But it was in the 1980s when Chuck became a household name thanks to box-office hits such as Lone Wolf McQuade and a prolific working relationship with low-budget studio Cannon Films. He also enjoyed huge success in the 1990s as the star of Walker, Texas Ranger. The CBS show lasted for eight seasons and was regularly placed in America’s top 30 most-watched programs.
Seemingly not content with resting on his laurels, in 2005 Chuck went on to establish the team-based martial arts contest known as the World Combat League. That year also saw the star become the subject of an online craze dubbed “Chuck Norris facts.” Then, in 2012 he appeared alongside several other iconic action heroes in The Expendables 2. The film would prove to be Chuck’s final appearance on the big screen.
That’s because Chuck decided to abandon his Hollywood career shortly after to look after his sick wife Gena. The pair had married in 1998 and welcomed twins Dakota Alan and Danilee Kelly into the world in 2001. Former model Gena, who is 23 years younger than Chuck, also has two kids from another marriage.