Chuck Norris Biography (1940-)

Full name, Carlos Ray Norris, Jr.; born March 10, 1940, in Ryan, OK; son of Carlos Ray (a mechanic, bus driver, and truck driver) and Wilma (maiden name;Scarberry) Norris; brother of Aaron Norris (a director, writer, and actor); married Dianne Holecheck, December, 1958 (divorced, 1988); married Gena O'Kelley (an actress), November 28, 1998; children: (first marriage) Mike (an actorand director), Eric (a stuntman), Dina (a publicist); (second marriage) Dakota Alan, Danilee Kelley; (stepchildren) Kelley, Tim. Addresses: Office: 144 South Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212.; Agent: The Endeavor Agency, 9701 Wilshire Blvd., Tenth Floor, Beverly Hills, CA 90212-2020.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Actor, martial artist, producer
Birth Details
March 10, 1940
Ryan, Oklahoma, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Appearances
  • Garth (man in House of 7 Joys bar), The Wrecking Crew, Columbia, 1968
  • Chuck Slaughter/Chuck Norris, Slaughter in San Francisco (also known as Chuck vs. the Karate Cop, Karate Cop, Yellow Faced Tiger, and Huang mian lao hu), 1973
  • Karate instructor, The Student Teachers, New World, 1973
  • Kuda (some sources cite role as Colt), Meng long guojiang (also known as Fury of the Dragon, Return of the Dragon, and Way ofthe Dragon), Bryanston, 1973
  • Messenger, Enter the Dragon (also known as The Deadly Three, Operation Dragon, and Long zheng hu dou), Warner Bros., 1973
  • John David Dawes, Breaker! Breaker! (also known as Cindy Jo & the Texas Turnaround), American International Pictures, 1976
  • Himself, Bruce Lee, the Legend, 1977
  • Fighter, Game of Death (also known as Bruce Lee's Game of Death and Si wang you ju), Columbia, 1978
  • John T. Booker, Good Guys Wear Black, Mar Vista, 1978
  • Matt Logan, A Force of One, American Cinema, 1979
  • Scott James, The Octagon, American Cinema, 1980
  • Sean Kane, An Eye for an Eye, Avco-Embassy, 1981
  • Josh Randall, Forced Vengeance, Metro-Golden-Mayer/United Artists,1982
  • Sheriff Dan Stevens, Silent Rage, Columbia, 1982
  • J. J. McQuade, Lone Wolf McQuade, Orion, 1983
  • Colonel James Braddock, Missing in Action, Cannon, 1984
  • Colonel James Braddock, Missing in Action II: The Beginning, Cannon, 1985
  • Eddie Cusack, Code of Silence, Orion, 1985
  • Matt Hunter, Invasion U.S.A., Cannon, 1985
  • Major Scott McCoy, The Delta Force, Cannon, 1986
  • Max Donigan, Firewalker, Cannon, 1986
  • Colonel James Braddock, Braddock: Missing in Action III, Cannon, 1988
  • Herrara "Hero" O'Brien, Hero and the Terror, Cannon, 1988
  • Colonel Scott McCoy, Delta Force II: Operation Stranglehold (alsoknown as Delta Force II: The Columbian Connection), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1990
  • Cliff Garret/Danny Grogan, The Hitman, Cannon, 1991
  • Bruce Lee and Kung Fu Mania, 1992
  • Himself, Curse of the Dragon (also known as Bruce Lee: Curse ofthe Dragon), 1993
  • Himself, Sidekicks, Triumph Releasing, 1993
  • Frank Shatter, Hellbound, Cannon, 1994
  • Jake Wilder, Top Dog, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/LIVE Entertainment, 1995
  • McKenna, Forest Warrior, NuImage/Turner Entertainment, 1996
  • Himself, Path of the Dragon, 1998
  • Himself (in archive footage), Bruce Lee: A Warrior's Journey (alsoknown as A Warrior's Journey), Warner Bros., 2000
  • Himself (in archive footage), Bruce Lee in G.O.D., 2000
  • Matthew, The Bells of Innocence, 2002
  • Film Work: Fight Choreographer
  • Breaker! Breaker! (also known as Cindy Jo & the Texas Turnaround), American International Pictures, 1976
  • Good Guys Wear Black, Mar Vista, 1978
  • A Force of One, American Cinema, 1979
  • The Octagon, American Cinema, 1980
  • Film Work
  • Executive Producer
  • Sidekicks, Triumph Releasing, 1993
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Voice of Chuck Norris, Chuck Norris Karate Kommandos (animated), syndicated, 1986
  • Ranger Cordell "Cord" Walker, Walker, Texas Ranger, CBS, 1993-2001
  • Movies
  • Ranger Cordell "Cord" Walker, Walker, Texas Ranger 3: Deadly Reunion, CBS, 1994
  • Jake Fallon, Logan's War: Bound by Honor, CBS, 1998
  • Joshua McCord, The President's Man, CBS, 2000
  • Joshua McCord, The President's Man: A Line in the Sand, CBS, 2002
  • Specials
  • Himself, The Making of "Lone Wolf McQuade," 1983
  • Himself, One for the Road, 1989
  • The Presidential Inaugural Gala, CBS, 1989
  • Himself, Happy Birthday, Bugs: 50 Looney Years, CBS, 1990
  • Host, World's Greatest Stunts, syndicated, 1990
  • Host, Combat Karate: The World Championships, Showtime, 1992
  • Kids in the Crossfire: Violence in America (documentary), ABC, 1993
  • Wind in the Wire, ABC, 1993
  • Happy New Year America--1994, CBS, 1994
  • Heroes of the Street (documentary), The Family Channel, 1995
  • Himself, Hollywood's Amazing Animal Actors (documentary), TBS, 1996
  • Himself, Ralph Emery: On the Record with Randy Travis, TNN, 1996
  • Himself, Spotlight with Phyllis George, TNN, 1996
  • Himself, Walker: Behind the Scenes with TV's Toughest Hero (documentary), 1996
  • All-Star Moms, CBS, 1997
  • Awards Presentations
  • Host and narrator, Ultimate Stuntman: A Tribute to Dar Robinson, ABC, 1987
  • Presenter, The 34th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, CBS, 1999
  • Presenter, First Annual Laureus Sports Awards, 2000
  • American Veteran Awards (also known as Sixth Annual American Veteran Awards), History Channel, 2001
  • American Veteran Awards (also known as Seventh Annual AmericanVeteran Awards), History Channel, 2002
  • Episodic
  • "Dreams of Glory," Room 222, ABC, 1970
  • "Steve McQueen: Man on the Edge," Crazy about the Movies, Cinemax,1986
  • Himself, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, NBC, 1990
  • Himself, The Late Show with David Letterman (multiple episodes), CBS, 1996
  • Himself, "1999," WCW Monday Nitro (also known as World Championship Wrestling Monday Nitro), TNT, 1999
  • Ranger Cordell "Cord" Walker, "Fighting Back," Sons of Thunder, CBS, 1999
  • Ranger Cordell "Cord" Walker, "Lost & Found," Sons of Thunder,CBS, 1999
  • Ranger Cordell "Cord" Walker, "Moment of Truth," Sons of Thunder,CBS, 1999
  • Ranger Cordell "Cord" Walker, "Thunder by Your Side," Sons of Thunder, CBS, 1999
  • Ranger Cordell "Cord" Walker, "Honor among Strangers," Martial Law, CBS, 2000
  • Appeared in episodes of other series, including The Flip Wilson Show, NBC; and The Howard Stern Show (television broadcast of radio series), E! Entertainment Television.
  • Pilots
  • Ranger Cordell "Cord" Walker, Walker, Texas Ranger: Sons of Thunder (also known as Sons of Thunder), CBS, 1997
  • Television Work
  • Series
  • (Performer of theme song "Eyes of a Ranger") Walker, Texas Ranger,CBS, 1993-2001
  • (Executive producer) Walker, Texas Ranger (series), CBS, 1995-2001
  • (Creator and executive producer) Sons of Thunder, CBS, 1998-1999
  • Executive Producer; Movies
  • (And theme song performer) Logan's War: Bound by Honor, CBS, 1998
  • The President's Man, CBS, 2000
  • The President's Man: A Line in the Sand, CBS, 2002
  • Radio Appearances
  • Episodic
  • Appeared in The Howard Stern Show.
  • RECORDINGS
  • Videos
  • Himself, Dying for a Smoke, 1992
  • Himself, Survivor Series (also known as WWF Survivor Series), 1994
  • Instructor, Chuck Norris: Private Lesson, 1997
  • WRITINGS
  • Screenplays
  • with James Bruner
  • Invasion U.S.A., Cannon, 1985
  • Braddock: Missing in Action III, Cannon, 1988
  • Teleplays
  • Movies
  • Logan's War: Bound by Honor, CBS, 1998
  • Episodic
  • "Lucas: Part 1 & 2," Walker, Texas Ranger, CBS, 1997
  • "Golden Boy," Walker, Texas Ranger, CBS, 2001
  • Pilots
  • Walker, Texas Ranger: Sons of Thunder (also known as Sons of Thunder), CBS, 1997
  • Nonfiction
  • Winning Tournament Karate, Ohara Publications, 1975
  • Toughen Up! The Chuck Norris Fitness System, Bantam Books, 1983
  • (With Joe Hyams) The Secret of Inner Strength: My Story (autobiography), Little, Brown & Company (Boston, MA), 1988
  • The Secret Power Within: Zen Solutions to Real Problems, Little, Brown & Company, 1996

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Periodicals
    • New York Daily News, January 20, 1988
    • New York Times, September 1, 1985
    • People Weekly, July 5, 1999, p. 118; November 13, 2000, pp. 21-22
    Electronic
    • Chuck Norris Official Site, http://www.chucknorris.com, October 23, 2002

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