03/10/2013 08:20 am ET Updated Mar 10, 2013

Chuck Norris' Birthday Reminds Us Why He's The Best Aging Action Star Ever (GIFs)

A universal fact? Chuck Norris is not someone you want to mess with.

It's a fact that's remained constant even as the action star has gotten older, something that can't be said for his contemporaries Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone. While these guys feel the need to relive their glory days in ill-conceived blow-'em-up movies (Ah-nold teaming up with Johnny Knoxville in "The Last Stand" was a new low for all of us), Norris lets his past work and fists of fury speak for themselves. We doubt Norris, a man of few words but many roundhouse kicks, would trade in on his persona as a bad ass to become an aging action star cliche. And for that, Mr. Norris, we tip our 10-gallon hats to you.

As Chuck Norris celebrates his birthday today -- the man is turning an ass-kicking 73 -- we think the following will serve as further evidence as to why he is the best post50 action star there is.


Like your mom, Chuck Norris has eyes in the back of his head. All the better to school troublemakers with.

Two fists? Pretty tough. Three fists? Hide under your beds immediately, bad guys! (It's no use though -- Walker will still find you.)


You never want to be on the receiving end of this face / fist combo.


An action star who can stop a chainsaw with his bare hands and who cares about our Mother Earth? We love an environmentally conscientious hero.


He doesn't get "Gangnam Style" either.


Chuck Norris can say he schooled Bruce Lee. Can you? Can anyone?


Someone FINALLY brave enough to take on that menace to society, Conan O'Brien!

So... what do you say, Chuck?



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