Texas Governor Rick Perry is scheduled to present actor Chuck Norris with an award for his work on the Program “Walker, Texas Ranger.” Chuck Norris, who was also executive producer for the show, “Walker, Texas Ranger,” will become an honorary member of the legendary Texas Rangers.
Chuck Norris’s brother, Aaron Norris, will also become an honorary member of the Texas Rangers. Aaron Norris was the stunt coordinator of “Walker, Texas Ranger.”
History of the Texas Rangers
The Texas Rangers are the oldest law enforcement body on the North American Continent and the Texas Ranger name is synonymous with integrity, courage and honor. It was in 1820 that Stephen F. Austin requested permission from the Mexican government for 300 families to enter the territory of Texas. Within three years, the need for law enforcement to protect the pioneers became apparent. On August 10, 1823, While Texas was still a part of Mexico; the Mexican government gave permission to Austin to employ ten men to protect the Texas frontier. The men ranged all over the Texas frontier to scout for movements of renegade Indians. By 1835, the number of the Texas Rangers had increased to 25 men and they protected the settlers from outlaws as well as Indians. Texas Rangers today fall under the jurisdiction of the Department of Public Safety and have as much authority as a county sheriff.
Background of “Walker, Texas Ranger”
Chuck Norris in “Walker, Texas Ranger,” continued the tradition of the Texas Rangers by going after the bad guy and standing by the underdog. Walker fought against drugs, corruption and protected law-abiding citizens during the run of the series. From 1993 to 2001, “Walker, Texas Ranger” starring Chuck Norris as Texas Ranger Cordell Walker, used crime-solving methods which had their roots in the traditions of the Old West. Clarence Gilyard played Texas Ranger James “Jimmy” Trivette. Jimmy brought modern day psychology and knowledge of computers and cell phones with him to help Cordell Walker. Alex Cahill, played by Sheree J. Wilson was the Assistant District Attorney and love interest of Walker, Texas Ranger. Also, Noble Willingham played Walker’s closest friend, C.D. Parker who was a retired Texas Ranger ready to give advice and help Cordell Walker out on the tough cases.
Chuck Norris and his brother Aaron Norris:
Chuck Norris and his brother, Aaron Norris were both executive producers for “Walker, Texas Ranger.” Chuck Norris was born March 10, 1940 in Ryan, Oklahoma. Aaron Norris has worked as Chuck Norris’s stunt coordinator, producer and director for his brother.
“Walker, Texas Ranger” was a family oriented television show that allowed Chuck Norris to use his martial arts skill on a weekly basis. The action/drama of the show was something a family could enjoy together. Texas Governor Rick Perry and the Texas Rangers could not have selected two better honorary Texas Rangers and Chuck and Aaron Norris.