Chuck Norris

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Birth Name: Carlos Ray Norris

Place of Birth: Ryan, Oklahoma, U.S.

Date of Birth: March 10, 1940

Ethnicity: English, along with Scottish, Welsh, and German

Chuck Norris is an American martial artist, actor, film producer, and screenwriter.

Chuck is the son of Wilma (Scarberry) and Ray D. Norris. He is married to model Gena O’Kelley. He has five children, including actor Mike Norris and stock car racing driver and stuntman Eric Norris.

Chuck has stated that both of his parents were of half Irish and half Native American ancestry (“Genetically speaking, I am equal parts Irish and Native American”). Specifically, he has said that his paternal grandfather was an Irish immigrant, his paternal grandmother was of Native American descent (“a full-blooded Cherokee Indian”), his maternal grandfather was of Native American descent (“a Cherokee Indian from Kentucky”), and, finally, that his maternal grandmother was of Irish descent.

However, these statements do not appear to be accurate. Most of Chuck’s recent ancestors, including his paternal grandfather, were U.S.-born. His family tree contains mostly English surnames and English-born distant ancestors, along with a smaller amount of Scottish, Welsh, and German, roots. No Native American ancestry has been verified/documented in any publicly available family trees of Chuck Norris, and all of Chuck’s grandparents are described as “white” on U.S. censuses.

Chuck is the son of Wilma (Scarberry) and Ray D. Norris. Chuck’s patrilineal line traces back to a John Norris, born in the 1500s, in Norfolk Co., England.

Chuck’s paternal grandfather was James Henry Norris (the son of William/Simon Norris and Eliza Ann). James was born in Tennessee. William was the son of Samuel Norris and Melissa Curtis.

Chuck’s paternal grandmother was Ella May “Ellie” Tinker (the daughter of James Asbury Tinker and Clarisa Ann “Clara” Cofer). Ella was born in California. James Tinker was the son of Jesse Tinker and Margaret McArthur.

Chuck’s maternal grandfather was John Porter Scarberry (the son of an unnamed father and Martha Scarberry). John was born in Kentucky. Martha was the daughter of Richard E. Scarbrough and Eliza Jane Smith.

Chuck’s maternal grandmother was Ada Agnes Hargrove (the daughter of John “Jack” P. Hargrove and Alice or Jemimie). Ada was born in Texas.

Sources: Genealogies of Chuck Norris – http://www.wargs.com
http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
http://www.geni.com
http://www.wikitree.com

Information about, and genealogy of, Chuck’s father – http://findagrave.com

Chuck’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Chuck’s paternal grandmother, Ella May “Ellie” Tinker, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Chuck’s maternal grandparents, John Porter Scarberry and Ada Agnes Hargrove, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Chuck’s maternal grandfather, John Porter Scarberry (focusing on his own father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Chuck’s maternal great-grandparents, John P. “Jack” Hargrove and Alice, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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