Chuck Norris Bio
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Carlos Ray Norris
10 March 1940, Ryan, Oklahoma, USA.
'Gena O'Kelley' (28 November 1998 - present)
'Diane Holechek' (1958 - 1988) (divorced); 2 sons
Chuck Norris is an Executive Producer of Walker, Texas Ranger as well
as the actor in the title role. Norris is familiar to fans worldwide
as the star of action films including The Hitman, Delta Force, and
Delta Force II. He also starred in Missing in Action and its sequels,
Firewalker and Sidekicks. Norris was born Carlos Ray in Ryan,
Oklahoma. The eldest of three children, he helped his mother raise
his two younger brothers in Torrance, California, where his family
moved when he was 12. Norris joined the Air Force after graduating
from high school. During a stint in Korea, he began to study the
Asian martial art of Tang Soo Do. After returning home, Norris worked
for Northrop Aviation and moonlighted as a karate instructor. Two
years later, he was teaching full-time and running a number of
martial-arts schools. His students included Steve McQueen, Priscilla
Presley, and the Osmonds. In 1968, Norris became the Professional
World Middleweight Karate Champion. He held the title undefeated
until he retired in 1974. He is a black belt in Tang Soo Do and Tae
Kwan Do, both Korean fighting arts, and knows all forms of the
martial arts. In 1969, he earned the Triple Crown for the highest
number of tournament wins, and was named Fighter of the Year by Black
Belt magazine. By the time he was 34, Norris had established 32
karate schools and had been a champion for six years. In 1996, he
became the first Westerner to be awarded an eighth-degree black belt
in Tae Kwan Do. Norris, who was urged to get into acting by his
friend Steve McQueen, skillfully incorporates his martial-arts
knowledge into his series and feature film projects, stressing action
and technique over violence. He is the author of the books The Secret
of Inner Strength and The Secret Power Within - Zen Solutions to Real
Problems.. He works for many charities, including the Funds for Kids,
Veterans Administration National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans, the
United Way Make-a-Wish Foundation, and Kick Drugs Out of America, a
nonprofit organization he created to help battle drugs and violence
in schools. Norris recently completed production on the television
movie The Hitman: Bound by Honor for broadcast on CBS. He lives on a
ranch when not filming.
-(November 1998) Engaged to Gena O'Kelley
-Campaigned for George Bush in the 1988 U.S. elections.
-Brother of Aaron Norris.
-He has sons named Eric (b. 1965) and Mike (b. 1963)
-Son of Ray and Wilma Norris
-Brother of Wieland Norris, born July 12, 1943
-Was a student of Bruce Lee
-6-time worldchampion in Karate
-Was a karate teacher.
-He was the karate teacher of Steve McQueen. McQueen encouraged him
to pursue a career in acting. McQueen is quoted as telling Norris,
"If you can't do anything else' there's always acting."
-(12 December 2000) Received "Veteran of the Year 2001" honor at the
6th Annual 'American Veteran Awards'.
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