Chuck Norris Net Worth
Chuck Norris Net Worth: Chuck Norris is an American martial artist, actor, screenwriter, and producer who has a net worth of $70 million. Norris is best known for his mastery of martial arts and all-around badassery. He is also the subject of the popular internet meme, Chuck Norris facts.
Early Life: Carlos Ray "Chuck" Norris was born on March 10, 1940, in Ryan, Oklahoma to Wilma and Ray Dee Norris, who was a World War II Army soldier, a mechanic, bus driver, and truck driver Norris has stated that he has Irish and Cherokee roots. Norris was named after Carlos Berry, his father's minister. He was the oldest of three brothers, the younger two being Wieland, and Aaron. When Norris was sixteen, his parents divorced and he later relocated to Prairie Village, Kansas, and then to Torrance, California with his mother and brothers. Norris has described his childhood as downbeat. He was nonathletic, shy, and scholastically mediocre. His father, Ray, worked intermittently as an automobile mechanic and went on alcohol drinking binges that lasted for months at a time. Embarrassed by his father's behavior and the family's financial plight, Norris developed a debilitating introversion that lasted for his entire childhood.
Career: He joined the United States Air Force as an Air Policeman (AP) in 1958 and was sent to Osan Air Base, South Korea. It was there that Norris acquired the nickname Chuck and began his training in Tang Soo Do, an interest that led to black belts in that art and the founding of the Chun Kuk Do ("Universal Way") form. When he returned to the United States, he continued to serve as an AP at March Air Force Base in California. Norris was discharged from the U.S. Air Force in August 1962. Following his military service, Norris applied to be a police officer in Torrance, California. While on the waiting list, Norris opened a martial arts studio. To promote it, Norris did demonstrations and fights in all kinds of events.
Norris started to participate in martial arts competitions. He was defeated in his first two tournaments. He lost three matches at the International Karate Championships to Tony Tulleners. By 1967 Norris had improved enough that he scored victories over the likes of Vic Moore. On June 3rd, at the 1967 tournament of karate, Norris defeated seven opponents, exchanged his final blows with Skipper Mullins, and won the tournament. During this time, Norris also worked for the Northrop Corporation and opened a chain of karate schools, including a storefront school in his then-hometown of Torrance, California on Hawthorne Boulevard. Norris's official website lists celebrity clients at the schools; among them Steve McQueen, Chad McQueen, Bob Barker, Priscilla Presley, Donny Osmond and Marie Osmond.
In early 1968, Norris suffered the tenth and last loss of his career. Later that same year, he avenged his defeat and won the Professional Middleweight Karate champion title, which he held for six consecutive years. While competing, Norris met Bruce Lee, who at the time was known for the TV series The Green Hornet. They developed a friendship, as well as a training and working relationship.
In 1969, during the first weekend of August, Norris defended his title as world champion at the International Karate Championship. The competition included champions from most of the fifty states as well as a half dozen from abroad who joined for the preliminaries Norris retained his title. Norris won Karate's triple crown for the most tournament wins of the year, and the Fighter of the Year award by Black Belt magazine. That year, Norris made his acting debut in the Dean Martin film The Wrecking Crew.
In 1972, he acted as Bruce Lee's nemesis in the widely acclaimed martial arts movie Way of the Dragon (titled Return of the Dragon in its U.S. distribution).
He played the starring role in the television series Walker, Texas Ranger from 1993 to 2001.
Since 2005 Norris has been widely associated with an internet meme that documents fictional and often absurd feats associated with him. Within his karate studios, he taught several celebrities, including Priscilla Presley and actor Steve McQueen. McQueen was the one who encouraged his teacher to try acting.
Personal Life: Norris married his high school classmate Dianne Kay Holechek in December 1958 when he was 18 and Dianne 17. They met in 1956 at high school in Torrance, California. In 1962 their first child, Mike, was born. He also had a daughter who was born in 1963 of an extramarital affair. Later, he had a second son, Eric, with his wife in 1964. After 30 years of marriage, Norris and Holechek divorced in 1989, after separating in 1988, during the filming of The Delta Force 2.
On November 28, 1998, he married former model Gena O'Kelley. She is 23 years Norris' junior. O'Kelley had two children from a previous marriage. She delivered twins on August 30, 2001.
On September 22, 2004, Norris told Entertainment Tonight's Mary Hart that he did not meet his illegitimate daughter from a past relationship until she was 26, although she learned that he was her father when she was 16. He met her after she sent a letter informing him of their relationship in 1990, one year after Chuck's divorce with his first wife Dianne.
Norris has been a longtime supporter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the United Way. In 1992, Norris started his own charitable organization called Kickstart with help from President George Bush. Kickstart provides martial arts training to middle-school students to teach them respect and discipline and to improve their self-esteem. Norris is a devout Christian and politically conservative.
Real Estate: In 2013, Norris listed his Dallas home for $1.2 million. It is the home he lived in during his Walker, Texas Ranger days and he co-owned it with his brother Aaron. The 7.362 square foot home has four bedrooms, seven bathrooms, a theatre, and a weight room. The property also has a separate building on the property that was used as a studio during the production of Walker, Texas Ranger.
|Net Worth:||$70 Million|
|Date of Birth:||Mar 10, 1940 (80 years old)|
|Height:||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Profession:||Actor, Martial Artist, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Author|
|Nationality:||United States of America|
Chuck Norris Earnings
- An Eye for an Eye$250,000
- A Force of One$125,000
- Good Guys Wear Black$40,000
- Breaker! Breaker!$10,000