Actor Chuck Norris is celebrating his 80th birthday Tuesday.

Born Carlos Ray Norris in 1940, he would get his nickname whereas serving within the Air Force as an 18-year-old.

While stationed on the Osan Air Base in South Korea, he started finding out martial arts. He left the service in 1962 and began working as a karate teacher. Norris was the primary westerner ever to carry the rank of Eighth-degree black belt in taekwondo.

It was in 1972 when Norris obtained his massive break within the martial arts movie “The Way of the Dragon,” the place he and Bruce Lee had their iconic struggle scene within the Roman Colosseum.

Audiences get pleasure from seeing Norris struggle justice in opposition to the unhealthy guys. He has appeared in lots of movies together with “Good Guys Wear Black,” “Forced Vengeance,” “Code of Silence,” and “The Delta Force.”

Norris additionally starred within the hit 90s CBS tv “Walker, Texas Ranger.” The present ran for eight seasons.

Norris has been a longtime supporter of quite a few charities, together with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the United Way. Norris began his personal charitable group known as Kickstart Kids. The function of Kickstart is to show “…character through karate to empower youth with core values, such as discipline and respect, to achieve their greatest potential.”

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