Ageing martial arts actor Chuck Norris has confessed to fathering a love child in a revealing new biography.

The 64-year-old MISSING IN ACTION star reveals he cheated on his first wife DIANNE back in 1962 and became a dad.

The deeply religious Norris was unaware he had fathered a daughter until a girl called DINA wrote to him in 1991, claiming to be his biological daughter.

And, in new book AGAINST ALL ODDS: MY STORY, Norris admits he still feels ashamed about lying to Dina's mother JOHANNA.

He says, "To my shame I never told Johanna that I was married."

Norris was stationed in California in the US Air Force at the time, and his brief fling with Dina's mum amounted to nothing more than a passionate romp in the back of a car.

Dina only found out about her real father when she overheard her mother talking about Norris to a pal.

He adds, "Johanna later confirmed to Dina that I was her biological father but that I was married and had children and she shouldn't disrupt my life."

But Dina didn't listen, and when Dina got in touch with him, he agreed to meet up with her mum and her.

Norris recalls, "I didn't need DNA or blood tests. I went to her, wrapped my arms around her, and we both started crying. At that moment, it was as if I had known her all my life."

09/09/2004 09:10