Chuck's paternal grandfather and maternal grandmother were of Irish ancestry, while his maternal grandfather and paternal grandmother were Cherokee Native Americans.
Carlos Ray "Chuck" Norris was born on March 10, 1940, in Ryan, Oklahoma, United States to Wilma and Ray Norris. Norris' father, a mechanic, bus driver, and truck driver had a problem with drinking. In addition, Norris was bothered and teased about his mixed ethnicity growing up. Having been bullied fueled his desire to learn martial arts.