Chuck Norris was born in the Oklahoma town of Ryan on March 10, 1940. Chuck, the oldest of the three, described himself as a “shy guy who didn’t do well in school” when he was younger. Norris’s father was an alcoholic who vanished from his life after his divorce. Norris moved to California with his mother and brothers when he was ten years old. He attended “North Torrance High School” in that city. Norris married Diane Holechek, his high school sweetheart, in 1958. In the same year, he enlisted in the United States Air Force. Norris started studying martial arts at Osan Air Force Base in South Korea. In 1962, he quit the military and went to work as a karate teacher.
Norris opened more than 30 karate schools in the 1960s. Priscilla Presley and Steve McQueen were among the celebrities he taught karate to. McQueen asked his mentor to participate in the shooting of one of his films. Norris, in addition to being a trainer, was an avid competitor who competed in many martial arts contests, winning the majority of them. Norris claimed his first world title in karate in the middleweight division in 1968. He successfully defended his title five times, demonstrating that he is a great martial artist. He chose to retire after another win in 1974.
Norris became truly popular after the 1973 film “The Return of the Dragon,” in which he played an episodic role. Norris fought Bruce Lee, the star of martial arts films, in the Coliseum in one of the most critical scenes of the film. Chuck Norris got his first full-fledged appearance in the film “Challenge” in 1977. Despite the fact that critics thought Norris was “tight” and “listless,” audiences appreciated how he gave bad guys a share of justice in the films “Good Guys Walk In Black” and “Forced Revenge.” In the film “Missing,” which was released earlier this year, Norris starred as a former prisoner of war who returns to Vietnam to save the remaining soldiers from captivity in the film, which was released in 1984. He appeared in the film as well as the sequel, which was made in memory of his younger brother Viland, who died in the Vietnam War.
Norris received positive reviews for his performance in the 1985 film “Code of Silence.” In 1986, Norris co-starred in the film “Detachment” Delta with the legendary Lee Marvin, who had previously played only bad guys.
Norris started to appear in fewer films as the 1990s progressed, and he gradually moved from the big screen to the small screen, starring in the television series “Cool Walker: Justice in Texas.” Norris portrayed Cordell Walker, a beloved anti-crime warrior, in the series, which aired for eight years. The series received positive reviews, even after it ended in 2001. Chuck Norris has starred in a number of films since then. He also participated in product ads, appearing in advertisements for fitness equipment.
Chuck Norris has long been a supporter of a number of charitable groups, including the “Make-A-Wish Foundation” and “United Way.” Norris created his charitable organization “Kickstart” in 1992 with the support of then-US President George W. Bush. The organization assists students in learning martial arts, which aids in the growth of respect and discipline in schoolchildren as well as self-esteem.
Norris, who is a Republican Party supporter, took part in the electoral campaign of Republican Party candidates in the United States. In the presidential elections of 1988, he backed George Bush, and in 2008, he backed Mike Huckabee. Chuck Norris, a supporter of the second amendment, fought legislation aimed at restricting gun ownership rights alongside the National Rifle Association of the United States.
Chuck Norris married twice in his life. He has three children from his first marriage to Diana Kholechek. In 1988, the pair divorced. Norris married Gene O’Kelly in 1998, and the couple had twins three years later.
Norris enjoys the speed and has competed in motorboat races. In 1997, he received the title of Grand Master and Black Belt of the eighth degree in the Western Hemisphere, marking a significant milestone in his martial arts career.
Norris, who had contemplative powers, wrote many novels. His autobiography, “The Secret of Internal Power,” was published in 1988 and became a best-seller. Norris published “The Secret Force Inside Us: Zen Solutions for Real Problems” a few years later. Norris was made an honorary Marine in 2007 for his years of service to the military, especially those who were wounded.