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CHUCK NORRIS BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:

Chuck Norris was born on March 10th, 1940 in Ryan, Oklahoma with the birth name Carlos Ray Norris, born to parents, Wilma and Ray Norris.  He has two younger brothers and as a child he was kind of shy, not athletic and just a mediocre student.
 
At the age of sixteen his parents divorced and lived with his mother in Kansas for a bit before relocating to Torrance, California.  When he completed high school, he joined the United States Air force and worked as an Air Policeman.  When he was serving in the military, he became interested in Tangsudo which lead him to develop a strong interest in martial arts.
 
Even upon return to California he worked as an Air Policeman at March Air Force base and was also involved in developing an association called United Fighting Arts Federation and also Kickstart with are programs designed to keep at risk youth focused by using martial arts.
 
Norris became a major fighter winning a number of victories and in 1969 he won Karate's triple crow for the most tournament wins of the year.  In 2000, Norris was even presented the Golden Lifetime Achievement Award from the World Karate Union Hall of Fame
 
After gaining a number of years experience as a martial arts fighter, Norris began getting involved in the entertainment industry.  He made his film debut in, "The Wrecking Crew" (1969) and was responsible for teaching Bruce Lee everything he knew about martial arts when the two men became acquainted at a martial arts demonstration in Long Beach, California. 
 
Soon Norris was being cast in more films such as, "Breaker! Breaker!" (1977), "Good Guys Wear Black" (1978), "The Octagon" (1980), "An Eye for an Eye" (1981) and "Lone Wolf McQuade" (1983).
 
As his career progressed many of the films he worked on were with Cannon Films such as, "Code of Science", "The Delta Force" and "Firewalker".  As Cannon films were beginning to faze out so were film opportunities for Norris.  Luckily, Norris did not let this stop him from his continued pursuit of making a living as an actor.  He chose to switch over to television and began working on the series, "Walker, Texas Ranger" (1993) which lasted eight years.
 
Since the show ended, Chuck Norris still can be seen making appearances on a number of infomercials and also does some commercial work. 
 
He also remains involved working for a number of charities such as the Funds for Kids, Veterans Administration National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans, The United Way and Make-A-Wish Foundation.
 
Chuck Norris has married twice.  His first wife was Diane Holechek whom he married in 1958 and after having two children the marriage ended in 1989.  He then married for a second time to Gena O'Kelly in 1998 and they also had two children and remain married today.  He currently resides in Dallas, Texas.


Filmography

2012 The Expendables 2
2005 The Cutter
2005 Walker, Texas Ranger: Trial by Fire
2003 Bells of Innocence
2002 The President's Man: A Line in the Sand 
1993-2001 Walker, Texas Ranger 
2000 The President's Man 
2000 Martial Law
1999 Sons of Thunder 
1998 Logan's War: Bound by Honor 
1996 Forest Warrior
1995 Top Dog 
1994 Hellbound 
1994 Walker Texas Ranger 3: Deadly Reunion
1993 Wind in the Wire
1992 Sidekicks
1991 The Hitman
1990 Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection
1988 Hero and the Terror 
1988 Braddock: Missing in Action III 
1986 Firewalker
1986 The Delta Force
1985 Invasion U.S.A.
1985 Code of Silence
1985 Missing in Action 2: The Beginning 
1984 Missing in Action
1983 Lone Wolf McQuade 
1982 Forced Vengeance 
1982 Silent Rage
1981 An Eye for an Eye
1980 The Octagon
1979 A Force of One 
1978 Good Guys Wear Black 
1977 Breaker! Breaker!
1974 Slaughter in San Francisco
1973 The Student Teachers
1972 The Way of the Dragon
1969 The Wrecking Crew





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