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Chuck Norris was not at U.S. Capitol riot, his manager says

The statement came after a photo of a man resembling Norris apparently with a member of the mob began trending online.

NEW YORK (AP) — Chuck Norris’ manager says the Walker, Texas Ranger star was not present at last week’s deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol.

A photo of a man resembling Norris apparently with a member of the mob began trending online. “This is not Chuck Norris,” Norris manager Erik Kritzer told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

“Chuck remains on his range in Texas where he has been with his family,” Kritzer said. He acknowledged that the man photographed looked somewhat like Norris but “Chuck is much more handsome.”

Walker, Texas Ranger, in which Norris played karate-kicking lawman Cordell Walker, ran on CBS from 1993 to 2001. In 2016, he announced his support for President Donald Trump.

The show established a foothold in Dallas’ television history and turned its cast members into local celebrities. In 2017, the Texas Senate dubbed Norris, who was born in Oklahoma, an honorary Texan.

For the duration of the show, which gave Norris his signature role, the cast lived and worked in Dallas.

In addition to Norris, cast members included Sheree J. Wilson, who had previously appeared as a regular in the iconic show Dallas. From 1986 to 1991, Wilson was a self-described “bitch on wheels,” playing April Stevens, the nemesis to Larry Hagman’s J.R. Ewing on Dallas, which was seen around the world and served as a local forerunner to Walker, Texas Ranger.

Cast as its leading lady, Wilson took on a much different role as district attorney Alex Cahill, Chuck Norris’ love interest on Walker, Texas Ranger, which for years emulated the success of Dallas in becoming CBS’ top-rated show on Saturday nights.

The Walker cast also included the late Noble Willingham, who, years before he appeared in Walker as a retired Texas Ranger, was cast in the classic Texas film The Last Picture Show, based on Larry McMurtry’s novel.

In 2000, Willingham parlayed his identification with Walker, Texas Ranger into a run for Congress — as a Republican — in an effort to represent Texas’ 1st Congressional District. He later lost to the incumbent.

The show’s one Black cast member, Clarence Gilyard Jr., played deputy James Trivette on Walker, Texas Ranger, an experience that led to his being cast in a new television series titled The Nostradamus Mission, according to IMDb.

Michael Granberry contributed to this report.

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