ruby-Spears cartoon Karate Kommandos.
    More Details Hide Details In October 2014 he revealed that he would be shooting a new film, The Finisher, in March 2015. By the end of the 1980s, Cannon Films had faded from prominence, and Norris' star appeal seemed to go with it. He reprised his Delta Force role for MGM, which had acquired the Cannon library after the latter's Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Norris went on to make several more films before making a transition to television. In 1993, he began shooting the series Walker, Texas Ranger, which lasted eight seasons on CBS and continued in syndication on other channels, notably the Hallmark Channel. On October 17, 2005, CBS premiered the Sunday Night Movie of the Week, Walker, Texas Ranger: Trial by Fire. The production was a continuation of the series, and not scripted to be a reunion movie. Norris reprised his role as Cordell Walker for the movie. He has stated that future Walker, Texas Ranger Movie of the Week projects are expected; however, this was severely impaired by CBS's 2006–2007 season decision to no longer regularly schedule Movies of the Week on Sunday night.
  • 1984
    Age 43
    In 1984, Norris starred in Missing in Action, the first of a series of Rambo-inspired POW rescue fantasies themed around the Vietnam War POW/MIA issue that were produced by Israeli cousins Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus and released under their Cannon Films banner. Norris later dedicated these films to his younger brother Wieland. Wieland, a private in the 101st Airborne Division, had been killed in June 1970 in Vietnam while on patrol in the defense of Firebase Ripcord.
    More Details Hide Details The film, however, was criticized heavily as being a preemptive cash-in on the Rambo film series. Over the next four years, Norris became Cannon's most prominent star, appearing in eight films, including Code of Silence, The Delta Force, and Firewalker, in which he co-starred with Academy Award winner Louis Gossett, Jr.. Many of the aforementioned films were produced by Norris' brother Aaron Norris, as were several episodes of Walker, Texas Ranger.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1977
    Age 36
    Norris' first starring role was 1977's Breaker!
    More Details Hide Details Breaker!, and subsequent films such as Good Guys Wear Black (1978), The Octagon (1980), An Eye for an Eye (1981), and Lone Wolf McQuade (1983) proved his increasing box office bankability.
  • 1972
    Age 31
    In 1972, he acted as Lee's nemesis in the movie Way of the Dragon (titled Return of the Dragon in its U.S. distribution), which is widely credited with launching him toward stardom.
    More Details Hide Details In Asia, Norris is still known primarily for this role. In 1974, McQueen encouraged him to begin acting classes at MGM.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1969
    Age 28
    In 1969, Norris made his acting debut in the Dean Martin film The Wrecking Crew.
    More Details Hide Details At a martial arts demonstration in Long Beach, Norris met the martial artist Bruce Lee.
    In 1969, he won Karate's triple crown for the most tournament wins of the year, and the Fighter of the Year award by Black Belt magazine.
    More Details Hide Details Norris made history in 1990 when he was the first Westerner in the documented history of Tae Kwon Do to be given the rank of 8th Degree Black Belt Grand Master. In 1999, Norris was inducted into the Martial Arts History Museum's Hall of Fame. On July 1, 2000, Norris was presented the Golden Lifetime Achievement Award by the World Karate Union Hall of Fame.
  • 1968
    Age 27
    On November 24, 1968, he avenged his defeat to Delgado and by doing so won the Professional Middleweight Karate champion title, which he held for six consecutive years.
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    In early 1968, Norris suffered the tenth and last loss of his career, losing an upset decision to Louis Delgado.
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  • 1967
    Age 26
    Norris was defeated in his first two tournaments, dropping decisions to Joe Lewis and Allen Steen and three matches at the International Karate Championships to Tony Tulleners. By 1967 Norris had improved enough that he scored victories over the likes of Lewis, Skipper Mullins, Arnold Urquidez, Victor Moore, Ron Marchini, and Steve Sanders.
    More Details Hide Details Norris would be a two time winner at S. Henry Cho's All American Championship.
  • 1964
    Age 23
    His daughter Dina was born in 1964 out of an extramarital affair.
    More Details Hide Details Later, he had a second son, Eric, with his wife in 1965.
  • 1962
    Age 21
    Norris was discharged in August 1962.
    More Details Hide Details He worked for the Northrop Corporation and opened a chain of Karate schools including a storefront school in his then-hometown of Torrance on Hawthorne Boulevard. Norris' official website lists celebrity clients at the schools; among them Steve McQueen, Chad McQueen, Bob Barker, Priscilla Presley, Donny Osmond and Marie Osmond.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1958
    Age 17
    Norris married Dianne Holechek in 1958.
    More Details Hide Details In 1963 their first child, Mike, was born.
    He joined the United States Air Force as an Air Policeman (AP) in 1958 and was sent to Osan Air Base, South Korea.
    More Details Hide Details It was there that Norris acquired the nickname Chuck and began his training in Tang Soo Do (tangsudo), an interest that led to black belts in that art and the founding of the Chun Kuk Do ("Universal Way") form. When he returned to the United States, he continued to serve as an AP at March Air Force Base in California.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1940
    Born
    Norris was born in Ryan, Oklahoma on March 10, 1940, the son of Wilma (née Scarberry) and Ray Norris, who was a World War II Army soldier, a mechanic, bus driver, and truck driver.
    More Details Hide Details Norris has stated that he has Irish and Cherokee roots. Norris was named after Carlos Berry, his father's minister. He has two younger brothers, Wieland (1943 - 1970; killed in Vietnam) and Aaron (a Hollywood producer). When Norris was sixteen, his parents divorced, and he later relocated to Prairie Village, Kansas, and then to Torrance, California, with his mother and brothers. Norris has described his childhood as downbeat. He was nonathletic, shy, and scholastically mediocre. His father, Ray, worked intermittently as an automobile mechanic, and went on alcohol drinking binges that lasted for months at a time. Embarrassed by his father's behavior and the family's financial plight, Norris developed a debilitating introversion that lasted for his entire childhood.
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