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Behind the Scenes of 100th Episode of Walker, Texas Ranger (1997)

Jim Ruddy

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This unedited behind-the-scenes footage, taped by Dallas-based director Jim Ruddy, documents the process of making a television show during the taping of the 100th episode of “Walker Texas Ranger,” shot in Dallas. Ruddy captures scenes of rehearsals with actors, lighting issues, and finally filming the actual scene, set in an Intensive Care Unit of a Children’s Hospital. This particular episode is directed by Walker star Chuck Norris’ son, Eric Norris.
Carlos Ray "Chuck" Norris is a martial artist and actor born in Ryan, Oklahoma in 1940. Norris first began his martial arts training in South Korea while serving with the United States Air Force. Defeating the likes of Joe Lewis and Skipper Mullins, Norris held the Professional Middleweight Karate champion title for six consecutive years during the late 1960s. He would later found his own form of martial arts known as Chun Kuk Do and become the first man from the Western Hemisphere to be awarded an eighth degree Black Belt Grand Master ranking in the Tae Kwon Do tradition.
 
Chuck Norris launched his acting career with the 1972 Bruce Lee film, Way of the Dragon. He continued to star in action flicks throughout the 1980s before transitioning to television with his leading role in Walker, Texas Ranger in 1993. The CBS show was primarily shot in Texas, and had a successful run for eight years. Norris continues to make cameo appearances in films as well as television endorsements for products such as the Total Gym home fitness equipment. 
 
Currently residing at his ranch in Navasota, Texas, Norris is an outspoken Christian Republican. He has penned two Christian novels and promotes spiritual Christian living through his website. Norris and his wife also founded the KICKSTART KIDS Foundation, which provides martial arts training to at-risk youth. Furthermore, he is a strong advocate for the National Rifle Association and The Veterans Association. 
 
In 2010, Norris was named an honorary Texas Ranger by Texas Governor Rick Perry.