Norris is an American actor who is an excellent martial artist. His real name is Carlos Ray Norris. Chuck was born on 10 March 1940 in Ryan, Oklahoma. His father Ray was a US Army soldier-cum-driver. Wilma Norris was his mother. His parent named the child after Carlos Berry who served as Ray’s minister. Chuck is the eldest son. While Wieland Norris martyred in the Vietnam War in 1970, Aaron Norris is a Hollywood producer. Norris brothers stayed with their mother when their parents filed for a divorce. Chuck was a mediocre student during his childhood.
In an interview, he admitted that his father’s addiction to alcohol affected him a lot. With his family in a dire financial condition, Chuck opted to join the United States Air Force where he began his stint as an “Air Policeman.” When Norris shifted to Osan Air Base (South Korea), his colleagues gave him a nickname “Chuck.” Norris learned Tang Soo Do, a martial art. In 1962, the forces discharged Norris from the service. Norris launched a Karate school in his hometown of Torrance.
In 1969, Chuck debuted in Dean Martin’s
The Wrecking Crew
. When Chuck was at a martial arts seminar, he met
and became friends. As a result of their friendship, both of them acted in the flick Way of the Dragon. In the film, Chuck featured as an antagonist who troubled Bruce Lee’s character. His performance led to a worldwide appreciation from the critics as several Asian fans remember Chuck for his portrayal of Colt in the movie. Later, Chuck appeared in the leading roles in action flicks such as “Breaker! Breaker!,” “Octagon,” “An Eye for An Eye,” and “Good Guys Wear Black.” As these projects earned a fruitful profit at the Box-Office, various producers looked forward to casting Chuck in their action oriented movies.
Chuck acted in Missing in Action which was on the lines of Sylvester Stallone’s Rambo which explored the life of a Vietnam War veteran. Chuck expressed his brother Wieland’s sacrifice as the motivation for doing such a movie. In 2012, fans became excited when the newspapers announced that Chuck and Stallone would team up for “
The Expendables 2
.” Chuck has endorsed brands like Total Gym, Mountain Dew, T-Mobile, Fiat, and BZ WBK. Chuck holds black belts in several forms of martial arts such as Chun Kuk Do, Taekwondo, and Judo. In fact, he has created Chun Kuk Do.
Chuck has married twice. In 1958, Chuck tied the knot with Dianne Holechek and they had three children: Mike, Dina, and Eric. However, they separated from each other after thirty years. In 1998, Chuck took the marriage vows with Gena O’Kelley. Gena gave birth to twins: Dakota and Danilee. Chuck is a member of Republican political party. Chuck has actively participated in philanthropic activities. He has joined hands with Vijay Amritraj to help HIV patients in India. In 2005, Chuck launched World Combat League, a martial arts event. He is a supporter of Benjamin Netanyahu.