Chuck Norris is a popular actor, martial artist, film producer as well as screenwriter most notable for his karate action films of the 70s and 80s. He has won numerous International Karate competitions, served under the United States Air Force as well as founded his own martial arts school. The Chuck Norris net worth is estimated to be around 70 million dollars.
Chuck Norris Net Worth - $70 Million
Birth Name - Carlos Ray Norris
Date of birth - March 10, 1940
Zodiac Sign - Pisces
Birth Place - Ryan, Oklahoma, U.S.
Nationality - American
Height - 5′ 10″
Profession - Screenwriter, Martial Artist, Television producer, Film producer, Activist, Author, Actor
Born Carlos Ray “Chuck” Norris in Ryan, Oklahoma in 1940, he is the son of Ray Norris and Wilma Scarberry. He is half Irish and half Cherokee, with both his paternal grandmother and grandfather being Cherokee. His father was a former United States army soldier, and he worked as a car mechanic as well as a bus and truck driver.
Reportedly, his father went binge drinking for many months consecutively, which would contribute to the introverted Chuck in his childhood and teens. Chuck later stated that as a teen he was shy, non-athletic and mediocre in school.
In 1958 he decided to join the United States Air Force where he served as an Air Policeman. He was sent in the Osan Air Base in South Korea where he would learn the martial arts of the style Tang Soo Do. There he would also earn his nickname Chuck. Upon returning to the US he still served for some years after which he was discharged in 1962.
Norris participated in several karate tournaments where he obtained mixed results. In the beginning of 1968 Chuck would experience his 10th and well as final loss in his entire career. He would go on to win the Professional Middleweight Karate championship for 6 years in a row as well as many other competitions. In 1990 he also became the first person from the Western world to be awarded the 8th Degree Black Belt Grand Master honor in Tae Kwon Do.
His debut in the movie industry was in 1969 in the movie The Wrecking Crew. He would also star in a leading row in the Missing in Action movies which he dedicated to his brother who had died in the Vietnam war. He co-starred with Bruce Lee in 1972 in Way of the Dragon which launched his career. He would soon appear in many martial arts action movies such as Lone Wolf McQuade, Code of Silence, Firewalker and The Delta Force.
After the fading of the popularity of this movie genre, Norris would star in the popular syndicated series Walker, Texas Ranger from 1993 to 2001. Norris also founded a new school in his own style Chun Kuk Do which combined elements from all the styles he had learn.