Norris would go on to star in a streak of bankable independently made action and martial arts films, with A Force of One (1979), The Octagon (1980), and An Eye for an Eye (1981). This made Norris an international celebrity, who would go on to make studio films like Silent Rage (1982) with Columbia, Forced Vengeance (1982) with MGM, and Lone Wolf McQuade (1983) with Orion. This led Cannon films, to sign Norris unto a multiple film deal, starting with Missing in Action (1984) who proved to be very successful and launched a trilogy. Norris started to work almost exclusively on high-profile action film with Cannon, for whom he became their leading star during the 1980s. This included Invasion U. S. A (1985), The Delta Force (1986), Firewalker (1986), etc. During this time outside of the Cannon films, Norris made Code of Silence (1985) who was received as one of his best films. In the 1990s, he played the title role in the long running television series Walker, Texas Ranger from 1993 until 2001. In 1997, another long running project started, Norris and model Christie Brinkley have been the main spokespersons for the Total Gym infomercials. Until 2006, Norris continued taking lead roles in action motion pictures some of these included Delta Force 2 (1990),The Hitman (1991), Sidekicks (1992), Forest Warrior (1996), The President's Man and its sequel (2001-2002). Norris made his last film appearance to date in Sylvester Stallone's The Expendables 2 (2012).