updated 12/03/2010 AT 1:00 PM ET
•originally published 12/03/2010 AT 1:35 PM ET
Chuck Norris, the one-time karate-kicking star of TV’s Walker, Texas Ranger and ’80s action movies, is now the real deal: an honorary Texas Ranger, by edict of the Lone Star State’s Gov. Rick Perry.
The actor, 70, was saluted in Dallas on Thursday at a ceremony that also recognized the good deeds done by his younger brother, Aaron Norris, 59, a stunt coordinator and producer, the Associated Press reports.
As good-guy Chuck Norris (born Carlos Ray Norris in Ryan, Okla.) told PEOPLE in 1985, just as his movies were making him famous: “Kids need heroes. Call it square if you want, but I’m a flag waver, so I push a lot of Americanism in my movies. Whatever it is I’m doing, people seem to like it.”
– Stephen M. Silverman