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Brief Biography of Chuck Norris - The Man with Amazing Kick

Updated on November 3, 2018
Chuck Norris at a high school
Chuck Norris at a high school | Source

Chuck Norris is a celebrity figure who does not need introduction as he's a renowned film star. Even though he has retired from acting, his legacy still lives on.

He is famously known for his high-end-kicks. But, there is more to this man than his impressive kicks.

His Early Life

Carlos Ray Norris, the eldest of three sons born to a Cherokee Indian father, Ray Norris and Irish-English mother, Wilma was born on March 10, 1943 in Ryan, Oklahoma, US.A.

His younger brothers Wieland and Aaron were born in 1943 and 1951 respectively. However, Wieland was killed in Vietnam in the year 1970 while serving in the army.

When Chuck Norris was ten-years old, his father and mother divorced. It was his father's addiction to alcohol that led to divorce. Therefore, as an elder brother, he had to help his mother raise his younger brothers. When Norris was twelve-years old, the family moved to California.

At school Norris would be laughed at because of his ethnicity. By then, he was a shy boy, not in a sporty shape and an average achiever academically.

Chuck Norris and son Eric 1997: NASCAR Photography Darryl W Moran
Chuck Norris and son Eric 1997: NASCAR Photography Darryl W Moran | Source

Norris' Family and Careers

Norris met his wife, Diane Holchek, in high school and later they got married in December, 1958. However, after living together for thirty years, they divorced in 1988. From the relationship they had two children: Mike and Eric who were born in 1962 and 1965 respectively.

His second-born child, Dina was born outside marriage. At the age of 16, Dina learned Norris was her father. She wrote a letter to him informing him that she was his daughter.

Not long after getting married, Norris joined the United States Air Force as a Military Policeman (Air Policeman) in 1958. He was sent to Osan Air Base in South Korea. It was in South Korea he earned the nickname 'Chuck.' His interest in martial arts was aroused while in South Korea and as his interest in martial arts increased he commenced to train an Asian from of martial arts known as Tang Soo Do.

Later, he was sent back to United States to continue working as a Military Policeman at March Air Force Base in California. In 1962, Norris was discharged without ever been involved in any form of fighting while working as a Military Policeman. .

After being discharged from the army, Norris worked at Northrop Aviation Corporation but for long.

The rest, as it is said is history.

Norris is a renowned instructor of martial arts. It is no wonder at the age of 34 in 1974, he had opened 32 karate schools.

He has received a number of awards such as World Professional Middle Weight Karate Champion. He has held that position undefeated six times. He is the first westerner to be awarded an eighth degree Black Belt Grand Master ranking.

It is really noteworthy Norris has revolutionized Martial Arts in the United States. In fact, he created his own Martial Arts system called Chun Kuk Do. In English it means 'The Universal Way.'

More than that Norris is the Chairman and Founder of the United Fighting Arts Federation.

Norris has starred in 23 motion pictures. Some of them are:

The Octagon (1980)

An Eye for an Eye (1981)

Lone Wolf McQuade (1983)

Missing in Action (1984)

Missing in Action II - The Beginning (1985)

Missing in Action III - Braddock (1988)

Some of the other films he has starred in are: Delta Force, Code of Silence, Fury of the Dragon, Return of the Dragon (where he played opposite Bruce Lee in 1973), and the latest film Expendables.

Norris has also starred in the popular television series 'Walker, Texas Ranger' which ran for eight-and-a-half-years on CBS after which it ran in other channels. As stated on Chuck Norris official website, "Internationally, it is seen in more than 80 countries worldwide with an average of 1 billion viewers daily." Not only did he starred in the show but he was also the executive producer.

Chuck Norris is not only a film actor but also an author and writer. He is New York Times Bestselling author of three books. One of the books is his autobiography: Against All Odds. He has authored two fiction books: The Justice Riders and A Threat to Justice. Also, he is a columnist with the independent news site: WorldNetDaily.com.

Chuck Norris and Jerry Glanville- NASCAR Photography by Darryl Moran 102
Chuck Norris and Jerry Glanville- NASCAR Photography by Darryl Moran 102 | Source

Chuck Norris has established a number of charities such as: Funds for Kids, United-Make-A-Wish Foundation, Veterans Administration National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans and Kick-Start which is a non-profit organization. Kick-Start which he founded with the assistance of former U.S. President George Bush aims at helping the youth fight against drugs and violence in schools.

As a Christian he has written several books on Christianity.

Politically, he is a conservative. He has donated to several Republican candidates and different causes. He has been donating to charities and Republican candidates since 1988.

Chuck Norris married Gina O' Kelley, his second wife on November 28, 1998 and were blessed with two twins, Danitee Kelley and Dakota Alan. The family lives on their ranch which is near Houston.

Other Awards

Chuck Norris has received numerous awards. The following are some of them.

Karate Instructor of the Year (1975)

Man of the Year (1977)

Fighting Stars Editor’s Award (1979)

8th Degree Black Belt Grand Master (1997)

Honorary Texas Ranger (together with his brother, Aaron) by the governor of Texas (2010)

Golden Lifetime Achievement Award By the World Karate Union Hall Fame (2000)

He has also won Jewish Humanitarian Man of the Year Award

Chuck Norris on the Walk of Fame
Chuck Norris on the Walk of Fame | Source

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