A powerful screen presence, Richard Norton won the applause of international audiences with his engaging ability to play either the hero or the heavy in almost 100 film and television titles. From small beginnings in his hometown of Croydon, Australia, and his early fascination with martial arts, by age 17 Richard was a karate black belt working security for nightclubs and serving as chief instructor to 500 karate schools nationwide.
He landed a job as bodyguard to The Rolling Stones during the band’s Australian tour and experienced his first brush with the demands of global celebrity. Norton trained with Mick Jagger in 4:00 a.m. workouts after concerts. His competency attracted a dazzling roster of other rock star clientèle including James Taylor, ABBA, Fleetwood Mac, David Bowie and Linda Ronstadt, who invited him to California as her bodyguard.
A friendship with Chuck Norris brought him work in motion pictures. Norris cast Norton as the lethal Kyo, a masked ninja, in The Octagon, and their grueling final combat endures as a classic cinematic fight scene. He then went on to Force: Five another international hit, and the young martial artist’s career in movies took off. Hong Kong beckoned with films directed by Sammo Hung Kam-Bo and starring Jackie Chan in the mid-’80s. Taking the hits of his screen adversaries in those films earned Norton more Hong Kong work and, notably, Chan’s abiding respect.
His collaborations with Cynthia Rothrock catapulted them to a level of fame that inspired a British magazine to deem them the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers of martial arts movies. The recurring partners produced two Rage and Honor movies, besides co-starring in China O’Brien and Lady Dragon, among other titles. Norton’s credits behind the camera have become as diverse as his screen roles. Apart from acting and producing, he is a sought-after stunt/fight coordinator, choreographing action in films such as Nomad, produced by Milos Forman, and Devil’s Pond, with Tara Reid and Kip Pardue.
Despite a busy career, he continues to achieve black belts in the martial arts, always a motivating force for Norton’s accomplishments
Richard looks forward to seeing all his fans at both the Sydney and Perth shows for autograph* and photo* sessions and Q&A sessions at each expo.
Sydney: Saturday 10.30am to 12.30pm and Sunday 11am to 5pm
Perth: Saturday 10.30am to 5.30pm and Sunday 11am to 5pm
* Autograph ($30 each) and photograph ($40 each) fees apply.
- Guest confirmed health and other commitments pending.