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. Tim O'Neill on the science fiction television series SeaQuest DSV (later SeaQuest 2032) and the warrior wannabe Joxer the Mighty on Xena: Warrior Princess. 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 is most likely well known for his roles as the communication officer Lt. Norris went on to make several more largely ignored films before making a transition to television. His motion picture credits include most of his brother's films including The Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2, Army of Darkness, and Darkman as well as roles in such features as Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, Lunatics: A Love Story, Skinner, Shocker, Born Yesterday and Stuart Saves his Family. He reprised his Delta Force role for MGM, who had acquired the Cannon library after the latter's Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The Detroit-born Ted began acting as an extra in his elder brother's Super 8 films.

By the close of the 1980s, Cannon Films had faded from prominence, and Norris' star appeal seemed to go with it. Ted Raimi (born December 14, 1965) is an actor and brother of director Sam Raimi. It has since been renamed KICKSTART. Spider-Man 2 (2004). In 1990, Norris founded the non-profit organization Kick Drugs Out of America. Spider-Man (2002). In 1988, after 30 years of marriage, Norris and Holechek divorced. Primetime Glick (2001) (tv 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. For Love of the Game (1999). 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. Wishmaster (1997). 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. Xena: Warrior Princess (1995) (tv series). He describes Harris as the only man in the world who could get away with doing that to him. Skinner (1995).

Harris taught Norris how to speak by putting his fingers in Norris's mouth, and stretching his mouth wide open. Stuart Saves His Family (1995). While at acting classes his voice and drama coach was Jonathan Harris, of Lost In Space fame. Clear and Present Danger (1994). 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. SeaQuest DSV (1993) (tv series). It was also in 1968 that Norris made his acting debut, in the Dean Martin movie The Wrecking Crew. Born Yesterday (1993).

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. Army of Darkness (1993). Impressed with Norris' ability, Lee began to persuade Norris to try an acting career. Candyman (1992). But another important moment happened in 1964: at a demonstration in Long Beach, Norris met Bruce Lee. Patriot Games (1992). A daughter, Dina followed in 1964, and a second son, Eric, in 1965. Lunatics: A Love Story (1991).

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. Postcards from the Edge (1990). He is also founder of The United Fighting Arts Federation (UFAF). Darkman (1990). Norris has also practiced Judo, Shito-Ryu Karate, and Brazilian jujutsu. Shocker (1989). Mr. Evil Dead II (1987).

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"). Crimewave (1985). hit series Walker, Texas Ranger. Blood Rage (1983). 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. The Evil Dead (1981). He later joined the United States Marine Corps.

It was in South Korea that Norris acquired the nickname Chuck. After marriage, Norris joined the United States Air Force and was sent to South Korea. There, he finished high school and soon married his girlfriend, Diane Holechek. When Norris was 12, his parents divorced and he relocated to California with his mother and brothers.

Norris is part Cherokee (from his father) and part British and Irish (from his mother). A native of Ryan, Oklahoma, Norris has two younger brothers, of which Hollywood producer Aaron Norris is one. 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. Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004).

The Bells of Innocence (2002). The President's Man: A Line in The Sand (TV, 2002). The President's Man (TV, 2000). Martial Law: Honor Among Strangers (2000).

Sons of Thunder (TV, 1999). Informal, El (TV, 1999). The Path of The Dragon (video, 1998). Logan's War: Bound by Honor (TV, 1998).

Chuck Norris: Private Lesson (video, 1997). Forest Warriors (1996). Bruce Lee: The Immortal Dragon (1996). 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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