Chuck Norris has starred in such action films as ‘Return of the Dragon’ and ‘Missing in Action.’ He also starred on the hit TV series ‘Walker, Texas Ranger.
Chuck Norris started studying martial arts in Korea in the 1950s. He was serving in the U.S. Air Force at the time. When he returned home, Norris soon opened his karate studio. He switched to movies in the 1970s, appearing with Bruce Lee in Way of the Dragon. Norris became a popular action-film star in the 1980s and starred in his own television series in the 1990s.
The oldest of three boys, Chuck Norris once described himself as “the shy kid who never excelled at anything in school.” His father was an alcoholic who all but disappeared from Norris’ life after his parents divorced. At the age of 10, Norris moved with his mother and brothers to California. There, he attended North Torrance High School.
1. It wasn’t until I went to Korea out of high school and got exposed to the martial arts for the first time and was just completely enamored with the physical ability of the martial arts and making my black belt.
2. I think setting a goal, getting a visual image of what it is you want. You’ve got to see what it is you want to achieve before you can pursue it.
3. I’ve always found that anything worth achieving will always have obstacles in the way and you’ve got to have that drive and determination to overcome those obstacles on route to whatever it is that you want to accomplish.
4. People need to realise what real happiness and success is, because success as an actor is fleeting. You can be up there one day and gone the next.
5. A lot of times people look at the negative side of what they feel they can’t do. I always look on the positive side of what I can do.
6. A lot of people give up just before they’re about to make it. You know you never know when that next obstacle is going to be the last one.
7. I think you can learn from history.
8. While I filmed the ‘Walker, Texas Ranger’ series for eight and a half years, I had never had much time to read, except for screenplays of the episodes.
9. I gave my life to the Lord at 12. I was baptized at 12.
10. When I got into the film business, my aim was to adopt a positive persona, of a guy who fights against injustice. And it saved me, because my acting was atrocious to say the least!
11. I’m a people’s actor, not a critics’ actor, and I always have been.
12. Unfortunately, people are re-interpreting the Constitution as a living document, and it’s not. It’s a solid-based document and it shouldn’t be played with.
13. When I got into the film business, my aim was to adopt a positive persona, of a guy who fights against injustice. And it saved me, because my acting was atrocious to say the least!
14. I’m a people’s actor, not a critics’ actor, and I always have been.
15. Truthfully, I’m proud of each of my films in a certain way.
16. Well, I grew up as a democrat.
17. Good morals lead to good laws.
18. It’s amazing because people come up to me and say, ‘Chuck, you’re the luckiest guy in the world to be a world karate champion and a movie and TV star.’ When they say this to me, I kind of smile because luck had nothing to do with it; God had everything to do with it.
19. I think I can achieve more outside the political arena.
20. I think a lot of my shyness and non-athleticism came because I didn’t have a father to instill those in me.
21. I was just a start-and-stop guy. I could never really follow through on anything that I started.
22. Martial arts was really the first thing in my life that I followed through on and accomplished a degree of proficiency for.
23. The Apostle Paul did what he had to do to spread the message of God. I realize that that is what I have to do; I have to bite the bullet and overcome my shyness.
24. Anytime you get action legends together, it has to be a classic.
25. I wasn’t offered a role in ‘Expendables 1,’ and I’m a guest star in ‘Expendables 2.
26. We either go one direction, left, which would be socialism. Or right, which would be people trying to make the money themselves.
27. I think Christians and Muslims should hug each other.
28. Unfortunately, in the entertainment field, sometimes you start believing your celebrity. You have a strong tendency to drift from the Lord, which I did. I did drift for a number of years.
29. As six-time world karate champion and then a movie star, I put too much trust in who I was, what I could do, and what I acquired. I forgot how much I needed others and especially God.
30. Whether we are famous or not, we all need God. We also need other people.
31. I’ve got a bulletin for you, folks. I am no superman. I realize that now, but I didn’t always.
32. There’s a lot to be done; I just see a total moral decay in our society.
33. Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, John Wayne – these men had the code of the West.
34. There’s no reason we can’t all live harmoniously together, and that’s what I would say to the head of Iran.
35. Long ago made it a principle of my life to cultivate a positive frame of mind, to strive to project it and to share it with those I meet. It is a principle that has served me well.
36. Exercise, prayer, and meditation are examples of calming rituals. They have been shown to induce a happier mood and provide a positive pathway through life’s daily frustrations.
37. A walk in nature is a perfect backdrop to combine exercise, prayer, and meditation while enhancing the benefit of these activities.
38. The key to the future in an aging society is not found in increasing just our life span; we need to increase our health span at the same time.
39. I watched Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech before Congress, and I saw a man who loves his country with all his heart and soul. I also saw a strong leader, which is absolutely crucial for the safety of the Israeli people.
40. What was Bruce Lee like? How did you meet? What was it like to choreograph the fight scene in Rome with him? Did you spend much time together off-screen? Those are a small sampling of the inquiries I’m asked often, wherever I go around the world.
41. As I travel the world, it seems that younger people identify me merely with some of the folklore in the ‘Chuck Norris Facts’ – those hyperbolic sayings that elevate my abilities beyond my capabilities. Others view me in light of the character I played in ‘Walker, Texas Ranger’ or in one of my 20 tough-guy films.
42. From 1964 to 1968, I won many state, national and international amateur karate titles.
43. In 1968, I fought and won the world middleweight karate championship by defeating the world’s top fighters. I then held that title until 1974, when I retired undefeated.
44. My biggest worry is that Obama says he’s going to tax the upper 5 percent by raising their taxes by 20 percent. But among that 5 percent are the corporations that are hiring middle-class Americans.
45. If Obama raises my company’s taxes by 20 percent, how am I going to be able to survive as a company? Well, if I’ve got 30 employees, that means I’m going to have to lay off 10 employees so I can be able to keep up with the health and benefits and pension plans for my other 20 employees.
46. Between income taxes and employment taxes, capital gains taxes, estate taxes, corporate taxes, property taxes, Social Security taxes, we’re being taxed to death.
47. I really believed that Mike Huckabee had a vision for our country, and the more I was around him the more I was impressed by this man.
48. When I did ‘Good Guys Wear Black,’ I had a lot of dialogue in that movie.
49. I’m – you know, I’m not a good actor.
50. My mother lived through the Great Depression. Her family of 11 children pulled themselves up by their bootstraps and moved to wherever there was work at the time. And in rural Oklahoma, that wasn’t easy to find.
51. My mom was essentially a single mother raising three boys. If anyone could have had any reason to give up, it was her. But she didn’t, and neither did we.
52. My mom was essentially a single mother raising three boys. If anyone could have had any reason to give up, it was her. But she didn’t, and neither did we.
53. The final line in the Second Amendment says, ‘The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.’ That means not by the president, not by Congress.
54. I’m not a hunter.
55. If the government decides to become a tyrannical government, our guns are to protect us against that.
56. God bless and help all the victims and patriots of 9/11, from the families of Flight 93 passengers to those who were in the Pentagon and Twin Towers as well as others who have fought and presently fight the war on terror.
57. Despite what Washington thinks or does on this 15th anniversary, we the people will never forget those who perished and the lessons learned on Sept. 11, 2001.
58. We can’t deal with the flood in the orchards until we cap the floodwaters coming into them. And that means giving our Border Patrol the total resources they need to get their job done, and even utilizing military personnel in particular hot crossing spots.
59. Our forefathers increased and decreased the influx of peoples because America was building a melting pot and because certain ethnicities often brought with them certain securities and degrees of productivity.
60. I would give illegal immigrants already here a three-month grace period to apply for a temporary worker’s visa. If they failed to apply within that time frame, they would be considered fugitives, and they would be found and deported.