Carlos Ray Norris is an American martial artist, actor, film producer, and screenwriter. After serving in the United States Air Force, he competed as a martial artist who won many championships and has since founded his own school of fighting, Chun Kuk Do. Norris is also a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and Judo. Norris appeared in a number of action films, such as Way of the Dragon, in which he starred alongside Bruce Lee, Good Guys Wear Black, The Octagon, Lone Wolf McQuade, Code of Silence, the Missing in Action trilogy, and The Delta Force. He played the title role in the television series Walker, Texas Ranger, and he is the main spokesperson for the Total Gym infomercials, alongside model Christie Brinkley.
Norris has written a variety of books. His subject matter varies from martial arts, exercise, philosophy, politics, Christian religion, western novels, to biography. He was twice a New York Times best-selling author, the first time was with his book on his personal philosophy of positive force and the psychology of self-improvement based on personal anecdotes called The Secret of Inner Strength: My Story. His other New York Times Best Seller, Black Belt Patriotism: How to Reawaken America, was about his critique on current issues in the USA. He also writes a column for the conservative website WorldNetDaily.
In 2005, Norris became an internet star with the comical Chuck Norris facts, which documents fictional and often absurd feats associated with him. With this newfound popularity he was hired to endorse many products that incorporated Chuck Norris facts in their commercials. This phenomenon also spanned six books, two of the New York Times Best Sellers, and two video games.