Chuck Norris

Carlos Ray Norris Jr. (born March 10, 1940), better known in the entertainment world as Chuck Norris, is a martial artist, an American action movie actor and Hollywood star.

Biography

A native of Ryan, Oklahoma, Norris has two younger brothers, of which Hollywood producer Aaron Norris is one. Norris is part Cherokee (from his father) and part British and Irish (from his mother).

When Norris was 12, his parents divorced and he relocated to California with his mother and brothers. There, he finished high school and soon married his girlfriend, Diane Holechek. After marriage, Norris joined the United States Air Force and was sent to South Korea. It was in South Korea that Norris acquired the nickname Chuck. He later joined the United States Marine Corps. He has portrayed an Army Major in Delta Force, Army Colonel in Missing in Action, and a Marine Captain during flashback scenes in his T.V. hit series Walker, Texas Ranger.

Norris has indicated in his own biography that he has black belts in Tang Soo Do, Tae Kwon Do, and is founder of Chun Kuk Do ("Universal Way"). Mr. Norris has also practiced Judo, Shito-Ryu Karate, and Brazilian jujutsu. He is also founder of The United Fighting Arts Federation (UFAF).

Norris returned to the United States in 1962, working for the Northrop corporation and opening a karate school, which many celebrities, including fellow Marine Steve McQueen attended. In 1963, his son Mike was born. A daughter, Dina followed in 1964, and a second son, Eric, in 1965. But another important moment happened in 1964: at a demonstration in Long Beach, Norris met Bruce Lee. Impressed with Norris' ability, Lee began to persuade Norris to try an acting career.

In 1968, Norris was Karate's world Middleweight champion, and 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. It was also in 1968 that Norris made his acting debut, in the Dean Martin movie The Wrecking Crew. In 1972, he acted alongside Lee in the movie Way of the Dragon, and in 1974, McQueen encouraged him to begin acting classes at the MGM Studio.

While at acting classes his voice and drama coach was Jonathan Harris, of Lost In Space fame. Harris taught Norris how to speak by putting his fingers in Norris's mouth, and stretching his mouth wide open. He describes Harris as the only man in the world who could get away with doing that to him.

Norris' first starring role was 1977's Breaker, Breaker!, and subsequent films such as The Octagon, An Eye for an Eye, and Lone Wolf McQuade proved his increasing box office bankability. In 1984, Norris starred in Missing in Action, the first of a series of POW rescue fantasies produced by Israeli cousins Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus and released under their Cannon Films banner. 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.

In 1988, after 30 years of marriage, Norris and Holechek divorced.

In 1990, Norris founded the non-profit organization Kick Drugs Out of America. It has since been renamed KICKSTART.

By the close 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, who had acquired the Cannon library after the latter's Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Norris went on to make several more largely ignored films before making a transition to television. In 1993, he began shooting the series Walker, Texas Ranger, which lasted eight years on CBS and continued in heavy syndication on other channels.

He married again in 1998, this time to former model Gena O'Kelley, and she delivered twins in 2001: Dakota Alan Norris, a boy, and Danilee Kelly Norris, a girl.

Filmography

  • The Wrecking Crew (1968)
  • Room 222 (1970)
  • The Way of The Dragon (1972)
  • The Student Teachers (1973)
  • Slaughter In San Francisco (1973)
  • Enter The Dragon (1973)
  • Bruce Lee's The Man And The Legend (1973)
  • The Warrior Within (1977)
  • Breaker! Breaker! (1977)
  • Game of Death (1978)
  • Good Guys Wear Black (1979)
  • A Force of One (1979)
  • The Octagon (1980)
  • An Eye for an Eye (1981)
  • Silent Rage (1982)
  • Forced Vengeance (1982)
  • The Making of 'Lone Wolf McQuade' (1983)
  • Lone Wolf McQuade (1983)
  • Missing in Action (1984)
  • Missing in Action 2: The Beginning (1985)
  • The Making of The Terminator & Missing in Action 2 (1985)
  • Code of Silence (1985)
  • Invasion U.S.A. (1985)
  • The Delta Force (1986)
  • Firewalker (1986)
  • Steve McQueen: Man On The Edge (TV, 1986)
  • Chuck Norris Karate Kommandos (TV, 1986)
  • Karate Daily Dozen (1988)
  • Braddock: Missing In Action 3 (1988)
  • Hero And The Terror (1988)
  • One for the Road (TV, 1989)
  • The Presidential Inaugural Gala (TV, 1989)
  • Ultimate Stuntman: A tribute to Dar Robinson (TV, 1990)
  • The World's Greatest Stunts (TV, 1990)
  • Happy Birthday, Bugs: 50 Looney Years (TV, 1990)
  • Delta Force 2: Operation Stranglehold (1990)
  • Deadliest Art: The Best of The Martial Arts (1990)
  • The Hitman (1991)
  • Dying For a Smoke (TV, 1992)
  • Sidekicks (alongside Jonathan Brandis and Danica McKellar, 1992).
  • Combat Karate 1992
  • Hellbound (1993)
  • Walker, Texas Ranger (1993 to 2001)
  • The Course of The Dragon (1993)
  • Wind in The Wire (TV, 1993)
  • Kids in The Crossfire (TV, 1993)
  • WWF Survivor Series (TV, 1994)
  • Top Dog (1995)
  • Heroes of The Street (TV, 1995)
  • The Immortal Masters (1996)
  • Bruce Lee: The Immortal Dragon (1996)
  • Forest Warriors (1996)
  • Chuck Norris: Private Lesson (video, 1997)
  • Logan's War: Bound by Honor (TV, 1998)
  • The Path of The Dragon (video, 1998)
  • Informal, El (TV, 1999)
  • Sons of Thunder (TV, 1999)
  • Martial Law: Honor Among Strangers (2000)
  • The President's Man (TV, 2000)
  • The President's Man: A Line in The Sand (TV, 2002)
  • The Bells of Innocence (2002)
  • Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004)

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He married again in 1998, this time to former model Gena O'Kelley, and she delivered twins in 2001: Dakota Alan Norris, a boy, and Danilee Kelly Norris, a girl. Partial Filmography:. In 1993, he began shooting the series Walker, Texas Ranger, which lasted eight years on CBS and continued in heavy syndication on other channels. by his wife for interrment in the Southborough Rural Cemetery. Norris went on to make several more largely ignored films before making a transition to television. Following cremation in Sweden, his ashes were brought back to the U.S. He reprised his Delta Force role for MGM, who had acquired the Cannon library after the latter's Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Warner Oland and his wife made a historic farmhouse near the village of Southborough, Massachusetts their primary residence.

By the close of the 1980s, Cannon Films had faded from prominence, and Norris' star appeal seemed to go with it. While there, he contacted bronchial pneumonia and hampered by the apparent onset of emphysema from years of heavy cigarette smoking, he passed away at a hospital in Stockholm. It has since been renamed KICKSTART. Signed to a new contract by Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation to make three more Charlie Chan films, in early 1938 Oland's health problems worsened and he spent several weeks in hospital then took time off to travel to his native Sweden. In 1990, Norris founded the non-profit organization Kick Drugs Out of America. Despite his wealth and success, Oland suffered from alcoholism that severely affected his heath and his thirty-year marriage. In 1988, after 30 years of marriage, Norris and Holechek divorced. Although Oland did act in other films, the enormous worldwide box office success of his Charlie Chan film led to a Charlie Chan industry with Oland starring in sixteen films in total.

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. Firmly locked into oriental roles, he was cast as Charlie Chan in the 1931 international detective mystery film, Charlie Chan Carries On and then in director Josef von Sternberg's 1932 film, Shanghai Express. In 1984, Norris starred in Missing in Action, the first of a series of POW rescue fantasies produced by Israeli cousins Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus and released under their Cannon Films banner. Fu Manchu in three more films. Norris' first starring role was 1977's Breaker, Breaker!, and subsequent films such as The Octagon, An Eye for an Eye, and Lone Wolf McQuade proved his increasing box office bankability. A box office success, the film made Oland a star and during the next two years, he portrayed the evil Dr. He describes Harris as the only man in the world who could get away with doing that to him. Fu Manchu.

Harris taught Norris how to speak by putting his fingers in Norris's mouth, and stretching his mouth wide open. With a lack of skilled oriental actors available in Hollywood, he portrayed a variety of oriental characters in several movies before being offered the leading role in the 1929 film, The Mysterious Dr. While at acting classes his voice and drama coach was Jonathan Harris, of Lost In Space fame. Oland's facial features, aided by makeup, allowed him to easily play the part of oriental characters. In 1972, he acted alongside Lee in the movie Way of the Dragon, and in 1974, McQueen encouraged him to begin acting classes at the MGM Studio. Over the next fifteen years he appeared in more than thirty films, including a major role in 1927's The Jazz Singer, one of the first talkies produced. It was also in 1968 that Norris made his acting debut, in the Dean Martin movie The Wrecking Crew. He made several more films with Pearl White including his first portrayal of an oriental character in her 1919 film, The Lightning Raider.

In 1968, Norris was Karate's world Middleweight champion, and 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. As a result of his training as a Shakespearean actor and his easy adaptation to a sinister look, he was much in demand as a villain and in ethic roles. Impressed with Norris' ability, Lee began to persuade Norris to try an acting career. It would be another three years before he returned to film work with a role in The Romance of Elaine, an adventure film starring the extremely popular Pearl White. But another important moment happened in 1964: at a demonstration in Long Beach, Norris met Bruce Lee. After several years in theater, including appearances on Broadway as Warner Oland, in 1912 he made his silent film debut in Pilgrim's Progress, a film based on the John Bunyan novel. A daughter, Dina followed in 1964, and a second son, Eric, in 1965. The brillant woman made an ideal partner for Oland and she mastered the Swedish language, helping him with the translation of Strindberg's works that they jointly had published in book form in 1912.

Norris returned to the United States in 1962, working for the Northrop corporation and opening a karate school, which many celebrities, including fellow Marine Steve McQueen attended. In 1963, his son Mike was born. The following year he met and married the playright and portrait painter, Edith Gardener Shearn. He is also founder of The United Fighting Arts Federation (UFAF). Trained as a dramatic actor, in 1906, he was signed to tour the country with the troupe led by actress Alla Nazimova. Norris has also practiced Judo, Shito-Ryu Karate, and Brazilian jujutsu. As a young man he pursued a career in theater, at first working on set design while developing his acting skills. Mr. An intellect educated in Boston, Massachusetts, he spoke English and his native Swedish, and eventually translated some of the plays of August Strindberg.

Norris has indicated in his own biography that he has black belts in Tang Soo Do, Tae Kwon Do, and is founder of Chun Kuk Do ("Universal Way"). Born Johan Verner Ölund in the village of Nyby, Bjurholm Municipality, Västerbotten County, Sweden, at age thirteen his family emigrated to the United States. hit series Walker, Texas Ranger. Warner Oland born October 3, 1879 - died August 6, 1938, was a Swedish actor most remembered for his role as "Charlie Chan.". He has portrayed an Army Major in Delta Force, Army Colonel in Missing in Action, and a Marine Captain during flashback scenes in his T.V. Pilgrim's Progress (1912). He later joined the United States Marine Corps. The Romance of Elaine (1915).

It was in South Korea that Norris acquired the nickname Chuck. The Fatal Ring (1917). After marriage, Norris joined the United States Air Force and was sent to South Korea. Mandarin's Gold (1919). There, he finished high school and soon married his girlfriend, Diane Holechek. The Phantom Foe (1920). When Norris was 12, his parents divorced and he relocated to California with his mother and brothers. East Is West (1922).

Norris is part Cherokee (from his father) and part British and Irish (from his mother). The Fighting American (1924). A native of Ryan, Oklahoma, Norris has two younger brothers, of which Hollywood producer Aaron Norris is one. Riders of the Purple Sage (1925). Carlos Ray Norris Jr. (born March 10, 1940), better known in the entertainment world as Chuck Norris, is a martial artist, an American action movie actor and Hollywood star. Don Q, Son of Zorro (1925). Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004). The Jazz Singer (1927).

The Bells of Innocence (2002). The Drums of Jeopardy (1931). The President's Man: A Line in The Sand (TV, 2002). Dishonored (1931). The President's Man (TV, 2000). Shanghai Express (1932). Martial Law: Honor Among Strangers (2000). The Painted Veil (1934).

Sons of Thunder (TV, 1999). Werewolf of London (1935). Informal, El (TV, 1999). Charlie Chan's Secret (1935). The Path of The Dragon (video, 1998). Charlie Chan in Paris (1935). Logan's War: Bound by Honor (TV, 1998). Charlie Chan at the Opera (1936).

Chuck Norris: Private Lesson (video, 1997). Charlie Chan at the Olympics (1937). Forest Warriors (1996). Charlie Chan on Broadway (1937). Bruce Lee: The Immortal Dragon (1996). Charlie Chan at Monte Carlo (1937). The Immortal Masters (1996).

Heroes of The Street (TV, 1995). Top Dog (1995). WWF Survivor Series (TV, 1994). Kids in The Crossfire (TV, 1993).

Wind in The Wire (TV, 1993). The Course of The Dragon (1993). Walker, Texas Ranger (1993 to 2001). Hellbound (1993).

Combat Karate 1992. Sidekicks (alongside Jonathan Brandis and Danica McKellar, 1992). Dying For a Smoke (TV, 1992). The Hitman (1991).

Deadliest Art: The Best of The Martial Arts (1990). Delta Force 2: Operation Stranglehold (1990). Happy Birthday, Bugs: 50 Looney Years (TV, 1990). The World's Greatest Stunts (TV, 1990).

Ultimate Stuntman: A tribute to Dar Robinson (TV, 1990). The Presidential Inaugural Gala (TV, 1989). One for the Road (TV, 1989). Hero And The Terror (1988).

Braddock: Missing In Action 3 (1988). Karate Daily Dozen (1988). Chuck Norris Karate Kommandos (TV, 1986). Steve McQueen: Man On The Edge (TV, 1986).

Firewalker (1986). The Delta Force (1986). Invasion U.S.A. (1985). Code of Silence (1985).

The Making of The Terminator & Missing in Action 2 (1985). Missing in Action 2: The Beginning (1985). Missing in Action (1984). Lone Wolf McQuade (1983).

The Making of 'Lone Wolf McQuade' (1983). Forced Vengeance (1982). Silent Rage (1982). An Eye for an Eye (1981).

The Octagon (1980). A Force of One (1979). Good Guys Wear Black (1979). Game of Death (1978).

Breaker! Breaker! (1977). The Warrior Within (1977). Bruce Lee's The Man And The Legend (1973). Enter The Dragon (1973).

Slaughter In San Francisco (1973). The Student Teachers (1973). The Way of The Dragon (1972). Room 222 (1970).

The Wrecking Crew (1968).

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