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Actor Chuck Norris has been selected to speak at Liberty University’s graduation on May 10.
Norris, the star of numerous feature films and the long-running CBS television show, “Walker, Texas Ranger,” was a mainstay this year in the campaign of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, whom Liberty University Chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr. endorsed for president.
Falwell said he chose Chuck Norris after speaking with Huckabee recently. “He [Huckabee] and Chuck have become close friends and he told me how he had been impressed with Chuck as a very thoughtful and intelligent person and as a strong conservative Christian. I can’t imagine any profession where it is more difficult to remain true to your conservative Christian values than the entertainment field.”
In addition to his acting career, Norris won many state, national and international karate titles in the mid-to-late 1960s. (more…)
The handsome, lanky movie actor strode coolly onto the stage during the PromiseLand West service Sunday morning.
He wore a simple black suit with no tie and longish styled hair with streaks of blond. His tan, chiseled face looked nothing like the bloodied, bearded Jesus he played in “The Passion of the Christ” four years ago.
And as Pastor Randy Phillips began interviewing him, Jim Caviezel spoke so softly, he appeared almost shy.
The hundreds of church members and visitors who packed the auditorium at Westlake High School seemed to take a collective breath.
Here was a mere man — yet someone who had captured their savior so convincingly in a film that grossed more than $370 million in the United States and became one of the most effective tools for evangelism in modern times. (more…)
Tears flowed and comfort was shared as friends and family came together Monday night to remember Brad Renfro.
The 25-year-old actor died Jan. 15 in Los Angeles, but his body came home to rest. His immediate family received condolences from hundreds during Monday’s visitation at Stevens Mortuary in North Knoxville.
A bright, simple arrangement with red, white and yellow flowers framed against greenery adorned the closed casket, while a photograph of a young, happy Renfro stood nearby.
For nearly three hours, Renfro’s father and stepmother, Mark and Kim Renfro, and his mother, Angel Olsen, clasped hands and exchanged hugs with the approximately 600 well-wishers who came through the receiving line. Also on hand were the actor’s maternal grandmother, Judy Hurt, half-sister Haley Olsen, and stepbrother Dane Hoffmeister. His paternal grandmother, Joanne Renfro, who reared Renfro from the age of 5, was too ill to attend.
The mourners who wound through the hallways of the mortuary were solemn and silent. Only in the reception room did a buzz arise as the sad occasion served as a reunion with mixed emotions for friends and family. About half of those present seemed to be peers of the parents, with most of the rest closer in age to Renfro. (more…)
The following is interview from 411mania with Voice Actor Vic Mignogna. Mignogna is an English voice actor for Ed Elric in Fullmetal Alchemist, Ikkaku Madarame in Bleach, and several other shows. Mignogna is also known as an experienced and talented musician, singer, song writer, and pianist.
TVO: One thing I’m always curious about. I really admire your faith, you’re someone who loves God, and who loves Jesus. So are you ever uncomfortable with material you work with or a character you play? Such as, “I’m not sure how I feel about this.”
VM: There’ve been many times actually. There have been many times when I had a real problem with doing something or saying something. There’ve been many shows that I was not cast in and not even asked to audition for because the directors of those shows knew that it would not be something that I felt good about. There are bad shows and good shows out there, and there have been characters that I’ve played that I requested of the director to change things about the character just because I was uncomfortable with them. And the directors are usually very accommodating, like you know what, “If you can pull off the same attitude, if you can communicate the same expression without profanity let’s say, more power to you.” And for the most part I’ve been successful in that. And you know my feeling about it is this: I believe God has given me the opportunities that I have. If I do the right thing, if I try to take a stand for what I believe in, and I refuse to do certain things because I feel like they wouldn’t be good; if I believe God is in control, then he’s going to honor that decision. And he’s going to bring me other opportunities that I don’t have to compromise my beliefs—Now I don’t agree with every single thing of every character that I do because I’m an actor. I’m playing a character, I’m not that person. Ed’s very agnostic about God. Well, I’m not, but that doesn’t mean I can’t play the character. I think everybody that knows me knows what I believe. They know what I feel, and they understand there’s a line of differentiation between an actor and the character he plays.
TVO: One thing I’ve always interpreted about Ed is that he believes in God, but he feels resentful toward God.
TVO: And I feel at the end he might’ve regained some measure of faith in God—
VM: I think so.
TVO: It’s subtle but I believe there’s kind of a regaining of faith for Ed in that story.
VM: I agree. I agree completely.
In 2004, Chuck Norris wrote his spiritual memoir, Against All Odds, for B&H, the publishing arm of the Southern Baptist Convention. Since then, he has “co-written” two Christian western novels, The Justice Riders and A Threat to Justice, which the publisher describes as a “heroic action tale of good versus evil, with elements of faith and romance.” Fiction is the fastest-growing segment of the Christian publishing industry, and there’s a glut of Christian genre novels right now, from Westerns, to thrillers to romances. Typically these books are “clean” versions of their secular counterparts, with a few scenes of prayer thrown in and, almost inevitably, a weepy moment where a main character falls to his knees and confesses that he is a sinner who needs Jesus. Partly because the books are so formulaic, having the name of a mainstream star on the cover is a great way to stand apart from the competition.
In 2006, Norris also began writing a column for the far-right Christian web site Worldnetdaily. While he was generally good-natured about them (while noting that ” some are just not appropriate for kids.”) he also fretted a bit about their message, writing, “In the history of this planet, there has only been one real Superman. It’s not me.” To drive home the point, he added, “There was a man whose tears could cure cancer or any other disease, including the real cause of all diseases – sin.”
Georgia Head Football Coach Mark Richt talks about his faith – that Jesus is more important than any football game. Richt also had a small role in the movie “Facing The Giants.”
Former Actor and Wrestler (Zeus) now saved:
Model/Actress Ali Landry and Alejandro Gomez Monteverde give their testimony as to how they met, and give more details about their work