Chuck Norris

Actor, Fight choreographer, Screenwriter
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 ... Read more »
Born: 03/10/1940 in Ryan, Oklahoma, USA

Filmography

Actor (60)

The Goldbergs 2015 (Tv Show)

Himself

The Expendables 2 2012 (Movie)

Booker (Actor)

Walker, Texas Ranger: Trial By Fire 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The Cutter 2005 (Movie)

John Shepherd (Actor)

Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story 2004 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Bells of Innocence 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)

American Veteran Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Performer

The President's Man: A Line in the Sand 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

American Veteran Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Martial Law 1992 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sons of Thunder 1995 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Walker, Texas Ranger 1992 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

1st Annual Laureus Sports Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 34th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Presenter

All-Star Moms 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Walker, Texas Ranger: Sons of Thunder 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Forest Warrior 1996 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hollywood's Amazing Animal Actors 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Ralph Emery: On the Record With Randy Travis 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Spotlight With Phyllis George (01/16/96) 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Happy New Year America -- 1994 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Heroes of the Street 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Top Dog 1995 (Movie)

Jake Wilder (Actor)

Deadly Reunion 1994 (Movie)

Cordell Walker (Actor)

Kids in the Crossfire: Violence in America 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Hellbound 1993 (Movie)

Shatter (Actor)

Sidekicks 1993 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Wind in the Wire 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Combat Karate: The World Championships 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hitman 1991 (Movie)

Cliff Garret/Danny Grogan (Actor)

Delta Force II 1990 (Movie)

Colonel Scott McCoy (Actor)

The World's Greatest Stunts 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Presidential Inaugural Gala 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Braddock: Missing in Action III 1988 (Movie)

Colonel James Braddock (Actor)

Hero and the Terror 1988 (Movie)

O'Brien (Actor)

Firewalker 1986 (Movie)

Max Donigan (Actor)

Steve McQueen: Man on the Edge 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Delta Force 1986 (Movie)

Major Scott McCoy (Actor)

Code of Silence 1985 (Movie)

Eddie Cusak (Actor)

Invasion U.S.A. 1985 (Movie)

Matt Hunter (Actor)

Missing in Action 2 - The Beginning 1985 (Movie)

Colonel James Braddock (Actor)

Missing in Action 1984 (Movie)

Colonel James Braddock (Actor)

Lone Wolf McQuade 1983 (Movie)

J J McQuade (Actor)

Forced Vengeance 1982 (Movie)

Josh Randall (Actor)

Silent Rage 1982 (Movie)

Dan Stevens (Actor)

An Eye For an Eye 1980 (Movie)

Sean Kane (Actor)

A Force of One 1979 (Movie)

Matt Logan (Actor)

The Octagon 1979 (Movie)

Scott James (Actor)

Game of Death 1978 (Movie)

Fighter (Actor)

Good Guys Wear Black 1978 (Movie)

John T Booker (Actor)

Breaker, Breaker 1975 (Movie)

Truck Driver (Actor)

Return of the Dragon 1972 (Movie)

Kuda (Actor)

The Wrecking Crew 1968 (Movie)

Garth (Actor)

Logan's War: Bound By Honor (TV Show)

Actor

The President's Man (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (2)

Braddock: Missing in Action III 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Invasion U.S.A. 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (1)

Sidekicks 1993 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Physical Effects (1)

Good Guys Wear Black 1978 (Movie)

martial arts choreography (Stunts)
Other (2)

A Force of One 1979 (Movie)

choreography(fight) (Choreographer)

The Octagon 1979 (Movie)

choreography(karate fights) (Choreographer)

Biography

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.

Relationships

Monica Hall

Companion
Engaged Planned August 1996 wedding, but called it off

Dianne Holecheck

Wife
High school sweethearts Married after graduation on Dec. 29, 1958 Divorced in 1989

Eric Norris Stunts

Son
Born May 20, 1965; mother, Dianne Holecheck Directed father in "The President's Man" (2000) and episodes of "Walker, Texas Ranger"

Carlos Norris

Father

Mike Norris Actor

Son
Born in 1963; mother, Dianne Holecheck Directed father on episodes of "Walker, Texas Ranger"

Aaron Norris Stunt Coordinator

Brother
Born Nov. 23, 1951 Directed brother on episodes of "Walker, Texas Ranger" and served as show's executive producer

Wilma Norris

Mother
Irish

Danilee Norris

Daughter
Born 30, 2001; twin of Dakota; mother, Gena O'Kelley

Dina Norris

Daughter
Born in 1964; mother, Dianne Holecheck

Dakota Norris

Son-In-Law
Born Aug. 30, 2001; twin of Danilee; mother, Gena O'Kelley

Wieland Norris

Brother
Born July 12, 1943 Killed in action during Vietnam War in 1970

Gena O'Kelley

Wife
Born c. 1964 Met in 1997 when she made guest appearance on "Walker, Texas Ranger" Married Nov. 28, 1998

EDUCATION

North Torrance High School

Torrance , California 1958

studied acting with Zina Provendie

Milestones

2012

Joined an all-star cast including Sylvester Stallone and Jason Statham in action sequel "The Expendables 2"

2010

With brother Aaron, named an honorary Texas Ranger by Texas Governor Rick Perry

2007

Filled in for Sean Hannity as a co-host on the popular Fox News Channel debate program "Hannity & Colmes"

2006

Began penning a column for the conservative news website WorldNetDaily

2005

Reprised his role as Cordell Walker in CBS Movie of the Week "Walker, Texas Ranger: Trial By Fire"

2004

Made a cameo appearance in the comedy "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story"

2002

Starred in and produced (with brother Aaron) the CBS political drama "The President's Man: A Line in the Sand"

1996

Became first westerner to be awarded an eighth-degree black belt in Tae Kwan Do

1994

Debuted as song performer of theme song ("Eyes of a Ranger") for "Walker, Texas Ranger"

1993

Best known for playing Cordell Walker on the CBS series "Walker, Texas Ranger"; also executive produced

1993

First film as executive producer, "Sidekicks"

1988

Reteamed with Bruner, writing "Braddock: Missing in Action III"; first time directed by brother Aaron

1985

Reprised role of Col. Braddock in sequel "Missing in Action 2: The Beginning"

1985

Co-wrote (with James Bruner) the screenplay for "Invasion U.S.A."

1984

Scored big hit with "Missing in Action" as Col. James Braddock

1983

Established as a bonafide, crossover box-office star with role of maverick Texas Ranger in "Lone Wolf McQuade"

1979

First succesful film as star, "Good Guys Wear Black"

1976

First starring role, "Breaker, Breaker"

1973

Played a baddie opposite Bruce Lee in "Return of the Dragon"

1970

Karate schools went into debt

1968

Earned the Triple Crown for the highest number of tournament wins; named Fighter of the Year by BLACK BELT magazine

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

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

Was World Middleweight Karate Champion; held title until retired from competition

1962

Began teaching karate

1961

Returned to U.S. from Korea with a black belt in karate and a brown belt in judo

1958

Enlisted in Air Force and sent to Korea (nicknamed 'Chuck' by Air Force buddies); served in military police

1952

Moved to Torrance, CA at age 12; by this time had moved 16 times with family (date approximate)

Became devoted to judo and karate in Oscan, Korea (first studied Tang Soo Du)

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