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Chuck Norris Gave Up a Movie Career to Look After His Sick Wife of 22 Years

We all know Chuck Norris for being a movie legend, a star, and a martial arts expert, but perhaps his most admirable of jobs was when he gave up his entire career to be beside his sick wife. It was a challenging time — a moment when he couldn’t take charge of the situation — but he had to do something, even if it seemed impossible.

We at Bright Side were so touched by the couple’s story and determination that we wanted to share it with everyone.

Their relationship escalated fast.

Chuck and Gena Norris met in 1997 just after they completed a small role in a TV series. He grew very interested in Gena so he decided to invite her to Dallas Texas where they could spend some quality time together.

Soon after, their friendship grew into a romantic relationship, and they actually got married the next year in 1998. Even though there is a 23-year difference between them, they have proven that years don’t matter when it comes to love, especially when Chuck decided to say goodbye to his career and stay beside his sick wife.

For a few years, the couple had to face a challenge.

In 2013, when his wife had to do a few MRIs (magnetic resonance imagining) scans, she had to do contrast imaging, which requires receiving an injection of a type of dye, which serves as the “contrast agent.” This highlights tissues, blood vessels, and organs so that the radiologist can find out the extent of an injury or disease.

However, this injection contains “gadolinium” a type of heavy metal with magnetic properties. In this case, Gena was given 3 injections in just 8 days’ time, and it was the reason why she got sick.

At first, doctors couldn’t find the real reason behind Gena’s problem. That’s when Norris realized that nothing was helping and something more serious was happening, and his wife was slowly slipping away from him. “I’ve got to get a hold of somebody.”

“I can take her anywhere in the world, I’m blessed enough to have the money to do that, but where do I take her?” Norris asked. So he called a doctor from Nevada. The moment he explained to the doctor what was happening to Gina, he simply said, “Get her here, right now, it’s critical.”

At that time, Chuck Norris dropped his career to be with her, which made the movie The Expendables 2his last one. He didn’t leave her bedside for 5 months. As his wife recalls, “They were trying to stabilize my condition. My husband slept on the couch next to me and read 17 books. I can laugh now, but it wasn’t fun then.”

Later, in 2015, on the TV show, The Goldbergs, season 3, episode 5, he only voiced the thoughts of Barry Goldberg. However, we can finally see him reappear on screen in season 10, episode 21 of Hawaii Five-0.

Today they’re fighting to help others with the same problems.

Together with his wife Gena, Chuck is raising awareness for the usage of gadolinium for contrast scanning. He said, “Everyone that takes gadolinium is not going to get sick. It’s ones that are sensitive like Gena. I’ve taken them and I’ve never gotten sick. But that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t do something about the other people that are getting sick from the gadolinium.”

Now, even years after the MRI scans and the gadolinium poisoning, Gena needs regular stem cell therapy combined with other treatments in order to heal her central nervous system. But the most important part is that she managed to get through everything with Chuck Norris always by her side.

Together, Chuck and Gena got over every obstacle and celebrated their 22-year anniversary.

For their 22-year anniversary, he shared this with the world “22 years ago I became the luckiest man in the world when Gena and I got married. Happy Anniversary my beautiful wife! There are no words to describe my love and appreciation for you. Thank you for sharing your life with me.”

Would you give up your career to look after a loved one? Now that Chuck is no longer on the big screen, which one of his movies will always stay with you, and why?

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Chuck Norris Lawsuit Claims MRI Agent Poisoned His Wife

By Bruce Y. Lee

Yes, I am writing about a Chuck Norris fight.

[Recently], the martial artist and his wife, Gena Norris, filed a lawsuit in the San Francisco Superior Court, alleging that Gena was poisoned by gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) used for MRI scans. Defendants include GBCA manufacturers such as McKesson Corporation, Bracco S.p.A., and ACIST Medical Systems Inc.

As Ron Leuty described for the San Francisco Business Times, the claim is that in late 2012 Gena Norris began experiencing heart pounding and an “intense burning” in her body after undergoing three MRI scans over an eight-day period. Despite multiple visits to the hospital, her symptoms continued to worsen, until she had to leave Texas and travel as far as China to receive controversial alternative treatments such as chelation therapy and stem cell treatments.

Although reportedly her symptoms have since improved, she still has not returned to normal, as periodically she suffers cramps in her hands and “It feels like a hot poker is going up my spine.” Leuty included a quote from Gena Norris: “I am broken. I don’t blame the doctors at all, because [companies] have been keeping things hidden and in the shadows.”

Egad, can gadolinium (often abbreviated as GAD) really cause all this? Gadolinium is a heavy metal that alone could be highly toxic to humans. However, MRI contrast agents include a chelating agent bound to gadolinium that is supposed to prevent this toxicity.

Radiologists have used GBCAs for MRIs since 1988. The thought is that after the MRI this combination of gadolinium and chelating agent would be rapidly and completely excreted from the body through urine.

However, studies summarized by a review article in Biometals suggest that this is not always the case. Radiologists avoid giving the contrast agents to patients with kidney failure because the patient may not be able to excrete all of the contrast agent and worsening kidney failure (nephrogenic systemic fibrosis) may result. But, as summarized in the review, studies have found that gadolinium may accumulate in different parts of the body, such as the bone, brain, and kidneys, even if the kidneys are functioning normally. In fact, in 2015, the FDA issued a safety announcement that it was investigating the risk of GBCAs building up in the brain. Although the FDA did issue a follow-up announcement this year stating that they have yet to find enough scientific evidence that gadolinium accumulation in the brain can adversely affect health, the thought that something else is sitting in the brain besides thoughts and limericks may be a bit disconcerting.

Indeed, the review article mentioned cell culture and pig studies that have shown how GBCAs can damage kidney cells. There’s also a case report of a 56-year-old woman who developed kidney failure after getting a GBCA and two case reports of patients suffering pancreatitis. Studies in mice have demonstrated that GBCAs may result in decreases in white blood cell counts, increases in inflammatory cytokines, and changes in liver cells. And injecting rats with GBCA seemed to produce neurological problems such as tremor, difficulties with coordination and balance, and behavioral problems. Moreover, in a 2009 issue of the American Journal of Neuroradiology, radiologists Ferdinand Hui, MD, and Mark Mullins, MD, PhD, reported on a patient who developed encephalopathy after receiving a GBCA for an MRI.

Of course, case studies and animal studies are not the same as more extensive human studies, and GAD can play a crucial beneficial role, helping doctors better find and evaluate abnormalities. So don’t roundhouse kick GBCAs just yet. However, all of this suggests that a closer look at the safety of GBCAs (including more rigorous scientific studies) may be necessary.

Will the Norris lawsuit be successful, do the claims have merit, and will more claims of GBCA toxicity emerge as a result of Norris bringing more attention to GBCAs? Time and the details of what actually happened to Gena Norris will tell.

Bruce Y. Lee is a contributor at Forbes.

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Pharma company denies poisoning Chuck Norris' wife, urges judge to toss $10 million lawsuit

Carey Hart is recovering after replacing a disc in his neck.

The motocrosser, who married Pink in 2006, gave a medical update on Instagram after the surgery, indicating he felt "awesome."

"I'm about three hours after post-op," he said. "Feel awesome, understandably, pains meds, anesthesia, all that stuff. Been up on my feet three times now. This one's been a breeze, even the back one was pretty easy."

The 46-year-old maintained his sense of humor while posting a photo of a small pouch containing his blood that drained from his neck. "Anyone want an organic bloody mary?" he joked. 

The surgery is actually Carey's second within two weeks to repair his neck.

"One down and one to go!!!!! Lower spine disc replacement was a success!!!" he said on Sept. 23 after the first surgery. "Glad my fusion has some company with the M6 disc replacement."

In a video after that first surgery, Pink filmed her husband walking around the hospital four hours post operation.

"I can totally be back on my motorcycle in like two weeks," he joked at the time. Pink responded, "Yeah, that's not gonna happen." 

Throughout both surgeries, Carey profusely thanked the staff and doctors at the DISC Sports & Spine Center.


To say that Carey has had surgery before would be a gross understatement, having once told the Boozed And Bruised podcast that he stopped counting his broken bones when it "got into the eighties."

In a 2014 chat with Rolling Stone, the father of two said, "I've broken everything you could imagine."

"I can't tell you how many times I've been laying in the dirt, something broken, bone sticking out, just thinking 'Why the f*** do I keep doing this?'" he continued. "But you go to the hospital, you get stitched up, or bolted back together, and you go home and heal, and eventually you start to forget the injury and start to miss your motorcycle."


Chuck Norris Says His Wife Was ‘Poisoned’ in $10 Million Lawsuit Against Drug Companies

Forget the fists and feet — Chuck Norris is using a lawsuit to do his fighting this time.

“Walker, Texas Ranger” star Norris and his wife Gena Norris have filed suit against a number of companies, including McKesson Corporation and Bracco Diagnostics Inc., claiming that Gena was “poisoned” by substances she was injected with while undergoing MRI procedures.

“Gena Norris was poisoned by free gadolinium and sustained gadolinium deposition disease following an otherwise routine MRI procedure. She was hospitalized numerous times when she suffered multiple, debilitating bouts of pain and burning throughout her body following the MRIs and resulting gadolinium poisoning,” the suit reads. “Some of Gena’s long-term injuries include cognitive deficits, body pain and burning; kidney damage; loss of energy and mobility; and difficulty breathing due to rib damage.”

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The suit, which says that the Norris family has spent “millions of dollars” to save Gena’s life, is “seeking money damages from the drug companies in excess of $10 million.”

According to the suit, Gena Norris was administered the drugs ProHance and MultiHance, and nearly five years after the alleged poisoning, continues to require “regular stem cell therapies and other treatments to heal her central nervous system.”

The suit states that Gena Norris has experienced “burning pain in [her] abdomen and throughout her body; violent shaking; tremors; clouded mentation; confusion; weakness” as well as other symptoms.

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According to the suit, filed Wednesday in San Francisco Superior Court, gadolinium “is a highly toxic heavy metal” that “does not occur naturally in the human body,” and that the FDA recently said it will require additional warnings for gadolinium-based contrast agents, several of which have been banned in Europe.

TheWrap has reached out to McKesson for comment on the lawsuit. Bracco had no comment on the lawsuit specifically, but said in a statement that it “stands behind the safety of all of its products, the magnetic resonance (MR) contrast agents MultiHance and ProHance included.”

Gadolinium deposition disease, the suit states, “GDD is a man-made disease. It only occurs in patients who have received a gadolinium-based contrast agent for an MRI or an MRA.”

“Had Plaintiff and/or her healthcare providers been warned about the risks associated with gadolinium-based contrast agents … she would not have been administered gadolinium-based contrast agents and would not have been afflicted with GDD,” the suit continues.

The suit alleges negligence, fraud misrepresentation, negligent misrepresentation and other counts.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.

11 Hollywood Stars in the NRA: From Chuck Norris to James Earl Jones (Photos)

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    The National Rifle Association has stood up for gun owners for years, but come under heavy criticism for opposing gun control after mass shootings from San Bernardino to Orlando. Some celebrity members of the group have stood by it, while others have distanced themselves from certain stances.

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    Arguably the most famous Hollywood star associated with the NRA was Charlton Heston, who served as its president from 1998 to 2003 before stepping down after an Alzheimers diagnosis. (He died in April 2008.)

  • Ted Nugent

    Rock musician Ted Nugent is one of the NRA's most outspoken members. In January 2015, on the organization's radio show, he called NRA opponents "subhuman mongrels" and "some kind of inbred Martian."

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    NBA Hall of Famer Karl Malone is an avid hunter and has served on the NRA Board. But he angered some gun owners when he spoke to Sports Illustrated about those who buy guns for their protection: "The big picture is that guns won't protect you. If someone really wanted to get you, they would."

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    "Walker, Texas Ranger" star Chuck Norris has a long history as an avid NRA spokesperson, creating videos supporting the Second Amendment and NRA initiatives including the "Trigger The Vote" campaign.

  • NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 18: Actor Tom Selleck attends the 2nd Annual Paleyfest of "Blue Bloods" at the Paley Center For Media on October 18, 2014 in New York, New York. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/Getty Images)

    Actor Tom Selleck got into a heated debate with Rosie O'Donnell in 1999 when she questioned him about being a member of the NRA. In 2013, shortly after the Sandy Hook school shootings, MSNBC pundit Lawrence O'Donnell said that it was time to "question Selleck's humanity" after the actor's silence on the matter.

  • In 2014, an online petition circulated demanding the Glastonbury music festival remove Metallica from the schedule because its frontman, James Hetfield, is an NRA member with a history of hunting. Hetfield narrated the History Channel series "The Hunt," about a trek to Kodiak, Alaska, to kill brown bears. When it comes to gun control, however, Hetfield said in 2013: "I don’t want to make it easier for someone to have an assault weapon, but I also want to be able to protect my family."

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    In 2012, Whoopi Goldberg revealed on "The View" that she is a member of the NRA during an interview with libertarian writer and TV pundit John Stossel. "I don’t mind having to register and let them know that I have them," Goldberg said. "I want to know that there’s at least some way to prevent folks who are just getting out from mental institutions [from getting guns].”

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    James Earl Jones wrote about being a NRA member in his 1993 self-titled autobiography: "I just throw the political mail from the NRA into the trash ... When it comes to the right-wing politics of the NRA, I don’t get into that. I just believe in my right to have a gun in my house.”

  • After the Sandy Hook school shootings in December 2012, West Coast Choppers founder Jesse James wrote a Facebook post supporting the NRA and objecting to gun control laws in some states. "People that should not have guns will still find a way to get them. Please join the NRA now," he wrote.

  • Miranda Lambert at the 50th Annual ACM Awards

    Country singer Miranda Lambert is a lifetime NRA member and an outspoken gun rights advocate. At the 2016 American Country Music awards, she showed up on the red carpet sporting pink stilettos with a tiny gun and holster strapped to the front.

  • In a 2002 interview with The Guardian, director Michael Moore talked about how he got a NRA lifetime membership as part of a stunt for his documentary, "Bowling For Columbine." He mentioned he had planned to run against Charlton Heston for the group's presidency, but gave up on the plan. The NRA president is voted on by board members, rather than the entire organization.


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Chuck norris says MRI dye harmed wife's brain, but study finds no link

(HealthDay)—Despite recent claims from actor Chuck Norris that a dye commonly used during MRI scans seriously sickened his wife, a new study finds no evidence to support such a link.

The substance in question is gadolinium. It's a metal found in contrast agents that are injected into the body during an MRI scan, to enhance the quality of the images.

Earlier this month, Norris filed a lawsuit alleging that his wife fell ill after being exposed to gadolinium during MRI scans.

The suit says that Gena Norris was left weak, tired and suffering bouts of pain and burning sensations.

Doctors have been using gadolinium-based agents for 30 years—totaling more than 300 million doses, said Dr. Vikas Gulani, an associate professor of radiology at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

But, Gulani explained, researchers have only recently discovered that trace amounts of the metal can be left behind in the brain.

In September, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration panel called for a warning to be added to the agents' labels. The warning specifies that trace amounts of gadolinium may be retained in various organs, including the skin, bone and brain.

The big question remains, though: What, if any, are the harms?

The new findings, from a study of nearly 4,300 older adults, offer some reassurance. Researchers found no evidence that gadolinium exposure was related to faster mental decline over several years.

"The key issue is, if (this) substance deposits in trace amounts in the brain, are there any harms?" said Gulani, who was not involved in the new study.

He said this study is one of the first to address that question in a "meaningful way."

"This gives us a critical piece of information," Gulani said.

The report was based on 4,261 older adults who were part of a study looking at the natural course of "cognitive impairment"—milder problems with memory and thinking skills—and full-blown dementia.

At the outset, the participants had an average age of 72 and had no signs of impairment. About one-quarter had ever received a gadolinium-based agent during an MRI—typically within the past two to nine years.

Overall, there was no clear link between gadolinium exposure and older adults' risk of cognitive decline over the next few years.

Nor was there any evidence that gadolinium exposure sped up people's progression from milder impairment to dementia.

Dr. Robert McDonald, of the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minn., led the study. He was scheduled to present the findings Wednesday at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America, in Chicago. Research presented at meetings should be considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.

"This study provides useful data that at the reasonable doses 95 percent of the population is likely to receive in their lifetime, there is no evidence at this point that gadolinium retention in the brain is associated with adverse clinical outcomes," McDonald said in a news release from the meeting.

For now, the FDA says that gadolinium agents have only one known health risk: A "small subgroup" of kidney failure patients has developed a rare skin condition that causes a painful thickening of the skin.

"At this point," Gulani said, "we are not aware of any harms from these agents being retained in the brain."

Still, he added, the latest study does not rule out that possibility. There are still open questions—including whether gadolinium exposure could be related to other neurological issues, like movement problems.

Gadolinium-based agents help brighten tissues in MRI scans, and are considered an important part of getting accurate diagnoses—for everything from cancer, to heart conditions, to liver disease.

So, Gulani said, any theoretical risks from the agents have to be balanced against their proven benefits.

Still, there are cases where an MRI can be done without a contrast agent, Gulani noted. "It's reasonable for patients to ask their doctor whether it's needed or not," he said.

Gulani helped craft the latest recommendations from the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine on using MRI contrast agents. They say that if a gadolinium-based agent is not necessary, it should be skipped.

"It's just like with any other medication," Gulani said. "If you don't need it, don't use it."

More information: The FDA has more on gadolinium-based contrast agents.

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Chuck Norris’ Wife FATAL ILLNESS Made Them Pull TOGETHER - The Celebritist

Actor Chuck Norris and his wife, Gena, are suing 11 medical companies after they say she was poisoned by a drug used during a routine MRI scan. The drug is a contrast agent, which enhances MRI images and helps with diagnosis.

The companies that make contrast agents say they are safe and have been used to aid in the treatment of millions of patients, but the Norrises aren't the only ones complaining about the side effects and Gena hopes their lawsuit brings more attention to the issue, reports CBS News correspondent Anna Werner.

"I couldn't think any more, any type of cognition, being able to articulate, my memory, I had muscle wasting," Gena said.
"Nothing's going on here, she's dying, she's dying right in front of me here at this hospital," Chuck said.
MRI's help doctors diagnose disease by taking pictures inside the body. Sometimes doctors inject a drug called a contrast agent during the procedure, to get sharper images. The Norrises blame a gadolinium-based agent for her health problems saying in their lawsuit that she developed gadolinium deposition disease, with symptoms including burning pain, violent shaking and confusion, along with "kidney damage."  
"We have clients who have been misdiagnosed with Lyme disease, ALS, and then they've eventually ruled all those things out and the culprit remaining is the gadolinium," said the couple's attorney Todd Walburg.


Drug distributor McKesson said it's "reviewing the complaint" and "will respond in a timely manner." The maker of the drug said it "takes patient safety very seriously and stands behind the safety of all its products."

"What we know is that gadolinium, this dye that's used, can actually deposit in tissue, that's known now. What we don't know is that it is actually associated with symptoms in patients," said CBS News medical contributor Dr. David Agus.

Agus said he doesn't want patients to be scared of a test that could save their life.

 "These are critical tests. I don't want worry initially, without real substantive data, to actually stress people out," Agus said.

That's a point that Gena agrees with. "We don't want to see that go away. It saves countless lives and that needs to stay," Gena said.

But she says had she thought there were risks, she would not have allowed the drug to be used. "For all those people that are thinking about getting an MRI, there needs to be some stricter warnings."

The FDA started looking at this in 2015 and earlier this year said it had not identified any harmful effects from gadolinium that stayed in the brain.

But in September, an advisory committee did vote to change the drug labels to warn that some of the chemical may remain in certain organs, and recommended risk minimization steps for specific patient populations.

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American martial artist, actor, film producer and screenwriter

For other people named Chuck Norris, see Chuck Norris (disambiguation).

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Norris in 2015


Carlos Ray Norris

(1940-03-10) March 10, 1940 (age 81)

Ryan, Oklahoma, U.S.

OccupationActor, martial artist, film producer, screenwriter, air policeman (U.S. Air Force)
Years active1968–present
Political partyRepublican

Dianne Holechek

(m. 1958; div. 1989)​

Gena O'Kelley

(m. 1998)​
Children5, including Mike and Eric Norris
Websitechucknorris.comEdit this at Wikidata
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Carlos Ray "Chuck" Norris (born March 10, 1940) is an American martial artist, actor, film producer, and screenwriter. He is a black belt in Tang Soo Do, Brazilian jiu jitsu and judo.[1] After serving in the United States Air Force, Norris won many martial arts championships and later founded his own discipline Chun Kuk Do. Shortly after, in Hollywood, Norris trained celebrities in martial arts. Norris went on to appear in a minor role in the spy filmThe Wrecking Crew (1969). Friend and fellow martial artist Bruce Lee invited him to play one of the main villains in Way of the Dragon (1972). While Norris continued acting, friend and student Steve McQueen suggested him to take it seriously. Norris took the starring role in the action film Breaker! Breaker! (1977), which turned a profit. His second lead Good Guys Wear Black (1978) became a hit, and he soon became a popular action film star.

Norris went on to star in a streak of bankable independently-made action and martial arts films, with A Force of One (1979), The Octagon (1980), and An Eye for an Eye (1981). This made Norris an international celebrity. He went on to make studio films like Silent Rage (1982) with Columbia, Forced Vengeance (1982) with MGM, and Lone Wolf McQuade (1983) with Orion. This led Cannon films to sign Norris into a multiple film deal, starting with Missing in Action (1984), which proved to be very successful and launched a trilogy. Norris started to work almost exclusively on high-profile action films with Cannon, becoming their leading star during the 1980s. Films with Cannon included Invasion U.S.A (1985), The Delta Force (1986), Firewalker (1986), etc. Apart from the Cannon films, Norris made Code of Silence (1985), which was received as one of his best films. In the 1990s, he played the title role in the long running television series Walker, Texas Ranger from 1993 until 2001. Until 2006, Norris continued taking lead roles in action movies, including Delta Force 2 (1990), The Hitman (1991), Sidekicks (1992), Forest Warrior (1996), The President's Man and its sequel (2002). Norris made his last film appearance to date in Sylvester Stallone's The Expendables 2 (2012).

Throughout his film and TV career Norris diversified from his regular endeavors. He is a noted writer, having penned books on martial arts, exercise, philosophy, politics, Christianity, western novels, and biography. He was twice a New York Times bestselling author, first with his book on his personal philosophy of positive force and the psychology of self-improvement based on personal anecdotes called The Secret of Inner Strength: My Story (1988). His second New York Times Best Seller, Black Belt Patriotism: How to Reawaken America (2008), was about his critique on current issues in the USA. Norris also appeared in several commercials endorsing several products most notably being one of the main spokespersons for the Total Gym infomercials. In 2005, Norris found a new fame on the Internet when Chuck Norris facts became an Internet meme documenting humorous, fictional and often absurd feats of strength and endurance. Although Norris himself did not produce the "facts", he was hired to endorse many products that incorporated Chuck Norris facts in advertising, the phenomenon resulted in six books (two of them New York Times best sellers), two video games, and several appearances on talk shows, such as Late Night with Conan O'Brien where he read the facts or participated in sketches.

Early life

Norris was born in Ryan, Oklahoma, on March 10, 1940,[2] to Wilma (née Scarberry) and Ray Dee Norris, who was a World War IIArmy soldier,[3] a mechanic, bus driver, and truck driver. Norris has stated that he has Irish and Cherokee roots.[3][4] Norris was named after Carlos Berry, his father's minister.[3] He was the oldest of three brothers, the younger two being Wieland and Aaron. When Norris was sixteen, his parents divorced,[5] and he later relocated to Prairie Village, Kansas and then to Torrance, California with his mother and brothers.[4]

Norris has described his childhood as downbeat. He was nonathletic, shy, and scholastically mediocre.[6] His father, Ray, worked intermittently as an automobile mechanic, and went on alcohol drinking binges that lasted for months at a time. Embarrassed by his father's behavior and the family's financial plight, Norris developed a debilitating introversion that lasted for his entire childhood.[7]


1958 to 1968: United States Air Force and martial arts breakthrough

He joined the United States Air Force as an Air Policeman (AP) in 1958 and was sent to Osan Air Base, South Korea. It was there that Norris acquired the nickname Chuck and began his training in Tang Soo Do (tangsudo), an interest that led to black belts in that art and the founding of the Chun Kuk Do ("Universal Way") form.[8] When he returned to the United States, he continued to serve as an AP at March Air Force Base in California.

Norris was discharged from the U.S. Air Force in August 1962. Following his military service, Norris applied to be a police officer in Torrance, California. While on the waiting list, Norris opened a martial arts studio.[9]

Norris started to participate in martial arts competitions. He was defeated in his first two tournaments, dropping decisions to Joe Lewis and Allen Steen. He lost three matches at the International Karate Championships to Tony Tulleners. By 1967, Norris had improved enough that he scored victories over the likes of Vic Moore. On June 3, Norris won the 1967 tournament of karate, Norris defeated seven opponents, until his final fight with Skipper Mullins.[10] On June 24, Norris was declared champion at the S. Henry Cho's All-American Karate Championship at the Madison Square Garden, taking the title from Julio LaSalle and defeating Joe Lewis.[11][12][13] During this time, Norris also worked for the Northrop Corporation and opened a chain of karate schools, including a storefront school in his then-hometown of Torrance, CA on Hawthorne Boulevard. Norris's official website lists celebrity clients at the schools; among them Steve McQueen, Chad McQueen, Bob Barker, Priscilla Presley, Donny Osmond and Marie Osmond.[14]

In early 1968, Norris suffered the tenth and final loss of his career, losing an upset decision to Louis Delgado. On November 24, 1968, he avenged his defeat to Delgado and by doing so won the Professional Middleweight Karate champion title, which he then held for six consecutive years.[5] On April 1, Norris successfully defended his All-American Karate Championship title, in a round robin tournament, at the Karate tournament of champions of North America Sunday.[15] Again that year, Norris won for the second time the All-American Karate Championship. It was the last time Norris participated and retired undefeated.[16][17] While competing, Norris met Bruce Lee, who at the time was known for the TV series The Green Hornet. They developed a friendship, as well as a training and working relationship.

In 1969, during the first weekend of August, Norris defended his title as world champion at the International Karate Championship. The competition included champions from most of the fifty states as well as a half dozen from abroad who joined for the preliminaries.[18] Norris retained his title.[19] Norris won Karate's triple crown for the most tournament wins of the year, and the Fighter of the Year award by Black Belt magazine. That year, Norris made his acting debut in the Dean Martin film The Wrecking Crew.

1970 to 1978: Early roles and breakthrough

In 1972, he acted as Bruce Lee's nemesis in the widely acclaimed martial arts movie Way of the Dragon (titled Return of the Dragon in its U.S. distribution). The film grossed HK$5,307,350.50 at the Hong Kong box office, beating previous records set by Lee's own films, The Big Boss and Fist of Fury, making it the highest-grossing film of 1972 in Hong Kong. The Way of the Dragon went on to gross an estimated US$130 million worldwide.[20] The film is credited with launching him toward stardom.

In 1973, Norris played a role in Jonathan Kaplan's The Student Teachers.[21]

In 1974, actor Steve McQueen, who was his martial art student and friend at the time, saw his potential and encouraged him to begin acting classes at MGM. That same year, he played the supporting role of the main antagonist in Lo Wei's Yellow Faced Tiger.[22] Norris plays a powerful drug king in San Francisco, where he dominates the criminal world including the police department. He is eventually challenged by a young police officer who stands up to corruption.[23] The film played theatrically in the US in 1981 as Slaughter in San Francisco.[24] It was noticed that it was an older low-budget film announcing Norris as the lead. The film played as a double-bill to other action and genre film. It was described as a low budget martial arts actioner taking advantage of Norris's fame.[25][26][27]

In 1975, he wrote his first book Winning Tournament Karate on the practical study of competition training for any rank. It covers all phases of executing speedy attacks, conditioning, fighting form drills, and one-step sparring techniques.[28]

Norris's first starring role was 1977's Breaker! Breaker!.[29] He chose it after turning down offers to do many martial art films, Norris decided that he wanted to do films that had story and where the action would take place when it is emotionally right. The low budget film turned out to be very successful.[30]

In 1978, Norris starred Good Guys Wear Black.[31] He considers it to be his first significant lead role. No studio wanted to release it, so Norris and his producers four-walled it, renting the theaters and taking whatever money came in.[32] The film did very well; shot on a $1 million budget, it made over $18 million at the box office.[33] Following years of kung fu film imports from Hong Kong action cinema during the 1970s, most notably Bruce Lee films followed by Bruceploitation flicks, Good Guys Wear Black launched Chuck Norris as the first successful homegrown American martial arts star, having previously been best known as a villain in Lee's Way of the Dragon. Good Guys Wear Black distinguished itself from earlier martial arts films with its distinctly American setting, characters, themes, and politics, a formula which Norris continued to develop with his later films.[34]

1979 to 1983: Action film star

In 1979, Norris starred in A Force of One, where he played Matt Logan, a world karate champion who assists the police in their investigation.[35] The film was developed while touring for Good Guys Wear Black. Again no studio wanted to pick it up, but it out-grossed the previous film by making $20 million at the box office.[32][36]

In 1980, he released The Octagon, where his character must stop a group of terrorists trained in the ninja style.[37] Unlike his previous films this time the studios were interested. American Cinema Releasing distributed it and it made almost $19 million at the box office.[32][38]

In 1981, he starred in Steve Carver's An Eye for an Eye.[39]

In 1982, he had the lead in the action horror film Silent Rage.[40] It was his first film released by a major studio Columbia Pictures.[41] Norris plays a sheriff who must stop a psychopath on a rampage. Shortly afterward MGM gave him a three-movie deal and that same year, they released Forced Vengeance (1982). Norris was unhappy with the direction they wanted to take with him, hence the contract was canceled.[32]

In 1983, Norris made Lone Wolf McQuade with Orion Pictures and Carver directing.[42] He plays a reckless but brave Texas Ranger who defeats an arms dealer played by David Carradine. The film was a worldwide hit and had a positive reception from movie critics, often being compared to Sergio Leone's stylish Spaghetti Westerns. The film became the inspiration for Norris's future hit TV show Walker, Texas Ranger. Film critic Roger Ebert gave the film a 3.5 star rating, calling the character of J.J. McQuade worthy of a film series and predicting the character would be a future classic.[43][44][45] The same year, he also published a book on exercises called Toughen Up! the Chuck Norris Fitness System.[46] Also in 1983, Xonox produced the video game Chuck Norris Superkicks for the Commodore 64, Commodore VIC-20, Atari 2600, and Colecovision. The game combines two types of gameplay: moving through a map, and fighting against enemies. The player takes control of Chuck Norris who has to liberate a hostage. It was later sold as Kung Fu Superkicks when the license for the use of the name Chuck Norris expired.

1984 to 1988: Mainstream success

In 1984, Norris starred in Joseph Zito's Missing in Action.[47] It's the first of a series of POW rescue fantasies, where he play Colonel James Braddock. Produced by Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus and released under their Cannon Films banner, with which he had signed a multiple movie deal.[48] Norris later dedicated these films to his younger brother Wieland, who was a private in the 101st Airborne Division, and had been killed in June 1970 in Vietnam while on patrol in the defense of Firebase Ripcord.[49] The film was a huge success and Norris became Cannon's most prominent star of the 1980s.

Missing in Action 2: The Beginning premiered on March 1, 1985.[50] It is a prequel to the first installment, about the time Colonel James Braddock was held in a North Vietnamese POW camp.[51][52]Orion Pictures released Code of Silence on May 3.[53] It received positive reviews and was also a box office success.[54][55][56][57]Code of Silence is a crime drama, and features Norris as a streetwise plainclothes officer who takes down a crime czar. Invasion U.S.A. premiered on September 27, with Zito directing.[58]

On February 14, 1986, Menahem Golan's The Delta Force premiered. Norris co-stars with Lee Marvin.[59] They play leaders of an elite squad of Special Forces troops who face a group of terrorists. The Delta Force was a box office success. In October, Ruby-Spears' cartoon Karate Kommandos first aired. The animated show lasted 6 episodes. In it, Norris voices a cartoon version of himself who leads a United States government team of operatives known as the Karate Kommandos. Marvel made a comic book adaptation. On November 21, J. Lee Thompson's Firewalker was released.[60] In it, Norris and Louis Gossett Jr. play adventurers.[61]

In 1987, he published the New York Times Best SellerThe Secret of Inner Strength: My Story. It is about his self-improvement philosophy.[62]

On January 2 1988, Braddock: Missing in Action III premiered, Norris returned to the title role and his brother Aaron Norris directed.[63] On August 28, Norris starred in Hero and the Terror directed by William Tannen.[64] In it Norris stars as a cop investigating a serial killer.[65]

1989 to 1999: Subsequent success

By 1990, his films had collectively grossed over $500 million worldwide . By this time, he had drawn comparisons to both Bruce Lee and Clint Eastwood, sometimes called the "blonde Bruce Lee" for his martial arts film roles while his "loner" persona was compared to the Eastwood character Dirty Harry.[66] That same year, MGM acquired the Cannon Films library. Norris continued making films with Aaron, who directed him in Delta Force 2,[67]The Hitman,[68]Sidekicks (1993).[69], Hellbound (1994), Top Dog (1995),[70] and Forest Warrior (1996).[71]

In 1993, he began shooting the action series Walker, Texas Ranger. The show is centered on Sergeant Cordell Walker (Norris), a Dallas–Fort Worth–based member of the Texas Rangers, a state-level bureau of investigation, and is about his adventures fighting criminals with his partner James Trivette. It lasted eight seasons on CBS and continued in syndication on other channels, notably the Hallmark Channel.[72] The show was very successful in the ratings throughout its run, ranking among the Top 30 programs from 1995 until 1999, and ranking in the Top 20 in both the 1995–1996 and 1998–1999 seasons. In 1999, Norris produced and played Walker in a supporting role in the Walker, Texas Ranger spin-off Sons of Thunder. This year, also playing the role of Walker, Norris acted a in crossover episode of the Sammo Hung's TV show Martial Law. For another crossover, Hung also appeared as his character in Walker, Texas Ranger.

Separately from Walker, Texas Ranger, on August 25 1993, the Randy Travistelevision specialWind in the Wire first aired. Norris was among the guests.[73] At the 1994 edition of the World Wrestling Federation (WWF)'s Survivor Series event, Norris was the special outside enforcer for the casket match between The Undertaker and Yokozuna.[74] During the match, Norris delivered a roundhouse kick to an interfering Jeff Jarrett.[75] In 1996, Norris wrote the book The Secret Power Within: Zen Solutions to Real Problems.[76] Since 1997, Norris has appeared with Christie Brinkley in a long-running series of cable TV infomercials promoting Total Gym home fitness equipment.[77] On November 1, 1998, CBS premiered Michael Preece's television film Logan's War: Bound by Honor, starring Norris and Eddie Cibrian[78] The television film was ranked third among the thirteen most viewed shows of that week.[79]

2000 to 2005: Subsequents films and internet fame

In the early 2000s, Norris starred as a secret agent in the CBS's television films The President's Man (2000) and The President's Man: A Line in the Sand.(2002).[80]

In 2003, Norris played a role in the supernaturalChristian filmBells of Innocence.[81][additional citation(s) needed] That same year, he acted in one episode of the TV show Yes, Dear.[82]

In 2004, Rawson Marshall Thurber's comedyDodgeBall: A True Underdog Story was released.[83] Norris plays himself as a judge during a dodgeball game. Described by critics as raunchy comedy that delivers for many, it grossed $167.7 million.[84]

That same year, he published his autobiography Against All Odds: My Story.

In 2005, Norris founded the World Combat League (WCL), a full-contact, team-based martial arts competition, of which part of the proceeds are given to his Kickstart Kids program.[85]

On October 17, 2005, CBS premiered the Sunday Night Movie of the Week Walker, Texas Ranger: Trial by Fire. The production was a continuation of the series, and not scripted to be a reunion movie. Norris reprised his role as Cordell Walker for the movie. He has stated that future Walker, Texas Ranger Movie of the Week projects are expected; however, this was severely impaired by CBS's 2006–2007 season decision to no longer regularly schedule Movies of the Week on Sunday night.

Norris during a promotion ceremony at Camp Taqaddum in the Al Anbarprovince of Iraq on November 2, 2006

Chuck Norris facts originally started appearing on the Internet in early 2005. Created by Ian Spector, they are satirical factoids about Norris. Since then, they have become widespread in popular culture. The 'facts' are normally absurd hyperbolic claims about Norris's toughness, attitude, virility, sophistication, and masculinity. Norris has written his own response to the parody on his website, stating that he does not feel offended by them and finds some of them funny,[86] claiming that his personal favorite is that they wanted to add his face to Mount Rushmore, but the granite is not hard enough for his beard.[87] At first it was mostly college students exchanging them, but they later became extremely widespread.[88]

From that point on, Norris started to tour with the Chuck Norris facts appearing on major talk shows, and even visiting the troops in Iraq, for morale boosting appearances.[89]

2006 to present day: current works

In 2006, he starred in the film The Cutter, where he plays a detective on a rescue mission.[90] That year time he published the novel The Justice Riders, co-written with Ken Abraham, Aaron Norris, and Tim Grayem.[91]

On November 29, 2007, Gotham Books, the adult division of Penguin USA, released a book penned by Ian Spector entitled The Truth About Chuck Norris: 400 facts about the World's Greatest Human.[92] Norris subsequently filed suit in December against Penguin USA claiming "trademark infringement, unjust enrichment and privacy rights".[93] Norris dropped the lawsuit in 2008.[94] The book is a New York Times Best Seller. Since then, Spector has published four more books based on Chuck Norris facts, these are Chuck Norris Cannot Be Stopped: 400 All-New Facts About the Man Who Knows Neither Fear Nor Mercy, Chuck Norris: Longer and Harder: The Complete Chronicle of the World's Deadliest, Sexiest, and Beardiest Man, The Last Stand of Chuck Norris: 400 All New Facts About the Most Terrifying Man in the Universe, and Chuck Norris Vs. Mr. T: 400 Facts About the Baddest Dudes in the History of Ever (also a New York Times Best Seller).[95] That year Norris with the same team published a sequel to The Justice Riders called A Threat to Justice.[96]

In 2008, he published the political non-fiction book Black Belt Patriotism: How to Reawaken America, which reached number 14 on The New York Times best seller list in September 2008.[97]

In 2008, Gameloft produced the video game Chuck Norris: Bring On the Pain for mobile devices, based on the popularity Norris had developed on the internet with the Chuck Norris facts.[98] The player takes control of Chuck Norris himself in a side-scrollingbeat 'em up. The game was well reviewed.[99]

On October 7, 2009, Tyndale House Publishers issued The Official Chuck Norris Fact Book: 101 of Chuck's Favorite Facts and Stories, which was co-written and officially endorsed by Norris.[100]

Since 2010, Chuck Norris has been a nationally syndicated columnist with Creators Syndicate writing on both personal health issues and broader issues of health care in America.[101]

In 2010, Norris appeared in advertisements for communications company T-Mobile in the Czech Republic.[102]

In 2011, Norris appeared in advertisements for the World of Warcraft video game.[103]

In 2012, Norris appeared in a series of commercials for the Polish bank BZ WBK.[104]

In 2012, Norris played a mercenary in The Expendables 2.[105] The film was a success and grossed over $310 million worldwide.[106]

In 2015, he appeared in two commercials for the French TV show Pieds dans le plat.[107]

That same year, Norris and his wife Gena founded CForce Bottling Co. after an aquifer was discovered on his ranch.[108]

In 2016, he starred in the commercial for the beer Hoegaarden.[109]

In 2017, he appeared in the advertisement for United Healthcare.[110]

In 2017, Flaregames produced Non Stop Chuck Norris, an isometric action-RPG game for mobile device and is the second game to be based on his popularity developed by the Chuck Norris facts. The game was well reviewed [111]

In 2017, Chuck Norris became Fiat's ambassador, a "tough face" for its commercial vehicles. Fiat says Norris embodies four pillars of its business: determination, reliability, dynamism, and competence.[112]

In 2018, Norris appeared in an ad for Hesburger, a Finnish hamburger chain.[113][114][115][116] That year he also did a commercial for Cerveza Poker.[117] His third commercial that year was for Toyota.[118]

In early January 2020, Norris starred in a QuikTrip commercial for their Snackle line of food. In it Norris descends in parachute where out of a cannon he shoots hot-dogs at a crowd of people.[119] On April 3, Norris appeared in the series finale of Hawaii Five-0.[120][121]

Martial arts knowledge

Chuck Norris has founded two major martial arts systems: American Tang Soo Do and Chuck Norris System (formerly known as Chun Kuk Do).

American Tang Soo Do

Further information: American Tang Soo Do

American Tang Soo Do was formed in 1966 by Chuck Norris, which is combination of Moo Duk Kwan-styleTang Soo Do,[d]Judo and Karate (Shito-Ryu and Shotokan). Over the years it has been further developed by former black belts of his and their students.

Chuck Norris System

Chuck Norris's present martial art system is the Chuck Norris System, formerly known as Chun Kuk Do.[a][128][129][additional citation(s) needed]

The style was formally founded in 1990 as Chun Kuk Do by Chuck Norris, and was originally based on Norris's Tang Soo Do training in Korea while he was in the military.

During his competitive fighting career, Norris began to evolve the style to make it more effective and well-rounded by studying other systems such as Shōtōkan, Gōjū-ryū, Shitō-ryū, American Kenpo, Enshin kaikan, Kyokushin, Judo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Arnis, Tae Kwon Do, Tang Soo Do and Hapkido. Chun Kuk Do now emphasizes self defense, competition, weapons, grappling, and fitness, among other things.[130] Each summer the United Fighting Arts Federation (UFAF) holds a training conference and the Chun Kuk Do world championship tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada.[131]

The art includes a code of honor and rules to live by. These rules are from Norris's personal code. They are:[132]

  1. I will develop myself to the maximum of my potential in all ways.
  2. I will forget the mistakes of the past and press on to greater achievements.
  3. I will continually work at developing love, happiness and loyalty in my family.
  4. I will look for the good in all people and make them feel worthwhile.
  5. If I have nothing good to say about a person, I will say nothing.
  6. I will always be as enthusiastic about the success of others as I am about my own.
  7. I will maintain an attitude of open-mindedness.
  8. I will maintain respect for those in authority and demonstrate this respect at all times.
  9. I will always remain loyal to my God, my country, family and my friends.
  10. I will remain highly goal-oriented throughout my life because that positive attitude helps my family, my country and myself.

Like most traditional martial arts, Chuck Norris System includes the practice of forms (Korean hyung and Japanese kata). The majority of the system's forms are adapted from Korean Tang Soo Do, and Taekwondo, Japanese Shitō-ryū, Shotokan Karate, Goju-ryu Karate, Judo, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, American Kenpo and Kyokushinkai. It includes two organization-specific introductory forms, two organization-specific empty-hand forms, and one organization-specific weapon form (UFAF Nunchuk form, UFAF Bo form, UFAF Sai forms).[citation needed]

The United Fighting Arts Federation has graduated over 3,000 black belts in its history, and currently has nearly 4,000 active members world-wide.[133] There are about 90 member schools in the US, Mexico, Norway, and Paraguay.[citation needed]

Distinctions, awards, and honors

Norris receiving the Veteran of the Year award by the U.S. Air Forcein 2001

While in the military, Norris's rank units were Airman First Class, 15th Air Force, 22d Bombardment Group, and 452d Troop Carrier Wing.

Norris has received many black belts. These include a 10th degree black belt in Chun Kuk Do, a 9th degree black belt in Tang Soo Do[specify], an 8th degree black belt in Taekwondo, a 5th degree black belt in Karate[specify], a 3rd degree black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu from the Machado family, and a black belt in Judo.[134]

In 1967, he won the Sparring Grand Champions at the S. Henry Cho's All American Championship, and won it again the following year.[135]

In 1968, he won the Professional Middleweight Karate champion title, which he held for six consecutive years.[5]

In 1969, he won Karate's triple crown for the most tournament wins of the year.

In 1969, he won the Fighter of the Year award by Black Belt magazine.

In 1982, he won Action Star of the Year at the ShoWest Convention.

In 1989, he received his Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In 1992, he won International Box Office Star of the Year at the ShoWest Convention.

In 1997, he won the Special Award of being a Texas legend at the Lone Star Film & Television Awards.

From 1997 to 1998, he won for three consecutive years the BMI TV Music Award at the BMI Awards.

In 1999, Norris was inducted into the Martial Arts History Museum's Hall of Fame.

In 1999, he was nominated for Favorite Actor in a Drama by the TV Guide Award.

In 1999, he won the Inspirational Acting in Television Award at the Grace Prize Award.[136]

On July 1, 2000, Norris was presented the Golden Lifetime Achievement Award by the World Karate Union Hall of Fame.

In 2001, he received the Veteran of the Year at the American Veteran Awards.[85]

In 2001, he won the Golden Boot and the Golden Boot Awards.

On March 28, 2007, Commandant Gen. James T. Conway made Norris an honorary United States Marine during a dinner at the commandant's residence in Washington, D.C.[137]

On December 2, 2010, he (along with brother Aaron) was given the title honorary Texas Ranger by Texas GovernorRick Perry.[138]

In 2010, he won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the ActionFest.[139]

In 2017, he was honored as an "Honorary Texan" because for many years he has lived at his Texas ranch near Navasota and he starred as Texas Ranger in his movie Lone Wolf McQuade and starred as ranger Cordell Walker in the TV series Walker, Texas Ranger.

In 2020 two editions of a book honoring Norris were published titled Martial Arts Masters & Pioneers Biography: Chuck Norris - Giving Back For A Lifetime by Jessie Bowen of the American Martial Arts Alliance.[140]

Personal life


Norris married his classmate Dianne Kay Holechek (born 1941) in December 1958 when he was 18 and Dianne was 17 years of age. They met in 1956 at high school in Torrance, California. In 1962, their first child, Mike, was born. He also had a daughter Dina[141] who was born in 1963 of an extramarital affair.[142] Later, he had a second son, Eric, with his wife in 1964. After 30 years of marriage, Norris and Holechek divorced in 1989, after separating in 1988, during the filming of The Delta Force 2.

On November 28, 1998, he married former model Gena O'Kelley, 23 years Norris's junior. O'Kelley had two children from a previous marriage. She delivered twins on August 30, 2001.[143]

On September 22, 2004, Norris told Entertainment Tonight's Mary Hart that he did not meet his illegitimate daughter from a past relationship until she was 26, although she learned that he was her father when she was 16. He met her after she sent a letter informing him of their relationship in 1990, one year after Chuck's divorce with his first wife Dianne Holechek.[144]

Norris has thirteen grandchildren as of 2017[update].[145]


An outspoken Christian,[146] Norris is the author of several Christian-themed books. On April 22, 2008, Norris expressed his support for the intelligent design movement when he reviewed Ben Stein's Expelled for[147]

Political views

Norris is a Republican.[148][149][150]

In 2007, Norris took a trip to Iraq to visit U.S. troops.[151][152]

On November 18, 2008, Norris became one of the first members of show business to express support for the California Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage, and he chided activists for "interfering" with the democratic process and the double standard he perceived in criticizing The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints without criticizing African Americans, who had voted for the measure by a wide margin.[153]

On June 26, 2012, Norris published an article on, in which he accused the Obama administration of paying Jim Turley, the current National President of the Boy Scouts of America, to reverse the organisation's policy that excluded gay youths from joining.[154]

During the 2012 presidential election, Norris first recommended Ron Paul, and then later formally endorsed Newt Gingrich as the Republican presidential candidate.[155] After Gingrich suspended his campaign in May 2012, Norris endorsed Republican presumptive nomineeMitt Romney, despite Norris having previously accused Romney of flip-flopping and of trying to buy the nomination for the Republican Party candidacy for 2012.[156] On the eve of the election, he and his wife Gena made a video warning that if evangelicals did not show up at the polls and vote out President Obama, "...our country as we know it may be lost forever...".[157][158]

Norris has visited Israel, and he voiced support for former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the 2013 and 2015 elections.[159][160] Norris endorsed Huckabee again in the 2016 Republican Primary before he dropped out.[161] In March 2016, it was reported that Norris endorsed Republican TexasSenatorTed Cruz and that he would be attending a Cruz rally,[162][163] but two days later, Norris stated he would only endorse the GOP nominee once that nominee has been nominated by the party.[164] Norris endorsed former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore in the 2017 United States Senate special election in Alabama.[165]

In 2019, Norris signed an endorsement deal with gun manufacturer Glock. The deal was met with criticism from some members of the public and some of his fans, who felt it was in bad timing due to the increase in school shootings in the United States.[166]

In 2021, Norris announced his support of the 2021 gubernatorial election to recallincumbentGovernorGavin Newsom and endorsed radio talk show hostLarry Elder to replace him.[167]


In 1990, Norris established the United Fighting Arts Federation and Kickstart Kids. As a significant part of his philanthropic contributions, the organization was formed to develop self-esteem and focus in at-risk children as a tactic to keep them away from drug-related pressure by training them in martial arts. Norris hopes that by shifting middle school and high school children's focus towards this positive and strengthening endeavor, these children will have the opportunity to build a better future for themselves.[85][168] Norris has a ranch in Navasota, Texas, where they[who?] bottle water;[169] a portion of the sales support environmental funds and Kickstart Kids.

He is known for his contributions towards organizations such as Funds for Kids, Veteran's Administration National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans, the United Way, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation in the form of donations as well as fund-raising activities.[85]

His time with the U.S. Veterans Administration as a spokesperson was inspired by his experience serving the United States Air Force in Korea. His objective has been to popularize the issues that concern hospitalized war veterans such as pensions and health care. Due to his significant contributions, and continued support, he received the Veteran of the Year award in 2001 at the American Veteran Awards.[85]

In India, Norris supports the Vijay Amritraj Foundation, which aims at bringing hope, help and healing to the defenseless and innocent victims of disease, tragedy and circumstance. Through his donations, he has helped the foundation support Paediatric HIV/AIDS homes in Delhi, a blind school in Karnataka, and a mission that cares for HIV/AIDS infected adults, as well as mentally ill patients in Cochin.[170]


Main article: Chuck Norris filmography


  • Winning Tournament Karate (1975)
  • Toughen Up! The Chuck Norris Fitness System (1983)
  • The Secret of Inner Strength: My Story (1987)
  • The Secret Power Within: Zen Solutions to Real Problems (1996)
  • Against All Odds: My Story (2004)
  • The Justice Riders (2006)
  • A Threat to Justice (2007)
  • Black Belt Patriotism: How to Reawaken America (2008). Regnery Publishing. ISBN 978-1-59698-558-2.
  • The Official Chuck Norris Fact Book: 101 of Chuck's Favorite Facts and Stories (2009)

Video games


  1. ^ abChun Kuk Do was renamed to the Chuck Norris System in 2015.
  2. ^Founder, former system
  3. ^Tang Soo Do, Moo Duk Kwan
  4. ^Older system taught by Shin Jae-chul. Not Soo Bahk Do that Moo Duk Kwan founder eventually developed the original style into.


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