Chuck Norris Becomes Honorary Texas Ranger

December 2, 2010 Updated: October 1, 2015

Chuck Norris and his wife, Gena O'Kelley. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)
Chuck Norris and his wife, Gena O'Kelley. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)
The Governor of Texas, Rick Perry, has conferred Chuck Norris with the title of Honorary Texas Ranger at a ceremony at the Texas Rangers Company B Headquarters in Garland, [Dallas] Texas.

The 70-year-old actor and martial artist is well known for his role as Cordell Walker, who investigated crime in the TV series Walker, Texas Ranger from 1993 to 2001.

Norris and his brother Aaron were executive producers of the series. Aaron, 59, was also honored as a Texas Ranger at the ceremony on behalf of the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS).

The show was filmed in Texas with advice from real Texas Rangers, DPS spokeswoman Tela Mange told CNN. The brothers were awarded with the titles "to say thank you for bringing honor to the department," Mange said.

According to the Department's website, a Ranger "is an officer who is able to handle any given situation without definite instructions from his commanding officer or higher authority.

"This ability must be proven before a man becomes a Ranger."