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Chuck Norris Turns 74 ... And He's Still as Tough as Ever

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Tuesday, 11 Mar 2014 07:47 AM

By Clyde Hughes

Action movie legend Chuck Norris turned 74 on Tuesday, but many of his fans say that the martial arts stalwart is still as tough as ever.

Norris was distinguished by his roles in the long-running television series "Walker, Texas Ranger" as well as movies "Delta Force" and "Missing in Action." He also starred opposite martial arts icon Bruce Lee in the 1972 movie "The Way of the Dragon."

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Norris is among a small number of conservatives in the entertainment business. In 2007, The Telegraph named Norris one of 100 most influential conservatives, ahead of Ann Coulter, Pat Buchanan and Bill O'Reilly. At one point, his endorsement of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee in 2007 catapulted him to frontrunner status for a short time in the 2008 presidential race. 

Born Carlos Ray Norris, the action movie star learned martial arts while serving in the Air Force when he was stationed in Korea. He became a world middleweight boxing champion in 1968, was named fighter of the year by Black Belt magazine and opened martial arts schools in Southern California.

One of his clients and friends, actor Steve McQueen, encouraged Norris to become an actor to show off his martial arts skills.

Norris recently  had a cameo in the Sylvester Stallone's movie "The Expendables 2" in 2013.

To his fans on social media, the seemingly ageless Norris is as tough as ever.






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