As one of the biggest action heroes of his generation, Chuck Norris is renowned for taking on those who have done him wrong. But his latest real-life battle will see him go up against unarguably his toughest ever opposition. Here’s why Norris has chosen to give up his Hollywood career to fight the powers of the U.S. medical industry.
Born Carlos Ray Norris in Oklahoma in 1940, the star picked up his “Chuck” nickname when he served as an air policeman in the U.S. Air Force in his late teens. He also commenced martial arts training during his four-year military spell, and after being discharged from service he began competing in various tournaments. In 1968 he was even crowned the World Professional Middleweight Karate Champion, following which he founded his own group of martial arts schools.
And Chuck would move into the film world with a small role in The Wrecking Crew, which was released in 1968. His acting career received a huge boost, however, when he was cast opposite friend Bruce Lee in 1972’s Return of the Dragon. Chuck’s first leading role arrived five years later in action trucking movie Breaker! Breaker!