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Chuck Norris is coming to your town – and you better welcome him.
The international film and television star and martial arts legend who launched a weekly column exclusively at WND in the fall of 2006 has inked a deal to syndicate the column to newspapers throughout the U.S. – maybe even your local paper.
The deal with Creators Syndicate by Norris makes him the fifth exclusive WND columnist to be launched into national newspaper syndication. The others were David Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly, Joseph Farah and Ilana Mercer.
“I think that’s a feat that is unrivaled by any content producers on the Internet,” said Farah, who is also editor and chief executive officer of WND. “Norris, Limbaugh and O’Reilly represent some heavyweight talent.”
Norris’ endorsement of Mike Huckabee literally propelled the former Arkansas governor from third tier status among the Republican presidential candidates to overnight sensation.
Norris made his name as a renowned teacher of martial arts and was a six-time undefeated world middleweight karate champion. He is the first man from the Western Hemisphere in the more than 4,500-year tradition of tae kwon do to be awarded an eighth-degree black belt grand master ranking. By the 1970s, Norris had completely revolutionized martial arts in the United States and was in the process of taking this exciting individual sport to a new level by transitioning it into a team event when he was faced with a career choice: continue to build upon the team combat martial arts format he had pioneered or commit himself to a film acting career.
Norris is one of the most enduringly popular actors in the world. He has starred in more than 20 major motion pictures. His television series “Walker, Texas Ranger,” which completed its run in April 2001 after eight full seasons, is the most successful Saturday night series on CBS since “Gunsmoke.” It is syndicated in more than 80 countries worldwide, ranking as one of the top U.S. shows in both sales and audience.