Aaron Norris

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, Sidekicks), 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.

Aaron Norris
Born (1951-11-23) November 23, 1951
Gardena, California, United States
OccupationFilm producer, screenwriter, film director
Years active1983–present
RelativesChuck Norris (brother)

Career

1970s Early Career

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

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

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 seasons. 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

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

He currently holds a tenth degree black belt in the Chuck Norris System 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

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

Producer

YearTitleNotes
1982Silent Rageassociate producer
1983Lone Wolf McQuadeassociate producer
1995Ripper ManProducer
1996-2001Walker, Texas Ranger (TV Series – 123 episodes)executive producer
1998Logan's War: Bound by Honorexecutive producer
1999Sons of Thunder (TV Series – 6 episodes)executive producer
2000The President's Manexecutive producer
2002The President's Man: A Line in the Sandexecutive producer
2005Walker, Texas Ranger: Trial by Fireexecutive producer
2005The Cutterexecutive producer
2007Inside AphasiaProducer
2009Not Easily BrokenProducer
2009Everyday LifeProducer

Stunts

YearTitleNotes
1974Black Belt Jonesstunts - uncredited
1977Breaker! Breaker!stunt double: Chuck Norris - uncredited
1977Speedtrapstunts - uncredited
1978Good Guys Wear Blackmartial arts choreographer / stunt double: Chuck Norris - uncredited
1978Go Tell the Spartansstunts
1978Elvisstunt coordinator
1979The Visitorstuntman
1979A Force of Onefight choreographer / stunt coordinator / stunt double: Chuck Norris - uncredited / stunts
1980The Octagonfight choreographer / stunt coordinator
1981An Eye for an Eyestunt coordinator / stunts
1982Silent Ragestunt coordinator / stunts
1982I, the Juryassistant stunt coordinator
1982Forced Vengeancestunt coordinator
1983White Water Rebelsstunts
1983Lone Wolf McQuadestunt coordinator
1983Chained Heatstunt player
1984Breakin'stunts
1984Missing in Actionstunt coordinator
1985Missing in Action 2: The Beginningstunt coordinator / stunts - uncredited
1985Code of Silencestunt coordinator
1985Liesstunts
1985Invasion U.S.A.stunt coordinator
1986The Naked Cagestunt player
1986Firewalkerstunt coordinator
2009I Love You Phillip Morrisstunts
2010Skatelandstunts
2015Ant-Manutility stunts

Actor

YearTitleRoleNote
1978Good Guys Wear BlackAl – The Black TigersDebut film
1979A Force of OneAnderson
1980The OctagonHatband
1981Raider StoneUnknown
1983Deadly ForceGuard #3
Lone Wolf McQuadePunk
1996OverkillJack HazardFirst lead role
2005The CutterTony Maylam

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