There are a number of other facts from Cordell Walker that come right from Chuck Norris’s life or are at least pretty similar. Both joined the U.S. Military, Walker learned martial arts overseas, and so did his actor. Walker eventually kept practicing and became a martial arts master.
The producers must have figured Norris’s real backstory was cool enough that they didn’t need to come up with a fake one. The one big difference is basically the entire show – Norris intended to become a police officer or another type of law enforcer, while Walker immediately started on his path to the Texas Rangers.
Lots of Advertisements
Norris has put his name on a number of products, but there are also plenty of products he's been in ads for, even if they were just silly TV spots.
He became an ambassador for the car brand Fiat in 2017, starred in a commercial for the Belgian beer Hoegaarden in 2016, and in 2015 he became a fixture of French television by appearing in commercials for the television show “Pieds Dans le Plat'' (which seems to mean “feet in the dish”). In 2020, Norris starred in an ad for QuickTrip's Snackle food line, which has him shooting hot dogs from a cannon into a crowd.
One of the interesting tidbits you might know about his most famous character, Walker, is that Walker is part Cherokee. That fact is lifted straight from Chuck Norris, who has stated on numerous occasions that he has Cherokee roots.
In the show, however, Walker was born to a Cherokee father and an Irish mother and was intensely proud of both sides of his heritage. The real Norris, however, just has a smattering of Native American in his blood (and it's unsure which side it comes from), though he is clearly plenty Irish.
One Last Hurrah
At the age of seventy-one, Chuck Norris needed a little bit of something to do. It was 2012, and it was time for Norris to go out with a bang. His final movie role to date would be that of Booker in “Expendables 2.” It's the same name as his character in “Good Guys Wear Black,” and he's also referred to as a lone wolf, referencing “Lone Wolf McQuade.”
The character even quotes one of the Chuck Norris facts in the movie itself – the one about a snake biting him.
In 2013, Norris and Gena O'Kelly had been married for almost fifteen years, and Gena was getting up there. Like the rest of us, she was having a little pain and went in to get an MRI scan for rheumatoid arthritis.
She was issued a contrast agent that ended up being unsafe, triggering debilitating symptoms in her body. Two scans later, Gena was apparently filled with incredible pain that she likened to “extreme burning.”