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Chuck Norris at NRB

Film/TV star, martial artist to receive Chairman’s Award

He’s a cultural icon and now he’ll be the recipient of the Chairman’s Award from the National Religious Broadcasters at the 2015 International Christian Media Convention, in Nashville, Feb. 26.

NRB President and CEO aptly described Chuck Norris as a “legend in his own time.”

NRB Chairman of the Board Bill Blount said, “Through all his productions, he’s maintained a high level of integrity, ethics, and family-friendly programming. Because of his superior standards, in a world that does not usually reward those ideals, we want to honor and recognize his achievements.”

Norris took up martial arts while stationed in South Korea in the Air Force. That led to fame after discharge on the professional martial arts circuit. Working as a martial arts teacher in Southern California led him to meet a number of celebrities including Bruce Lee, who arranged for Norris to be cast as Lee’s nemesis in “Way of the Dragon.”

A few movies later, Norris began playing good guys and a very successful box office career was born. Norris’ peak was probably the 8-year TV run of “Walker, Texas Ranger.”

He’s also been long-involved in several charities and foundations, including his own foundation, KickStart Kids Foundation.

In addition, Norris is an author, businessman and the subject of the Internet phenomenon known roughly as “Chuck Norris Facts,” an endless series of Herculean, though often absurd, feats allegedly performed by Norris. He is also openly a Christian and has promoted Bible study course on television.

The 2015 International Christian Media Convention is scheduled for Feb. 23–26 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville.