“Walker Texas Ranger” was a huge success, ranking in the top twenty in two different seasons. The show was so successful that it even garnered a spin-off show – though that spin-off, “Sons of Thunder,” ended up going nowhere. Norris was able to cross over into a similar action/martial arts show “Martial Law,” which starred Sammo Hung.
Hung’s character, Sammo Law, also made guest appearances on “Walker, Texas Ranger,” even though “Martial Law” was only on the air for two seasons. Several years after “Walker Texas Ranger” came to an end, the show got a reboot titled just “Walker” with Texas native Jared Padalecki in the starring role.
The Nineties are Here
By the start of the decade of the nineties, Norris's films had grossed over half a billion dollars worldwide. People draw comparisons between him and both his old friend Bruce Lee and his fellow American Clint Eastwood.
Even after all this success, however, it's amazing to think that Norris's most successful project – and a TV show, at that – was yet to come. Drawing on the success of “Lone Wolf McQuade,” Norris began work on “Walker, Texas Ranger.”
Start Walking, Ranger
Developed by Leslie Grief and Paul Haggis, “Walker, Texas Ranger” was inspired by “Lone Wolf McQuade” in that both the film and the TV show featured Norris as a member of the Texas Rangers, an investigative law enforcement agency that has statewide jurisdiction in the state of Texas. The show began airing on CBS in the Spring of 1993, with the first season consisting of a mere three pilot episodes.
Eight full seasons followed, running from September of 1993 to May of 2001. It was broadcast in over a hundred countries, and received a 2005 television film entitled “Trial by Fire.”
Plenty to Do
When he wasn't working on his television show, Norris was still showing up in plenty of films. That's not all, however – he was also in the wrestling ring. During a 1994 World Wrestling Federation event, Norris made an appearance in the "casket match" between The Undertaker and Yokozuna.
He also wrote another book: “The Secret Power Within Zen Solutions to Real Problems.” Since 1997, he's also appeared alongside supermodel Christie Brinkley in a long-running series of infomercials promoting Total Gym home fitness equipment.
Back to the Movies
In November of 1998, CBS premiered the Michael Preece television film “Logan's War: Bound By Honor,” starring Norris and Eddie Cibrian. It was ranked third among the thirteen most viewed shows of the week. Though sadly not a sequel to “Logan's Run,” the movie has Norris and Cibrian fighting against a group of mafia thugs that killed Cibrian's family.
Norris was Cibrian's uncle in the movie. In the early 2000s, Norris starred as a member of the secret service in two television films titled “The President's Man” and “The President's Man: A Line in the Sand.”