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Actor and martial arts expert Howard Jackson, who appeared in several Chuck Norris films and was known as “California Flash,” died March 7 in Duarte, Calif. following a long battle with leukemia. He was 54.

Memorial services will be held March 25 at 11:00 a.m. at First Church of the Nazarine, 3700 E. Sierra Madre Blvd., Pasadena.

He had roles in films including “Delta Force,” “Missing In Action,” “Code of Silence,” and “Forced Vengeance,” and appeared in numerous episodes of “Walker, Texas Ranger.”

He started his training at Chuck Norris Karate Studios in Torrance, Calif. in the early 1970s, joining the Chuck Norris fighting team that traveled the country.

By 1973, Jackson was ranked among the top 10 national fighters in the United States and was inducted into the Black Belt Hall of Fame as “Fighter of the Year.”

He was the martial arts coordinator on “Dolemite” and also appeared in “Disco Godfather,” “Full Contact” and “Red Sun Rising.”

After retiring from competition in 1983, Jackson worked as a bodyguard and trainer for Norris.

He is survived by his fiancee Sharon Welker, a sister, two sons, a daughter, and three grandchildren.