Actor Chuck Norris is known for playing a tough Texas Ranger on television. Now, he wears the ranger badge in real life.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry made Norris an honorary Texas Ranger, Friday.
Norris, now 70, caught bad guys for years with his high flying kicks on CBS's "Walker Texas Ranger."
The program portrayed the Lone Star State's historic investigative agency in a positive light. Perry thanked Norris for handling the role with integrity.
"Throughout his years as Walker Texas Ranger, Chuck had the support of his brother, Aaron. Together they helped elevate our Texas Rangers to truly mythical status," Perry said. "And it is for that service that I am proud to name them today honorary Texas Rangers."
"We had 1 billion views watching the 'Walker' series," Norris said. "And everywhere we went, Moscow or wherever we went, all they wanted to talk about was 'Walker Texas Ranger' -- about the Texas Rangers."
Norris started the KickStart Kids program to teach kids martial arts in hopes of keeping them out of gangs and off drugs. More than 60,000 kids have participated.