Birthday Special: Chuck Norris On How His 'Karate Kommandos' Met Their Match

Today is Chuck Norris' birthday — and that is a Chuck Norris FACT. Sure, we all know the star of "The Octagon" hasn't actually aged since the day he thought he saw a gray hair and made Father Time taste his boot heel, but we still set aside one day each year to celebrate everything Chuck Norris has given us.

Take, for example, "Chuck Norris and the Karate Kommandos." The animated series debuted in 1986 and featured Norris (of course) and a team of highly trained government operatives as they battled Super Ninja and his villainous buddies. The series only lasted five episodes, but also spawned a comic book series published by Marvel's kid-friendly imprint Star Comics.

Having grown up with the series (and dressing up as the Karate Kommandos' leader for at least one Halloween), I had to ask Norris about it when he dropped by Splash Page HQ last year to talk about "The Official Chuck Norris Fact Book."

"We only did six of them, and then a woman at CBS said, 'Those are too violent,'" Norris told MTV News.

"I said, 'What do you mean they're too violent? Do you see what's on TV now? ... It's good guys versus bad guys!," he laughed. "She said, 'Yeah but you're a real person, so it's too violent."

And there you have it. Word on the street is that the CBS executive who canceled the series eventually met the business end of a roundhouse kick, but that's just a rumor.

All we're left with now to remember "Chuck Norris and the Karate Kommandos" are a few television episodes, a comic book and an awesome commercial.

Happy birthday, Chuck Norris. Thanks for not kicking me in the head.

Chuck Norris and the Karate Kommandos

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