Cordell "Marshal" Walker is the protagonist in Walker, Texas Ranger. He is played by Chuck Norris, the six time world karate champion, making him ideal for Cordell's martial arts skill. Edit
Cordell Walker is a contemporary Texas Ranger working out of the Dallas office. Before joining the Texas Rangers, Cordell served in the Marines and was a kickboxing champion.
Cordell Walker is a Dallas-Fort Worth-based (Company B) member of the Texas Department of Safety's Texas Ranger Division. Cordell Walker was born on 30 December 1947. Walker's parents were killed by white supremists when he was a little boy (he was a witness to their murders at a summer carnival) and Walker was then raised by his paternal uncle, an American Indian named Ray Firewalker (portrayed by Floyd "Red Crow" Westerman).
In the mid-1960s, Walker joined the U.S. Marine Corps and served in Vietnam. During his time in the Marines, Walker was stationed in Japan, where he befriended a local family whose patriarch (Mr. Sakai) taught Cordell the martial arts. After his hitch in the service ended, Walker continued to practice martial arts, which led him to competing in kickboxing tournaments, culminating into him becoming a kickboxing champion.
Around this same time, he began to pursue a career in the Texas Rangers, where he was successful and eventually rose to the rank of sergeant. His partner and best friend is James "Jimmy" Trivette (Clarence Gilyard), former Dallas Cowboys player. Known then as "Go Long T", Trivette takes a more modern approach to law enforcement. Walker's young partner grew up in Baltimore and used football as his ticket to a college education. But the Cowboys dropped Trivette from the team after he tore up his shoulder in a game, which led him to his career in the Rangers. Trivette often makes references to watching the "Lone Ranger" on TV and credits C.D. Parker for mentoring him as a rookie officer. Trivette also works inside the office, using computers and cellular phones to collate information on people who've been taken into custody.
Walker also works closely (and shares a mutual attraction) with Alexandra "Alex" Cahill (Sheree J. Wilson), a Tarrant County Assistant District Attorney, who on occasion puts up a frown if Walker doesn't obtain results in time. He also gets advice on cases from C.D. Parker (Noble Willingham), a veteran Ranger (later inducted into the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame) who worked with Walker until retiring to operate a small restaurant and bar called "CD's Bar and Grill", a restaurant widely known for its chili. Cordell and Alex Cahill eventually get married (20 May 2000) and have a daughter named Angela (b. ca. 19 May 2001).
Skills EditCordell is extremely skilled in martial arts, mainly Karate, which helps when chasing down bad guys and aiding friends. Cordell is a former kickboxing champion. But Cordell's skill is not limited to martial arts.
He is skilled enough in NASCAR racing to drive for Team Cherokee when its driver is injured in an incident due to tampering by the opposing NASCAR team.
Walker also is quite the marksmen and driver, able to quickly draw his Beretta 92 and shoot enemies with incredible accuracy and drive a Dodge Ram quickly yet safely and smoothly.
He also possesses old Cherokee skills, can converse with animals to a point, and uses his environment to find hidden people, hostile or not.