This modern-day Horatio Alger's father was an alcoholic, his mother raised him and his two brothers for 10 years on welfare, but blond, muscular and mustached Chuck Norris discovered martial arts during a stint in the Air Force, developing self-discipline and self-esteem that have taken him to the top of the entertainment industry. The Professional World Middleweight Karate Champion from 1968 until retiring undefeated in 1974, Norris entered film at the urging of his celebrity karate student Steve McQueen and under the auspices of Bruce Lee, playing the villain opposite Lee in "Return of the Dragon" (1973). He later parlayed his martial arts prowess into a career in gung-ho action movies like "Good Guys Wear Black" (1979), "Lone Wolf McQuade" (1983), his first crack at creating the character of a Texas Ranger, and "Missing in Action" (1984), which spawned two sequels.
Good-looking in a stern-faced yet Robert Redford-ish sort of way, Norris has taken some shots about his acting (TIME once called him "the most successful really terrible actor since Audie Murphy"), but his style has always been appropriate to the conventions of the genre, as he adopted a Charles Bronson style of terse, determined stoicism to the many perils his characters faced. He took his act to TV, headlining the popular series "Walker, Texas Ranger" (CBS, 1993-2001), surprising everyone with its strong showing on Saturday night and eventual rise into the Top 20. Norris takes umbrage at critics who decry his show as the most violent on TV. In the spirit of martial arts, Walker "kicks butt" only as a last resort, always championing right over wrong, and his large, loyal family viewing audience has responded enthusiastically to the show's moral content.
Chuck Norris frequently donates blood to the Red Cross – just never his own.
Chuck Norris does not sleep. He waits.
The chief export of Chuck Norris is pain.
Chuck Norris is currently suing NBC, claiming that “Law and Order” are trademarked names for his left and right legs.
Chuck Norris sold his soul to the devil for his rugged good looks and unparalleled martial arts ability. Shortly after the transaction was finalized, Chuck roundhouse kicked the devil in the face and took his soul back. The devil, who appreciates irony, couldn't stay mad and admitted he should have seen it coming. They now play poker every second Wednesday of the month.
Chuck Norris eats steak for every single meal. Most times he forgets to kill the cow.
If you can see Chuck Norris, he can see you. If you can't see Chuck Norris you may be only seconds away from death.
Chuck Norris doesn't read books. He stares them down until he gets the information he wants.
When Chuck Norris was in middle school, his English teacher assigned an essay: "What is Courage?" Chuck Norris received an "A+" for writing only the words "Chuck Norris" and promptly turning in the paper.