Chuck Norris, the legendary martial artist, actor, and cultural icon, turns 83 today. Born on March 10, 1940, in Ryan, Oklahoma, Norris has had a remarkable career spanning several decades and has become a household name around the world.
Norris first gained fame as a martial artist, winning numerous tournaments and becoming a six-time World Karate Champion. He also served in the United States Air Force and became a martial arts instructor, teaching several celebrities, including Steve McQueen and Priscilla Presley.
Norris then transitioned to acting, starting with small roles in films and TV shows before eventually landing leading roles. He starred in several action films throughout the 1980s and 1990s, including the popular “Missing in Action” series and “Delta Force.” He also played the lead role in the hit TV series “Walker, Texas Ranger,” which ran from 1993 to 2001.
Aside from his acting and martial arts careers, Norris is also known for his philanthropy work. He founded the KickStart Kids Foundation, which teaches martial arts to at-risk youth in Texas, and he has donated millions of dollars to various charitable causes.
Norris’s impact on popular culture extends far beyond his acting and martial arts careers. He has become a cultural icon, with numerous jokes and memes circulating on the internet about his toughness and masculinity. In fact, the phrase “Chuck Norris Facts” has become synonymous with exaggerated and humorous statements about his supposed abilities and feats.