If there is a list of action movie stars with skill and talent, the list won’t be complete without mentioning Chuck Norris. He is an iconic actor who has gone far in the industry with his great martial arts and acting skills in martial arts and has kept us entertained.
No one will believe that as a child he was nothing like that, according to him, he was a shy and unathletic kid, who wasn’t doing so well academically as a result of the kind of childhood he had. Despite all these and more, he found great interest in martial arts and went for it. However, he didn’t stop there as he went ahead to diversify by acting, coaching and writing about it.
He has made lots of achievements for himself, both in his martial art, acting, writing and also producing.
Chuck Norris – Bio, Age
Carlos Ray Norris popularly known as Chuck Norris was born on March 10, 1940, in Ryan, Oklahoma. His parents were Ray Morris and Wilma Scarberry. His father was a mechanic and a driver who fought in the Second World War for the US Army. At the age of twelve, he moved to Prairie Village, Kansas and later on to Torrance in California along with his younger brothers (Wieland and Aaron) and their mother. His parents got divorced when he was sixteen, and the responsibility of helping his mother cater for his siblings fell on him.
He schooled at North Torrance High School and graduated in 1958. His interest in martial art began when he was sent to Osan Air Base in South Korea as an Air Policeman when he joined the US Airforce in 1958; while in South Korea, he trained in Tang Soo Do and went further to learn other aspects of martial arts. He left the force in 1962.
After his service in the Airforce, with the pieces of training he got, he went into martial art competitions and, at first he wasn’t as victorious as he would have wanted to but as time went on he became almost unbeatable and also won awards. He also got the award for fighter of the year. His love for martial art led him to opening schools where people were trained to learn the art.
Bruce Lee met with him in 1968, and they became friends from then on. The Wrecking Crew was his first movie as an actor in 1969. His knowledge of martial arts made him more popular with action movie lovers. He has a boosting career in the industry and his other films and shows are; Good Guys Wear Black – a 1978 movie where he played the lead role, A Force Of One (1979), The Octagon (1980), Silent Rage (1982), Wind In The Fire (1993), The Cutter (2006), and so many others.
Apart from martial art and acting, Norris is also a great writer who has written several books on politics, bodybuilding, martial art, novels and also Christian books being a born-again Christian who doesn’t have any issue discussing his belief, which he holds dearly.
He gained much popularity on the internet at first in 2005 when Ian Spector, a web developer, made a satirical factoid of the actor which he called Chuck Norris Facts, and it actually went viral. Chuck Norris: Bring On the Game, is a video game of the actor made by Gameloft. Norris has also done commercials for several companies.
He is also a great philanthropist who has contributed a lot to the society. His major aim for having martial art school is to help boost the self-esteem of children so as not to get involved in any ill activities such as drugs and others.
His other philanthropic act are his supports for several foundations such as Make A-Wish Foundation, Vijay Amritraj Foundation, an Indian foundation that gives hope to innocent defenseless children who are faced with ill circumstances and tragedy. He also contributes to missions and several institutions.
Family Life – Wife, Children
In 1958, at the age of 18, Chuck Norris got married to Dianne Kay Holechek, his 17-year old classmate from North Torrance High School whom he met in 1956. They had a son together, Mike who was born in 1962. While still married to his wife he had an affair that produced his daughter in 1963. Erica born in 1964 is the second child he had with his wife. They stayed as long as thirty years after which they got separated in 1988, which finally led to a divorce in 1989.
He remarried in 1998, toa younger Gena O’Kelley who was a model; Chuck Norris is twenty-three years younger than Gena and they have twins together, who were born on August 30, 2001. Gena also has two children from her previous marriage.
Where Is He Now, Is He Dead?
Chuck Norris although now advanced in age and no longer as strong and active as he was, which is expected as he has been in the industry for a long time and has done such great work there. But he is still in the industry working on projects. As per 2018, he is still doing commercials for companies and products. This great actor might not be doing much acting now but we are confident that his works will always be heard of, and won’t be forgotten for many more years to come.
There have been rumors going around that the Walker, Texas Ranger actor is dead, but this rumor is totally false because as of the time of this article, he is still hale and hearty and we are not willing to lose him any time soon.