Chuck Norris

  • Birth Name: Carlos Ray Norris Jr.
  • Birth Place: Ryan, Oklahoma, United States
  • Profession: Actor, Martial artist, Writer
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  • Joined the Air Force after high school and was stationed in Korea, where he first became interested in the study of martial arts.
  • From 1968 to 1974, he won six consecutive World Professional MiddleWeight Karate Championships.
  • Appeared opposite martial-arts expert Bruce Lee in Return of the Dragon (1974).
  • In 1990, started a foundation called Kick Drugs Out of America (which later became KickStart) whose objective was to help kids stay away from drugs by giving them martial-arts training.
  • In 1997, was awarded 8th degree Black Belt Grand Master recognition in the Tae Kwon Do system, the first man in the Western Hemisphere to be so honored.
  • An devout Christian, he joined the Board of Directors for the National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools in 2007.
  • In addition to coauthoring his 2004 best-selling memoir Against All Odds: My Story, he cowrote the Western adventure novels The Justice Riders (2006) and A Threat to Justice: A Novel (2007) and penned the nonfiction, politically focused Black Belt Patriotism (2008).
  • Endorsed and campaigned for 2008 Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee.
  • Is the founder of the United Fighting Arts Federation, which governs and teaches the martial-arts style of Chun Kuk Do.

Relationships

  • Aaron Norris — Brother
  • Eric Norris — Son
  • Danilee Norris — Daughter
  • Diane Holecheck — Ex-wife
  • Wilma Norris — Mother
  • Ray Norris — Father
  • Dina — Daughter
  • Gena O'Kelley Norris — Wife
  • Mike Norris — Son
  • Wieland Norris — Brother
  • Dakota Norris — Son

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