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Chuck Norris has starred in such action films as Return of the Dragon and Missing in Action. He also had a hit TV series called Walker, Texas Ranger.
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He has also served as a product spokesperson, appearing in infomercials for exercise equipment.
Norris has been a longtime supporter of numerous charities, including 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 learn respect and discipline and to improve their self-esteem.
Politically conservative, Norris has campaigned on behalf of Republican candidates. He backed George Bush in the 1988 presidential election, and supported Mike Huckabee in the 2008 race for the Republican nomination. A believer in the Constitution's Second Amendment, Norris has worked with the National Rifle Association to oppose some legislation on restricting gun ownership.
Chuck Norris has been married twice. He has three children from his first marriage to Dianne Holechek. The couple divorced in 1988. In 1998, Norris married Gena O'Kelley and they welcomed twins three years later.
Norris loves speed, and has competed in off-shore powerboat competitions. In 1997, he reached an important martial arts milestone, becoming the first man in the Western Hemisphere to earn an 8th degree Black Belt Grand Master title.
Possessing a more contemplative side, Norris has written several books. He published his autobiography, The Secret of Inner Strength in 1988, which became a best-seller. A few years later, Norris penned a self-help tome, The Secret Power Within: Zen Solutions to Real Problems.
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