Now, if you are an average American person, chances are you grew up hearing the legendary stories of Chuck Norris and how he is invincible. Well, we wouldn’t argue that. Chuck Norris is only one of the most famous American actor and hardcore martial artist to ever exist in the film industry. Of course, after Bruce Lee whom as well Norris has worked with.
Apart from that, Chuck is also a military person having served as an air policeman as well. There is virtually nothing that Chuck Norris cannot do. Period. As a household name, Chuck has a lot of achievements that he gained over a long period of time, and he deserves all of them equally, if not more. They are all the outcome of his hard work and perseverance.
Chuck appeared in the way of the Dragon starring right beside the legendary Bruce Lee and other movies life Good Guys Wear Black, The Octagon, Lone Wolf McQuade, Code of Silence, The Delta Force and three sequels of Missing in Action 1, 2, and three. With that said, undoubtedly, Norris is one of the most well-known Hollywood celebrity of all time alongside Arnold and others.
But still, there are things about Chuck Norris that most people do not know about. People see all the action going on in their screens but do they know the real Chuck Norris, the one behind the camera as a regular. They are granted that calling Norris regular is an insult. Today, we talk all Chuck, everything Chuck and all the time. His personal life, wife, family, and much more.
Read along to learn interesting Chuck Norris facts people. This may be your only chance.
Chuck Norris Early Life
American actor, former military person, and martial arts practitioner Chuck Norris were born on March 10, 1940, in Ryan, Oklahoma, United States of America. Norris is currently age 79; however, because of daily exercise and a healthy lifestyle, Norris has maintained his physical appearance and does not look like someone in their late 70s.
Chuck was born to parents, father Ray Norris and mother, Wilma Norris. His father was a mechanic and automobile driver as he drove buses and trucks for supporting his family. His father also served in World War II as an Army Soldier. Both his parents hailed from different ancestry, and as Norris claimed, he has a mixture of Irish and Cherokee.
Chuck has two brothers in total named Wieland and Aaron. Unfortunately, Chuck lost his brother Wieland who was killed in Vietnam way. While growing up, Chuck faced a lot of adversities and traumas. His parents decided to split and get divorced when he was just 16 years old. This affected him a lot like a growing kid.
After his parents divorced, Chuck decided to stay with his mother and children but still visit his father, who developed the habit of binge drinking that sometimes lasted for months. This also affected Norris and further pushed him to become an introvert as a young boy. After a lot of frustration, he decided to get away from the environment.
Cuck Norris Education
Norris understood the value of education, but he just could not excel in anything during his school days. All the books, homework and revision did not entice any interest in Norris, and he always remained a mediocre kid in the class. However, he never became the worst of the class but just did not manage to do well.
He attended the North Torrance High School where he performed averagely in studies that did not make much of a difference. After high school graduation, his family’s poor financial condition did not allow him to go to college. While searching for alternatives, Chuck decided he would start a career in the military.
|Date of birth||March 10, 1940|
|Birthplace||Ryan, Oklahoma, United States of America|
|Net Worth||$70 million|
Chuck Norris Personal Life
As cliché as it sounds, Chuck Norris is also a hopeless romantic. When he went to high school, he fell in love with a woman named Dianne Kay Holechek and altogether knew that she was the one for him. The couple married right after high school when Chuck was 18, and Dianne was just 17 years old.
Dianne always believed that Chuck was destined to do great things and believed in him no matter what other people said. Chuck and Dianne welcomed their first child together in 1962. His name is Mike. Later, after a year, Chuck welcomed a son from his affair with another woman. This caused a surge between the couple, but they remained together.
In 1964, Chuck and Dianne welcomed another son together, and his name is Eric. Unfortunately, Norris and Dianne divorced each other after 30 years. After about ten years, Chuck married a model named Gena O’Kelley in 1998. Chuck and Gena welcomed twins in 2001.
As of now, Chuck is a grandfather to thirteen grandchildren. All of them come from his children from two different marriage and one affair. He also looked after his wife Gena’s two children from her past relationship.
Chuck Norris Military Career
After high school, Chuck decided to join the military but ended up joining the United States Air Force as an Air Policeman. In 1958, he joined the force, and then the officials located him in Osan Air Base in South Korea. While his time there, he started learning Tang Soo Do and finally found something that he could excel in.
After much training, he managed to get a black belt and also founded the Chun Kuk Do, a universal way form. Upon returning to the States and completing his responsibilities in the Air Force for some time as an Air Policeman, the force discharged him in 1962. After his departure from the army, Chuck decided to pursue a career in martial arts.
A career in Martial Arts
When his military career ended, Norris became determined to pursue one in martial arts. He started going to championships but in the very beginning lost several matches because he was not as experienced as his opponents. But still, Chuck did not lose any hope and continued with his training and determination to win.
After several attempts, Norris started to win competitions and matches. He won the Professional Middleweight Karate Champion title for six years regularly and also won the triple crown in Karate for most tournament wins in a year. All these achievements led his friendship with Bruce Lee, who offered the two train together.
In 1969, Norris appeared in The Wrecking Crew making his debut in the film industry. A couple of years later, Norris starred in a movie named Way of the Dragon portraying the role of a Villain against Bruce Lee. The movie became such a hit it broke the record of the year and became the highest grossing movie in Hong-Kong.
After much suggestions, Norris started to study acting at MGM. From there he started appearing in other movies like Yellow Faced Tiger, Breaker! Breaker!, Good Guys Wear Black, A Force of One, The Octagon and many other. Since Norris did all the stunts by himself and did them with realism, viewers loved every action movie he got into.
Chuck Norris is someone who achieved all the great things on his own effort and came from a very dark place in life. His life story shines bright as a hope of light to anyone struggling in their life. Having played in numerous movies, Norris has a very wealthy persona. Chuck currently has a net worth of $70 million.
With this huge fortune, Chuck lives a very lavish lifestyle and also does philanthropy. He established the United Fighting Arts Federation while helping school kids finding their path and guiding them towards it. He also looks after funds for kids and other welfare-based organization that help to make the world a better place.
Chuck has also written many books during his career, including an autobiography titled The Secret of Inner Strength which he published in 1988 and became a best seller. The Secret Power Within Zen Solutions to Real Problems is also one of his book that addresses self-help topics.
Chuck’s most recent movies are Bells of Innocence, Yes, Dear, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, Walker, Texas Ranger: Trial by Fire, The Cutter, The Expendables 2 and The Goldbergs in 2015. Since then, Chuck has retired from acting.
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