This series is centered on a Texas Ranger by the name of Cordell Walker (Chuck Norris). Walker is a force to be reckoned with, and will stop at nothing to get whoever he is after. He was raised by his Uncle Ray Firewalker, who is Native-American, after his parents were murdered.
Before becoming a Ranger he served in the Marines on their elite recon team until and during the Vietnam War. He is a martial arts expert who was also decorated for bravery in the war. He believes in the Code of the Old West.
James “Jimmy” Trivette (Clarence Gilyard) is also a Texas Ranger, though a newer member. His approach to the job is a little different than Walker’s. Trivette believes in computers and cell phones, things that Walker is less than fond of, to say the least. Jimmy used to be a Dallas Cowboy football player until he tore up his shoulder in a big game thus ending his career. He grew up in Baltimore, and used football as a way to college. And now he is partners with Walker, who although they don’t get along very well at first, soon become solid partners and best friends.
Alexandra “Alex” Cahill (Sheree J. Wilson) is a Tarrant County, Assistant District Attorney. She and Walker seem to be a bit on the outs with one another at first, but the attraction between them is soon evident. Alex fights for justice no matter how tough the case is to win. Often enlisting the aid of Walker and Trivette.
C.D. Parker (Noble Willingham) is a veteran Ranger who also used to be Walker’s partner. He now owns and operates a restaurant by the name of “CD’s Bar and Grill”, their most famous dish is of course, chili! Walker still consults regularly with him on numerous cases. And Trivette often reminisces about CD’s (or Big Dog, as he refers to him) influence over him as a rookie officer. On special occasions CD even comes out of retirement now and then for a special case. He is also a big supporter of the whole Alex and Cordell relationship, despite the fact that it takes a while to come about.
Uncle Ray Firewalker (Floyd Westerman) is the man who raised Walker after the deaths of his parents. He is around for advice and shares Walker’s love of the old West. After season 2 though, he virtually disappears.
This is a show filled with action, martial arts, true friendship, honesty and the fight for justice. If you’re looking for something to watch where there is never a dull moment, then you have certainly found it in Walker, Texas Ranger. Throughout the show’s 8 seasons, you never stop wanting them to “get the bad guys!” and come out on top. I give this series 8 out of 10.
Cordell Walker-Chuck Norris
James “Jimmy” Trivette-Clarence Gilyard Jr.
C.D. Parker-Noble Willingham (except for the pilot series which was played by Gailard Sartain)
Alexandra Cahill-Sheree J. Wilson
Francis Gage-Judson Mills
Sydney Cooke-Nia Peeples
Uncle Ray Firewalker-Floyd “Red Crow’ Westerman (except for 3 episodes played by Apesanahkwat)
Recurring Cast SEASON
Rhonda Guthrie-Ely Pouget 1994
Body Guard #1-Michael Bendall 1993-2001
Thug #2-Jackson Burns 1995-2001
Detective Carlos Sandoval-Marco Sanchez 1997-1999
Billy-Robert Wall 1994-2001
Prison Guard-Jack Martin 2000-2001
M.E. Mary Williams-Cynthia Dorn 1993-2001
Wes Tyson-Carey Scott 2000-2001
Trent Malloy-James Wicek 1997-1999
Ranger Pilot Chris-Grayson Jim Helms 1994-2000
Dr. Brown-Todd Terry 1994-2000
Detective-Michael Ray Davis 1994-2001
Police-LynNita Puma 1996-1999
Emile Lavocat-Marshall R. Teague 1993-2001
Dean Watkins-Mike Norris 1993-2001
Jonas Graves-Richard Norton 1993-2001
Clay-Ken Greaves 1994-2001
Committee Member #4-Richard Phillips 1994-2000
Al-Curtis Lupo 1995-2001
Josie Martin-Vanessa Paul 1997-2000
Ranger Randy-Kirk Griffith 1993-2000
Charles Sanderson-Richard Dillard 1994-2001
Billy Morrison-David Harrod 1993-1999
Arthur McDonald-John S. Davies 1993-2000
Comjmander Bob Preston-Blue Deckert 1993-2000
Cardoza’s Goon-Thomas Rosales Jr. 1993-2000
Mabel Shoop-Lou Hancock 1993-1995
Store Manager-Jerry Cotton 1994-2001
Board Member-Brandon Smith 1994-1999
Bobby-Brad Leland 1994-1998
Terry McLane-Jan Michael Shultz 1996-2001
Arrested Truck Driver-Rod Britton 1999-2001
DPD Officer Janeway-Geoffrey Betts 1999-2000
Young Raymond Firewalker-Jonathan Joss 1994-1997
Assistant Warden Harold Wells-Sean McGraw 1993-2000
Junior Boscoe-Bill Gribble 1993-2001
Amos Dugan-Steve Shearer 1993-2001
A.D.A. Marian Brentano-Maria Arita 1993-2000
Blood Holland-Carl Ciarfalio 1993-2000
Don Filmore-T.A. Taylor 1993-2000
Bartender-Gil Glasgow 1993-1999
Commander-Ken Farmer 1993-1998
Jake Lyons-Matthew Tompkins 1993-1998
Bob Hanson-Jack Watkins 1994-2001
Hector Ortega-Rick Prieto 1994-2000
Armored Car Guard-Rick Herod 1994-1996
Stan-Craig Erickson 1995-2001
White Eagle-Frank Salsedo 1995-2000
M.E. Kim-Lou Michaels 1995-1997
Dan Jensen-Michael Costello 1996-2001
Bank Robber-Jim Henry 1996-2000
Agent Doug Foster-James Homet 1996-2000
Bartender-Ben Loggins 1996-2000
Coleman-Mark Walters 1993-1998
Steve Drell-Robert Prentiss 1995-2000
Cobalt-Marco Perella 1993-1999
Arnie Freeman-Cliff Stephens 1994-2000
Agent Bill Coopersmith-Brent Anderson 1993-2001
Comdel-Woody Watson 1993-1998
Doctor-Spencer Prokop 1994-2000
Brad Furnell-Patrick St. Esprit 1993-2001
Buck-Willie Minor 1993-2000
Marta Lopez-Melinda Renna 1993-2000
Court Attendee-Robert F. Cawley 1994-2001
Alan Steeles-Alan Ackles 1994-2000
Bill Douglas-Brady Coleman 1994-2000
TV Cameraman-Duane Conder 1994-1999
Kate Martin-Diane Perella 1994-1999
Sharon Stafford-Constance Jones 1994-1998
Jesse Rodriguez-Efrain-Figueroa 1994-1996
DPS Officer-Gary Ragland 1995-2001
Barnes-John McCalmont 1995-2000
Reporter-John Criswell 1995-1999
Howell-George Marshall Ruge 1995-1999
Victor LaRue-Wayne Pere 1995-1997
Dr. Larson-Gail Cronauer 1996-2001
Biker-Hank Baumert 1996-2000
Purvis-Ivan Brutsche 1997-2001
Guard-Maurice Scott 1999-2001
Border Patrolman-Steve M. Clark 2000-2001
Chastain-Leon Rippy 1993-2001
Barney-Jerry Biggs 1993-1999
Grissom-Vince Davis 1995-1998
Young Cordell Walker-Billy Tolson 1994-1995 (also played by Justin Chapman in ’87)
Benny Salvino-Richard Folmer 1995-1997
Burkett-Garrett Warren 1995-1999
Elwood Trask-Gary Carter 1993-1994
Grover-Daniel Coulson 1993-2001
Bear-David Sheldon 1993-1999
DPS Trooper-James Healy Jr. 1993-1998
Billy Joe McArthur-Joe Stevens 1993-1998
Betty-Libby Vallari 1993-1997
Eldon Lonneville-Russ Marker 1994-2001
Captain Bill Riggs-Sean Hennigan 1994-2000
Bus Driver-Tanner Gill 1994-1999
Carnie-Tommy G. Kendrick 1995-2001
Mel Burnett-Lynn Mathis 1995-2001
Howard Jackson as himself 1996-2001
Gordon Cahill-Rod Taylor 1996-2000
Lazarus-Roger Yaun 1996-2000
Sheriff Sam Coyote=Eloy Casados 1996-1998
Wade Harper-Robert Fuller 1997-2001
Judge Henry Fivekills-Ned Romero 1998-2000
Sergeant Vince Rosetti-Peter Onorati 2000
Wallace Slausen-T.J. Thyne 2000
Captain Tom Price-James Drury 2003
Shelby-Larry Manetti 1993-2000
Alberto Cardoza-Andrew Divoff 1995-2000
Chato-Eduardo Terry 1995-2000
Ernesto Lopez-Julio Cedillo 1995-1999
Detective Sal Ochoa-David Labiosa 1995-1999
Tommy Malloy-Shane Maier 1997-1998
Paramedic Jerry Kelsey-Lee Burns 2000
Billy Bob Jackson-James Martin Kelly 2000
Richard Mason-Robert Lipton 1996-1999
Caleb Hooks-Michael Parks 1996-1999
Adam McGuire-Michael Beck 1996-1998
The majority of this series was filmed in Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, and the surrounding area. Many of the residents living in the area were given parts as extras. Some even had speaking lines.
Noble Willingham has a master’s degree in educational psychology. He used to be a high school teacher in Texas, before becoming an actor.
Chuck Norris served in the U.S. Air Force, and was awarded, “Veteran of the Year” in 2001.
The exterior of “C.D.’s Bar and Grill” is actually the White Elephant Saloon in Fort Worth, Texas. When it was first built it was operated and owned by the Wild West gambler and gunfighter Luke Short, who was a friend to “Doc” Holiday and Wyatt Earp.
This show was inspired by the movie, “Lone Wolf McQuade”, which also stars Chuck Norris as a member of the Texas Rangers.
Clarence Gilyard attended Sterling College in Kansas. After his success as an actor he has actually given back to the college in many ways, the biggest of which was paying for new tennis courts for the college. And like his father, he also went to the Air Force Academy.
Both of Sheree J. Wilson’s TV characters (April Stevens, Dallas and Alex Cahill, Walker), were both killed by gunshot wounds.
Noble Willingham ran as the republican nominee for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2000, for the first congressional district of Texas, against Rep. Max Sandlin, but lost.
Chuck Norris often trained with Bruce Lee and is also a 6 time World Karate Champion. In addition, he was also the karate teacher of Chad and Steve McQueen, and is 1 of only 3 Americans to have achieved 8th degree black belt status in tae-kwon-do.
Nia Peeples is a singer, dancer and actress. She had several popular songs that have hit in the Hot 100. Also, while she was attending UCLA on a music scholarship, she performed as the opening act for “Liberace” in Las Vegas, on the weekends.
The house that Judson Mills lived in while growing up in Virginia, was built by George Washington, and is considered a national landmark.
Clarence Gilyards’ last movie was in 2005, “Walker, Texas Ranger:Trial By Fire”. He then retired, and is now a college professor.
Chuck Norris won Karate’s triple crown in 1969, for most tournament wins of the year. As well as Fighter of the Year award, by Black Belt Magazine.
In 2010, Chuck Norris and his brother, Aaron, were given the honorary title of “Texas Ranger”, by Texas Governor, Rick Perry.