Aaron Norris

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Aaron Norris
Born (1951-11-23) November 23, 1951 (age 66)
Gardena, California, United States
Occupation Film producer, screenwriter, film director
Years active 1983–present
Relatives Chuck Norris (brother)

Aaron Norris (born November 23, 1951, in Gardena, California) is an American stunt performer (Good Guys Wear Black, Ant-Man, I Love You Phillip Morris), director (Braddock: Missing in Action III, Platoon Leader, Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection), film and television producer (Walker, Texas Ranger, Not Easily Broken, Logan's War: Bound by Honor). He is the younger brother of action film star Chuck Norris.

Career[edit]

1970s Early Career[edit]

While his older brother Chuck Norris was on his rise to stardom, Aaron Norris began his career as an uncredited stunt man in movies such as Black Belt Jones (1974), Speedtrap (1977), and Breaker! Breaker! (1977) (his brother Chuck's debut). The following year he was hired again as martial arts choreographer (credited) and a stunt double (uncredited) for his brother second film Good Guys Wear Black (1978) directed by Ted Post. He is noted to have performed the flying sidekick through the windshield of a speeding car, the stunt that sold the movie.[1][2] He also played a small role in this movie.[3] Later on that same year, director Ted Post re-hired him to do stunts for his film Go Tell the Spartans, and was a stunt coordinator for the John Carpenter film Elvis starring Kurt Russell.[4][5]

In 1979, he played Anderson in A Force of One starring his brother Chuck, where he also served as a fight choreographer, and a stunt coordinator. The director noted that Aaron wanted to learn everything, and was real asset to the picture. Because of this the director had him to focus on the martial art, and the specific of the fighting.[6] The same year he was also a stuntman for the Italian film The Visitor.[7]

1980s[edit]

In the early 1980s he continued doing stunt coordination for his brother's film The Octagon (1980), and An Eye for an Eye (1981).[8][9]

Shortly after, he got his first two producing credits as an associate producer the film Silent Rage (1982) and Lone Wolf McQuade (1983), where he also did stunt coordination.[10][11]

During that decade, he worked as the stunt coordinator for the vast majority for his brother's films, as well as others this includes I, the Jury with Armand Assante, White Water Rebels with James Brolin, Chained Heat with Linda Blair, the dance film Breakin', Lies with Ann Dusenberry, and The Naked Cage with Shari Shattuck.[12][13][14][15][16][17]

In 1988 he got his first directing assignment Braddock: Missing in Action III the third installment of his brother's franchise Missing in Action.[18]

That same year he also directed the war drama Platoon Leader, starring Michael Dudikoff.[19]

1990s[edit]

In the 1990s, he directed all of his brother's theatrical releases Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection (1990), The Hitman (1991), Sidekicks (1992), Hellbound (1993), and Top Dog (1995).[20][21][22][23][24]

In 1995, he produced the film Ripper Man starring his nephew Mike Norris and Timothy Bottoms.[25]

In 1996, he directed his brother in the television film Forest Warrior.[26] That same year, he also got his only starring role in the film Overkill.[27] He was also hired on his brother's hit TV show Walker, Texas Ranger. He served as an executive producer on 168 television episodes of the remaining season. Furthermore, he wrote and directed four episodes.[28]

In 1998, he produced the award-winning television film Logan's War: Bound by Honor starring his brother Chuck, Eddie Cibrian, and Joe Spano.[29][30]

In 1999, he created and was an executive producer on the Walker, Texas Ranger spin-off Sons of Thunder.[31]

Later Work[edit]

In the early 2000s he continued working with his brother, serving as an executive producer for the projects The President's Man (2000), its sequel The President's Man: A Line in the Sand (2002).[32][33]

In 2005, Norris was an executive producer and acted in the film, The Cutter.[34] That same year he returned to directing with the CBS Movie of the Week, Walker, Texas Ranger: Trial by Fire.[35] The production was a continuation of the series Walker, Texas Ranger, where Chuck Norris reprised his role as Cordell Walker for the movie.

In 2007, he produced the documentary Inside Aphasia.[36]

In 2009, he produced the Sony/Screen Gems award-winning film, Not Easily Broken starring Morris Chestnut and Taraji P. Henson.[37][38] That same year he also produced the film Everyday Life with Brad Hawkins.[39]

Also in 2009, he returned to stunts for the Luc Besson film I Love You Phillip Morris with Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor.[40]

Finally, he was named the "president of development and production" of ALN, formerly The American Life Network.[41][42]

In 2010, he provided stunts for the film Skateland.[43]

In 2015, he provided utility stunts for the Marvel Comics film Ant-Man starring Paul Rudd.[44]

Personal[edit]

He currently holds a ninth-degree black belt in Chun Kuk Do, a martial art created by his brother Chuck Norris.

On December 2, 2010, he (along with brother Chuck) was given the title honorary Texas Ranger by Texas Governor Rick Perry.[45]

He is the younger brother of Chuck Norris (born March 10, 1940), and Wieland Clyde Norris (1943–1970). During the Vietnam War, both Aaron and his older brother Wieland enlisted in the United States Army.[46] Wieland was killed in action in Vietnam in 1970.

Director[edit]

Year Title Notes
1988 Braddock: Missing in Action III
1988 Platoon Leader
1990 Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection
1991 The Hitman
1992 Sidekicks
1993 Good Cop/Bad Cop
1993 Hellbound
1995 Top Dog
1996 Forest Warrior
1996-2001 Walker, Texas Ranger Television (TV Series - 4 episodes)
2005 Walker, Texas Ranger: Trial by Fire Television film

Producer[edit]

Year Title Notes
1982 Silent Rage associate producer
1983 Lone Wolf McQuade associate producer
1995 Ripper Man Producer
1996-2001 Walker, Texas Ranger (TV Series - 123 episodes) executive producer
1998 Logan's War: Bound by Honor executive producer
1999 Sons of Thunder (TV Series - 6 episodes) executive producer
2000 The President's Man executive producer
2002 The President's Man: A Line in the Sand executive producer
2005 Walker, Texas Ranger: Trial by Fire executive producer
2005 The Cutter executive producer
2007 Inside Aphasia Producer
2009 Not Easily Broken Producer
2009 Everyday Life Producer

Stunts[edit]

Year Title Notes
1974 Black Belt Jones stunts - uncredited
1977 Breaker! Breaker! stunt double: Chuck Norris - uncredited
1977 Speedtrap stunts - uncredited
1978 Good Guys Wear Black martial arts choreographer / stunt double: Chuck Norris - uncredited
1978 Go Tell the Spartans stunts
1978 Elvis stunt coordinator
1979 The Visitor stuntman
1979 A Force of One fight choreographer / stunt coordinator / stunt double: Chuck Norris - uncredited / stunts
1980 The Octagon fight choreographer / stunt coordinator
1981 An Eye for an Eye stunt coordinator / stunts
1982 Silent Rage stunt coordinator / stunts
1982 I, the Jury assistant stunt coordinator
1982 Forced Vengeance stunt coordinator
1983 White Water Rebels stunts
1983 Lone Wolf McQuade stunt coordinator
1983 Chained Heat stunt player
1984 Breakin' stunts
1984 Missing in Action stunt coordinator
1985 Missing in Action 2: The Beginning stunt coordinator / stunts - uncredited
1985 Code of Silence stunt coordinator
1985 Lies stunts
1985 Invasion U.S.A. stunt coordinator
1986 The Naked Cage stunt player
1986 Firewalker stunt coordinator
2009 I Love You Phillip Morris stunts
2010 Skateland stunts
2015 Ant-Man utility stunts

Actor[edit]

Year Title Role Note
1978 Good Guys Wear Black Al – The Black Tigers Debut film
1979 A Force of One Anderson
1980 The Octagon Hatband
1981 Raider Stone Unknown
1983 Deadly Force Guard #3
Lone Wolf McQuade Punk
1996 Overkill Jack Hazard First lead role
2005 The Cutter Tony Maylam

References[edit]

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  4. ^ Go Tell the Spartans (1978), retrieved 2018-03-16 
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  8. ^ Karson, Eric (1980-08-15), The Octagon, Chuck Norris, Karen Carlson, Lee Van Cleef, retrieved 2018-03-16 
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  17. ^ Heffron, Richard T. (1982-04-22), I, the Jury, Armand Assante, Barbara Carrera, Laurene Landon, retrieved 2018-03-16 
  18. ^ Norris, Aaron (1988-01-22), Braddock: Missing in Action III, Chuck Norris, Aki Aleong, Roland Harrah III, retrieved 2018-03-16 
  19. ^ Norris, Aaron (October 1988), Platoon Leader, Tony Pierce, Robert F. Lyons, Michael Dudikoff, retrieved 2018-03-16 
  20. ^ Norris, Aaron (1990-08-24), Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection, Chuck Norris, John P. Ryan, Billy Drago, retrieved 2018-03-16 
  21. ^ Norris, Aaron (1991-10-25), The Hitman, Chuck Norris, Michael Parks, Al Waxman, retrieved 2018-03-16 
  22. ^ Norris, Aaron (1993-04-30), Sidekicks, Chuck Norris, Beau Bridges, Jonathan Brandis, retrieved 2018-03-16 
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  30. ^ Logan's War: Bound by Honor (TV Movie 1998), retrieved 2018-03-16 
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  38. ^ Not Easily Broken, retrieved 2018-03-16 
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  40. ^ I Love You Phillip Morris (2009), retrieved 2018-03-16 
  41. ^ AmericanLife Names Aaron Norris Development Chief, February 11, 2009
  42. ^ "AmericanLife Names Aaron Norris Development Chief | Multichannel". www.multichannel.com. Retrieved 2018-03-16. 
  43. ^ Skateland (2010), retrieved 2018-03-16 
  44. ^ Ant-Man (2015), retrieved 2018-03-16 
  45. ^ Norris, Chuck (2010-12-02). "Former TV lawman Chuck Norris to be given honorary Texas Ranger title by Gov. Rick Perry today in Garland". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 2010-12-12. 
  46. ^ Norris, Chuck (2008). Black Belt Patriotism: How to Reawaken America. Regnery Publishing. pp. 59–60. ISBN 978-1-59698-558-2. 

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