Chuck Norris, former karate champion, film actor, and star of the long-running action show Walker, Texas Ranger, says he wants to revisit the role more often in the future, The Los Angeles Daily News reported yesterday. Norris returns to the character with the upcoming movie Walker, Texas Ranger: Trial By Fire, which airs October 16 on CBS.
"I really like the character a lot, and I'd like to do a couple Walker movies of the week per year," Norris said. "It was great fun, like we'd never taken four years away."
Walker, Texas Ranger brought the adventures of the wooden lawman to viewers each week for eight years. The show starred Norris as a Ranger based in Dallas, Texas, who was raised by a wise Native American. Walker took no guff from criminals, often using karate moves to knock them through fences or saloon windows.
Norris came to fame as a six-time undefeated World Professional MiddleWeight Karate Champion, and he taught karate to such actors as Steve McQueen and Bob Barker. He went on to star in many action films in the '80s, including Invasion USA, Delta Force, and the Missing In Action franchise.
Norris can currently be seen in infomercials for Total Gym, where he extolls the virtues of an exercise device called the Total Gym alongside supermodel Christie Brinkley. Both Norris and Brinkley say there is no better way to get in shape than with the exercise unit.
The Walker movie also stars Janine Turner and former Walker cast members Sheree Wilson, Judson Mills, and Clarence Gilyard.