An American martial artist, actor, film producer and screenwriter Chuck Norris came to the attention of a mainstream audience for starring in such action films as Return of the Dragon with Bruce Lee and Missing in Action, especially on the hit TV series Walker, Texas Ranger which took him to the peak of superstardom. He also proved to be one of the greatest fighters in martial arts when winning his first World Middleweight Karate Championship title in 1968. He was presented the Golden Lifetime Achievement Award by the World Karate Union Hall of Fame.
Chuck Norris was born as the oldest of three boys to Wilma and Ray Norris a mechanic, bus driver, and truck driver. He began studying martial arts in Korea in the 1950s and served in the U.S. Air Force at the time. He worked as a karate instructor after he left the service in 1962. He then joined numerous martial arts tournaments, and he won many of the events he competed in.
Chuck Norris got married his high school sweetheart, Dianne Holechek, in 1958 and then got divorced in 1988. He remarried Gena O'Kelley in 1998 and now has 5 children in total.