Happy Birthday Chuck Norris! Popular for his cult action movies in the 1980s to 1990s, the action icon is turning incredibly 82 today and the guy is still kicking.
Born on March 10, 1940 in Ryan, Oklahoma, United States, we are not sure if he was actually born on this date or if he simply appeared on Earth 82 years ago.
The martial arts legend and actor has appeared in countless films since 1969, leading to an endless stream of Chuck Norris jokes and memes over the years.
Fun facts about Chuck Norris
Although it is a known fact that Norris has gone mad martial arts skills, you may not have known that the star also holds a black belt in Tang Soo Do, Brazilian jiu-jitsu and judo.
He has also won several martial arts championships.
He also served in the United States Air Force.
Chuck Norris v Bruce Lee
Bruce Lee suggested in 1972 that Norris would be one of the main villains in Away from the dragon.
This is the movie known for the iconic fight scene between the two friends in a one-on-one fight at the Colosseum in Rome.
Their epic battle lasted 10 minutes, during which the two fighters actually made physical contact and threw several punches at each other.
The scene was dubbed as one of the most intense and well choreographed fight scenes in the history of the martial arts genre.
Norris lost the fight because he played the antagonist in the movie.
Call them cheesy, not great made or acted, but the fight scenes Norris was involved in are not to be faulted.
The fight choreography has always been praised by fans and audiences alike.
From 1979 he made box office worthy movies like An eye for an eye which started its cult-like status.
Other notable films were from his multi-signed deal with production company Cannon Films, as they made franchise hits Missing in Action, Invasion USA (1985), The Delta Force (1986), Firewalker (1986) and much more.
He played the iconic role of Walker, Texas Ranger from 1993 to 2001, while he also made action films in the 1990s.
He made his comeback famous in Sylvester Stallone’s The consumables 2 in 2012.
Norri’s politics and personal life
In America, Norris has been outspoken about politics, publicly supporting the Republican Party and criticizing Democratic moves to ban same-sex marriage.
Norris is seen as a devout Christian and shares his views on world affairs, advice and health and wellness content on the website creators†
He is also a regular on Facebook and shares many articles about his accountwhich is followed by more than seven million people.
Norris has been married to Gena O’Kelley since 1998. He was previously married to Dianne Kay Holechek from 1958 to 1988.