[[caption-width-right:250:Most recent driver's license\\
photo of Chuck Norris.]]

->''"Website/{{Google}} won't search for Chuck Norris because it knows you don't find Chuck Norris, he finds ''you''"''.
-->-- ''[[http://www.nochucknorris.com/ nochucknorris.com]]''
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'''Carlos Ray Norris''', better known as Chuck Norris, (born March 10, 1940) is an actor, writer, film producers, and martial artist best known for his {{roundhouse kick}}s and [[BadassBeard beard]]. Depending on your mileage, he's most remembered for:

# His fight with Creator/BruceLee in [[TheSeventies 1972's]] ''Film/WayOfTheDragon''
# His series of [[TheEighties 80s]] action films made by Cannon Studios (including ''Film/TheOctagon'', ''Film/TheDeltaForce'' and ''Film/LoneWolfMcQuade'')
# His role as Cordell Walker in the long-running [[TheNineties 90s]] series ''Series/WalkerTexasRanger''.
# For martial arts connoisseurs, being an incredibly successful Karate competitor, becoming the Middleweight World Karate Champion.
# The popular internet jokes about his supposed godlike invincibility have introduced him to an entirely new generation.

He is the third westerner in the documented history of Tae Kwon Do to be given the rank of 8th Degree Black Belt Grand Master, though he is often erroneously credited as the first. Also erroneously, Taekwondo is typically cited as his martial art. Chuck actually first studied Tang Soo Do, making it very popular in the west. He studied several other martial arts, including Taekwondo, later on.

He experienced a recent burst popularity which can be linked to two pop-cultural phenomena: First, after the debut of the Chuck Norris lever on ''Late Night With Creator/ConanOBrien'' (which produced a humorous out-of-context clip of ''Walker, Texas Ranger''). Second, after the formulation of the "[[Website/ChuckNorrisFacts Chuck Norris Fact Generator]]" (a spin-off of a similar generator for Creator/VinDiesel), a MemeticMutation wherein facts were given that depicted Norris as [[MemeticBadass an unstoppable force of badassery]], that quickly gained wide popularity. The concept reached AscendedMeme status in a campaign ad for Republican Mike Huckabee. He also [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54NTH5x803Q appears in a commercial]] for ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' as part of a series of celebrity endorsements of the game. To a montage of him delivering a CurbStompBattle to enemies, a narrator proudly proclaims "there are ten million people in the world of Warcraft, because Chuck Norris allows them to live!"

Also, in 1986, he starred AsHimself in a cartoon series titled ''WesternAnimation/ChuckNorrisKarateKommandos'' in which his name was [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSU1Lvxy9Sk endlessly repeated in the opening sequence]].

One of his most recent roles was as Booker, a legendary lone-wolf mercenary in ''Film/TheExpendables2'', a role that's memorable for not only having him appear alongside other 80's action stars, but for ''Chuck himself actually cracking a [[Website/ChuckNorrisFacts Chuck Norris joke]]'', officially turning them into an AscendedMeme.

According to {{urban legend}} Norris was the man who taught Bruce Lee how to kick properly. Considering Norris' background in Tang Soo Do, a notoriously kick-heavy style, and Lee's early training in boxing and Wing Chun, both heavily punch-based, it's not impossible.

The real Chuck is as plainspoken, quiet, and honest as the characters he plays, but more likely to [[BadassGrandpa wrestle with his grandchildren]] than collect spinal columns. He currently lives in Grimes County, Texas, about an hour from [[UsefulNotes/{{Houston}} Greater Houston]]. Chuck Norris sightings aren't uncommon and are a bit of a letdown for anyone who honestly expects [[Website/ChuckNorrisFacts the legends]] to be true. He's known for being very gracious with fans and involved with several philanthropic endeavors, including his own charity Kickstart. He is one of Hollywood's most prominent Republicans, as well as an outspoken conservative Christian, creating his martial art form Chun Kuk Do, around a mixture of [[KungFuJesus Christian and Martial Arts]] principles.

And [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zj2Zf9tlg2Y here]], you can see fictionalized versions of himself and UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln rapping against each other.

!!Films with pages on this wiki:

* ''Film/WayOfTheDragon'' (1972)
* ''Film/BreakerBreaker'' (1977)
* ''Film/TheOctagon'' (1980)
* ''Film/SilentRage'' (1982)
* ''Film/ForcedVengeance'' (1982)
* ''Film/LoneWolfMcQuade'' (1983)
* ''Film/MissingInAction'' (1984)
* ''Film/CodeOfSilence'' (1985)
* ''Film/{{Invasion USA|1985}}'' (1985)
* ''Film/MissingInAction2TheBeginning'' (1985)
* ''Film/TheDeltaForce'' (1986)
* ''Film/BraddockMissingInActionIII'' (1988)
* ''Film/HeroAndTheTerror'' (1988)
* ''Film/DeltaForce2TheColombianConnection'' (1990)
* ''Film/TheHitman'' (1991)
* ''Film/{{Sidekicks}}'' (1992)
* ''Film/{{Hellbound}}'' (1994)
* ''Film/TopDog'' (1995)
* ''Film/DodgeballATrueUnderdogStory'' (2004)
* ''Film/TheExpendables2'' (2012)