Chuck Norris (born Carlos Ray Norris ;10.3.1940)
Chuck Norris is an American actor and martial artist best known for his role on the television show 'Walker, Texas Ranger'.
Net Worth: In 2013, Celebrity Net Worth reported that Chuck Norris had a net worth of 70 million USD.
Childhood: Chuck Norris was born in Ryan, Oklahoma to Wilma and Ray Norris. He had two younger brothers, Wieland (killed in action during the Vietnam War) and Aaron (a Hollywood producer). His parents were divorced when he was sixteen and he moved to Kansas and California with his mother and brothers. He joined the US Air force at the age of eighteen and was stationed in South Korea where he began to learn and take an interest in Tang Soo Do. After leaving the army at twenty two, Norris opened his own martial arts school.
Career: Chuck Norris made his acting debut in Dean Martin's The Wrecking Crew. Norris later met Bruce Lee at a martial arts demonstration in Long Beach and was asked to play his nemesis in the film 'Way of The Dragon'. This was the film that launched Norris' career, before his first starring role in the 1977 film 'Breaker! Breaker!'. In 1984, Norris starred in the Rambo-inspired Missing in Action which he dedicated to his brother Wieland who had been killed in 1970. As his film career began to diminish towards the end of the 1980s, Norris began a transition to television. 1993 saw the start of 'Walker, Texas Ranger', which starred Norris as an Viet Nam veteran turned Texas Ranger. The show lasted eight seasons and consisted of 203 episodes. Norris returned to acting in 2012 for the first time in seven years to appear in The Expendables 2.
Personal Life: In 1958, Chuck Norris married Dianne Holechek and the couple had two children before divorcing in 1988. During this time, Norris fathered a daughter in an extramarital affair. In 1998, Norris married again, this time with Gena O'Kelley and the couple had twins in 2001. In 2005, Chuck Norris became known for the internet meme Chuck Norris Facts, in which he is described as doing various super-human feats. In 2010, Chuck Norris was made an honorary Texas Ranger.
Whenever there's a viral stunt video making the rounds, you can bet Chuck Norris will pop up soon.
Last month, Jean Claude Van Damme (53) performed an amazing stunt – doing the splits between two moving trucks for a Volvo ad. It was an amazing feat and an impressive display of Van Damme’s athleticism, not to mention a killer advertising ploy for Volvo.
Who did it better - Van Damme or Norris?
But of course, this is showbiz, so it had to be topped. Stuntman, actor and internet punchline Chuck Norris released a video this week, in which he performs the same stunt – except with planes. Cue Chuck Norris jokes now. We know you want to.
Sylvester Stallone announced on Twitter that Bruce Willis is leaving the Expendables movie franchise and Harrison Ford will be appearing in 'Expendables 3'.
Sylvester Stallone announced via Twitter that Indiana Jones star Harrison Ford would feature in Expendables 3. The Rocky actor criticised Bruce Willis, describing him as "lazy" and "greedy" following his decision to leave the film franchise.
Sylvester Stallone at the premiere of Bullet to the Head in New York.
Sylvester Stallone announced Harrison Ford would be appearing in 'Expendables 3' but "greedy" but "lazy" Bruce Willis certainly will not.
Sylvester Stallone has made his feelings towards Bruce Willis crystal clear after tweeting about Expendables 3. The Rocky actor confirmed that Harrison Ford would be joining the Expendables cast, replacing Willis.
Sylvester Stallone at the New York premiere of Bullet to the Head.
Stallone described Bruce Willis as "greedy and "lazy" on Twitter shortly after confirming Harrison Ford will be replacing Willis in Expendables 3. In his first Tweet, Stallone claimed he'd "been waiting for years" for the news that "Willis out" and "Harrison in".
...Or maybe Chuck Norris will just decide who'll buy his $1.2 million, 7,362 acre, memorabilia-stuffed property.
'Chuck Norris doesn't live in a house, the house lives around him'...or something like that - you know the drill. The actor and martial artist Chuck Norris is apparently "downsizing" the number of properties he possesses which means that the house he co-owns with his brother, Aaron Norris, which served as the on-screen residence for his Texas ranger character, Cordell Walker, in CBS' Walker, Texas Ranger has got to go.
Dare You Buy This Man's House?
Thinking of putting in an offer? The Mediterranean ranch-style home can offer you four bedrooms, seven bathrooms, a home gym decked out with "motivational" memorabilia to remind you you'll never be as hard as the iconic, bearded 73 year-old.
Continue reading: Chuck Norris Selling His $1.2M 'Walker, Texas Ranger' Ranch Mansion
Nicolas Cage has strongly dispelled rumours that he'll be in the next instalment in the 'Expendables' action movies.
After being rumoured to be joining the Expendables 3 cast, Knowing actor Nicolas Cage has shot down such murmurings in an interview with Den of Geek putting it plainly that he'd had no involvement so far: "I have not had any formal discussions about that movie," he said referring to Expendables. "I'm not in Kick-Ass 2 and I don't think I'm in Expendables 3. And I like those guys, but I would say it would be highly unlikely that I'd be in that movie," he added, destroying another fervent internet rumour while he was at it.
Nicolas Cage: Probably Not In Expendables 3.
Dwayne Johnson and Vinnie Jones are two fellow actors who've also been rumoured to be starring in the mega-action blockbuster, set for release in August 2014. Cage's denial follows Sylvester Stallone's claim that he had "no knowledge" of a potential Cage addition back in November 2012.
Continue reading: Nicolas Cage A "Highly Unlikely" Addition To Expendables 3
Sylvester Stallone has announced The Expendables 3, though fans may be more intrigued by his new project by Arnold Schwarzenegger.
It's shaping up to be a pretty hectic 18 months or so for Sylvester Stallone, who will star in two big-budget movies for Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment, Escape Plan and The Expendables 3. The former stars Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger as prison cellmates who work together to escape. The Great Escape, essentially.
The movie, directed by Swedish filmmaker Mikael Hafstrom, is written by Miles Chapman and Jason Keller, according to the Hollywood Reporter. It will go up against Joseph Gordon-Lecitt's directorial debut Don Jon and fantasy movie Seventh Son on October 18, 2013. The Expendables action adventure franchise continues on August 15, 2014 with the third movie, once again starring Stallone as Barney Ross, who leads his group of mercenaries into another seemingly impossible mission. Martial arts legend Jackie Chan and Oscar winner Nicolas Cage are set to be appear in the movie, which will undoubtedly continue to the huge success of the franchise. As yet, the other major studios have not announced any movies for release on the same date.
The Expendables 2, starring Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris and Terry Crews, opened on August 16, 2012 to takings of $28.6 million. The movie has since earned $300 million worldwide.
Continue reading: Sylvester Stallone Announces Expendables 3 and Great Escape 2 (Sort Of)
Barney (Stallone) and his team of ageing mercenaries are coerced by Church (Willis) into heading into hostile territory to retrieve a top secret electronic gadget. Most shocking is the fact that Church insists that a woman, Maggie (Yu), joins them. And when things go wrong, Barney leads the gang on a grisly revenge mission against a nasty villain (Van Damme) who's callously putting humanity in peril. Along the way they're joined by Church and Trench (Schwarzenegger), and get help from lone-wolf Booker (Norris).
Continue reading: The Expendables 2 Review
Mr Church reunites the Expendables: Barney Ross; Lee Christmas; Yin Yang; Gunnar Jensen; Toll Road and Hale Caesar for a simple job. They are joined by two newcomers: Billy the Kid and Maggie. All in all, it looks like an easy paycheck for the Expendables. But things aren't always what they appear to be and when one of their own is brutally killed, the men set out to get revenge.
The Expendables are a group of highly trained mercenaries who are past their prime. In their last adventure, they get together for a mission to overthrow a Latin American dictator in Vilena, an island in between the Gulf of Mexico and South America.
Chinese actress Yu Nan joins the cast as the first female Expendable, while Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger expand their cameos as Mr Church and Trent Mauser, respectively. The Expendables 2 is directed by Simon West (Con Air; Lara Croft: Tomb Raider) and was written by Sylvester Stallone, who directed the first film, which was released in 2010. Upon its release, The Expendables was a box office hit, grossing $266,159,621 worldwide, despite mixed reviews from critics.
The Expendables are back and this time it's personal.
Directed by: Simon West
In US cinemas from August 17, 2012
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Jason Statham, Liam Hemsworth, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jean Claude Van Damme, Jet Li, Yu Nan, Chuck Norris, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews, Novak Djokovic and Randy Couture