|Estimated value:||€57 million|
|Country of origin:||United States|
|Source of Wealth:||actor|
Chuck Norris is one of the most famous US actors, author of several books, martial arts expert and father of 5 children. The actor rose to fame in 1972 for playing an opponent of Bruce Lee in The Deathclaw Strikes Again. He is also known for the series “Walker Texas Ranger”, which appeared from 1993 to 2001 and was co-produced by Chuck Norris himself. He himself is known as a practicing evangelical Christian and for his conservative attitude. Chuck Norris shows great commitment to the positions and representatives of the Republican Party. Since 2005, humorous memes with so-called “Chuck Norris Facts” have been in circulation, which allude to his martial film roles and his martial arts.
Chuck Norris was born to Ray and Wilma Norris in 1940. Both parents are of half Cherokee and half Irish descent. Chuck Norris is the eldest of three children. Due to his father’s alcohol addiction, he was only present at irregular intervals. The entire family moved several times and was settled in the regions of Arizona and California, among other places. Chuck Norris’ parents divorced in 1956. Two years later, after graduating from high school, he joined the US Air Force with the aim of pursuing a career as a police officer.
Chuck Norris is an 8th Dan Taekwondo Master and is considered the first western man to achieve this rank. In 1963 he competed in his first martial arts tournament, and many more followed. At a tournament in 1967, he finally met Bruce Lee, who helped him to get his first minor film role a year later.
With his first real film role in 1972 in The Deathclaw Strikes Again, Chuck Norris, who was initially uninterested in acting, was persuaded to take acting classes by Steve McQueen, whom he met through his martial arts work. In 1977 Chuck was offered a starring role in the low budget film Breaker Breaker, which he accepted. After this project, the films “Black Tiger”, “Bulldozer” and “Octagon” appeared, which together grossed over 100 million dollars. In the film “Black Tiger” Chuck Norris first worked with his brother Aaron, who played him as a double in some scenes. This cooperation intensified over the years and was continued in further productions. With his brother Chuck also founded the film production company “Topkick Productions” with which he financed the film McQuade, the wolf.
For the film production company “Cannon Films” Chuck Norris realized the two films “Missing in Action” and “Missing in Action 2 – The Return”. Due to the huge success of both films at the box office, he received an exclusive contract from Cannon Films, which will give him $1 million plus the same amount for each additional film. From 1993, Chuck Norris was a regular in the series Walker Texas Ranger in the leading role. He has also served as executive producer on the series. After a 7-year hiatus from acting, Chuck Norris returned in 2012 to guest star in the hit film The Expendables 2.
Within his professional martial arts career, he became the first middle-heavyweight champion in karate in 1967 and was awarded the title of “Fighter of the Year” by Black belt magazine in the same year.
Chuck Norris also published his biography entitled “The secret of inner strength” and was made an honorary member of the elite Texas unit “Texas Rangers” in 2010, where he was awarded the official Texas Star.
“Men are like steel – when they lose their temper, they lose their worth.”
“I would not want to be a politician… Let me tell you this: If I was campaigning, and I go against my opponent and he started attacking my character, and I leap over the table and choke him unconsciously, that would help my campaign ?”
tips for success
Chuck Norris claims that the things we want most are the things we have the hardest time getting. This means that you have to be focused, concentrated and put a lot of effort into your desired goals. According to him, what makes a successful person is a strong will, which should also be maintained in times of crisis. If you have the right will, you will achieve the desired goal.
|Estimated value:||€57 million|