Chuck Norris Biography

Updated On May 30, 2019 Published On Mar 28, 2016
Facts of Chuck Norris
Date of Birth: 1940 , March-10
Birth Nation: United States
Height: 5 Feet 10 Inch
Name Carlos Norris
Birth Name Carlos Ray Norris
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Ryan, Oklahoma, United States
Ethnicity White
Profession Martial artist, Actor, Film producer and Screenwriter
Net Worth $70 Million
Salary $250,000
Hair Color Blonde
Face Color White
Married Yes
Married to Gena O'Kelley (m. 1998), Dianne Holechek (m. 1958–1988)
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BMI Film & TV Awards and Golden Boot Awards winner, Chuck Norris is a famous American actor, film producer, and screenwriter. He is popular for his appearance as Ranger Cordell Walker in the TV series Walker, Texas Ranger. He is also a martial-art artist and the former US Air Force army.

Chuck Norris Early Life, Education

Calm and ebullient, Chuck Norris was born as Carlos Ray Norris on 10 March 1940 in Ryan, Oklahoma, the United States of America to Wilma (née Scarberry) and Ray Norris.

He was raised in Kansas California by his mother. He is an American citizen and is of Irish-Cherokee-Indian descent.

Personal Life

On 29th of December 1958, Chuck married his long-term girlfriend Dianne Holechek. Chuck and Dianne were to be dating for several months before marriage.

As a loving husband and wife, they welcomed their first child in 1963. They were looked happy together, but this wedding ended in divorce in 1989.

While Chuck was in a relationship with Dianne Holechek, he had an extramarital affair with his girlfriend. From this extra affair, he became the father of a daughter, Dina in 1964. He met his daughter Dina when he was 26.

Chuck spent a single life for several years after his first married life dissolved. Later he was found with Gena O'Kelly, a former model, and an actress. They married on the 28th of November 1998.

After Chuck's parents divorced he began living with his mother. Because of this poor financial condition, he suffered a lot while he was a child. When he was 18 years old, he joined the United States Air Force as Air Policeman. He was sent to Osan Air Base in South Korea and there he became fascinated in tangsudo.

Career & Net Worth

Norris also served at the "March Air Force Base" and then in 1962, he received an honorable discharge. To express his talent in martial arts, he started Karate schools in several parts of the United States. Initially, he was not so good on martial arts, but later in 1967, he won the match against Lewis, Skipper Mullins, Arnold Urquidez, Victor Moore and much more.

In 1969, he became the champion of Karate's Triple Crown. In 1969, he debuted in the entertainment industry by starring in the movie The Wrecking Crew. In 1972, he portrayed the role of Colt in the movie Way of the Dragon.

LikewiseIn 1984, he appeared in the movie Missing in Action and the next year in Missing in Action 2: The Beginning. For his role in the movie An Eye for an Eye, he earned the salary of $250,000. His net worth is $70 Million.

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Born in Ryan, Oklahoma, United States

March 10 , 1940

Calm and ebullient, Chuck Norris was born as Carlos Ray Norris in Ryan, Oklahoma, United States of America to Wilma (née Scarberry) and Ray Norris. He was raised in Kansas and California by his mother. He is an American and is of Irish and Cherokee Indian descent.

Joined United States Air Force

1958

Because of this poor financial condition, he suffered a lot as a child. When he was 18 years old, he joined United States Air Force as Air Policeman. He was sent to Osan Air Base in South Korea and there he became fascinated in tangsudo. He also served at the March Air Force Base and then 1962 he received an honorable discharge. 

Won against Lewis, Skipper Mullins, Arnold Urquidez

1967

While he was in Osan Air Base in South Korea, he became fascinated in tangsudo. To express his talent in martial arts, he opened a Karate schools in several parts of the United States. Initially he start in martial arts was poor but later in 1967, he won the match against Lewis, Skipper Mullins, Arnold Urquidez, Victor Moore and many more.

Won Karate's triple crown

1969

Chuck Norris had a successful career as a martial artist. Though he suffered several losses, he began winning since 1967. In 1969, he won Karate's Triple Crown. He was also honored by Black Belt magazine with the Fighter of the Year award.

Began his acting career

1969

In 1969, he made his acting debut by starring in the movie The Wrecking Crew. In 1972, he portrayed the role of Colt in the movie Way of the Dragon. Two years later he was seen in the movie Yellow Faced Tiger playing the role of Chuck Slaughter.

Appeared in the movie, Good Guys Wear Black

1978

He has been active in acting since 1969. Half a decade later in 1978, he appeared in the movie Good Guys Wear Black portraying the role of John T. Booker. In 1984, he appeared in the movie Missing in Action and the next year in Missing in Action 2: The Beginning.

Married to Dianne Holechek

December 29 , 1958

On 29th of December 1958, Chuck got married to Dianne Holechek. As a loving husband and wife, they welcomed their first child together in 1963. They were happily married but this married life ended in a divorce in 1989.

First child, Mike Norris

1963

American actor Mike Norris is his first child. Mike Norris was born in 1963 in United States of America as a first child of Chuck Norris and his ex wife Dianne Holechek. Mike is famous for his role in the movie Birdie & Bogey. 

Second child, Dina

1964

While Chuck was still married to Dianne Holechek, he had an extramarital affair with his girlfriend. From this extra affair, he became father of a daughter named Dina in 1964. He met his daughter Dina when he was 26.

Married to Gena O'Kelly

November 28 , 1998

Chuck spends a single life for several years after his first married life dissolved. Later he was found with Gena O'Kelly. Gena O'Kelly is a former model and an actress. They got married on 28th of November 1998.

Became father of twins

August 30 , 2001

From his first married life, he became father of two sons. He is also a father of a daughter Dina. After being married to former model and actress Gena O'Kelly, he became father of twins after she welcomed twins on 30th of August 2001. 

Won BMI Film & TV Awards

1997

For starring the role of Ranger Cordell Walker in the TV series Walker, Texas Ranger, he got his first nomination in BMI Film & TV Awards in 1997. He also won this award that year. He also won this award in 1998 and 1999. 

Won ShoWest Convention, USA

1982

In 1982, he got nominated in ShoWest Convention, USA for the first time in his life. He won this award that year for Action Star of the Year. A decade later he was honored with this award for International Box Office Star of the Year. 

Was honored as Star on the Walk of Fame

1989

He is one of the talented and successful American actors. He has also won several awards and honors in his life. He has been active in acting since the late 1960s and for this contribution in acting; he was honored as Star on the Walk of Fame.