[[caption-width-right:250: The eyes of the ranger are upon you.]]

->''"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]]''

-->-- A RunningGag from ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic''

'''Carlos Ray Norris''', better known as Chuck Norris, (born March 10, 1940) is an actor/martial artist, perhaps best known for his series of action films made by Cannon Studios in the 1980s (including ''Film/TheOctagon'', ''Film/TheDeltaForce'' and ''Film/LoneWolfMcQuade''), his fight with Bruce Lee in ''Film/WayOfTheDragon'', his role as Cordell Walker in the long-running Creator/{{CBS}} series ''WalkerTexasRanger'' and, of course, for his {{roundhouse kick}}s and BadassBeard.

Norris 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. The real Chuck, however, is a pretty cool guy who's very gracious with fans and involved with several philanthropic endeavors, including his own charity Kickstart. He is one of Hollywood's most prominent Republicans (appearing in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDUQW8LUMs8 campaign commercials]] for Mike Huckabee), as well as an outspoken conservative Christian, creating his martial art form Chun Kuk Do, around a mixture of [[RealMenLoveJesus Christian]] and Martial Arts principles.

He has experienced a recent burst popularity which can be linked to two pop-cultural phenomena: First, after the debut of the ''WalkerTexasRanger'' lever on ''Late Night With Creator/ConanOBrien'' (which produced a humorous out-of-context clip of the show). Second, after the formulation of the "[[Website/ChuckNorrisFacts Chuck Norris Fact Generator]]" (a spin-off of a similar generator for 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 with the aforementioned Mike Huckabee commercial. He also [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54NTH5x803Q appears in a commercial]] for ''WorldOfWarcraft'' as part of a series of celebrity endorsements of the show. 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!"

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, 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 ''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.

UrbanLegend claims Norris was the man who taught BruceLee how to kick properly. Considering Norris' background in Tae Kwon Do, a notoriously kick-heavy style, and Lee's early training in boxing and Wing Chun, both heavily punch-based, it's not impossible.

To summarize: MemeticMutation aside, ChuckNorris is in RealLife a sensitive, polite, humble, soft-spoken and kindhearted NiceGuy as well as a BadassGrandpa. The best example of a MeanCharacterNiceActor Martial Arts actor in western media. The meme is greatly exaggerated, but you can (especially if you're extremely unlucky [[MuggingTheMonster or idiotic]]) see where it came from.

However, despite his memetic popularity, there has been a certain level of HypeBacklash and BrokenBase, primarily from LGBT and LGBT-supporting individuals, stemming from his numerous opposition to LGBT rights, [[http://www.ammoland.com/2012/06/is-obama-creating-a-pro-gay-boy-scouts-of-america/#axzz1yvquyC6z gay boy scouts]], UsefulNotes/BarackObama's presidency, and many other HeteronormativeCrusader tendencies[[note]]some of which has resulted in criticisms of him being outright hypocritical, such as complaining about a pro-gay rally 'forcing their politics' onto others while he himself does pretty much the same thing[[/note]] that has soiled many's opinion of him. Despite this, however, he's largely still considered a generally friendly man, just one with very conservative ideals that deserve respect, even if you disagree with them.

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/InvasionUSA1985 Invasion USA]]'' (1985)
* ''Film/TheDeltaForce'' (1986)
* ''Film/DeltaForce2TheColombianConnection'' (1990)
* ''Film/{{Sidekicks}}'' (1992)
* ''Film/TheExpendables 2'' (2012)