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.