It’s hard to believe Chuck Norris has turned 74 on today March 10th of 2014. I grew up on Chuck Norris, an actor and martial artist whom I have revered my entire life. The Chuck Norris jokes are hilarious and I always say “I grew up taking Chuck Norris seriously.” He was a big time action movie star of the 1980s and TV star of the 1990s. He was on the level of Bruce Lee, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone. You can make a very large case he’s the greatest action movie star in history. No actor has ever combined elite martial arts skills that can contend with Bruce Lee or heavy firearms use that can contend with Stallone and Schwarzenegger. Chuck Norris was an incredible real life martial artist and one of the greatest in the history of the Western World. He had an amazing fight record.
I’d like to personally wish on behalf of ‘Reaction Reporters’ a Happy 74th Birthday to one of my favorite movie stars of all time: Chuck Norris.
To celebrate his birthday, let’s take a look back at some of his greatest movies; listed in order of release:
The Way of the Dragon/Return of the Dragon (1972)
Chuck Norris portrays Colt, who is hired from America to come to Italy to put an end to the villain stomping rampage of Bruce Lee. The greatest fight in movie history.
The Octagon (1980)
A very impressive entry in the career of Chuck Norris. He takes on ninjas and showcases an astounding level of martial arts ability.
Forced Vengeance (1982)
The theme music in this movie, also heard in the below trailer is amazing. Chuck is sort of a jack of all trades character who gets into plenty of fights as one might come to expect.
Lone Wolf McQuade (1983)
It’s safe to say this ranks as one of my absolute favorite Chuck Norris starring films. He portrays a Texas Ranger (long before he was ever Walker) and drives an awesome police truck. Norris also battles Bill from ‘Kill Bill’ (David Carradine) long before Uma Thurman ever did. ‘The Lone Wolf’ was also his nickname in The Expendables 2.
Code of Silence (1985)
Another great Chuck Norris movie that ranks among my favorite, comes layered with an outstanding score. Chuck is a Chicago cop who is the best in the city, battling gangs and standing against corruption in his own department.
Invasion U.S.A. (1985)
A bit of a cartoon and far-fetched movie, but it’s pure great action and pure great Chuck Norris. Norris is a one man war machine out to stop terrorists and save the United States. He has all the guns in the world. The primary villain even has nightmares of Chuck Norris that are nothing short of hilarious.
The Delta Force (1986)
One of the greatest movies of his career. Chuck Norris is a Delta Force commando who fires on all cylinders. The last 25 minutes of combat are some of the finest and most heroic moments of his film career.
A knock-off of ‘The Karate Kid’, but this was a movie that I enjoyed a lot as a kid. It’s great seeing Chuck Norris dawn the martial arts attire and join the team of the kid whom the movie is based around.
The Expendables 2 (2012)
At long last we got to see Chuck Norris, Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren and Bruce Willis all on the big screen together. Chuck is back as ‘The Lone Wolf’, a homage to his character in ‘Lone Wolf McQuade’. The name Booker is a homage to his role in ‘Good Guys Wear Black’. If this were to be his final film, it was without question the ideal way to go out. Booker was once bitten by a King Cobra, but after 5 days of agonizing pain… the cobra died.