One time, Chuck Norris was bitten by a poisonous snake. After seven days of excruciating pain, the snake died. This and many absurd stories like these are called Chuck Norris facts. They are satirical and hilarious claims of the martial artist’s toughness, spawned mainly because of his action star status. Find out Chuck Norris net worth, successful movies, and how he developed his own martial arts.
Celebrity Name: Chuck Norris
Real Name: Carlos Ray Norris
Birth Date: March 10, 1940
Current Age: 80
Zodiac Sign: Pisces
Birth Place: Ryan, Oklahoma, USA
Ancestry: Irish, Cherokee
Parents: Ray Dee and Wilma Norris
Sibling/s: Wieland, Aaron
Height: 5’8″ (1.73m)
Weight: 154 lbs (70kg)
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Relationship Status: Married to Gena O’Kelley
Former Wife: Dianne Kay Holechek
Children: Mike, Dakota Alan, Danilee Kelly, Eric, Dina
Profession: Air Policeman, martial artist, actor, film producer, screen writer
Chuck Norris Net Worth in 2020: $70 million
With the amount of intimidation connected to the name Chuck Norris, Carlos Ray Norris actually started out as a shy and non-athletic introvert. He mentioned that he was not performing well at school either. His father was a World War II Army soldier and later took odd jobs like mechanic and driver. Because of their unfortunate financial condition, his father would get drunk. Embarrassed by his father’s behavior, Norris started out as an average kid.
His life started to change when he became an Air Policeman when he joined the United States Air Force. He was then assigned to Osan Air Base, South Korea. There, he got interested in the Korean martial arts Tang Soo Do. It eventually led him to black belts and even made him developed his own discipline called Chun Kuk Do or “Universal Way.”
He returned to America when he was finally discharged from the US Air Force. Since he was a former Air Policeman, he applied to be a police officer in California. While waiting for law enforcement opportunities to hit him, he decided to open martial arts studio to teach Chun Kuk Do.
The Universal Way
Teaching martial arts paved the way to many opportunities for Chuck Norris. In fact, he was probably better off becoming a martial arts sensei than a policeman. In order to promote his dojo, he went to a lot of tournaments and demonstrations. He lost some of them but he also earned some important victories. he held the Professional Middleweight Karate champion title for six years This allowed him to open more karate schools.
Celebrities started to enroll in his schools with Steve McQueen, Chad McQueen, Donny Osmond, Marie Osmond, and Priscilla Presley to name a few. It was also during this time when he met the legendary Bruce Lee and the two legends became close friends.
Bruce Lee invited Chuck Norris to become his nemesis in the Way of the Dragon. The film was highly successful and it made HK$ 5million. This is the highest grossing film in Hong Kong during that time. It beat previous box office records in Hong Kong like Fist of Fury and The Big Boss. Both were also movies of Bruce Lee. Success in the box office was what launched Chuck Norris to stardom.
Rise of the Action Star
His martial arts student and actor Steve McQueen also helped him out. McQueen encouraged Norris to take some acting classes at MGM. That way, he can incorporate his acting skills and martial arts skills for his future films. Norris got a supporting role as the main villain in Yellow Faced Tiger. He eventually landed his first leading role in Breaker! Breaker! and it turned out highly successful. Following that, he starred in Good Guys Wear Black but no studio wanted to back it up. To make up for this, Norris and other producers resorted to a four wall distribution. The strategy worked because it made $18 million despite only having a $1 million budget.
A similar thing happened with his next film A Force of One. It made $20 million even though studios ignored it. But because of that, studios started to take notice. American Cinema Releasing got interested in his next movie The Octagon. As expected, it was a huge success with a box office of $19 million. Chuck Norris’ stardom was starting to pick up. He released An Eye for an Eye, Silent Rage, Forced Vengeance, and Lone Wolf McQuade where he played various action stars. The character in Lone Wolf McQuade was the inspiration for Norris’ Walker, Texas Ranger TV show. With these many box office hits, one can already tell that Chuck Norris net worth is doing great.
From then on, Chuck Norris starred and produced in many successful films. He played as Colonel James Braddock in Missing in Action and it spawned the prequel Missing in Action 2: The Beginning. Norris would later return as the Vietnam War PoW in Braddock: Missing in Action III. Other major movies and projects he was in were Invasion USA, Code of Silence, The Delta Force, Karate Kommandos, Firewalker, and many others.
Aside from movies, he also starred and made appearances in many action star TV shows. He portrayed a president’s bodyguard in The President’s Man and its sequel The President’s Man: Line in the Sand. It was also this time when he founded the World Combat League, a martial arts competition that supports his martial arts program for kids called Kickstart Kids. He also made appearances in other popular media such as the World of Warcraft video game and big brand endorsements. Chuck Norris net worth is estimated at $70 million.
Motivational Quotes from Chuck Norris
“A lot of people give up just before they’re about to make it. You know you never know when that next obstacle is going to be the last one.”
“One of my life’s principles is to develop myself to the maximum of my potential in all ways and to help others do the same.”
“A lot of times people look at the negative side of what they feel they can’t do. I always look on the positive side of what I can do.”