Chuck Norris was born in Oklahoma on March 10th 1940. His real name is Carlos Ray. His father, Ray Norris, was a mechanic and he drove buses and trucks. His mother was called Wilma and together with Norris, had two younger brothers in the family, the late Wieland and Aaron. The parents divorces when he was 16 and he went with his mother and brothers to Kansas and later California. He is a famous media personality because of acting in many TV shows and his exclusive martial arts skills. He once served in the Air Force in the United States and he later opened his own institution where he trained martial arts. The School is called Chun Kuk Do.
Chuck’s interest in fighting started when he was little boy since other boys teased him due to his mixed ethnicity. He was mentally tormented and he dreamt of beating up the boys. He joined the force in 1958 as an air policeman and he was based at Osan Air base located in the Southern Korea. It was in Korea that he was branded Chuck due to his thudding kicks and blows. He trained his way to attaining black belts and he received recommendations due to his amazing fighting skills. He left the force in 1962 and he started a chain of schools that trained martial arts.
Norris lost twice to Joe Lewis and Allan Steen in two different tournaments and in 1967 he won major tournaments against many big names in the United States Karate arena. In 1968, he was humiliated by Louis Delgado and that was his last loss. In December the same year he fought again with Delgado and this time he won. In 1969 he won an award from the Black Belt Magazine.
Chuck’s debut in the movie industry was in 1969 when he acted the film The Wrecking Crew directed by Dean Martin. He acted the films Missing in Action as a dedication to his brother, Weiland who died in the Vietnam war. Chuck met with Bruce Lee before Bruce was a star. This was in a Long Beach where they were demonstrating their martial arts skills. He acted with Bruce Lee in 1972 in a movie called Way of the Dragon and the movie played a big role in the fame of Bruce. By the time Chuck was retiring, he had a karate record of 183 wins, 10 losses and 2 draws. The other movies in which Chuck acted in included Breaker Breaker, Good Guys Wear Black, The Octagon, Eye for an Eye and Lone Wolf McQuade. He produced the movie Walker Texas Ranger in 1993 and it made him famous across the globe.